Blackstone Porter | Driftwood Brewery

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4.08/5
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Blackstone PorterBlackstone Porter
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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

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#4,257
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42
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113
pDev:
7.35%
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Reviews by Molson2000:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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 thehyperduck
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the LCBO; best before Apr 19 2018 and served slightly chilled. When Fat Tug first showed up in these parts two years back, I had been hoping that more Driftwood brews would soon follow... but this is actually the first new one I've seen in Ontario since.

Pours a deep, opaque mahogany-black hue with reddish highlights; situated atop is a full inch of khaki-coloured, creamy-looking foam that gradually disintegrates over the next five-plus minutes. A smooth, thin cap and collar remain, but little in the way of lacing is left behind. Smells of rich, roasted dark malts, with coffee grounds, molasses, cocoa and a light smokiness standing out, rounded off by light suggestions of dark fruit and vaguely herbal hops. Robust aroma for this style.

A rock solid English-style porter. Or stone solid, whatever - the intense dark roasted malt character that was expressed so effectively on the nose carries through into the flavours. Toasted bread, caramelized sugars and treacle come through amidst pronounced notes of cocoa powder, dark chocolate and espresso. The back end tends towards bittersweet, with hints of coffee and herbal, earthy hop notes helping to counteract the dominance of the malts. Moderately persistent aftertaste, with a hint of smoke and a lingering roasty note. Light-medium in body, with low carbonation that weakly nudges the surface of the palate; feels smooth and a bit watery in the mouth, which is probably it's weakest trait IMO. But it's a forgivable one, because this porter tastes great and drinks like a champ.

Final Grade: 4.17, an A-. Driftwood's Blackstone Porter is one of the best Canadian-made porters I've sampled in quite some time, with a highly satisfying flavour profile that does not skimp out on anything. I am really digging those hints of smoke in particular. It's not likely to unseat my current favourite in this category (Fuller's LP), as it's double the price - but there's no doubt that this is still a fine, robust-flavoured porter that I'd happily recommend to other BAs. I will be buying more of this until the stock runs out.

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Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Tmappin
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very competent porter from our rising West Coast. Pours black with fading white head. Aroma of mollasses and cocoa. Above average mouthfeel appropriately carbonated. The taste has a bit of licorice, mollasses, and cocoa and it works smooth as a porter. Thank you so much Seldom Seen. Very drinkable, good malting.

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Photo of CWVegas
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Brewrambler
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sammytag
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful black pint, with a thick creamy head.

S - All the dark, roasty notes one would expect from an exceptional porter.

T - Rich coffee and dark, pungent malts. Very robust in flavour. Well rounded, but bold.

M - The carbonation is a little sharp for an English style porter, and so, must be scored as below average for the style. A little calmer carbonation would really improve this already excellent brew. The carbonation does calm down a little bit as it sits in the glass, but, just a tad too assertive overall, in my opinion.

D - Very, very good. This brew is complex enough to be a slow sipper, but friendly and enticing enough to be a gulper. Improves considerably as it warms.

I might be a bit biased, because I love the English porter style, however, this brew is a solid example of how it should be done. One of the many good examples of English style porters coming from a Canadian microbrewery.

This brew pairs magnificently with strong cheeses.

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Photo of wiessguy
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The complexity of this beer builds as it warms a little in the glass as the apparent 'thinness' at colder temperatures gives way to a full bodied (1014 FG on my hydrometer)bittersweet chocolate (sour mash addition on the bottle description?) and coffee profile that meets a full roasted chocolate-malty body finishing on a crisp roasted note.
Lacking the deep roasted barley notes of a stout, this porter delivers a complex and deeply satisfying profile of everything I look for in an authentic porter. A killer for sure.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
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 1stOffender
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of souvenirs
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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 jennybeer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisCage
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- This one pours with a beautiful dark brown color that contains just a tinge of reddish hues right around the rim....different than any other porter I've had! The head is also beautiful, being about two fingers thick to start and settling rather softly into a caramel palate over the brew around a half finger in thickness....it is dense and creamy looking to boot! Carbonation is too hard to see and lacing is on the heavy side of modest....there is some artwork forming on the side of my glass. A nice looking porter!

S- Coffee of the black variety, chocolate (dark), lots of sweet and charred malts....I detect the black and chocolate roasts used and the sweetness comes from caramel malt. Woody notes and even a hint of smokiness are noticed on the aroma.....toasted caramel/toffee, blackstrap molasses and creamy mocha round out the finish. Looking forward to tasting this!

T- Heavy smooth dark chocolates, cafe au lait, huge toastiness from the black and chocolate malts, dark toffee sweetness, hints of chocolate covered cherry fruit, hazelnut/walnut/burnt almond robustness, creamy yeast and a finish that is dry and Earthy, yet it has a refreshing mild hop bitterness that just helps keep things in check....it is noticed at the back of my throat. The aftertaste lingers on well after the taste, making me crave yet another sip....

M/O- Super creamy smooth body, the carbonation is tight and simply suits this style of ale, and the alcohol is very well hidden....this is a real treat. Drinkability is high as I could enjoy at least a few of these in a sitting.....could see this being a superior Porter on tap too! I highly recommend and will seek it out again....another great beer by Driftwood!

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Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -12%
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 Mlkluther
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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 pudoo
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of CurtisD
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derf36
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ritzkiss
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, slightly ruby in the light. Finger of nice chocolaty head. Looks great.

Smells heavy on the burnt malt, chocolate, hint of roasted coffee beans. The burnt smell took me back a little at first, this is a straight up porter - no messing around!

Taste brings out more of the chocolate, lots of roasting malts, smoke. Silky smooth, medium body, light hops in the back, light lacing.

Overall: I was left a little wanting on the taste side of it all - lots of burnt/roasting malts that perhaps was a little too dominant. That said, as it warmed up some of the other flavors started to fill out around the burnt taste, making it much more rounded. A solid example of a English porter.

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Blackstone Porter from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 113 ratings