Black Creek Porter | Black Creek Historic Brewery

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Black Creek PorterBlack Creek Porter

Brewed by:
Black Creek Historic Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Porter's deep-mahogany colour comes from a darkly roasted malt. The flavour varies from slightly nutty with burnt grain hints to bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Originating as a distinct style in the 1700s, its name comes from the hardworking porters of London who enjoyed this inexpensive, fortifying drink.

Added by Viggo on 10-05-2009

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to a non-BA buddy.
This was poured into a clear mug.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace, some messy lace.
The aroma played with some char, sweet dark fruits, coffee bean, earthiness, grassiness, molasses and a touch of biscuits.
The flavor was mildly sweet pulling in the dark fruits, molasses and biscuity malt over top of the earthiness and char. Mild aftertaste of char, dark fruits and biscuits.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt somewhat low but that didn't bother me. ABV felt on par. Mild finish of some dark fruits, molasses and coffee beans.
Overall, as an English porter I can see it and would be one that I could come back to.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.44/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- This brew pours with a thick creamy head that is caramel in color, but it quickly dissipates into a patchwork of bubbles over top the liquid. The beer itself is semi transparent, rootbeer/cola in color and has reddish/brown hues when held up against the light. The lacing is not bad, as there are quite a few small swirls of foam clinging to the side of the glass and they don't really slide back or anything....carbonation is still too hard to tell what is going on.

S- Black malt char, a slightly smoked aroma, dark chocolate, however, it is a light scent....hints of black coffeebean oil, subtle Earthiness, blackstrap molasses sweetness, perhaps some fudge deepness right at the finish....nothing else much happening but it definitely smells like a porter!

T- Heavy toasted bread, heavy roasted nuts, dark chocolate, hints of natural vanilla, wood char...somewhat of roasted and freshly ground coffee bean.....well balanced between the robustness of the deep darkness and the blackened/roasted malt sweetness....delectable just like a beer version of a coffee crisp!

M/O- Medium bodied, and the carbonation is quite smooth. This is a well rounded porter and I think embodies the way this style has always meant to be brewed....maybe it is the techniques used to produce it, just as it was 150 plus years ago! I would be happy to have this again and wish it was readily available in my area!

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of allergictomacros
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good. Thick tan foam and a dark opaque liquid. Nose is roasty, hints of cocoa, tobacco and dark fruit. A little bit acidic. Nice toasted graininess and a little bit of sweetness. Fairly clean, with a decent hop bite. Moderate, slick body without too much fizz. Not a bad porter overall. Easy drinking.

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Photo of eltocino
1.74/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

That was not a good porter at all..

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Photo of MayonakaStout
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pmicdee
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mack
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JayNat
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of JasonThaler
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DaveBar
4.11/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for approx. $3.95 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip.

A- Very good. Opens well. Pours no head though at all

S- EXCELLENT!! I live for this burnt smell!

T- OOOO yea! Do it

M- A bit lacking

O- WOW this is good. I like it a lot. Super flavor. It got the burnt nut, roasted malt flavor you are looking for. Alcohol low, flavor high

Food Pairing

This wonderful little beer goes well with... Sushi


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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.64/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

1 finger head that settled in a minute or two. Near solid brown-black body.

Nice semi-sweet cocoa aroma over the head.

Rich, coffee-chocolate taste with significant carbonation bite. Only moderate bitterness.

Overall, very nice. My kind of beer. I would, however, ask for a London Porter instead, given the choice, but this is a fine secondary alternative.

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Photo of John656
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Dark but not jet black in colour, kind of reminds me of a flat coke. Very little head with a few bubbles percolating on the sides.

S - Nice roasted smell with strong hints of coffee beans, chocolate and caramel.

T - Hints of bitter chocolate, toffee, and smoked malts. Very carbonated and watery with a touch of bitter lingering towards the end.

M - Medium-to-light bodied for a Porter. In some ways, this brew reminds me more of a Barley Wine.

