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Black Creek Porter - Black Creek Historic Brewery

Black Creek PorterBlack Creek Porter

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.12%


Brewed by:
Black Creek Historic Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Porter's deep-mahogany colour comes from a darkly roasted malt. The flavour varies from slightly nutty with burnt grain hints to bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Originating as a distinct style in the 1700s, its name comes from the hardworking porters of London who enjoyed this inexpensive, fortifying drink.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 10-05-2009)
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Reviews by grub:
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

500ml bottle. sampled march 8/2011.

pours deep dark brown, not quite black, with a big cap of fluffy dark tan head. the head drops fairly quick but leaves plenty of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. bit of alcohol. bit of cherry and dark fruit. dark toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. bit of caramel.

taste is okay. burnt coffee. burnt toast. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bittersweet and dark chocolate. bit of dark fruit. bit of caramel. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is probably worse than the taste. burnt acrid astringency. medium body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is not very good. the overabundance of roast ruins this one. seemed decent enough otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 02:19:34 | More by grub
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John656

Ontario (Canada)

3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Dark but not jet black in colour, kind of looks like a flat coke. Very little head with a few carbonated bubbles percolating on the surface.

S - Nice roasted smell with strong hints of coffee beans, chocolate and caramel.

T - Hints of bitter chocolate, toffee, and smoked malts. Very carbonated and watery with a bitter lingering aftertaste.

M - Medium-light bodied especially for a Porter. In some ways, this brew reminds me more of a Barley Wine.

O - Nice aroma but doesn't follow through with depth of flavor and texture. Drinkable, but not high up on my list of Porters.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 02:03:04 | More by John656
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BBickle

Ontario (Canada)

4.73/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One word... AMAZING.. This is the best porter that I have ever drank. The Black Creek gange has nailed this one.

Colour - Spot on
Head - Spot on
Carbonation - Spot on
Taste - Amazing

I could drink this porter all night. It has the perfect blend of chocolate, carmel and oak flavours.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:45:48 | More by BBickle
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -53%

06-16-2013 15:23:02 | More by TheBeeraholic
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6%

11-06-2012 16:03:31 | More by cfalovo97
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-09-2012 23:47:56 | More by Molson2000
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO this past summer.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Light brown pour yields a small, off-white head with lousy retention. Head fades quickly to a splotchy wisp and ring. Dark bistre brown body, very clear, with no carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. A touch too light and transparent for the style.

SMELL: Roasted and dark malts, dark chocolate and some chocolate fudge. Pretty nice really, and plenty forthcoming.

TASTE: Dark malts mostly, with caramel sweetness and dark chocolate up front. Burnt toast and some bitter dark chocolate again at the swallow. Bigger and lingering finish of bitter dark chocolate, roasted and malty sweetness and burnt malt notes. Definitely lots of chocolate in this one, and more burnt notes in the flavor than the nose had led on. Very flavorful for the style as well. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. A little light on the palate perhaps.

OVERALL: Other reviewers have been pretty harsh on this one. This is a solid English porter. The nose and flavor are very forward and there's lots in there worth contemplating. A very enjoyable 5% beer, no question. This is one I'll be looking for next year when I'm back home. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 19:30:54 | More by Jeffo
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm still astounded when I drink a Black Creek brew that they are palatable given that they're turned out by the folks at Trafalgar who are infamous for brewing beers that have some weird funk. This one is thankfully funkless.

Pours cola dark with no head, only a thin ring. Very plain looking.

Nose is very subdued, toasty malt, some chocolate and coffee. Also light on the palate, dominated by toasted malts and coffee. Quite thin bodied, slightly tart with a hint of a dry chalky finish.

Drinkable, but unmemorable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 23:38:59 | More by TerryW
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

07-08-2012 02:58:51 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before September 2012. I liked Black Creek's stout, so the porter seems like a logical follow-up.

Pours a deep mahogany brown colour, with scarlet highlights when held to the lamp. It is topped with one finger of dense, smooth beige-coloured head that wastes no time thinning into a foamy, creamy cap on the surface. Some lacing remains above the collar. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malts, with hints of toffee, molasses, walnuts, and a difficult-to-distinguish note somewhere halfway between cocoa and coffee grinds.

Good flavour, but I'd be lying if I said it was especially memorable. Once again the roasted malts steal most of my attention; their nutty, light sweetness comprising the backbone of the overall taste. Some acidity; it imparts a slight tang that I don't find especially endearing here. A slight hint of spent coffee grounds also comes to mind, with some leafy, earthy hop dryness becoming increasingly prominent in the finish. The dryness lingers only briefly. On the thinner side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel. Easy to drink, and definitely not a chore to do so.

Of the three year-round brews I have tried from Black Creek (the pale ale, the stout and this porter), this one is my least favourite. It's kind of tasty I guess, but it's definitely nothing particularly special, and I have a feeling I'll forget about it within a month or so.

