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 Viggo
1.28/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

On cask at C'est What?.

Pours an opaque and oily dark brown/black, no head at all, few brown bubbles float around on top, doesn't look very appetizing. Smell is awful, dirty socks, weird fruitiness, sweat, Derek described it as if someone wiped their ass with a piece of licorice, this is pretty gross. Taste is weird, almost exactly like a glass of cheap red wine, really grapey, some fruit, licorice, oily feel, no idea what is going on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, no carbonation, very slick. Definitely not enjoyable. I know they're trying to be traditional but beer wouldn't exist anymore if it always tasted this bad.

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Photo of paxkey
2.2/5  rDev -31.7%
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 jrallen34
2.36/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Alex for another random Canadian tick... Pours medium brown with a light tan head, ok cap and lacing... The aroma is generic coffee with cream, just too sweet and chemical, bad cheap coffee... Its taste like stale coffee, and its way too carbonated giving it a weird coffee bitter with bubbly note... Skip this one.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.56/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Black with a two finger tan head and no visible carbonation.

S - Mild chocolate and roastiness. Mild coffee there also. Sort of a cola aspect too.

T - Cola aspect is there again with that mild chocolate and coffee. Some of that typical Trafalgar-ness is the form of sourish notes. Dry finish and some slight bitterness. A hint of grassiness or something akin to that is there too but I can't quite pinpoint it.

M - Medium bodied with not alot of carbonation. Smooth.

D - Ok but not great. Decent for these guys and a decent plain old porter but off in some respects. These guys can't get it right and the LCBO eats it up. Don't want another.

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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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Photo of Sammy
2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
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 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 Derek
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served at C'est what from a wooden cask!

A: Black. ZERO head.

S: Licorice, sherry and a little foot-like cheese aroma.

T: Licorice, plenty of wood, winey (is the wood fooling my tastebuds?), fruity, molasses, good bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body, no carbonation.

D: Definitely below average for a porter.

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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 shamus
2.84/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not what I was expecting. This is a case of marketing an inferior product with some prestige design. First of all it pours flat, smells flat and tastes... surprise! Flat. The flavours are so so. Some roasted chocolate and vanilla but the body is so limp that this get's a low rating from me.

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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 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 ludachris
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Ralphus
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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 MasterSki
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My dad picked this up for me at the LCBO. Thanks! Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Pours with a finger of foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, but with minimal lace. Dark caramel brown body that has some transparency.

S - Caramel, buttery, vanilla, coffee - there's an extract quality to the flavors. Strongly reminds me of 7-11 French Vanilla. Cloyingly sweet.

T - Coffee, caramel, vanilla, and some stale espresso bitterness.

M - Overcarbonated, medium-thin body, lightly dry finish.

D - Meh, this was largely meidocre. One of the few passable porters available at the LCBO but far from good.

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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 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 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 Glory
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

You KNow what I just poured this beer in my glass and it comes out so flat it's pretty unreal ! I don't get this one.
No foam, no lacing no nothing little signs of bubbles al around the rim of the glass buts thats it !
The color is nice tough a dark brownish robe. You get to see through next to a light..Its a great color for a porter..but whats up with the carbonation level !!..Give me a little something !!

The Smell is nice, Smoked malt, a little molasse and dark fruity chocolate and candy sugar. Theres also some dark licorish hints.

Its a nice taste same as the smell...
Burnt caramel, smoky malt, star anis...not really but something similar...cough syrup...yeah sort of. Not bad but were is the GAZ!

The taste of burnt malt sticks to the palate for a while and I like that.
But sorry folks the lack of carbonation has handcuffed me to review this beer pretty badly

Cheers lads


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Photo of bryehn
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, with amber and mud brown tones visible when held up to sunlight. The head is rather small but has a rich and creamy look to it. Not much lacing, but a bit of a collar.

The head is inconsistent. I've had this beer several times and other times it's poured with a thicker head or left a fair amount of lacing.

I get a fairly deep wood aroma with hints of smoke and wafer cone. I also find deep fruit tones like raisin or fig in here.

The mouthfeel is nice. Not too thick, but relatively creamy with a mild carbonation. I find Black Creek Porter to be a smooth-drinking beer.

The taste has definite coffee and chocolate notes, creating a decent bitterness that balances the traditional porter syrupyness fairly well. I also get vanilla hints in here from time to time.

I swear this beer looks and tastes slightly different every time I try it, however I always seem to enjoy it and keep tossing one in my basket during visits to my local LCBO outlet.

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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 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 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 mrmanning
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Noxious26
3.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with crown cap poured in a pint glass. Thank you to my wife for bringing this back from Toronto!

Clear, dark brown with ruby highlights. Tan head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Patches of lacing here and there.

Malty sweet nose. Malt, nut, slightly burnt.

Lightly burnt malts and sweetness off the start. Almost like a burnt marshmellow, but more caramel flavour and not quite that sweet. Finish is lightly burnt malt with a hint of floral hops.

Medium bodied, but actually a little thin for a porter. Mild carbonation.

This is a weird little concoction. It's actually kind of like a hybrid between an English Brown Ale and an English Porter. Not quite black enough and not enough body to be a true porter. But it's rather tasty and I enjoyed it. I originally gave lower marks because it doesn't fit the style at all, but in the end I felt that wasn't doing the beer justice. This is their take on an English Porter and while it may not be true to guidelines, it is a rather nice little brew.

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