Blackstone Porter | Driftwood Brewery

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Blackstone PorterBlackstone Porter

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

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

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Photo of JonCorbett
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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%
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 D-HopSupreme
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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 Svingjo
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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 +2.2%
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%
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 biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt with light dry roasted notes is interesting. Taste is dominated by chocolate malt notes with some dry roasted malt and a dry aftertaste. Body is pretty full for style with nice creamy touch and good carbonation. Not a style that I seek often but this one was enjoyable.

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Photo of souvenirs
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inky black, one finger of tan head. Nice roasted aroma. Bold coffee taste, a little bit sour. Lively mouthfeel. Not sure why it took me so long to get around to trying this.

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Photo of imfinished
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a dark, intense coffee taste. A little bitter, but not distasteful. Smells very much of coffee as well. As someone who doesn't actually drink coffee, I feel like this is what it's like, except cold.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled December 19, 2013

Black with a moderately sized tan head. Good retention. Some lacing.

Nose contains roasted malt. chocolate and some caramel.

Flavour is very nice. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and a touch of bitterness. Everything is well balanced and flavourful.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit heavy, but not in a bad way.

Overall, a very nice porter. Traditional but a bold flavour. Good stuff for sure. I would love to have something of this calibre in the style available locally.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Driftwood Brewing 'BlackStone Porter' @ 5.1% served from a growler purchased for $12.50

A-pour is a dark brown with a good size fine tan head that is dissapating leaving some sticky lace along the pint glass

S-roasted coffee , barley and other grains , chocolate

T-some rich and robust chocolate malt with a dry bitter coffee finish

MF-crisp & smooth on the palate , good carbonation , medium body

Ov-good almost great beer , another winner from Driftwood , glad it's been re-released again , glad I got to try it fresh from a growler

prost LampertLand

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Found this bottle at a shop in July, I imagine it was part of the fall 2012 release. Just drank last night. I am assuming it hasn't lost anything over that time - doesn't seem like it to me.

A: Pours an intensely dark brown, appears black. Head is dark tan, quite large and fairly dense.

S: All chocolate all the time. Bittersweet, cocoa.

T: Mocha - dark chocolate and coffee/espresso flavours are blended perfectly. Bitterness and sweetness are both delicate and balanced.

M: Insanely smooth, like chocolate milk but better. On the thin side but still mouth coating.

It may lack the power or body as compared to a RIS, but with a mouthfeel and drinkability signature to a great porter. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge props to my bro for hooking me up with this brew...

A - Pours pitch black with a dark ruby colour on the edge, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Dark cocoa, milk chocolate, hints of burnt toast and espresso with a touch of leafy greens.

T - Much like the nose with a heavy dose of dark cocoa and milk chocolate, more sweet than bitter, hints of espresso, burnt malts, and a touch of tobacco on the finish alongside some leafy greens.

M - Medium bodied, insanely smooth and a touch of stickiness on the finish.

O - Another winner from Driftwood, delicious flavour profile, insanely sessionable and incredibly delicious.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another awesome bottle from Rutager. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medum looking, tan head with good retention. Head fades to a faint wisp and bubbly ring, leaving some clinging lacing on the top of the glass. Black body with lower levels of carbonation. A ring and slight wisp remain until the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Good looking porter.

SMELL: I see what's going on here. Huge nose on this one. Roasted malts, lots of dark chocolate, coffee aromas, and a nice dose of sweet vanilla cream. Very bold and enticing. Excellent stuff.

TASTE: Some dark malts, caramel notes and light roasted touches up front, but this is generally weaker and less impressive than the nose. Dark chocolate at the swallow, then a medium but lingering finish of caramel malts, vanilla sweetness and some bitterness from the chocolate and coffee flavors. This gets a little bigger and more impressive as it sits, and although it is good, it doesn't quite match the nose.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes dry on the palate. Almost a little astringent, but works out fine.

OVERALL: Quality beer for sure, though the nose stole the show and the rest of the cast just couldn't quite keep up. A flavorful and enjoyable beer for sure, but doesn't quite reach its full potential. Enjoyed this beer and would glaldy drink it again. Cheers again Rutager!

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Photo of papat444
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes accumulated since the birth of Zoe.

Thanks to chickenm for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: A dense brown body with a pockmarked light brown head that latches to the glass all around.

Smell: Chocolatey-sweet coffee and a strong roasted chocolate comes out more intense.

Taste: A real nice mix of robust coffee (espresso-like) and chocolate. Flavor just lingers and feels full & authentic. Has a thick cream flavor in the end.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a lip smacking smoothness that is excellent.

