MacTarnahans Bourbon Cask Aged Blackwatch Cream Porter

RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Blackwatch Cream Porter, voted the best porter in the US at the 2001 Great American Beer Festival, is further enhanced by slow aging in cask barrels. Essences of cask flavor and aroma meld with Blackwatch's smooth drinkability to create one of the greatest drinking experiences you will ever encounter.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
This could be the very best porter to be unleashed upon the world. Black as night with a beige head of thick froth that you can scoop with a spoon...and anjoy as a merengue-like appetizer. If you close your eyes you can smell the bourbon behind the sweet malt, chocolate, and coffee that comprise this masterful brew’s bouquet. This brew is as smooth and yummy as anything I’ve ever tasted, rich, creamy, full of fruit, cocoa, and some of the aforementioned whiskey! At our last 3 beer tastings, this has been the hands-down favorite. If they should ever make this available on tap, I will buy a keggerator that same day...and die a happy man.

boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Growler shared at the MacTarnahan’s event at The BeerMongers... Poured deep brown, near black with a thin, khaki head. Nose had some burnt sugary tones, with some caramel and pastry sweetness. Subtle, low carbonation. Nutty flavors, lots of cocoa sweetness, lactose flavors, honey, oats, and woody oak tones. Short of fell short though.

Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Extra thanks to Eric for the bomber, 2003 vintage! Poured clear deep brown with a nice deeper tan head when resuscitated.. looked OK. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted vanilla, bourbon, and oak upfront, with deeply-diminished porter beneath.. buttery chocolates and more vanilla down there.. mild oxidation showed with light cardboard.. soft and pleasant, but a shadow of its former self (I’m guessing). The flavor found more of the buttery chocolates, bourbon, and vanilla at the core.. tart oak played nicely throughout, leaving a tasty, tangy finish with the bourbon.. everything came together well. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with low carbonation.. the barrel has more character than the base beer at this point.. this held up well considering a lot of factors, but it’s no longer great.

philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2010
MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company Blackwatch Cream Porter--Bourbon Cask Aged Limited Release 2003 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV? (4.5 / 5.0) Thick espresso lacy head. Clear dark black red color. Rich roasted sweet bourbon mild floral hop front. Creamy sweet rich smooth toasted cherry caramel smoky bourbon biscuit body. Mild hop end. Wow. Sampled 7/19/2003.

Tod (8) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2009 does not count
This is a good beer if you haven’t had your expectations raised by a quality beer such as Fuller’s London Porter. It’s a decent for a microbrew of the States, but you can do better with an import from Europe.

Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2009
This was the best beer MacT’s ever brewed, and I’m glad I was able to have it a couple times before they stopped making it. Deep brown pour with red hints to it, minimal lacing. Aroma is all chocolate and bourbon, some light roasted malt. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla and bourbon with again a light roastiness. Medium mouthfeel and oh so delicious. I hope that they someday brew this again.

bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2009
(22oz. bottle, 2003 vintage) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, raisins, plums, and chocolate. Flavor of toasted malt, raisins, coffee, and chocolate with a creamy mouthfeel.

douglas88 (9789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2008
2003 Bomber shared by Eric, thanks man for this absolute gem. Pours a pure black color with a medium size light brown head. The aroma was amazing; bourbon, some vanilla, slightly sour wood and some roasted malts. A very nice aroma, very enticing. The taste was excellent also; very light and slightly sour wood flavors, a perfect balance of bourbon and more traditional porter flavors. After five years the body has become a bit less creamy and full, but still very nice. An awesome beer. Thanks Eric.

cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2008
22 oz. bottle via trade with PhillyBeer2112 quite some time ago. I shared this with highibus a couple months ago and I’m finally getting around to entering it. Pours a dark brown color with a small light tan head. No lacing. Aroma is light roasted malt and bourbon. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, and bourbon. Light to medium body. I thought it held up quite well for its age. A good beer. Thanks Dan.

highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2008
deep black and very small tannish head. Almost no lacing. aroma of burbon and dark malt. flavor has much less burbon flavor han aroma. fairly thin. not bad.

wickedpete (636) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Thanks to Aaron for this one. Dark brown body. Aroma is a sweet caramel and chocolate. Flavor is similar while the bourbon is hardly noticeable. Fairly thin bodied.

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