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Porter - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
With a rich, full flavour, our Porter is nearly black in colour with a creamy head and a nose reminiscent of a dry stout. Not for the faint of heart, this is a beer for dark beer lovers.

Formerly Old English Porter.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003)
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Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-22-2012 18:03:37 | More by chickenm
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

08-08-2014 00:10:29 | More by Fuzzycuffs
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

A single 341ml bottle, so graciously proffered me by the host of an over-stocked Hallowe'en party a few weeks ago on my way out the door.

This beer pours a clear, very dark brown cola colour, with two fingers of moderately dense, and bordering on creamy beige head, which leaves a few broad instances of undulating wavecrest lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

Not exactly emanating from the kitchen halogen-light warmed glass is a lightly roasted caramel malt, dried milk chocolate powder, a mildly sour orchard fruitiness, and slightly metallic warming alcohol. The taste shows some big fruity and bready caramel malt, earthy, but still hefty leafy hops, gritty cocoa beans, an ethereal lactic astringency, and some noticeable, but still well integrated booze warming.

The smoothness of this puppy belies a veritable underlying fizzy carbonation, the body medium-heavy in weight, and fruity in its perceived density. It finishes well off-dry, the sweet 'n fruity malt pretending it's the only game in town, as the lingering nondescript hops struggle to stay above the rising alcohol tide.

A pleasant, strong, malty, and high-test porter, which could certainly don another hat as a winter beer, and in the end, a significant step beyond the rest of OSB's overly approachable stable. And if their brewer is the only guy at whom this beer is targeted - well, I guess he's buying the next time I'm in Vernon.

11-12-2010 03:46:31 | More by biboergosum
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-01-2013 04:13:08 | More by CWVegas
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev 0%

A - jet black, one finger of tan head that dissipated to a light film with an okay lace
S - very roasted almost burnt malt aroma, some nuttiness, very subtle grassy hops, and a hint of licorice
T - burnt barley malt and some nutty malt, some caramelly and alcohol sweetness, mild chocolate and black licorice undertones
M - light to medium carbonation, thick smoothness up front begins to thin out with the alcohol leaving a slightly dry sensation
D - not for the average beer drinker, this brew has strong flavours with an alcohol bite, goes down well but the alcohol does show itself more than I expected, but OK Springs took a risk here which I respect

08-29-2010 01:34:52 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

I have a soft spot for this beer after buying it on impulse a couple of years ago and putting back a few at home while completely forgetting the high alcohol content — boy, did it sneak up on me.

Under the closer scrutiny of a review, it stands up adequately, if not spectacularly.

It pours with a dense brown head, though it leaves little lacing on the pint glass I used. It's opaque and virtually black.

The aroma is mostly a sweet, chocolate smell I'd expect more from a stout. There's a bit of the roasty malt smell considered more typical of porters upon closer examination, but I felt I had to look for it.

The smell translates into a chocolate taste upfront, though you can detect hops in the finish. It's lightly carbonated, but lively.

As I was during that first encounter, I was impressed by the lack of an overpowering booziness for such a strong beer. This a good warmer during the winter, but I couldn't see enjoying this beer beyond that narrow application: it's not exactly refreshing.

01-30-2006 01:42:58 | More by vanrassel
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

I dug this beer out of the back of the fridge, I figure I've been sitting on it for somewhere around two years. I thought I had reviewed one a long time ago, and about half way through the bottle I thought I'd check to see how long ago, because then I'd know how old this bottle was. I guess I never did review it fresh.

The beer is a deep dark brown colour, and it has a few floaties in the bottom now. A finger of tan head formed, and was fairly slow to recede.

Aroma is molasses and black licorice, rum soaked raisins. Brings to mind an imperial stout, but I find the smell less sharp than the bigger stouts I've had. Nice.

The taste is very nice. Time has created a very smooth sweet flavour. Caramel and dark chocolate come to mind, along with dark fruits and rum. Finishes a bit wet(if that makes sense), and holds a very slight alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, carbonation is light and there is a thickness to it that reminds me of a heavier dopplebock more than a creamy porter.

