Black Creek Porter - Black Creek Historic Brewery
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2.68/5 rDev -16.8%
Cask at C'est What. My last four ounces of beer in the evening, and something I needed to sip. The brewer told me they have had to toss at least one cask of porter in the past, so I can understand some wide variance in recipes and process from what is served. It was very wine like, and strong tannins at that! And the wine that you have around in your fridge longer than you should and its becoming vinegarish. No carbonation itself. Reddish black. I do believe wine was added. Vinegar aroma.
10-06-2009 01:55:37 | More by Sammy
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.
01-19-2011 16:27:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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.
06-23-2011 22:23:12 | More by biboergosum
3.03/5 rDev -5.9%
My dad picked this up for me at the LCBO. Thanks! Served in a Heady Topper glass.
A - Pours with a finger of foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, but with minimal lace. Dark caramel brown body that has some transparency.
S - Caramel, buttery, vanilla, coffee - there's an extract quality to the flavors. Strongly reminds me of 7-11 French Vanilla. Cloyingly sweet.
T - Coffee, caramel, vanilla, and some stale espresso bitterness.
M - Overcarbonated, medium-thin body, lightly dry finish.
D - Meh, this was largely meidocre. One of the few passable porters available at the LCBO but far from good.
03-06-2011 22:24:37 | More by MasterSki
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.
11-16-2010 00:57:14 | More by biegaman
1.3/5 rDev -59.6%
On cask at C'est What?.
Pours an opaque and oily dark brown/black, no head at all, few brown bubbles float around on top, doesn't look very appetizing. Smell is awful, dirty socks, weird fruitiness, sweat, Derek described it as if someone wiped their ass with a piece of licorice, this is pretty gross. Taste is weird, almost exactly like a glass of cheap red wine, really grapey, some fruit, licorice, oily feel, no idea what is going on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, no carbonation, very slick. Definitely not enjoyable. I know they're trying to be traditional but beer wouldn't exist anymore if it always tasted this bad.
10-05-2009 15:10:12 | More by Viggo
British Columbia (Canada)
2.78/5 rDev -13.7%
Served at C'est what from a wooden cask!
A: Black. ZERO head.
S: Licorice, sherry and a little foot-like cheese aroma.
T: Licorice, plenty of wood, winey (is the wood fooling my tastebuds?), fruity, molasses, good bitterness.
M: Light to moderate body, no carbonation.
D: Definitely below average for a porter.
10-07-2009 00:50:43 | More by Derek
3.1/5 rDev -3.7%
Bottle form the LCBO, best before date of August 2011. Into a pint glass.
Pours dark brown, some ruby red and mahogany highlights. A couple fingers of tan head, almost resemblant of cappucino; thick and creamy. Moderate retention. Nose is mostly coffee and some roasted notes. A creaminess, andmaybe a hint of milk chocolate. Taste is thinner and more subtle in all respects. Lesser coffee, slight roasted notes and maybe some milk chocolate again. Carbonation is quite high, too much for my liking. Body is quite thin. Not bad, just generally mediocre overall.
04-10-2011 03:59:59 | More by liamt07
2.38/5 rDev -26.1%
Thanks to Alex for another random Canadian tick... Pours medium brown with a light tan head, ok cap and lacing... The aroma is generic coffee with cream, just too sweet and chemical, bad cheap coffee... Its taste like stale coffee, and its way too carbonated giving it a weird coffee bitter with bubbly note... Skip this one.
03-07-2011 19:54:49 | More by jrallen34
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.
06-10-2012 17:23:39 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5 rDev +0.9%
Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an average size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Chocolate, malts, vanilla
Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a bit of vanilla. There is also a touch of nuts and a bit of a metallic flavour. It ends with a chocolaty aftertaste.
Overall – A decent scent and taste, but the mouthfeel is lacking. It needs more carbonation and it seemed really light and thin. It's drinkable but for the price there are better options to be had.
11-16-2011 19:39:05 | More by spinrsx
2.5/5 rDev -22.4%
A - Black with a two finger tan head and no visible carbonation.
S - Mild chocolate and roastiness. Mild coffee there also. Sort of a cola aspect too.
T - Cola aspect is there again with that mild chocolate and coffee. Some of that typical Trafalgar-ness is the form of sourish notes. Dry finish and some slight bitterness. A hint of grassiness or something akin to that is there too but I can't quite pinpoint it.
M - Medium bodied with not alot of carbonation. Smooth.
D - Ok but not great. Decent for these guys and a decent plain old porter but off in some respects. These guys can't get it right and the LCBO eats it up. Don't want another.
01-08-2011 22:14:51 | More by tbeckett
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.
11-10-2010 16:14:46 | More by bobsy
3.73/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
12-03-2011 15:32:01 | More by andrenaline
2.53/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
03-09-2011 02:19:34 | More by grub
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.
08-29-2012 19:30:54 | More by Jeffo
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.
11-04-2010 04:30:45 | More by kwjd
3.03/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
04-11-2012 19:55:52 | More by SebD
3.4/5 rDev +5.6%
Have enjoyed many a Black Creek porter before tonight and always considered it an excellent OCB beer, but this is the first time I've tried it back-to-back against Black Creek stout. It doesn't measure up nearly as well as I expected.
Beautiful clear beer, a very dark amber with decent head. Mouthfeel is enjoyable, but thinner than the stout. Aroma of black molasses, with roasted malts predominating more in the taste. A sweeter flavour than I’d choose, albeit with dryness in the finish.
Not as well balanced as its stout cousin, but still definitely a beer and a brewery I will continue to support!
11-18-2011 01:34:04 | More by hopsolutely
2.88/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
08-16-2012 23:38:59 | More by TerryW
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.
11-12-2010 05:11:32 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.35/5 rDev +4%
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.
06-29-2012 20:40:36 | More by thehyperduck
Black Creek Porter from Black Creek Historic Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.