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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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very average porter.

Pours a dark black color with a big mocha color head. It recedes to a small ring of foam around the glass. Some light lacing is left behind.

The smell is mostly coffee. The taste is similar.. coffee and bitterness balanced by a touch of sweetness. Its just a bit.. ordinary?

Mouthfeel is light.. but not smooth. Drinkability is average.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
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 JohnnyBarman
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle randomly picked up at the uptown Waterloo LCBO. I visited Black Creek way back when in public school - interested to find they have a brewery.

Poured into a nonic. Dark brown, chestnut round the edges when held to the light. Thin head quickly recedes after pouring. Sharp carbonation creates the visual effect of a pint of Coca Cola. Good lacing on the glass, however.

Nose is roasted malt, coffee, caramel, oats.

Actually, tastes pretty fine, about where a porter should be at. Similar notes to the nose, good malty base, finish gets a bit thin and tinny, but other than that, it'll do. Smooth and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it's easy to drink and has reasonable carbonation.

A decent porter. Clearly they've fixed whatever major problems the early cask editions had going on. Nothing truly unique to back up the bottle's claim that one will "taste Ontario's brewing heritage," but still it did the trick. Worth a try.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Sammy
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cask at C'est What. My last four ounces of beer in the evening, and something I needed to sip. The brewer told me they have had to toss at least one cask of porter in the past, so I can understand some wide variance in recipes and process from what is served. It was very wine like, and strong tannins at that! And the wine that you have around in your fridge longer than you should and its becoming vinegarish. No carbonation itself. Reddish black. I do believe wine was added. Vinegar aroma.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3/5  rDev -7.7%

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 jsnoek
3/5  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 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 Stocean1
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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 paxkey
2.2/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

picked this up at the LCBO. 500ml bottle.
Black Creek village is a historic pioneer recreation that has been in operation for a very long time. All school children in the Toronto area have been for a visit at one time.

Old fashioned costumes with old timey speech. lots of fun. time to try their beer.

right out of the bottle i get a smokey, chocolate, whiskey aroma.

pours dark dark ruby or brown with no head. looks like flat coke in the glass.

the aroma smells artificial. i'm picking up coffee and dark roast scents but an underlying peanut smell that doesnt add appeal.

tastes like it smells. small coffee flavor with an artificial feel to the whole thing.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark clear black color porter with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of aromatic coffee with nice dry roasted notes. Taste is well balanced between some dry roasted malt notes with some really nice aromatic coffee notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation. Better then expected form this new brewery.

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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 ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Roke87
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
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 spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev 0%
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 RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of liamt07
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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 ludachris
2.97/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Less than a finger's worth of soapy cream coloured head is left sitting on top of its deep cola brown body after an aggressive pour. Webbed lace pastes itself across the top of the glass after a few swirls.

Pleasant notes of dark chocolate, whisky, and caramel are prominent in this tamed porter. A touch of roastiness and dark fruits makes the smell a bit more rich and a bit more interesting.

Roasted malts and coffee beans flash across the tongue with sweet dark chocolate layered behind them. The roastiness continues into the finish with some messy carbonation that somehow helps bring it out. A touch of dirty earthiness also sits on the tongue in the end that doesn't really entice me to take another sip.

Light, watery, and under carbonated. The level of carbonation takes away from the beer rather than helping to guide it along. With the average ABV and thin mouthfeel, it's easy to take mouthfulls of this stuff but not enjoyable to do so.

A new Ontario brewery sprouting up is only a postive for me, but this, being their only current offering at the LCBO, is not anything but positive. It's not the fact that this seemed to be mediocre at best in nearly all of the 5 categories that makes this a poorly rendered porter, it's the funky earthiness prevalent in the finish and its sub par mouthfeel. I'd still give this brewery another shot, but won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of SebD
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
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 mrmanning
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Lick bo. Deep brown with a light brown whipped topping. The beer is here. Coffee is here, but so is chocolate and roasty notes. Medium bitterness with light sweetness reminds me of black coffee with a sugar cube. Except the coffee is hot and this is not. A porter of a beer if there was one. Medium bodied with good bitterness reminds me why I wake up in the morning.

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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 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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Black Creek Porter from Black Creek Historic Brewery
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 70 ratings