Porter | Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Okanagan Spring Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With a rich, full flavour, our Porter is nearly black in colour with a creamy head and a nose reminiscent of a dry stout. Not for the faint of heart, this is a beer for dark beer lovers.

Formerly Old English Porter.

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 51
Photo of souvenirs
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

I went to the liquor store looking for something dark and this was what I found. Well, this and Hoyne's Dark Matter (great beer, but not what I was in the mood for). Summer may be over, but we've still got some time to wait for dark beers, it would seem.

Pours quite dark, with three fingers of head. Aroma of coffee, fig, plum, raisins. Taste is more sweet than expected. It's not so sweet it's disgusting, but I could certainly do with less. Very smooth.

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Photo of Arfnog
4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Has a old world flavor of rich creamy caramelized ingredients. A true dark Porter that leaves a cooling feeling to the palette for quite some time after it has been drank. The smooth acidic makeup of this Porter enhance the flavors and is inhanced buy smoked or dried meats and fish, as well as sharp or medium cheese. It makes a great night of snacking and visiting. Can lead to drinking more then you planed with its smoothness and can sneak up on you with it's 8 + percent alcohol. Price is more then some but we'll worth its weight, not for the light beer drinkers! But for foodies it can open a whole new world!

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Photo of LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okanagan Springs 'Porter' @ 8.5% a Baltic Porter served from a 6pack of 341 ml bottles purchased for $13

A-pour is a dark brown with a medium size off white/tan head that is leaving a spotty lace ring along the pint glass

S-sweet smelling booze soaked dark fruits (figs , rasins, prunes)

T-even sweeter tasting

MF-low/mild carbonation , medium to full bodied , thick tasting

Ov-ok beer , just too sweet for me & the ABV will sneek up on you

prost LampertLand

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight black apperance with thin head that quickly disappears. Smell is smokey with some malt, grass and chocolate.

Taste is mainly chocolate with malt and roasted nuts. Picked up some toffee, very smokey. Medium-thick bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering chocolate, licorice taste.

Overall this is a decent porter, suprisingly no booze taste from it's abv. Taste isn't overly powerful which could make it dangerous to drink. Worth a try though, good beer with good effect.

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Photo of marcusR111
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours and looks like a cola. Head is thin and dissipates fast. slight redish brown where light gets through.

S- Little hoppy bitter smell. Smoky

T- Smoky from the toasted malt, bitter from the hops, and has a black licorice kind of taste. Slight metallic taste. Barely get the hint of alcohol

M- Medium carbonation, and not too watery.

D- Could maybe drink 3 in one sitting. It's high on alcohol.

Serving style: Bottle

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Photo of trentmanslow
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark reddish-brown, almost black. Light tan/beige, creamy head, 1.5 fingers thick.

Smell - Slightly bitter chocolate, coffee, sweet, malt. Not much alcohol.

Taste - Very similar to smell, somewhat sweeter. Semi-sweet, bitter chocolate is the dominant flavour, accompanied by coffee and malt. Slightly nutty, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Body is somewhat thick, though not greatly so, and alcohol is detectable. Moderately low carbonation, very smooth.

Drinkability - Very drinker friendly, especially considering the alcoholic strength. Due to the thicker-than-average body and moderate carbonation, this beer is quite smooth.

A very good beer that does all that is expected of a good porter and a little more. This beer will not blow you away (unless you are used to drinking adjunct lagers), but it is well worth the price and is a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of IllNate
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Black with cola highlights. Ample amount of tan/brown head.

S- Roasty. Bit of chocolate. Alcohol is also very present. Hard to hide 8.5% in anything but an IPA.

T - Chocolate again, and roasty malt. A bit nutty.

M - Alcohol is detectable, but not overly so. A bit of a burn on the way down, warming after. Otherwise pretty smooth, ample body.

D - Drinkability is a bit low due to the alcohol.