Final Grade: 3.35, and a B-minus shows at least some promise. Skimming through my review history, the only other English porters I have tried previously seem to be Rickard's Dark (lol) and Fuller's London Porter. It can't be that surprising that I must rank it lower than the famed FLP, which is one of my favourite 'drinkable dark ales' of all time. That being said - it's certainly not a BAD beer - it's just not a very inspiring one. If you are into sessionable dark beers, Black Creek Porter is worth a try, but in my humble opinion their stout and brown ale (Rifleman's Ration) are better selections that basically meet the same criteria.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 20:40:36 | More by thehyperduck
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Medium brown colour with a small amount of cream coloured head and some good lacing.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, some hazelnut. A light hop presence.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, some nutty flavours. Slightly dry overall with a bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 17:23:39 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Wordslinger

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-06-2012 01:25:22 | More by Wordslinger
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SnatchyMcPants

Indiana

2/5  rDev -37.3%

04-27-2012 22:54:01 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

04-21-2012 06:55:13 | More by WeissBoy
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice dark nut brown color to it with ruby hues shining through . It has a tan head that dies down quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and sweet vanilla.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a roasted malt character with some chocolate, coffee, light vanilla and light earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a slightly thin overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 19:55:52 | More by SebD
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

04-04-2012 02:35:24 | More by ThinkAgain
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traumaqueen


3/5  rDev -6%

04-03-2012 06:34:38 | More by traumaqueen
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dipso123

California

4/5  rDev +25.4%

03-28-2012 00:26:44 | More by dipso123
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Foddz

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany with barely any head. Only just barely translucent enough for a direct light source to shine through. What little head there is persists as a soapy film on top for a decent length of time after the pour.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, dark toffee, and perhaps a hint of charcoal and vanilla. Pleasantly complex while remaining subdued.

T: Coffee, roasted and burnt malts, a little smokiness to it towards the back end of the initial taste. Toffee flavours come through as well. Lingering aftertaste is somewhat burnt, roasted malts. Mild hops bitterness adds a pleasant floral spice that rounds out and compliments the flavours surprisingly well.

M: None too substantial on the tongue, but with enough presence to leave one satisfied. The roasted malt flavours gets the saliva going, leaving a lingering stickiness in its wake. The subtle dryness the hops and alcohol impart are magnified by the burnt notes, leaving one wanting another sip.

O: Very tasty and complex porter. Maybe a little rough around the edges for some palates but I like the bold mixing of flavours this beer provides.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:45:45 | More by Foddz
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

02-05-2012 18:33:27 | More by hotsudge
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pieman25

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was perusing the LCBO nearest to me, and found this stuff. I could only afford one bottle of it, but I was very impressed with this beer.

Appearance: Poured into my pint glass, it had a decent amount of tan/light brown head that dissipated rather quickly. It was a dark brown colour, not much light showed through, but when you held it up to the light you could see some ruby red shining through it.

Smell - not much other than roasted malt.

Taste - A good deal of roasted malts, as well as some coffee and sour notes, followed by just a slight touch of spicy hops to finish it off. I think it could have used a bit more hops to be honest, but I was more than satisfied with the taste of this beer - complex and delicious, but rather drinkable.

Mouthfeel - The beer had little to no carbonation in it, and had a fuller body than some other porters I've had - I think possibly heavier than guinness (not that it's much of an accomplishment), but not any heavier than most porters.

Overall - I would recommend this beer, it's a delicious beer with a good body to it, and the only things that I feel could use improvement would be hops levels and head retention. This is a darn good beer that is well worth trying at least once, and I would certainly try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:46:54 | More by pieman25
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before May 2012. Poured into a pint glass. A very dark ruby with a meager bubbly tan head which soon diminishes to a ring.

Smells of coffee and toasted malts. Strong toasted malts. Charcoal. A very mild hop finish.

Medium light body. Not bad overall. Coffee and toast flavours kind of interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:46:51 | More by scott451
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Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L ~ dark brown, almost black in color. The head is a major disappointment: it rises to only about a finger off of a hard pour and collapses without any lacing to almost nothing quite quickly. Clarity appears to be be very good. When held to garnet-red highlights are revealed.

S ~ not a whole lot going on with the nose, here. I get some faint roasted malt with a hint of nuttiness, maybe some very faint coffee and nutty (almost doughy, like walnut) notes in the background there. But overall it was pretty weak.

T ~ again, there's not a whole lot going on here. In fact, I found that it leaves the feeling of cola without syrup. There was very minimal roasted malt flavors, with similarly very weak coffee and nutty tones. There's moderate hop bitterness, and maybe a slight bit of earthy hop flavor.

F ~ high carbonation and lighter body play up the fact that the flavors themselves are insubstantial. I really think that Black Creek's Pale Ale had more body.

I wasn't really a big fan of this one, obviously. It was drinkable, because it was watery, but there weren't any really strong or interesting flavors to keep the tippler interested with it. I like some of these Black Creek brews, but this one is a resounding "meh"

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 00:31:01 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, with a mahogany hue, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, espresso and a hint of dark cocoa.

T - Tasty chocolate flavours, espresso undertones, nice leafy hop presence that lingers on the finish. A tad mild, but still flavourful.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes wet.

O - Admittedly pretty pleased with this porter. Nothing mind blowing, but definitely tasty and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 15:32:01 | More by andrenaline
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +25.4%

11-29-2011 06:37:37 | More by bigox420
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Black Creek Porter from Black Creek Historic Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.