Blackstone Porter | Driftwood Brewery

Blackstone PorterBlackstone Porter
BA SCORE
89.5%
Liked This Beer
4.07 w/ 105 ratings
Blackstone PorterBlackstone Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This London-style porter is distinguished by a bittersweet chocolate character derived from the delicate balance of a traditional sour mash and a blend of select black and chocolate malts.

Added by BDTyre on 12-23-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,161
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
105
Liked:
94
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
7.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with no head or lace. The aroma had some rugged dark to bitter chocolate malts with a nice roasty balance. The flavor lends a hand to the roasty side and then the bitterness of the chocolate nibs end up blending nicely. Robust smooth bitter chocolatey aftertaste running into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation. ABV felt nicely. Overall, really easy going Porter well worthy of having again.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Weak head on top of typical porter elements. Smoke and chocolate with coffee and dark fruit. Something in here was definitely missing to tie everything together. But it was passable for sure.

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Photo of dubnation
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonCorbett
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Super dark brown, nears black but is still in the brown spectrum. Meager half finger of loose bubbly ecru head that quickly drops into a small floating West indies island shape, with a small reef around the ring and pretty much clear of much if any lace, when it does stick, it slowly drops back down the sides.

Aromas: Super medium dark chocolate off the top, some sweet malts with caramel and brown sugar. Maybe a hint of nuttiness, but stays fairly well away from the more earthy tones.

Taste: Bold but tempered, tastes an awful lot like a room temperature quality coffee with some chocolate milk sweetener. It is robust and flavourful, a little bit of a white sugar sweetness and a slight walnut accoutrement.

Mouthfeel: It is a thinner medium, smooth and the cleanliness of the water is there (as it is with most of what I've had from Driftwood - for whatever reason the water itself has a very distinctive, clean and clear feel.) Carbonation is pretty timid, as evident from the short head, but with a swish or two on the palate it does provide a pleasurable thrill to the roof of the mouth and the tongue, which interrupts its overall creaminess slightly but nothing to dramatic. It has a warming finish on the throat, with some bitter linger that gently falls asleep in short order.

Overall: a very satisfying and pleasing porter. I'm not sure if I have had one that is so even tempered and passively bold. Delightfully done, almost excelling in its ability to be average and be what a porter should be.

Pairing: This was a bit easier for me - only because I had a pretty good idea going in to it what I was going to be eating. I make a pretty killer (meatless) 12 bean chili that you'd swear was full of small chunks of meat. And that was my target, I really wanted to compliment that chocolatelyness, so I didn't spicy it up too much (keeping the chipotle chili powder out) and also used half of the brown sugar I usually use to sweeten it. And it worked out pretty good. Stewed tomatoes, red onion, a whole bunch of beans, plenty of moderated spices, and simmered in the slowcooker for 10 hrs... served with lightly buttered homemade dinner rolls.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle.
A: Pours a Super dark brownish black with a very thin tan head with some minor lacing.
S: A nice smoky coffee, chocolate roasted malts nose ,very nice.
T: Toasted malts with coffee and caramels complex for sure.
F: Good balance all around not a lot of carbonation.
O: Not a big Porter guy but i like this one kind of easy drinking on a fall day.

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Photo of byronic
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SmithyAlan
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremy7
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jotora
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndrewC
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black body with thin tan head. The scent is Rich in coffee and chocolate, though it is a bit faint. The taste draws immediate bitterness from the back of the palate while preserving a strong coffee taste, along with light smokiness. The feel is smooth, thought he bitterness is very high. A very bold porter from driftwood here, overall an impressive representation of their dedication to highly flavourful beer.

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maclean25
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Svingjo
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich brown, almost black with a finger thick tan head with half decent retention. The nose brings forth rich chocolate, caramel, roasted coffee, sweet bread and an earthy hops. The taste leads with roasted chocolate malt, slight vanilla, coffee and that same hop note that comes forward in a slight bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a nice medium carbonation. Quite the nice little porter.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another excellent offering from Driftwood. A nice full rich porter with some coffee and chocolate notes and a dry ash finish. One of the better Canadian brewed porters.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6% abv, N/A ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - dark almost black brown with one finger light brown head.
S - loads of chocolate n coffee, like milk shake. roasted malt. little bit smoky, marshmallow, liquorice, earthy. the aromas r even stronger than the regular stout.
T - right at the point carbonated. the tartness from the sour mash really add the complexity to the beer, bittersweet, roasted flavor, smooth medium-light body, lasting is coffee, sweet after taste. not really bitter, so I m thinking around 20-30 ibu.
O - I enjoyed this, driftwood always done beer right. a porter more than I expected from this kinda style, especially the aromas. it stays in middle of porter n stout, richer than potter n lighter than a stout. sour mash evolved the overall experience. good beer, good new bottle design. enjoy on any kind of weather!

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Photo of sherpahigh
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrempel
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, at 6% ABV - nice to see these Driftwood offerings continue to show up in Alberta. A suitably named offering to enjoy on Black Friday, I put forth.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with minor basal mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and bubbly brown head, which leaves a decent band of cobwebbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate wafers, wet ash, singed black coffee, a hint of licorice root, and very plain earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is grainy, gritty caramel malt, chalky cocoa powder, muted cafe-au-lait, a weak dark fleshy orchard fruitiness, further random toasty notes, and the same understated earthy and herbal noble hoppiness from the nose.

The bubbles are quite tame and innocuous, yet somehow apparently supportive in their veiled frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and more or less smooth, with a seemingly failed attempt at an airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, but not by much, the toasty malt, dark chocolate, and ethereal milkiness carrying the day.

Overall, this is a mostly well-wrought version of the venerable London Porter, but I find myself searching for a reason to really like this, instead of it bonking me over the head with its grandeur. Anyways, drinkable enough, especially with all that snow outside (here, not in Victoria, I imagine), and worthy of the Anglo aura being generated around it.

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Blackstone Porter from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 89.5% out of 100 with 105 ratings
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