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Blackstone Porter - Driftwood Brewery

Blackstone PorterBlackstone Porter

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.06%

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This London-style porter is distinguished by a bittersweet chocolate character derived from the delicate balance of a traditional sour mash and a blend of select black and chocolate malts.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 12-23-2008)
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Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled December 19, 2013

Black with a moderately sized tan head. Good retention. Some lacing.

Nose contains roasted malt. chocolate and some caramel.

Flavour is very nice. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and a touch of bitterness. Everything is well balanced and flavourful.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit heavy, but not in a bad way.

Overall, a very nice porter. Traditional but a bold flavour. Good stuff for sure. I would love to have something of this calibre in the style available locally.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 01:31:55 | More by jrenihan
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Driftwood Brewing 'BlackStone Porter' @ 5.1% served from a growler purchased for $12.50

A-pour is a dark brown with a good size fine tan head that is dissapating leaving some sticky lace along the pint glass

S-roasted coffee , barley and other grains , chocolate

T-some rich and robust chocolate malt with a dry bitter coffee finish

MF-crisp & smooth on the palate , good carbonation , medium body

Ov-good almost great beer , another winner from Driftwood , glad it's been re-released again , glad I got to try it fresh from a growler

prost LampertLand

Serving type: growler

12-31-2013 07:28:02 | More by LampertLand
Photo of JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Found this bottle at a shop in July, I imagine it was part of the fall 2012 release. Just drank last night. I am assuming it hasn't lost anything over that time - doesn't seem like it to me.

A: Pours an intensely dark brown, appears black. Head is dark tan, quite large and fairly dense.

S: All chocolate all the time. Bittersweet, cocoa.

T: Mocha - dark chocolate and coffee/espresso flavours are blended perfectly. Bitterness and sweetness are both delicate and balanced.

M: Insanely smooth, like chocolate milk but better. On the thin side but still mouth coating.

It may lack the power or body as compared to a RIS, but with a mouthfeel and drinkability signature to a great porter. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 03:55:28 | More by JasonLovesBeer
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge props to my bro for hooking me up with this brew...

A - Pours pitch black with a dark ruby colour on the edge, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Dark cocoa, milk chocolate, hints of burnt toast and espresso with a touch of leafy greens.

T - Much like the nose with a heavy dose of dark cocoa and milk chocolate, more sweet than bitter, hints of espresso, burnt malts, and a touch of tobacco on the finish alongside some leafy greens.

M - Medium bodied, insanely smooth and a touch of stickiness on the finish.

O - Another winner from Driftwood, delicious flavour profile, insanely sessionable and incredibly delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 03:29:15 | More by andrenaline
Photo of Jeffo


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another awesome bottle from Rutager. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medum looking, tan head with good retention. Head fades to a faint wisp and bubbly ring, leaving some clinging lacing on the top of the glass. Black body with lower levels of carbonation. A ring and slight wisp remain until the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Good looking porter.

SMELL: I see what's going on here. Huge nose on this one. Roasted malts, lots of dark chocolate, coffee aromas, and a nice dose of sweet vanilla cream. Very bold and enticing. Excellent stuff.

TASTE: Some dark malts, caramel notes and light roasted touches up front, but this is generally weaker and less impressive than the nose. Dark chocolate at the swallow, then a medium but lingering finish of caramel malts, vanilla sweetness and some bitterness from the chocolate and coffee flavors. This gets a little bigger and more impressive as it sits, and although it is good, it doesn't quite match the nose.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes dry on the palate. Almost a little astringent, but works out fine.

OVERALL: Quality beer for sure, though the nose stole the show and the rest of the cast just couldn't quite keep up. A flavorful and enjoyable beer for sure, but doesn't quite reach its full potential. Enjoyed this beer and would glaldy drink it again. Cheers again Rutager!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 12:11:35 | More by Jeffo
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes accumulated since the birth of Zoe.

Thanks to chickenm for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: A dense brown body with a pockmarked light brown head that latches to the glass all around.

Smell: Chocolatey-sweet coffee and a strong roasted chocolate comes out more intense.

Taste: A real nice mix of robust coffee (espresso-like) and chocolate. Flavor just lingers and feels full & authentic. Has a thick cream flavor in the end.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a lip smacking smoothness that is excellent.

Overall: A very delightful and well made porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 00:01:30 | More by papat444
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep chocolate brown with a little red and almost a finger of tan head.

Smell. Rich roasty coffee and dark chocolate. Yum.

Taste. Nice coffee, caramel, some roasty malt and dark chocolate, more coffee in the end. Slight acidity. Just what I like in a porter.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Great porter here. Full flavours and just right in body.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 02:28:55 | More by Rutager
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" mocha coloured head that dissipated quickly over cola colored liquid.

