Black Creek Stout | Black Creek Historic Brewery

Black Creek StoutBlack Creek Stout
BA SCORE
30.2%
Liked This Beer
3.5 w/ 43 ratings
Black Creek StoutBlack Creek Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Creek Historic Brewery
Ontario, Canada
blackcreekbrewery.ca

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,804
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
43
Liked:
13
Avg:
3.5/5
pDev:
11.71%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of allergictomacros
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick tan foam over almost-pitch-black liquid.

S - Nose is roasty, toasty, hints of molasses etc.

T - Ooo. Dry. Lots of roasted bitterness and char. Not a lot of fruit in this - mostly dark toastiness. A little bit of acidity.

M - Moderate body, nothing special here. A bit of a carbonated kick.

D - Fairly easy drinking if you like a dark beer. Dark and toasty but clean.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bylerteck
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Almost black with red edges. One finger of light brown head with no visible carbonation. No exactly opaque but some light does come through. A small spattering of lace and a film of retention.

S - Lot's of coffee, chocolate, grain. Mostly well roasted coffee and sweet notes with some nuttiness.

T - Coffee, chocolate, nuttiness, cola, roasty notes. Seems overly sweet and a little rough.

M - Good carbonation, light-ish body, with a sweet finish.

O/D - Not bad. Smells better than it tastes but it's drinkable and better than expected. Not worth the $3.50 it cost. Just kinda plain.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Founder's tulip. B/B AL 2012.

A - Poured medium to dark brown and settled black with a small amount of light brown head that very quickly disappeared.

S - Roasted malts, nuttiness, chocolate and a mild bitterness that is accompanied by the big sweetness of the chocolate and brown sugar.

T - Sweet roasted malts with chocolate and nutty flavours and a touch of smoke. There is an overall sweetness from dark caramel/brown sugar and milk chocolate that is accompanied by a nice dry bitterness.

M -Medium body and creamy. The mouth feel is excellent - silky smooth with a nice hearty chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - A very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Stocean1
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon pouring this bottle from the LCBO into my pint glass a 1/2 finger head bubbled to the top of this deep brown brew with mahogany highlights. Fine short lived lace caressed the glass and a one finger head could be easily generated from a quick swirl of the glass.

The scent is roasted malt, sweet dark bread, and grassy hops.

The taste follows the nose with dark fruit and baker's chocolate notes coming through as it warmed. The hops profile took on pleasant herbal characteristics as I got to the bottom of the glass. In my last few swigs I also noted the presence of hard water minerals.

This brew is light to medium bodied with little carbonation. It is silky smooth, dry, with a sour bitterness. It is creamy and as its temperature rose some hard water came through.

Definitely the best offering I have sampled from this brewer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Notes of light roasted malt with light black chocolate are nice. Taste is a balanced mix between some roasted malt with light black chocolate notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed with good drinkability factor though doesn’t provide anything I haven’t seen before.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clear and dark beer, almost black with amber highlights. Head level is good and lacing is impressive. Mouthfeel is silky and pleasant, but a bit more carbonation than I'd choose.

Aroma of roasted chocolate malts with an underlying smokiness. The taste continues those themes, with a well balanced dark malt portfolio and a nicely dry finish.

Sufficiently complex yet easy to drink. A beer I will enjoy again this winter!

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Photo of peensteen
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with one finger of tan head and a little lace. Smell is roasted malt, fairly hoppy, coffee and chocolate, light ashy scents as well. Taste is of roasted and almost burnt malt, bittersweet with light sour notes, coffee in the finish, quite dry. Medium carbonation, silky feel, creamy, medium body. This wasn't bad, fairly good drinker and a solid effort.

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

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a huge size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. There is also a bit of a caramel/almond flavour. The beer ends with a sweet roasted chocolate malt aftertaste.

Overall – Perhaps just a tad too much on the sweet side. I enjoyed it but I really couldn't drink more that 1 in a sitting. For my money, there are better options out there.

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Photo of bryehn
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, opaque black with ruby tinges around the edges when held up to the light. The head is relatively small and gets retained as a nice, fothy collar.

Thick aroma of smoked wood and roasted grains with a nutty backing. A soft chocolate smell also comes through, along with hints of coffee and dark fruit after warming. Very smooth and appealing.

Tastes of thick, roasted chocolate malts and burnt coffee, with a defined oak-like wood flavour and a hint of smoke. The finish is very dry and bitter.

Full-bodied and thick with a low carbonation, but still delivers a nice pop on the front of the tongue. Takes on a heavy bread character, but the aftertaste is quite clean with a slight smokey and earthy note.

Very nice effort, though a bit heavy to consider having more than one or two of. Will pick up again if it continues to be bottled and I'd like to see more from this brewery.

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Photo of heebes
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is black with a large tan head, lots if lacing on the glass. Nose is toasted almonds, light coffee, cocoa. Taste is similar; almond upfront with a burnt coffee note in the back. Grainy, wheat, roasted beans. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very dry, too much so.
Overall, never tasted a stout like this before. Seems unbalanced, almond is overbearing, too nutty and unsmooth.

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Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle form the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass. A stout "brewed with chocolate wheat." Notches are off on the label, but I', going to guess this is Best before May 2012.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with some clarity around the edges of a deep amber/mahogany hue. Light brown head with some retention and a little lace. Nose of dark chocolate, roasty coffee grain notes, and some bready/cracker qualities, almost resembling that of a chocolate wafer. Taste has more of these bready and chocolate wafer-like notes, toasty malts, milk chocolate with some roasty coffee notes again. Dry and toasty finish. Not sure if I'm actively picking up any wheat notes, so if they are there, they are quite subtle. Some characteristic Black Creek hop flavour as well, in true English style. Medium carbonation with a touch of grittiness in the mouthfeel, medium body with moderate drinkability. A nice dry stout, and one of the better examples I've had in the province. And certainly the best thing Black Creek has done.

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Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black as the 8 ball except it shows just a little bit of brown edging along its sill when held against the light. Although there's no chance of any light getting through even there, mind you. The thin, asphalt coloured strands of foam look like the veins of early morning frost that settle onto windowpanes in the wintertime.

This aroma is what I just assume every pub in Ireland smells like. It has the distinctive smell of roasted barley much like, though much more vivid than, that of Guinness. The simple bouquet is complimented by strong notes of coffee and chocolate and just a little bit of chimney soot. Clearly good ingredients were used.

There may be nothing more gratifying than taking your first big gulp from a pint of dry, roasty, malty Irish stout. If workplaces are going to recognize coffee and cigarette breaks then I say we lobby for stout breaks - a couple pints of this stuff would break the work day up nicely and keep me satisfied on even the most stressful of days.

And it has nothing to do with the alcohol! Stouts like this aren't gratifying because of their intoxicating properties - which, you must admit, are rather modest at 5% - but rather for their heartiness and coffee and chocolate flavours. This one may be a tad thin but I think any stout (certainly Guinness) drinker will find what they're looking for here.

As it often goes for things like song melodies or baking recipes, sometimes the simplest beer is the best. There's no bells or whistles to Black Creek Stout but it can be every bit as enjoyable - albeit in a much different way - as anything aged in bourbon barrels. For some this might be a bit lacking, but for the average drinker it should suit them just fine.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cask enjoyed at the brewpub. The porter stopped up , this newly labelled. A significant woodiness, I believe purposfully done, that adds to interest.A wee roast in aroma. Virtually no head, mildly natural carbonation. Dark colour. Chocolate malt, a bit on the sweet side, drier in the finish.

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Black Creek Stout from Black Creek Historic Brewery
Beer rating: 30.2% out of 100 with 43 ratings
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