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Blackstone Porter - Driftwood Brewery

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 12-23-2008

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.
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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
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.

Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of CWVegas
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of sammytag
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of wiessguy
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of 1stOffender
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of souvenirs
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inky black, one finger of tan head. Nice roasted aroma. Bold coffee taste, a little bit sour. Lively mouthfeel. Not sure why it took me so long to get around to trying this.

Photo of jennybeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
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.

Photo of pudoo
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of papat444
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -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.

Photo of J-Swan
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of CaptainPascoe
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Photo of LampertLand
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JoeyRamone
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Blackstone Porter from Driftwood Brewery
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