One of OK Springs better offerings, I prefer the brewmasters schwarzbie rbetter though.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A single 341ml bottle, so graciously proffered me by the host of an over-stocked Hallowe'en party a few weeks ago on my way out the door.

This beer pours a clear, very dark brown cola colour, with two fingers of moderately dense, and bordering on creamy beige head, which leaves a few broad instances of undulating wavecrest lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

Not exactly emanating from the kitchen halogen-light warmed glass is a lightly roasted caramel malt, dried milk chocolate powder, a mildly sour orchard fruitiness, and slightly metallic warming alcohol. The taste shows some big fruity and bready caramel malt, earthy, but still hefty leafy hops, gritty cocoa beans, an ethereal lactic astringency, and some noticeable, but still well integrated booze warming.

The smoothness of this puppy belies a veritable underlying fizzy carbonation, the body medium-heavy in weight, and fruity in its perceived density. It finishes well off-dry, the sweet 'n fruity malt pretending it's the only game in town, as the lingering nondescript hops struggle to stay above the rising alcohol tide.

A pleasant, strong, malty, and high-test porter, which could certainly don another hat as a winter beer, and in the end, a significant step beyond the rest of OSB's overly approachable stable. And if their brewer is the only guy at whom this beer is targeted - well, I guess he's buying the next time I'm in Vernon.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from my father-in-laws fridge. Pours a dark brown with hints of garnet, a thin tan head.

Really sweet and somewhat generic. Chocolate, cherries which play with sour at times, not a whiff of roast or bitterness to be found, caramel sweetness, just a hint of cocoa. Hides the ABV pretty well, creamy if not slightly thin mouthfeel. Not terrible but nothing worth going for again.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany colour, thumb of off-white head with decent retention (couple minutes), lightly visible carbonation in the body, and no real lacing.

S - Chocolate, sweet cherries and some mild espresso beans.

T - Alcohol is nicely hidden, with some nice cocoa and espresso beans on the finish. Chocolate malts are tasty and nicely present off the top. Coffee and smokey flavours linger on the palette.

M - Nice light bodied porter, goes down smooth.

D - Quite tasty offering from OK springs. Typically their offerings are quite tame, however, this one is very delicious. Worthy offering to any porter fan. Don't expect to be blown away, but it is totally worthy.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - jet black, one finger of tan head that dissipated to a light film with an okay lace
S - very roasted almost burnt malt aroma, some nuttiness, very subtle grassy hops, and a hint of licorice
T - burnt barley malt and some nutty malt, some caramelly and alcohol sweetness, mild chocolate and black licorice undertones
M - light to medium carbonation, thick smoothness up front begins to thin out with the alcohol leaving a slightly dry sensation
D - not for the average beer drinker, this brew has strong flavours with an alcohol bite, goes down well but the alcohol does show itself more than I expected, but OK Springs took a risk here which I respect

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Photo of prosper
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark, nearly opaque dark brown, with a thin tan head.

Smell is mostly of butterscotch malts, with a hint of chocolate.

Taste is much the same - thick caramelly butterscotch, some dark malts, chocolate, and the impression of smoke. Lots of dark crystal flavours. Surprisingly dry, and even slightly watery. Lots of simple sugars in this one?

Mouthfeel is only medium.

Drinkability is actually pretty good, owing to the moderate body and a good amount of bitterness - both hoppy and roasty - keeps things from becoming syrupy

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Photo of Grunewald
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours very dark brown, almost black, and is transparent when held up to light (no cloudiness). The head is white and vanishes very quickly.

S - coffee, plums, prunes, cherries and a light leather scent

T - very sweet chocolate and coffee taste with fruit details

M - very low carbonation, milky and creamy with a wet finish

D - The alcohol hit me very quick. This is a highly enjoyable beer I would drink one or two of on occasion. The sweetness is not overpowering and the mouthfeel is great.

