Black Creek Porter | Black Creek Historic Brewery

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Black Creek PorterBlack Creek Porter

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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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
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 DaveBar
4.11/5  rDev +27.6%
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 +13%
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 -4.3%
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 +46.6%
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 Jeffo
3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
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 -11.5%
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 thehyperduck
3.38/5  rDev +5%
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 +12.4%
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 SebD
3.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice dark nut brown color to it with ruby hues shining through . It has a tan head that dies down quickly and leaves some lacing.

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

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a roasted malt character with some chocolate, coffee, light vanilla and light earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a slightly thin overall balance and feel.

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

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Photo of Foddz
4.01/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany with barely any head. Only just barely translucent enough for a direct light source to shine through. What little head there is persists as a soapy film on top for a decent length of time after the pour.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, dark toffee, and perhaps a hint of charcoal and vanilla. Pleasantly complex while remaining subdued.

T: Coffee, roasted and burnt malts, a little smokiness to it towards the back end of the initial taste. Toffee flavours come through as well. Lingering aftertaste is somewhat burnt, roasted malts. Mild hops bitterness adds a pleasant floral spice that rounds out and compliments the flavours surprisingly well.

M: None too substantial on the tongue, but with enough presence to leave one satisfied. The roasted malt flavours gets the saliva going, leaving a lingering stickiness in its wake. The subtle dryness the hops and alcohol impart are magnified by the burnt notes, leaving one wanting another sip.

O: Very tasty and complex porter. Maybe a little rough around the edges for some palates but I like the bold mixing of flavours this beer provides.

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Photo of pieman25
3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was perusing the LCBO nearest to me, and found this stuff. I could only afford one bottle of it, but I was very impressed with this beer.

Appearance: Poured into my pint glass, it had a decent amount of tan/light brown head that dissipated rather quickly. It was a dark brown colour, not much light showed through, but when you held it up to the light you could see some ruby red shining through it.

Smell - not much other than roasted malt.

Taste - A good deal of roasted malts, as well as some coffee and sour notes, followed by just a slight touch of spicy hops to finish it off. I think it could have used a bit more hops to be honest, but I was more than satisfied with the taste of this beer - complex and delicious, but rather drinkable.

Mouthfeel - The beer had little to no carbonation in it, and had a fuller body than some other porters I've had - I think possibly heavier than guinness (not that it's much of an accomplishment), but not any heavier than most porters.

Overall - I would recommend this beer, it's a delicious beer with a good body to it, and the only things that I feel could use improvement would be hops levels and head retention. This is a darn good beer that is well worth trying at least once, and I would certainly try it again.

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Photo of scott451
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before May 2012. Poured into a pint glass. A very dark ruby with a meager bubbly tan head which soon diminishes to a ring.

Smells of coffee and toasted malts. Strong toasted malts. Charcoal. A very mild hop finish.

Medium light body. Not bad overall. Coffee and toast flavours kind of interesting.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L ~ dark brown, almost black in color. The head is a major disappointment: it rises to only about a finger off of a hard pour and collapses without any lacing to almost nothing quite quickly. Clarity appears to be be very good. When held to garnet-red highlights are revealed.

S ~ not a whole lot going on with the nose, here. I get some faint roasted malt with a hint of nuttiness, maybe some very faint coffee and nutty (almost doughy, like walnut) notes in the background there. But overall it was pretty weak.

T ~ again, there's not a whole lot going on here. In fact, I found that it leaves the feeling of cola without syrup. There was very minimal roasted malt flavors, with similarly very weak coffee and nutty tones. There's moderate hop bitterness, and maybe a slight bit of earthy hop flavor.

F ~ high carbonation and lighter body play up the fact that the flavors themselves are insubstantial. I really think that Black Creek's Pale Ale had more body.

I wasn't really a big fan of this one, obviously. It was drinkable, because it was watery, but there weren't any really strong or interesting flavors to keep the tippler interested with it. I like some of these Black Creek brews, but this one is a resounding "meh"

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Photo of andrenaline
3.74/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, with a mahogany hue, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, espresso and a hint of dark cocoa.

T - Tasty chocolate flavours, espresso undertones, nice leafy hop presence that lingers on the finish. A tad mild, but still flavourful.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes wet.

O - Admittedly pretty pleased with this porter. Nothing mind blowing, but definitely tasty and easy drinking.

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

Have enjoyed many a Black Creek porter before tonight and always considered it an excellent OCB beer, but this is the first time I've tried it back-to-back against Black Creek stout. It doesn't measure up nearly as well as I expected.

Beautiful clear beer, a very dark amber with decent head. Mouthfeel is enjoyable, but thinner than the stout. Aroma of black molasses, with roasted malts predominating more in the taste. A sweeter flavour than I’d choose, albeit with dryness in the finish.

Not as well balanced as its stout cousin, but still definitely a beer and a brewery I will continue to support!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an average size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a bit of vanilla. There is also a touch of nuts and a bit of a metallic flavour. It ends with a chocolaty aftertaste.

Overall – A decent scent and taste, but the mouthfeel is lacking. It needs more carbonation and it seemed really light and thin. It's drinkable but for the price there are better options to be had.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured two fingers into a pint glass, decent retention, patchy lacing, deep brown in colour, light chocolate head

Smell is coffee, burnt malt, chocolate and vanilla

Taste follows the nose and is really well balanced

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Smooth but could use some more body and a little less carbonation. Slight bitterness.