S: Coffee and toasted malt.

T: Bitter toasted malt up front which transitions to coffee and some caramel malt.

M: Thin viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The presence of toasted malt makes this porter beg to be accompanied by a cigar or cigarette. A little thin for my liking, this porter could use more dark chocolate malt tones, but it is good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 22:30:32 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into pint glass 2/7/11

A dark cola with a reddish glow when held to the light, gentle pour still yields a solid two finger mocha head that retains well and leaves a couple partial rings of lace with a few random thick patches

S lots of sweet milk chocolate with a little smoke and faint raisin, I don't pick up on much else but what it dose have is quite strong

T not far from the smell but not as strong, faint coffee but I expected a little more of a flavor explosion after smelling this one, still decent but not mind blowing

M a little thin but its smooth and has enough bubbles to keep it from feeling flat

O nice brew for sure, if the flavor could pack the same punch as the smell this could become a first class porter

this is a respectable brew form what is quickly becoming my favorite brewery out west and perhaps the whole country. I loved the simple but strong nose and could session this all day, worth picking up for sure

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 04:15:42 | More by wordemupg
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, Mark, for sharing this one.

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown hue, no highlights to speak of, with no head but with tan suds around the rim.

Smell -- Cocoa and vanilla are most dominant, and paired with the moderate malt sweetness, it makes for a gentle, inviting aroma. There is also a fair amount of roast character as well, including faint coffee-like aroma, well-roasted malt, and a hint of smoke.

Taste -- A letdown from the nose. Roast malt dominates, with coffee and an ample amount of smoke. Finish is ashy. Not as interesting or as complex as the nose led on, though still good.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with ample carbonation. Eh.

Overall -- Pretty decent. Aside from the ashy finish, I'd say this was a pretty good porter. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 17:41:08 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor has lots of chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee bitterness and a tiny bit of smoke. This beer gets better after it warms up a little. Medium body, smooth and pretty dry. Definitely sessionable, this is a very enjoyable porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:44:53 | More by chickenm
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, near black at times, light head, no lacing. The smell is quite roasty, chocolate come through, bittersweet notes, coffee, lots of malt. Taste is pretty well balanced, coffee comes through in a big way, chocolate, roasted malt, decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and kind of thin even for porter, a touch watery at points. Good overall, would revisit this down the road. Nice work here.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 15:57:18 | More by peensteen
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled at Volo, poured into a flute glass.

Poured a deep chestnut brown, with some ruby red notes. A nice beige head comes with it, and sticks around quite well and laces nicely. Nose is full of roasty notes, coffee, some creamy and almost 'velvety' milk chocolate as well. Taste has more roasty coffee flavours, mild dark chocolate on the palate and finishes with a lingering coffee-like bitterness. Mouthfeel was a bit thin I thought, almost watery at times. However, it maintains a good drinkability and goes down well. A nice drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 16:07:51 | More by liamt07
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled jan 31/2011.

pours deep dark brown, neither black nor opaque, with a big cap of dense light brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is great. tons of chocolate. dark and bittersweet chocolate in the background, with a ton of milk chocolate up front. bit of coffee. light caramel and toffee. biscuit and whole wheat bread. lightly herbal.

taste is good. lots of chocolate, leaning more toward the dark side than milk chocolate. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. dark roast coffee. just under medium bitterness level. hint of alcohol. nice herbal component. bit of smoke.

mouthfeel is good. right around medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. great depth. a tasty porter!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 18:05:54 | More by grub
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle picked up at the Central City beerstore in Surrey.

Pours a dark and opaque black, faint touch of dark orange and red in the edges, very thick and creamy tan head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass and a thin layer, tons of lace spirals stick to the glass.

Smell is real nice, sweet and malty, some toffee, coffee roast, chocolate wafers and chocolate milk, very light lactic kick, a bit of biscuit/graham cracker, raisin and some fruity sweetness, very light citrus and floral hoppiness, quite nice.

Taste is neat, dry cocoa and some powdery chocolate wafer, a bit of coffee roast, toffee and a bit of maple sweetness, chocolate milk, graham cracker, a bit of fruitiness, nice dry finish, very balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth, nice character, carbonation is a touch high for me but otherwise a real nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 00:49:49 | More by Viggo
Photo of spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a heavy black with a small light brown head. The coffee is evident in both the smell and taste. I can't stress it enough, VERY HEAVY with coffee notes. There is a smoothness to the body that can't be overlooked. I will keep buying Driftwood because they make great beer, this just isn't one of my favs.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:59:05 | More by spree92
Photo of sammytag

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful black pint, with a thick creamy head.

