philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Portland Brewing Company, Inc.--BlackWatch MacTarnahan’s Scottish Style Cream Porter--2001 A 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear deep dark black color built on red. Creamy tan head. Mild light chocolate porter front. No Scottish hints. Creamy light chocolate body with minimal sweet fruit flavor. Easy slightly citrus creamy end. Sampled 4/21/2001.
Portland Brewing Company, Inc.--MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company--MacTarnahan’s BlackWatch Scottish Style Cream Porter--2001 B 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.0 / 5.0) Clear obsidian black red color. Mild head. Light creamy tan lace. Mild toasted front. Dry toasted Porter body with light fruit sweetness. Easy bland drinkability. Crisp mild end hints of crustiness. Weak. Sampled 9/18/2001.
MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company--Black Watch Cream Porter--2002 Stubby 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--28 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0 ) Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Club Selection August, 2002. Creamy espresso head. Clear dark obsidian color. Toasted roasted mild fruit floral hop front. Creamy rich roasted caramel fruit body. Smooth sweet crusty flavor. Lingering mild hop end. Sampled 8/2/2002.
MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company MacTarnahan’s BlackWatch Cream Porter--2002-B Longneck 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) Clear dark black red color. Light espresso head. Fruity toasted malt mild hop front. Thin not creamy body. Sweet fruit flavors dominate. Chocolate notes appear in mild hop lingering roasted end. Sampled 8/6/2002.
MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company MacTarnahan’s BlackWatch Cream Porter--2004 Longneck 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--20 IBU’s.? (3.75 / 5.0) Mild lacy espresso head. Clear dark opaque black red color. CO2 mild tangy toasted coffee hop fruit front. Tingly CO2 thin mild creamy sweet roasted cherry body. Dry astringent citrus mild hop end. Sampled 4/14/2004.
MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company--Pyramid Brewing Company MacTarnahan’s Blackwatch Cream Porter--2007 Stubby 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV?--30 IBU’s? (3.5 / 5.0) Mild head. Clear opaque dark black red color. Mild roasted chocolate hop front. Dry sweet thin mild creamy roasted caramel mild biscuit body. Dry mild hop spice citrus ester end. Bland. Easy to drink. Sampled 4/29/2007.
Kands (40) - Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
We liked this one a lot . . .
Poured from 12 oz. bottle an almost black color with a medium brown head. The head was short lived, but lacing was OK. Aroma is strong featuring chocolate predominately and overall dark malts. Flavor is well-balanced between bitter elements of coffee and roasted malts, and the chocolate and somewhat molasses-like tones. Hops provide adequate bitterness, but do not overpower. The oatmeal is not actually noticeable in the flavor, but clearly helps to smooth this brew overall. This is not really a great example of a "Porter" (nor would we guess it is meant to be), but taken on its own terms it is a very enjoyable brew. (BTW, here in St. Louis, the MacTarnahan products are no longer available as the only distributor locally has dropped them. Hopefully that will change . . . )
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - OCT 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a nearly opaque black, no head to speak of. The nose is smokey with rich strong chocolate on the back end. The taste starts the same with a little of that same smokiness with chocolate and a hint of coffee. The end is malty and a little creamy. It’s a little thin for a porter,
slightly fizzy as well. It’s an okay porter. Won’t go out of my way for it though.
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black, no head. Syrup nose, woody, chocolate. Lots of cocoa in the flavor, more wood, grainy malt. Way too watery, short finish in cocoa and malt. Finish is reminiscent of chocolate milk. Pretty forgettable overall, except way too syrupy and sweet.
drowland (8547) - Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this a long time ago and all I wrote down was: A little sweet for my taste, but with a wonderful mouthfeel.
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just finished this one, my first ever cream porter. Colour was a VERY dark brown accompanied by a brown, small head plus ample carbonation. Aroma was a meld of coffee and roasted malt, as was the taste. A nice, unique beer.
Beerdedone (3381) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a one finger tan head. Roasty aroma with chocolate and a hint of coffee. Flavor was roasted malts, bitter chocolate, light coffee and a touch of caramel with a semi thin body.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Pours a good black with a decent tan head. The head leaves quickly but seems to lace okay. Aroma is of rich chocolate. The chocolate overtakes all other aromas. Has a lighter carbonation. The flavor is okay hints of sourness with overpowering chocolate. The mouthfeel is light. Has a bubbly texture. The finish is decent and the aftertaste is not bad. Has a light body. This is okay but seems to missing something. Good for chocolate lovers.
chuwy (50) - JAPAN - JUL 9, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle. Thin head dissapears almost immediately. Pours a very dark brown.Thin to medium to body. Feels almost more like a heavy brown ale. Don’t rate this as very special. Not my favourite porter by along shot. Mouthfeel is way too light for me. No lasting bitterness or malt or anything, really.
Bit of dark chocolate on the nose. Tastes too carbonated and I get the flavor of over cooked coffee.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly black dark brown nice tan head. Malt aroma and flavor, molasses and earthy. A beer you must have at Ragnarok to honor the host.