Black Creek Stout | Black Creek Historic Brewery

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Black Creek StoutBlack Creek Stout

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Black Creek Historic Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stout is a Porter gone mad. In fact the style was known as "Stout Porter" well into the 19th century. Using extra-darkly roasted grains means chocolate and coffee flavours are more intense, and the sweetness that one finds in Porter is lacking.

Added by Sammy on 07-24-2009

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Photo of Long813
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased for about $4 CDN. Served cold into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

Appearance - Black with just a slight bit of amber hues around the edges of the glass. Opaque and a big two and a half finger tan head was poured. Great retention.

Smell - Oatmeal with some faint caramel and toffee notes a bit of a coffee aroma as well. A bit yeasty upon repeated sniffs.

Taste - Roasty with a bit of a burnt sour coffee flavor, leathery finish. Overall flavor is intense yet light as this has a soft feel.

Mouthfeel - Light body, well carbonated. Not nearly as creamy as others of a similar style and overall a bit thin.

Overall - A tasty English stout that holds its own, but isn't spectacular. The one major plus is that this is pretty damn drinkable, goes down easy even if the feel is thin. Worth a try.

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Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffo
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at the LCBO this past October

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter
Best Before April 2015
Brewed with chocolate wheat

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a 1 ½ finger, medium looking, very light brown head with good retention. Clear bistre brown body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a half wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains with falling dots of lacing.

SMELL: Milder nose with lightly roasted notes, cacao, and some caramel malts as well. Hints of sweet cream in the mix too. Some nice elements, but simply too mild.

TASTE: More flavorful than the nose had advertised. Lightly roasted with caramel sweetness and some licorice up front, and then decent cocoa powder at the swallow. Medium but lingering finish of cocoa, light roasted flavors, some sweet caramel and hints of bitter coffee as well.

PALATE: Medium-lighter body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Nothing special. The aroma was especially weak, unfortunately. The flavor picked up the slack a little, though even there it was unmemorable. Nothing wrong with this one per se, just nothing all that right about it either. Pass and try something else.

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Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beccy
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle design doesn't stand out among other local breweries like Muskoka and Beau's, and the lack of a labelled bottlecap makes it seem rather amateur.

Nice dark colour, but barely any head even when I tried to force one and it died very quickly. Toasted brown bread, chocolate, and coffee flavours. Not a particularly complex flavour but enjoyable and a nice change.

Would drink again.

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Photo of Wajohnst
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CRObighit2
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TerryW
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cola colured beer with a moderate soft looking head. Settles to a heavy film that won't give up, spotty lace throughout.

Nose is gentle, chocolate, sweet malt, charcoal. Surprisingly sweet for a stout, but tasty enough. Primarily coffee and malt. Soft mouthfeel, bordering on creamy. Easy to drink.

Won't blow you away, but competently made, worth a try.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Cramshawbar
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of andrenaline
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark ruby red, finger of head after an aggressive pour with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is surprisingly sweet with milk chocolate dominating alongside toasted oats, burnt bread and hints of vanilla and molasses.

T - Dark cocoa and espresso notes dominate, a metallic flavour lingers alongside the cocoa malts and a leafy green flavour.

M - Lighter bodied and a tad thin, and finishes wet.

O - A tasty stout, though nothing mind blowing. Easily sessioned and a welcome addition to the local LCBO selection. I'll definitely drink a few of these over the holidays.

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Photo of ppoitras
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, completely still, over the barely translucent dark brown brew. A few bubbles meander around the surface, and there is a teeny bit of small-bubbled lacing. Aroma is rich dark malts.

Taste is dark sweetness to start, some oatmeal in the middle, and a slight tartness to the close. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, and smooth in a flat beer way, and drinkability is okay, in the it goes down easy, but again, not in an impressive manner. This is not all it was cracked up to be.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of SebD
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a light brown head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts, coffee, light chocolate and nuts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has roasted malts, coffee/chocolate and nuts. Not overly flavorful.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of pschul4
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of korguy123
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint.

A- Opaque dark brown/black pour with a finger and a half light tan soapy head. Lacing is great.

S- Dark coffee, toast, some nuts (peanuts?) and a bread. Almost no sweetness like you would get in other styles of stout.

T- Dark coffee, toast, slight metallic taste with a sour dough taste.

M- Lighter end of medium bodied. Lingering finish.

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Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before September 2012. I really liked this brewery's pale ale, and that is really the main reason I was curious about this one.

Pours a beautiful thick, pitch-black colour, topped with slightly more than a finger of foamy, creamy beige head. Retention isn't great, but to be fair it was a weak pour and it was probably served a bit cold. Smudges of sticky lacing stick to the inside of the glass, and a soapy beige film remains on the surface. Lovely, rich aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and toffee. Mostly sweet, but a little dry, and very enjoyable.

Highly approachable, enjoyable flavour, though maybe a bit less intense than the nose led me to believe. Roasted malts with a bit of a nutty feel, with more of the coffee grounds and dark chocolate notes from the nose. Slight dark fruit flavour as well, but chocolate and toffee are more dominant. Just a faint hint of smoke toward the finish, which is malty and bittersweet. Solid medium body given the ABV, with a very smooth, slick feel in the mouth. Reasonably drinkable, although two bottles would probably be my maximum for one night.

Final Grade: 3.95, and B+ is a grade that deserves at least some praise. Black Creek Stout is a tasty dark brew, and I have yet to try a disagreeable beer from these guys. It is evident that these people know what they're doing, and that the same level of care and expertise went into brewing this stout as was used for their pale ale.

This is definitely worth a try, but given the price and relative heft-of-body, probably isn't a great session choice for most people. As far as OCB stouts go, this is a very respectable choice that I will probably imbibe again some time.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Black Creek Stout from Black Creek Historic Brewery
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 43 ratings