S - All the dark, roasty notes one would expect from an exceptional porter.

T - Rich coffee and dark, pungent malts. Very robust in flavour. Well rounded, but bold.

M - The carbonation is a little sharp for an English style porter, and so, must be scored as below average for the style. A little calmer carbonation would really improve this already excellent brew. The carbonation does calm down a little bit as it sits in the glass, but, just a tad too assertive overall, in my opinion.

D - Very, very good. This brew is complex enough to be a slow sipper, but friendly and enticing enough to be a gulper. Improves considerably as it warms.

I might be a bit biased, because I love the English porter style, however, this brew is a solid example of how it should be done. One of the many good examples of English style porters coming from a Canadian microbrewery.

This brew pairs magnificently with strong cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 04:08:57 | More by sammytag
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blackstone porter pours a nearly opaque black with a nice light brown head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt, with undertones of sweet caramel. There is plenty of chocolatey roasted malt in the flavor. There is just a hint of caramel, but the beer is quite dry. Some damp, earthy hops ride the somewhat astringent finish. There is a bit of fruitiness at the end as well. The beer is a bit on the thin side, which doesn't help support the heavy roasted character.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 03:59:57 | More by ericj551
Photo of Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours opaque dark brown. The head is brown and leaves delicate lacing until it settles to a ring half way through.

S - strong chocolate, wood, nut, light coffee and vanilla

T - slightly astringent dark chocolate and up front, settling well into a nutty/woody flavor. The bitter flavors settle nicely and are never overbearing.

M - low carbonation, medium-thick body, very smooth and easy to sip. The finish is slightly dry on the tongue.

D - very drinkable with its moderate ABV. The smell is the highlight here.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 03:27:58 | More by Grunewald
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very competent porter from our rising West Coast. Pours black with fading white head. Aroma of mollasses and cocoa. Above average mouthfeel appropriately carbonated. The taste has a bit of licorice, mollasses, and cocoa and it works smooth as a porter. Thank you so much Seldom Seen. Very drinkable, good malting.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 22:22:36 | More by Sammy
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No surprise that this beer tastes a bit like Lighthouse Brewing's Stout as the brewers used to brew for that company. This is an impressive porter with a lot of complexity with little ABV. The beer needs to warm up as the burnt malt flavour needs to mix in with the other flavours. I really savoured this beer which makes a change from the usual drinking porters at this ABV which sacrifice a big mouthfeel for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 03:35:01 | More by canucklehead
Photo of wiessguy

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The complexity of this beer builds as it warms a little in the glass as the apparent 'thinness' at colder temperatures gives way to a full bodied (1014 FG on my hydrometer)bittersweet chocolate (sour mash addition on the bottle description?) and coffee profile that meets a full roasted chocolate-malty body finishing on a crisp roasted note.
Lacking the deep roasted barley notes of a stout, this porter delivers a complex and deeply satisfying profile of everything I look for in an authentic porter. A killer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 04:17:29 | More by wiessguy
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, slightly ruby in the light. Finger of nice chocolaty head. Looks great.

Smells heavy on the burnt malt, chocolate, hint of roasted coffee beans. The burnt smell took me back a little at first, this is a straight up porter - no messing around!

Taste brings out more of the chocolate, lots of roasting malts, smoke. Silky smooth, medium body, light hops in the back, light lacing.

Overall: I was left a little wanting on the taste side of it all - lots of burnt/roasting malts that perhaps was a little too dominant. That said, as it warmed up some of the other flavors started to fill out around the burnt taste, making it much more rounded. A solid example of a English porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 01:36:31 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of CaptainPascoe

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark porter, with a thick black appearance, very Stout - like.
It has aromas of burnt cocoa and coffee with a little hop behind it all. The taste is very full bodied, It fills the mouth with the burnt coffee and cocoa bean flavours, a touch of hop and a medium malt richness.
This is a full-on beer, enjoyable and very drinkable in small amounts. I wouldn't choose this for an all night session, but would enjoy sharing it with other beer aficionados.
Driftwood seem to be making a small range of interesting beers that are well worth checking out!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 21:09:50 | More by CaptainPascoe
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with ruby highlights, excellent retention, good lacing.

S: Roasted malt, roasted nuts, bakers chocolate, smoke, molasses/brown-sugar and a light spiciness.

T: Bakers chocolate & coffee, dark rye bread, hint of fruity esters, light roasted sourness, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth, carbonation is pleasantly on the low side of moderate, off-dry finish.

D: Quite quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 01:48:29 | More by Derek
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90 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.