I certainly don't remember enjoying this beer as much when it was fresh. I am less than two months from having a home where I can cellar beer, and this has just made itself a good candidate for some space.

12-13-2006 03:49:52 | More by elricorico
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -37.5%

Appearance: Dark brownish red, a slurry of sediment flakes hanging in suspended animation and just a wimpy ring of lace and a star shaped islands of monofilament bubbles in the center.

Smell: Roasted, nutty aromas show promise, and follows with strong, warming alcohol effluves.

Taste: It tastes just like a Cuba libre, or rhum and coke, and I just so happen to hate that particular drink (understandable considering I hate both ingredients!). Not much body, gassy and nothing but hooch flavors. None of that roasty flavor the aromas suggested, almost no coffee either. It left a cotton candy sweetness at the end which was pleasing at first but got tiresome real quick.

01-04-2006 00:37:23 | More by Goldorak
Photo of GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a very dark brown,might even be black,great looking brew with a deep tan head about 2 fingers and dissipates to a thin collar and very mild lacing.Aroma is roasted coffee,mild fruits like raisin and prunes maybe plum.Taste is of roasted malts and coffee,with sweet prunes and plum,there's a hint of chocolate and licorice in there too,just enough sweetness at the beginning and fading as it gets to the back of the tongue and finishing off with a dryness.Medium body to this one with a kinda creamy feel to it,you can taste the high alcohol content in there but not enough to discourage you from drinking it,it's actually hidden well and blends in quite nicely.Very enjoyable and well worth trying,cause i sure will try it again.

08-15-2008 02:00:06 | More by GrimmReaper
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-07-2013 00:50:49 | More by maplesyrup76
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a clear black color porter with a huge light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry coffee with some black chocolate is lighter then I was expecting. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some black chocolate notes with some more subtle traces of dry coffee. Body is just way too thin for the style, which was a big letdown but great carbonation and no apparent alcohol were enjoyed. At the end of the day thought, this beer has not enough of a full body for the style and could use some more character.

08-28-2008 15:57:43 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Arfnog

British Columbia (Canada)

4.69/5  rDev +25.7%

Has a old world flavor of rich creamy caramelized ingredients. A true dark Porter that leaves a cooling feeling to the palette for quite some time after it has been drank. The smooth acidic makeup of this Porter enhance the flavors and is inhanced buy smoked or dried meats and fish, as well as sharp or medium cheese. It makes a great night of snacking and visiting. Can lead to drinking more then you planed with its smoothness and can sneak up on you with it's 8 + percent alcohol. Price is more then some but we'll worth its weight, not for the light beer drinkers! But for foodies it can open a whole new world!

05-15-2014 06:43:02 | More by Arfnog
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%

This porter is a thick black oil slick in appearance, mahogany highlights around the edges of the glass when held to the light. The thinnest of beige heads before it recedes to nothingness, even the surface looks oily. Aroma is robust, thick roasted malt, coffee and molasses upfront, then followed by earthy tones and a sourness that reminds me of lactose content, but which must be high alcohol content. Flavour packs a whallop, it's practically all the above mentioned characteristics, but seemingly all at once. Roasted and malty in the beginning, earthy molasses in the middle, boozy sour on the finish. Oily on the palate, it lacks a fuller-bodied mouthfeel. Still, this stuff gives me the impression of what porters might have been like back when they used to be blended ales, there seems to be a lot going on in this ale all at once. It just doesn't feel balanced though, at least not to me.

11-11-2003 15:46:18 | More by IronDjinn
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

04-13-2013 16:02:52 | More by MrTinnedPEach
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

12oz from my father-in-laws fridge. Pours a dark brown with hints of garnet, a thin tan head.

Really sweet and somewhat generic. Chocolate, cherries which play with sour at times, not a whiff of roast or bitterness to be found, caramel sweetness, just a hint of cocoa. Hides the ABV pretty well, creamy if not slightly thin mouthfeel. Not terrible but nothing worth going for again.

