Black Creek Irish Potato Stout | Black Creek Historic Brewery

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Black Creek Irish Potato StoutBlack Creek Irish Potato Stout
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Black Creek Irish Potato StoutBlack Creek Irish Potato Stout

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Black Creek Historic Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by liamt07 on 03-16-2014

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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO served at cellar temperature; best before July 2014. It shouldn't come as a surprise when I say that 'potato beer' is definitely a new one for me.

Pours an opaque black colour, topped with one finger of dense, creamy, tan-coloured head. It wilts relatively rapidly over the next two minutes or so, leaving behind little more than a modest collar and filmy cap. The aroma off the glass is fairly typical of the style - roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and some earthy notes. I am getting a bit more of a potato skin vibe by sniffing the bottle, but it could be my imagination.

I wasn't sure about this one at first, but the flavours eventually grew on me. This brew is fairly sweet at first, with notes of caramel and molasses dominating initially. Milk chocolate and some roasted malts also shine through, as well as licorice, which leads into an earthy, somewhat bitter finish with a subtle hint of potato. Burnt/roasted coffee notes linger on the palate for a considerably long time, encouraging quick consumption. Medium-bodied, with a silky, smooth mouthfeel on the palate, and low levels of carbonation that lightly agitate the tongue. This is a highly drinkable stout that would make a solid addition to any night's repertoire.

Final Grade: 3.70, an acceptable B. Black Creek's Irish Potato Stout makes for a more-than-decent glass of beer, at least in this reviewer's opinion. It's quite quaffable and reasonably tasty, with the potato aspects staying comfortably in the background. If the word 'potatoes' weren't in the ingredients list, I might consider it an odd vegetal off-flavour, but for the most part it is the 'typical' stout flavours which dominate this one. Worth a try I suppose; like most Black Creek beers it's sessionable enough, but a little too expensive for that to be practical.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Chris_r2112
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown/black colour. A little bit of light sneaks through at the bottom. No head whatsoever.

Smell: Lots of black licorice on the nose. Slight hints of dark chocolate as well. Relatively sweet.

Taste: Very very nice. This dry stout is relatively sweet, with heavy hints of licorice, caramel, as well as slight hints of dark chocolate. It has a very unique taste to it.

Feel: Fairly heavy. Slightly creamy. Light carbonation.

Overall: I've been sceptical about Black Creek ever since I had their pumpkin spice ale back in October, which was truly awful. I love stouts, and it is a local brewery, so I decided to give it another chance. I'm really glad that I did. This dry stout is unique, smooth, and tasty. I'll definitely pick up more of their offerings in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a clear mug.
The appearance was a semi-dark black color with a finger's worth of white foamy to bubbly head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sly speckled but eventually sliding lace slid with the sips.
The aroma had the sweet tones of black licorice, dark chocolate nibs, super light amount of dark fruits, and ended with a little bit of earthiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet touching the black licorice and the dark chocolate together fairly decent yet leaving out the dark fruits a bit more. Some lingering notes of black licorice sweetness in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a huge sessionable aspect to it. For an Irish dry stout, I could gulp sessions of this, just really seemed like the body was more of a porter to me. Carbonation was even pretty low. ABV did feel as projected by the brewer. Finish was somewhat weak but leaning towards some wet sticky black licorice features.
Overall, I'd give this better marks if they said this was an Irish dry porter, but then again, there isn't such a thing.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ikidunot
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before Sept. 2016.

Pours a thin head....watery....flat a bit....hints of chocolate but bit of a mess really and very dull in both flavor and body.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black, almost opaque with a ruby tinge on the extreme edge when held to the light. 3 fingers of deep tan head with a slight red tinge, like the colour of bubbles in chocolate milk.

S: Chocolate, chocolate milk, light smokiness, dark roasted malts.

T: Chocolate, chocolate milk, light dull bitterness near the end that doesn’t linger. Touch of fruitiness that doesn’t last.

M: Very smooth. Medium thick but smooth body, medium low carbonation.

O: Very smooth brew with a cool historic background. Highly drinkable, great label on the bottle.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Mousel
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brody1714
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mikemands
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SenorBiggles
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I was a bit skeptical of adding potatoes to a stout, but Black Creek did manage to get an interesting character here while still producing a nice, drinkable stout. This beer has loads of roasty aromas and is a bit light on the palate, but has a certain thickness that I'd imagine comes from the potatoes. It's not a beer I'd have around often, but it's a more than respectable shot at an unusual style, and I prefer to see this kind of beer innovaton to just another combination of hops thrown in a high-test IPA.

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Photo of Long813
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased for about $4 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - pours a very dark shade of brown, nearly black with a half a finger of tan head. Very modest retention, but some minimal lacing left behind and a thin soapy layer stays on top.

Smell - quite roasty with some notes of dark chocolate a faint hint of chocolate, butterscotch and even licorice. Nice melding of the aromas.

Taste - quite interesting and rather creamy tasting with a touch of chocolate, butterscotch and a earthy graininess. I guess that's where the potatoes come in.

Mouthfeel - exceptionally smooth and creamy with a full body, yet light on its feet. Really nice.

Overall - a really solid englishs tout that's balanced, flavourful, easy to drink and relatively affordable. One of the best I've had from this brewery and a definite winner in my books.

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Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Wajohnst
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pmicdee
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beccy
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly good. Don't be deterred by the potato content - it tastes like a rather basic stout, I actually prefer it to Black Creek's regular stout.

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Photo of Electros
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Simon212
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CRObighit2
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Black Creek Irish Potato Stout from Black Creek Historic Brewery
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