Overall: A very delightful and well made porter.

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Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep chocolate brown with a little red and almost a finger of tan head.

Smell. Rich roasty coffee and dark chocolate. Yum.

Taste. Nice coffee, caramel, some roasty malt and dark chocolate, more coffee in the end. Slight acidity. Just what I like in a porter.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Great porter here. Full flavours and just right in body.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" mocha coloured head that dissipated quickly over cola colored liquid.

S: Coffee and toasted malt.

T: Bitter toasted malt up front which transitions to coffee and some caramel malt.

M: Thin viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The presence of toasted malt makes this porter beg to be accompanied by a cigar or cigarette. A little thin for my liking, this porter could use more dark chocolate malt tones, but it is good nonetheless.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into pint glass 2/7/11

A dark cola with a reddish glow when held to the light, gentle pour still yields a solid two finger mocha head that retains well and leaves a couple partial rings of lace with a few random thick patches

S lots of sweet milk chocolate with a little smoke and faint raisin, I don't pick up on much else but what it dose have is quite strong

T not far from the smell but not as strong, faint coffee but I expected a little more of a flavor explosion after smelling this one, still decent but not mind blowing

M a little thin but its smooth and has enough bubbles to keep it from feeling flat

O nice brew for sure, if the flavor could pack the same punch as the smell this could become a first class porter

this is a respectable brew form what is quickly becoming my favorite brewery out west and perhaps the whole country. I loved the simple but strong nose and could session this all day, worth picking up for sure

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, Mark, for sharing this one.

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown hue, no highlights to speak of, with no head but with tan suds around the rim.

Smell -- Cocoa and vanilla are most dominant, and paired with the moderate malt sweetness, it makes for a gentle, inviting aroma. There is also a fair amount of roast character as well, including faint coffee-like aroma, well-roasted malt, and a hint of smoke.

Taste -- A letdown from the nose. Roast malt dominates, with coffee and an ample amount of smoke. Finish is ashy. Not as interesting or as complex as the nose led on, though still good.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with ample carbonation. Eh.

Overall -- Pretty decent. Aside from the ashy finish, I'd say this was a pretty good porter. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of chickenm
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor has lots of chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee bitterness and a tiny bit of smoke. This beer gets better after it warms up a little. Medium body, smooth and pretty dry. Definitely sessionable, this is a very enjoyable porter.

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Photo of peensteen
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, near black at times, light head, no lacing. The smell is quite roasty, chocolate come through, bittersweet notes, coffee, lots of malt. Taste is pretty well balanced, coffee comes through in a big way, chocolate, roasted malt, decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and kind of thin even for porter, a touch watery at points. Good overall, would revisit this down the road. Nice work here.

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Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled at Volo, poured into a flute glass.

Poured a deep chestnut brown, with some ruby red notes. A nice beige head comes with it, and sticks around quite well and laces nicely. Nose is full of roasty notes, coffee, some creamy and almost 'velvety' milk chocolate as well. Taste has more roasty coffee flavours, mild dark chocolate on the palate and finishes with a lingering coffee-like bitterness. Mouthfeel was a bit thin I thought, almost watery at times. However, it maintains a good drinkability and goes down well. A nice drinkable porter.

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Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled jan 31/2011.

pours deep dark brown, neither black nor opaque, with a big cap of dense light brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is great. tons of chocolate. dark and bittersweet chocolate in the background, with a ton of milk chocolate up front. bit of coffee. light caramel and toffee. biscuit and whole wheat bread. lightly herbal.

taste is good. lots of chocolate, leaning more toward the dark side than milk chocolate. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. dark roast coffee. just under medium bitterness level. hint of alcohol. nice herbal component. bit of smoke.

mouthfeel is good. right around medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. great depth. a tasty porter!

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Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle picked up at the Central City beerstore in Surrey.

Pours a dark and opaque black, faint touch of dark orange and red in the edges, very thick and creamy tan head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass and a thin layer, tons of lace spirals stick to the glass.

Smell is real nice, sweet and malty, some toffee, coffee roast, chocolate wafers and chocolate milk, very light lactic kick, a bit of biscuit/graham cracker, raisin and some fruity sweetness, very light citrus and floral hoppiness, quite nice.

Taste is neat, dry cocoa and some powdery chocolate wafer, a bit of coffee roast, toffee and a bit of maple sweetness, chocolate milk, graham cracker, a bit of fruitiness, nice dry finish, very balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth, nice character, carbonation is a touch high for me but otherwise a real nice porter.

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