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Black Creek Porter - Black Creek Historic Brewery

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75
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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 bryehn
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours very dark, with amber and mud brown tones visible when held up to sunlight. The head is rather small but has a rich and creamy look to it. Not much lacing, but a bit of a collar.

The head is inconsistent. I've had this beer several times and other times it's poured with a thicker head or left a fair amount of lacing.

I get a fairly deep wood aroma with hints of smoke and wafer cone. I also find deep fruit tones like raisin or fig in here.

The mouthfeel is nice. Not too thick, but relatively creamy with a mild carbonation. I find Black Creek Porter to be a smooth-drinking beer.

The taste has definite coffee and chocolate notes, creating a decent bitterness that balances the traditional porter syrupyness fairly well. I also get vanilla hints in here from time to time.

I swear this beer looks and tastes slightly different every time I try it, however I always seem to enjoy it and keep tossing one in my basket during visits to my local LCBO outlet.

bryehn, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of paxkey
2.17/5  rDev -32.6%

picked this up at the LCBO. 500ml bottle.
Black Creek village is a historic pioneer recreation that has been in operation for a very long time. All school children in the Toronto area have been for a visit at one time.

Old fashioned costumes with old timey speech. lots of fun. time to try their beer.

right out of the bottle i get a smokey, chocolate, whiskey aroma.

pours dark dark ruby or brown with no head. looks like flat coke in the glass.

the aroma smells artificial. i'm picking up coffee and dark roast scents but an underlying peanut smell that doesnt add appeal.

tastes like it smells. small coffee flavor with an artificial feel to the whole thing.

paxkey, Dec 14, 2010
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
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 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 shamus
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%

Not what I was expecting. This is a case of marketing an inferior product with some prestige design. First of all it pours flat, smells flat and tastes... surprise! Flat. The flavours are so so. Some roasted chocolate and vanilla but the body is so limp that this get's a low rating from me.

shamus, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Viggo
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.

Viggo, Oct 05, 2009
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Black Creek Porter from Black Creek Historic Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.