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Black Creek Porter - Black Creek Historic Brewery

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Black Creek PorterBlack Creek Porter

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 18.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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 hotsudge
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pieman25
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of scott451
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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"

Photo of andrenaline
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jsnoek
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle

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.

Photo of Stocean1
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NForr
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I tend to visit the LCBO in Ontario as it has a much different selection then what we have available in Quebec. Picked this one up on one of my recent trips.

A - Dark brown color, clear. Head dissipated quickly. A little bit of retention along the glass.

S - Smell was really nice. Strong Coco aroma, with lots of coffee mixed in there. I also got some vanilla and Annis.

T - Taste was good, a little sweetness from the malt, but a good amount of bitterness to balance. Strong taste of dark chocolate, with a little bit of coffee from the nose.

M - Mouthfeel was disappointing. I felt that it falls flat - I was hoping for something more robust, but instead was very thin and lacking carbonation.

O - Overall, the nose and tastes were nice, but the body of the beer wasn't enough for me to ever really want to try it again. That being said, this could be a pretty good session beer as it was not very filling.

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Roke87
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature. Best before: April.2011 (uh oh?)

Appearance- Pours a dark brown colour not completely opaque, with lots of light penetrating this one. Average pour yields a nice finger and a half of off white head that quickly dissipates to a nice ring with a nice bubbly top.

Smells- The aromas are actually quite nice, I get a nice maple syrup aroma right off the bat which almost overpowers the aroma and is actually very pleasant, I also detect a small hint of roasted malts and dark chocolate in there as well, and that’s pretty much when this beer goes downhill from here.

Taste- Heavy metallic tastes coming at me right away, the tastes are actually quite off. A small taste of the maple syrup comes though as well as the dark chocolate and malty flavours as well, finishes with a burnt almost refried cigarette taste.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied for a porter, below average to no carbonation, not too much to say in terms of the feel, but this is a very below average porter that’s for sure.

Overall- WTF happened to this one!? It started off with an amazing looking porter and the smells were very on par as well and it goes far downhill from there. The tastes are completely off putting and I get a heavy taste of metallic in there, not sure if it’s because my bottle is a month past the best before date, although I did cellar it at regular porter/stout temperatures along with many other rare bottles (KBS, kuhnhenn BA4D, bells, founders, shorts, etc) or the fact that this beer is just plain garbage. Just happy I picked up one bottle for tasting and didn’t buy anymore because I would have been very disappointed. Not searching this one out again and probably wouldn’t drink it again unless it was given to me, then again I would drink a BMC if it was given to me.

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, turbid ruby brown topped by a frothy off white head that laces well.

If only it tasted as good as it looks.

Lots of chocolate and roast on the nose with some cherry and dried stone fruits and rotting molars.

The taste is overly roasty, slightly chocolate-cherry, reminiscent of black forest cake, oak, slightly tart, acrid, cold weak coffee, nuttiness, some dark rye/sourdough breadiness. There's a sourness that lingers in the finish that makes me uneasy and makes me wonder if freshness might be an issue.

Mouthfeel is the weak link here as the flavors are let down by an incredibly weak and thin body and leaves things not sitting so well on the palate.

This was brewed for Black Creek by Trafalgar. You won't get an argument out of me there.

Photo of liamt07
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Mit
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dark deep amber...almost no light penetrating. Head does not last long at all.

Smell has the expected roasted malts, coffee, chocolate...an almost creamyness to the smell.

Sweet malts with a roasted bitterness to it. I can't put my thumb on the taste though...def creamy flavour..tastes very chocolatey. Maybe I have a cold...LOL

Kinda thin on the palate.

I was kinda dissappointed with this beer.

Photo of grub
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
2.38/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mrmanning
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Lick bo. Deep brown with a light brown whipped topping. The beer is here. Coffee is here, but so is chocolate and roasty notes. Medium bitterness with light sweetness reminds me of black coffee with a sugar cube. Except the coffee is hot and this is not. A porter of a beer if there was one. Medium bodied with good bitterness reminds me why I wake up in the morning.

Photo of Glory
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

You KNow what I just poured this beer in my glass and it comes out so flat it's pretty unreal ! I don't get this one.
No foam, no lacing no nothing little signs of bubbles al around the rim of the glass buts thats it !
The color is nice tough a dark brownish robe. You get to see through next to a light..Its a great color for a porter..but whats up with the carbonation level !!..Give me a little something !!

The Smell is nice, Smoked malt, a little molasse and dark fruity chocolate and candy sugar. Theres also some dark licorish hints.

Its a nice taste same as the smell...
Burnt caramel, smoky malt, star anis...not really but something similar...cough syrup...yeah sort of. Not bad but were is the GAZ!

The taste of burnt malt sticks to the palate for a while and I like that.
But sorry folks the lack of carbonation has handcuffed me to review this beer pretty badly

Cheers lads


Photo of ludachris
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Less than a finger's worth of soapy cream coloured head is left sitting on top of its deep cola brown body after an aggressive pour. Webbed lace pastes itself across the top of the glass after a few swirls.

Pleasant notes of dark chocolate, whisky, and caramel are prominent in this tamed porter. A touch of roastiness and dark fruits makes the smell a bit more rich and a bit more interesting.

Roasted malts and coffee beans flash across the tongue with sweet dark chocolate layered behind them. The roastiness continues into the finish with some messy carbonation that somehow helps bring it out. A touch of dirty earthiness also sits on the tongue in the end that doesn't really entice me to take another sip.

Light, watery, and under carbonated. The level of carbonation takes away from the beer rather than helping to guide it along. With the average ABV and thin mouthfeel, it's easy to take mouthfulls of this stuff but not enjoyable to do so.

A new Ontario brewery sprouting up is only a postive for me, but this, being their only current offering at the LCBO, is not anything but positive. It's not the fact that this seemed to be mediocre at best in nearly all of the 5 categories that makes this a poorly rendered porter, it's the funky earthiness prevalent in the finish and its sub par mouthfeel. I'd still give this brewery another shot, but won't be buying this one again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tbeckett
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Black Creek Porter from Black Creek Historic Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.