Overall, a decent porter that is worth another taste.

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Photo of NForr
3.17/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I tend to visit the LCBO in Ontario as it has a much different selection then what we have available in Quebec. Picked this one up on one of my recent trips.

A - Dark brown color, clear. Head dissipated quickly. A little bit of retention along the glass.

S - Smell was really nice. Strong Coco aroma, with lots of coffee mixed in there. I also got some vanilla and Annis.

T - Taste was good, a little sweetness from the malt, but a good amount of bitterness to balance. Strong taste of dark chocolate, with a little bit of coffee from the nose.

M - Mouthfeel was disappointing. I felt that it falls flat - I was hoping for something more robust, but instead was very thin and lacking carbonation.

O - Overall, the nose and tastes were nice, but the body of the beer wasn't enough for me to ever really want to try it again. That being said, this could be a pretty good session beer as it was not very filling.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, best before Aug 2011 - thanks to tbeckett for the Hogtown hookup...

This beer pours a clear, dark cola hue, with one thin finger of fine, foamy pale beige head, which settles slowly, rendering a drooping painted meniscus of lace around the glass. It smells of lightly roasted bready, biscuit malt, some oily nuttiness, baker's chocolate-dipped dried orchard fruit, and some dusty hops. The taste is more chocolate biscuit malt, a bit of distinct, mildly tart cherry, mixed bar nuts, a soft, almost lactic sourness, and very sedate earthy hops. The carbonation is running on empty, the body medium weight, and quite smooth. It finishes clean, the malt still sweet and understated, but now dealing with a slight surge in leafy, bitter hops.

I gotta say, I like this porter, with its nod to the inherent sourness of the historic style (I guess when the brewery calls itself 'Historic' in its name, it's nice to see that represented in the end product, intentional or not), and the balanced, tasty malt. Nothing ground-shaking, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Roke87
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature. Best before: April.2011 (uh oh?)

Appearance- Pours a dark brown colour not completely opaque, with lots of light penetrating this one. Average pour yields a nice finger and a half of off white head that quickly dissipates to a nice ring with a nice bubbly top.

Smells- The aromas are actually quite nice, I get a nice maple syrup aroma right off the bat which almost overpowers the aroma and is actually very pleasant, I also detect a small hint of roasted malts and dark chocolate in there as well, and that’s pretty much when this beer goes downhill from here.

Taste- Heavy metallic tastes coming at me right away, the tastes are actually quite off. A small taste of the maple syrup comes though as well as the dark chocolate and malty flavours as well, finishes with a burnt almost refried cigarette taste.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied for a porter, below average to no carbonation, not too much to say in terms of the feel, but this is a very below average porter that’s for sure.

Overall- WTF happened to this one!? It started off with an amazing looking porter and the smells were very on par as well and it goes far downhill from there. The tastes are completely off putting and I get a heavy taste of metallic in there, not sure if it’s because my bottle is a month past the best before date, although I did cellar it at regular porter/stout temperatures along with many other rare bottles (KBS, kuhnhenn BA4D, bells, founders, shorts, etc) or the fact that this beer is just plain garbage. Just happy I picked up one bottle for tasting and didn’t buy anymore because I would have been very disappointed. Not searching this one out again and probably wouldn’t drink it again unless it was given to me, then again I would drink a BMC if it was given to me.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.69/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, turbid ruby brown topped by a frothy off white head that laces well.

If only it tasted as good as it looks.

Lots of chocolate and roast on the nose with some cherry and dried stone fruits and rotting molars.

The taste is overly roasty, slightly chocolate-cherry, reminiscent of black forest cake, oak, slightly tart, acrid, cold weak coffee, nuttiness, some dark rye/sourdough breadiness. There's a sourness that lingers in the finish that makes me uneasy and makes me wonder if freshness might be an issue.

Mouthfeel is the weak link here as the flavors are let down by an incredibly weak and thin body and leaves things not sitting so well on the palate.

This was brewed for Black Creek by Trafalgar. You won't get an argument out of me there.

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Photo of liamt07
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle form the LCBO, best before date of August 2011. Into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown, some ruby red and mahogany highlights. A couple fingers of tan head, almost resemblant of cappucino; thick and creamy. Moderate retention. Nose is mostly coffee and some roasted notes. A creaminess, andmaybe a hint of milk chocolate. Taste is thinner and more subtle in all respects. Lesser coffee, slight roasted notes and maybe some milk chocolate again. Carbonation is quite high, too much for my liking. Body is quite thin. Not bad, just generally mediocre overall.

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Photo of Mit
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dark deep amber...almost no light penetrating. Head does not last long at all.

Smell has the expected roasted malts, coffee, almost creamyness to the smell.

Sweet malts with a roasted bitterness to it. I can't put my thumb on the taste though...def creamy flavour..tastes very chocolatey. Maybe I have a cold...LOL

Kinda thin on the palate.

I was kinda dissappointed with this beer.

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Photo of grub
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

500ml bottle. sampled march 8/2011.

pours deep dark brown, not quite black, with a big cap of fluffy dark tan head. the head drops fairly quick but leaves plenty of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. bit of alcohol. bit of cherry and dark fruit. dark toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. bit of caramel.

taste is okay. burnt coffee. burnt toast. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bittersweet and dark chocolate. bit of dark fruit. bit of caramel. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is probably worse than the taste. burnt acrid astringency. medium body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is not very good. the overabundance of roast ruins this one. seemed decent enough otherwise.

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