O - Nice aroma but doesn't follow through with depth of flavor and body. Drinkable, but not high up on my list of Porters.

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Photo of BBickle
4.72/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One word... AMAZING.. This is the best porter that I have ever drank. The Black Creek gange has nailed this one.

Colour - Spot on
Head - Spot on
Carbonation - Spot on
Taste - Amazing

I could drink this porter all night. It has the perfect blend of chocolate, carmel and oak flavours.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jeffo
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO this past summer.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Light brown pour yields a small, off-white head with lousy retention. Head fades quickly to a splotchy wisp and ring. Dark bistre brown body, very clear, with no carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. A touch too light and transparent for the style.

SMELL: Roasted and dark malts, dark chocolate and some chocolate fudge. Pretty nice really, and plenty forthcoming.

TASTE: Dark malts mostly, with caramel sweetness and dark chocolate up front. Burnt toast and some bitter dark chocolate again at the swallow. Bigger and lingering finish of bitter dark chocolate, roasted and malty sweetness and burnt malt notes. Definitely lots of chocolate in this one, and more burnt notes in the flavor than the nose had led on. Very flavorful for the style as well. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. A little light on the palate perhaps.

OVERALL: Other reviewers have been pretty harsh on this one. This is a solid English porter. The nose and flavor are very forward and there's lots in there worth contemplating. A very enjoyable 5% beer, no question. This is one I'll be looking for next year when I'm back home. Recommended.

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Photo of TerryW
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm still astounded when I drink a Black Creek brew that they are palatable given that they're turned out by the folks at Trafalgar who are infamous for brewing beers that have some weird funk. This one is thankfully funkless.

Pours cola dark with no head, only a thin ring. Very plain looking.

Nose is very subdued, toasty malt, some chocolate and coffee. Also light on the palate, dominated by toasted malts and coffee. Quite thin bodied, slightly tart with a hint of a dry chalky finish.

Drinkable, but unmemorable.

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Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before September 2012. I liked Black Creek's stout, so the porter seems like a logical follow-up.

Pours a deep mahogany brown colour, with scarlet highlights when held to the lamp. It is topped with one finger of dense, smooth beige-coloured head that wastes no time thinning into a foamy, creamy cap on the surface. Some lacing remains above the collar. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malts, with hints of toffee, molasses, walnuts, and a difficult-to-distinguish note somewhere halfway between cocoa and coffee grinds.

Good flavour, but I'd be lying if I said it was especially memorable. Once again the roasted malts steal most of my attention; their nutty, light sweetness comprising the backbone of the overall taste. Some acidity; it imparts a slight tang that I don't find especially endearing here. A slight hint of spent coffee grounds also comes to mind, with some leafy, earthy hop dryness becoming increasingly prominent in the finish. The dryness lingers only briefly. On the thinner side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel. Easy to drink, and definitely not a chore to do so.

Of the three year-round brews I have tried from Black Creek (the pale ale, the stout and this porter), this one is my least favourite. It's kind of tasty I guess, but it's definitely nothing particularly special, and I have a feeling I'll forget about it within a month or so.

Final Grade: 3.38, and a B-minus shows at least some promise. Skimming through my review history, the only other English porters I have tried previously seem to be Rickard's Dark (lol) and Fuller's London Porter. It can't be that surprising that I must rank it lower than the famed FLP, which is one of my favourite 'drinkable dark ales' of all time. That being said - it's certainly not a BAD beer - it's just not a very inspiring one. If you are into sessionable dark beers, Black Creek Porter is worth a try, but in my humble opinion their stout and brown ale (Rifleman's Ration) are better selections that basically meet the same criteria.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Medium brown colour with a small amount of cream coloured head and some good lacing.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, some hazelnut. A light hop presence.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, some nutty flavours. Slightly dry overall with a bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Wordslinger
3.25/5  rDev 0%

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Black Creek Porter from Black Creek Historic Brewery
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