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Black Creek Porter - Black Creek Historic Brewery

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Photo of BBickle
4.73/5  rDev +46.9%

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.

BBickle, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of OldGrowler
4.1/5  rDev +27.3%

I can't believe this is a Toronto beer, let alone linked to Trafalgar Brewing. The full-bodied coffee/choco/malty flavour and slight bitterness equal one satisfying mouthful. Yet its smooth, great lingering mouthfeel. The aroma is malty and something else ... meaty? Very drinkable. I would buy this for a party, as it can be enjoyed singly or en volume. Oh -- not a porter though, lol.

OldGrowler, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of DaveBar
4.09/5  rDev +27%

Purchased at the LCBO for approx. $3.95 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip.

A- Very good. Opens well. Pours no head though at all

S- EXCELLENT!! I live for this burnt smell!

T- OOOO yea! Do it

M- A bit lacking

O- WOW this is good. I like it a lot. Super flavor. It got the burnt nut, roasted malt flavor you are looking for. Alcohol low, flavor high

Food Pairing

This wonderful little beer goes well with... Sushi

Enjoy

DaveBar, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Foddz
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%

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.

Foddz, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +24.2%

dipso123, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +24.2%

bigox420, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Bottled version, which is hopefully a million miles away from the barrel-aged version I had a year or so back.

Cola coloured body with a finger of tiny head that slowly subsides and leaves some excellent lace patches on the glass. Nose is extremely pleasant with cocoa, coffee, chocolate and oats. Gentle flavour contains everything noted in the nose, with the cocoa perhaps proving the most dominant. A very pleasing and sessionable combination, and far removed from the cheap Hungarian table wine that the first one reminded me of. Medium-light body and a smooth carbonation.

I like this one - it makes a nice addition to the scene and is a damn solid porter. It doesn't even seem to have suffered from being bottled at Trafalgar.

bobsy, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

ThinkAgain, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of pieman25
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

pieman25, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Stocean1
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured two fingers into a pint glass, decent retention, patchy lacing, deep brown in colour, light chocolate head

Smell is coffee, burnt malt, chocolate and vanilla

Taste follows the nose and is really well balanced

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Smooth but could use some more body and a little less carbonation. Slight bitterness.

Overall, a decent porter that is worth another taste.

Stocean1, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

andrenaline, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

Jeffo, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

1 finger head that settled in a minute or two. Near solid brown-black body.

Nice semi-sweet cocoa aroma over the head.

Rich, coffee-chocolate taste with significant carbonation bite. Only moderate bitterness.

Overall, very nice. My kind of beer. I would, however, ask for a London Porter instead, given the choice, but this is a fine secondary alternative.

The-Jolly-Imbiber, May 04, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%

Bottle: Poured a dark clear black color porter with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of aromatic coffee with nice dry roasted notes. Taste is well balanced between some dry roasted malt notes with some really nice aromatic coffee notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation. Better then expected form this new brewery.

Phyl21ca, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%

500ml bottle, best before Aug 2011 - thanks to tbeckett for the Hogtown hookup...

This beer pours a clear, dark cola hue, with one thin finger of fine, foamy pale beige head, which settles slowly, rendering a drooping painted meniscus of lace around the glass. It smells of lightly roasted bready, biscuit malt, some oily nuttiness, baker's chocolate-dipped dried orchard fruit, and some dusty hops. The taste is more chocolate biscuit malt, a bit of distinct, mildly tart cherry, mixed bar nuts, a soft, almost lactic sourness, and very sedate earthy hops. The carbonation is running on empty, the body medium weight, and quite smooth. It finishes clean, the malt still sweet and understated, but now dealing with a slight surge in leafy, bitter hops.

I gotta say, I like this porter, with its nod to the inherent sourness of the historic style (I guess when the brewery calls itself 'Historic' in its name, it's nice to see that represented in the end product, intentional or not), and the balanced, tasty malt. Nothing ground-shaking, but enjoyable nonetheless.

biboergosum, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of JasonThaler
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

JasonThaler, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a dark brown colour with tan head that quickly dissipates without much lacing. Smells of roasted malt and coffee. Flavour is quite nice, some mild bitterness and the roast really comes through. Carbonation is good despite having almost no head on the beer. A nice porter. I suspect ratings would be higher for this if everyone had it in bottle instead of on cask.

kwjd, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

WeissBoy, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Bf_89, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

BigGruntyThirst, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of hotsudge
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

hotsudge, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%

Black Creek Porter is actually more of a dark brown; transparency is easily observed as are warmer, more vivid tones when held into the light. Whatever head formed off the pour has long evaporated and shows no signs of coming back. It still looks alright though.

Supposedly, Black Creek Porter is based on a collection of recipes dating back to the 1800s. This doesn't surprise me, given how bare, unembellished and elementary the thing smells. Brown malts, lightly smoked and roasty, make up the entirety of the aroma without, some dark fruit exempted, a trace, trickle or smidgen of anything exciting to dress them up.

Although the original recipe is brewed in small batches and fermented in oak barrels for the Black Creek Pioneer Village this bottled version is brewed at Trafalgar Brewing. How a brewery with such a terrible track record of quality control earned the contract is beyond me and, to no one's surprise, the beer suffers from their signature flat, syrupy texture.

But otherwise it isn't so bad. The malt bill, despite being quite thinnish, amounts to a solidly roasted flavour with hints of coffee and hazelnut that is agreeable and toothsome enough to entertain for the full pint. A very modest bitterness concludes things lickety-split, ending prematurely the cocoa-like flavour that I'd of liked to linger.

Black Creek Porter has obviously made huge strides since it was first debuted. While it still has a ways to go, at very least it makes a serviceable, half-way decent beer. This has been my second bottle of it and while I can't justify purchasing another, I feel confident enough in trying something else from this brewery and will be expecting positive results.

biegaman, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottle randomly picked up at the uptown Waterloo LCBO. I visited Black Creek way back when in public school - interested to find they have a brewery.

Poured into a nonic. Dark brown, chestnut round the edges when held to the light. Thin head quickly recedes after pouring. Sharp carbonation creates the visual effect of a pint of Coca Cola. Good lacing on the glass, however.

Nose is roasted malt, coffee, caramel, oats.

Actually, tastes pretty fine, about where a porter should be at. Similar notes to the nose, good malty base, finish gets a bit thin and tinny, but other than that, it'll do. Smooth and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it's easy to drink and has reasonable carbonation.

A decent porter. Clearly they've fixed whatever major problems the early cask editions had going on. Nothing truly unique to back up the bottle's claim that one will "taste Ontario's brewing heritage," but still it did the trick. Worth a try.

JohnnyBarman, Nov 12, 2010
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Black Creek Porter from Black Creek Historic Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.