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Black Oak Nutcracker Porter - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Nutcracker PorterBlack Oak Nutcracker Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Festive and fortifying for the winter holiday season, it’s a porter that has been spiced with cinnamon. Perfectly balanced roasty malt with subtle hops delivers character and flavour. Dark ebony colour, enticing hoppy aroma with hints of figgy pudding, mild carbonation leads to a distinctive taste in a full bodied beer.

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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-05-2013 13:24:11 | More by cfalovo97
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-31-2014 02:24:44 | More by joemcgrath27
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-11-2014 21:11:50 | More by Molson2000
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $6 or so

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee, all spice

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some all spice and a hint of dark fruits.

Overall - A nice very drinkable porter with some festive spicy flavours mixed in. A solid beer that I'd buy in 6 pack format around the holidays if available.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2014 23:16:11 | More by spinrsx
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bucky missed out on Black Oak's Nutcracker Porter ("Nutcracker") last Christmas when an article in the Star caused a run on the beer, but this year he managed to pick up a 6 pack at the brewery's retail store. Nutcracker came in a brown 341 ml bottle, and was 5.8% alcohol by volume. There was no visible production date on either the bottles or box, possibly because the brewery ran out of Nutcracker boxes and had to sell the beer in Nut Brown Ale boxes.

Nutcracker poured an opaque dark brown, nearly black colour, with a thin tan coloured head that quickly shrank to a collar of foam. There was little lacing or spotting left down the first half of the glass, but the remaining collar of foam left a surprising amount of lacing through the bottom half of the glass for its small size. Its aroma was mainly of chocolate and coffee malts, with a subtle presence of hops. Nutcracker had a BIG chocolate malt flavour up front, transitioning to coffee and spice, with a mild bitter coffee finish that lingered for a while as an aftertaste. Even without the added cinnamon, this would have been a good flavourful porter and nicely balanced. The beer was medium bodied, had the moderate carbonation normally characteristic of a porter, was very enjoyable on a cold winter night. I look forward to the reappearance of this beer next winter.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 22:02:34 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for about $5. Looked interesting and figured that the winter seasonals were about to go the way of the dodo for at least another year so i thought I'd pick this up.

Appearance - 1 finger of tan head that doesn't last rests on a nearly black beer that is very opaque. After the head recedes some frothy wisps are left on top.

Smell - Chocolate and nuts namely dominate on the nose. There is some sort of overall rich decadence that seems baked into beer sin this style. Coffee and mocha aromas abound as well. Well but together but slightly less fragrant than expected.

Taste - Thin and a bit watery with some leather taste, transitioning to nuts and then coffee with a dark chocolate blend. Smokey roasted characteristics throughout. But even with some high carbonation there is a thinness to the flavor that allows for computation of significant quantities. However, the main drawback is the thinness and lack of flavor intensity since a bit more could really elevate this beer.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin at first but as it warms the mouthfeel aspect of this subsides and gives it some more body. Fairly high carbonation here.

Overall - A more sessionable porter with nutty characteristics blended with coffee makes the a beer that promised everything that it would be, yet I walk away just a bit disappointed as with a little more flavor intensity this could have been so much more.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:05:51 | More by DenisKolkin
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass at a holiday sampling.

Pours black in color, with a thin head falling to a nice collar with nice nacing. Has a nice malty nose with lots of dark chocolate and and roasted notes. The taste follows suite with nice dark chocolate and a touch of spice (nutmeg and raw cinnamon stick). The beer rounds out as it warms. It's a bit thin on the palate, but overall a decent holiday porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 19:56:23 | More by mtomlins
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-16-2014 14:45:16 | More by KrisDLSmith
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-19-2014 23:47:21 | More by bigox420
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-05-2014 04:22:29 | More by Bf_89
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a finger width of beige creamy head.

Smell - Cocoa, roasted malts, dark fruit, slight nuttiness and coffee bean aroma.

Taste - Moderately strong roasted malt flavour with accompaniments of cocoa, raisin/plum, nuts, and coffee bean. Touch of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A pleasant spiced porter by Black Oak. This has been on my wants list for some time and I'm glad to have sampled a bottle. Warm and well-balanced flavours.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 06:39:52 | More by leaddog
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO. I've been hearing good stuff about this spiced porter for at least the past few winters, so I was pumped to finally spot some bottles available locally. Served slightly chilled and poured into a mug.

Pours an opaque brownish-black colour, topped with a half-inch of frothy, short-lived, beige-coloured head that soon disappears. A narrow collar and thin film are all that is left in its wake; not much in the way of lacing, either. Not the most attractive-looking beer I've had in the past few weeks, but it certainly has a nice aroma. Cocoa powder, toasted hazelnuts and roasted malts are quite prominent, in addition to a light touch of cinnamon, fruitcake and coffee; quite enticing.

And not misleading, as this is one of the best porters I've tasted in months. The roasted malts dominate at first, with a good mixture of dark chocolate and espresso flavour that transitions into a combination of dark fruits and molasses sweetness. Cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness work their way forward next, with a somewhat spicy finish that includes bittersweet baker's chocolate note. Pleasant, lingering, roasty aftertaste with a toasted nutty quality. Medium-bodied; fairly smooth with carbonation levels that are a little more aggressive than I tend to prefer from my porters. While I would have no problem drinking this fairly quickly, I am enjoying this brew way too much for that to be a viable course of action.

Final Grade: 4.2, an A-. Black Oak beers were impossible to find in this town as recently as October, but the local shop has been making a concerted effort to bring in more of their brews - and I for one couldn't be happier. Nutcracker Porter is my favourite Black Oak beer so far. It's a superb yuletide brew with a delicious, balanced flavour profile that contains just the precise amount of spice required to transform this from a mere quality session ale into an outstanding Christmas warmer. This one is well worth seeking out and sampling, and I suspect I'll be back for more next December.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 03:03:25 | More by thehyperduck
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

12-23-2013 13:39:04 | More by Vyronian
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-21-2013 03:59:11 | More by Cramshawbar
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-18-2013 20:12:54 | More by nullbort
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info (but i know it's this winter's release).

Appearance: Very dark brown body with a small to average head and little beads of retention on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Candy cane, nuts, caramel, dark fruit, holiday spices and toasted coconut.

Taste: Don't want to sound like a broken record but it tastes what it smells like. Candy cane blends seamlessly with spices and dried fruits. Lingering coconut as well.

Mouthfeel: Very malty, warming, creamy and pleasant.

Overall: Very happy to have tried this and wish i had a sixer of this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 12:12:56 | More by papat444
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MaxwellSchaefer

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Not so good, the head appears brownish and the drink is very dark in color.

Smell: Subdued chocolate notes and there is a "brightness" in the nose that I cant quite place.

Taste: Good bite, heavy on the coffee flavor rather than chocolate. It was a little too bitter and with its heavy coffee notes it kind of make me want to add some coffee mate to it. (I didnt)

Overall: a fairly light bodied stout that was slightly over-bitter, I think less hops in the beer would have made me not reminisce of those days where I forget to buy milk for my morning coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 20:09:28 | More by MaxwellSchaefer
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kinguy

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

03-02-2012 01:36:36 | More by beerhunter13
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Black Oak Nutcracker Porter from Black Oak Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.