10-23-2010 21:31:30 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

341 ml brown bottle, label as pictured above, no brewed on or best before date.
Pours quite dark brown with a small, off white head. When held up to the light, you can see some slight amber reddish hilights. Roasted dark malts, with dark fruity (plum, prune) smells. Taste is dominated by roasted malt flavor, also a bit of dark sugar sweetness. Some alcohol come through as well. Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel result from the restrained carbonation. Lots of flavor and high alcohol make it a sipping beer. I bet it would age nicely.

05-06-2007 14:52:04 | More by BigBry
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Okanagan Springs 'Porter' @ 8.5% a Baltic Porter served from a 6pack of 341 ml bottles purchased for $13

A-pour is a dark brown with a medium size off white/tan head that is leaving a spotty lace ring along the pint glass

S-sweet smelling booze soaked dark fruits (figs , rasins, prunes)

T-even sweeter tasting

MF-low/mild carbonation , medium to full bodied , thick tasting

Ov-ok beer , just too sweet for me & the ABV will sneek up on you

prost LampertLand

05-11-2013 21:32:34 | More by LampertLand
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

Straight black apperance with thin head that quickly disappears. Smell is smokey with some malt, grass and chocolate.

Taste is mainly chocolate with malt and roasted nuts. Picked up some toffee, very smokey. Medium-thick bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering chocolate, licorice taste.

Overall this is a decent porter, suprisingly no booze taste from it's abv. Taste isn't overly powerful which could make it dangerous to drink. Worth a try though, good beer with good effect.

03-18-2011 06:27:53 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-11-2012 00:09:32 | More by bumchilly25
Photo of JoeyRamone

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-14-2012 04:02:44 | More by JoeyRamone
Photo of trentmanslow

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance - Very dark reddish-brown, almost black. Light tan/beige, creamy head, 1.5 fingers thick.

Smell - Slightly bitter chocolate, coffee, sweet, malt. Not much alcohol.

Taste - Very similar to smell, somewhat sweeter. Semi-sweet, bitter chocolate is the dominant flavour, accompanied by coffee and malt. Slightly nutty, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Body is somewhat thick, though not greatly so, and alcohol is detectable. Moderately low carbonation, very smooth.

Drinkability - Very drinker friendly, especially considering the alcoholic strength. Due to the thicker-than-average body and moderate carbonation, this beer is quite smooth.

A very good beer that does all that is expected of a good porter and a little more. This beer will not blow you away (unless you are used to drinking adjunct lagers), but it is well worth the price and is a staple in my fridge.

12-23-2010 07:24:54 | More by trentmanslow
Photo of marcusR111

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

A- Pours and looks like a cola. Head is thin and dissipates fast. slight redish brown where light gets through.

S- Little hoppy bitter smell. Smoky

T- Smoky from the toasted malt, bitter from the hops, and has a black licorice kind of taste. Slight metallic taste. Barely get the hint of alcohol

M- Medium carbonation, and not too watery.

D- Could maybe drink 3 in one sitting. It's high on alcohol.

Serving style: Bottle

01-20-2011 00:24:29 | More by marcusR111
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Black, with a little tan head. No retention or lace.

S: Fruity chocolate (British yeast?)

T: Fruity, bready chocolate, a little prune. Well rounded, good flavour. Alcohol strength is completely hidden!

M: Light to moderate body, moderately high carbonation.

D: Very approachable. Very easy drinker, especially considering the abv.

12-17-2005 03:26:27 | More by Derek
Photo of Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours very dark brown, almost black, and is transparent when held up to light (no cloudiness). The head is white and vanishes very quickly.

S - coffee, plums, prunes, cherries and a light leather scent

T - very sweet chocolate and coffee taste with fruit details

M - very low carbonation, milky and creamy with a wet finish

D - The alcohol hit me very quick. This is a highly enjoyable beer I would drink one or two of on occasion. The sweetness is not overpowering and the mouthfeel is great.

07-10-2009 06:56:20 | More by Grunewald
Photo of fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-21-2011 17:06:32 | More by fizzyted
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Porter from Okanagan Spring Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.