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Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black pour with a nice tan head and some sticky lace. Mocha arom, with milk chocolate and light coffee roast sparring for domination. Sweet and a bit boozy. Lots of raisin and big fruity flavours mingling with milk chocolate and coffee. One of the more sweet examples I've come across, but not suffering for it. Body is fairly light, and cold be fuller, but the carbonation is spot on.

This is a decent baltic porter. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of OpIvy
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very strong beer. High alcohol content. Great with red meats! (Pork Tenderloin)

A- Extremely dark! Darker than Coca Cola!

S- Smells almost like coffee or chocolate. But very vague.

T- Taste is very strong. It is a porter so it is a very dark beer. The alcohol is masked by the strength of this beer so that will tend to sneak up on you.

M- Medium to low carbonation. Perfectly suiting for this beer though.

D- Not a daily. But great for special occasions. Summertime barbecues would be ideal.

Another good beer from Okanagan Spring. I have a soft spot for this one!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a clear black color porter with a huge light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry coffee with some black chocolate is lighter then I was expecting. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some black chocolate notes with some more subtle traces of dry coffee. Body is just way too thin for the style, which was a big letdown but great carbonation and no apparent alcohol were enjoyed. At the end of the day thought, this beer has not enough of a full body for the style and could use some more character.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown,might even be black,great looking brew with a deep tan head about 2 fingers and dissipates to a thin collar and very mild lacing.Aroma is roasted coffee,mild fruits like raisin and prunes maybe plum.Taste is of roasted malts and coffee,with sweet prunes and plum,there's a hint of chocolate and licorice in there too,just enough sweetness at the beginning and fading as it gets to the back of the tongue and finishing off with a dryness.Medium body to this one with a kinda creamy feel to it,you can taste the high alcohol content in there but not enough to discourage you from drinking it,it's actually hidden well and blends in quite nicely.Very enjoyable and well worth trying,cause i sure will try it again.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a blackish brown with hints of red when held up to light. reveals a 1 finger, tan head that dissapates into a very thin film and eaves a slight lace.

S: grassy hops, coffee malts, slight chocolate - a bit weak

T: actually, it's fruitier than I thought it would be, decent coffee malts, subtle brown sugar sweetness and apparent alcohol

M: full bodied and creamy, slight carbonation and a sugary, smooth finish

D: this is a decent porter - easy to drink despite its high ABV and offers some pretty good flavours as well. I would buy it again but there are far better porters out there. nevertheless an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Shadman
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good looking beer..a very dark brew that shows some rich mahogany tones when held up to a light. Very rich, tan head that was quite creamy in appearance as well. Showed good retnetion and decent lacing. Aroma isn't overpowering, but still quite pleasing. Faint coffee undertones, but quite raisin-like with some rummy alcohol aroma noted as well.

Taste tends towards the sweet end of the spectrum with some sweet malt chocolate up front, wioth alchol warming things up nicely without burning or overpowering. Maybe a hint of hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

not a lot of carbonation, but this beer still tastes full bodied and very smooth.

A nice winter beer for drinking slowly, but could do more than a few even with the 8.5% ABV

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Photo of BigBry
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml brown bottle, label as pictured above, no brewed on or best before date.
Pours quite dark brown with a small, off white head. When held up to the light, you can see some slight amber reddish hilights. Roasted dark malts, with dark fruity (plum, prune) smells. Taste is dominated by roasted malt flavor, also a bit of dark sugar sweetness. Some alcohol come through as well. Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel result from the restrained carbonation. Lots of flavor and high alcohol make it a sipping beer. I bet it would age nicely.

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Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found in singles at my local liquor store while back in BC. Think its pretty old.

Pours a clear brown/orange, not as dark as I would have expected, thick tan head forms, nice lacing, decent retention, settles to a ring around the glass. Smell is sweet, toffee, bit of roast, dark fruits, bit of alcohol, very pleasant, baltic porter aroma. Taste is sweet, lots of chocolate, some vanilla/toffee, very neat, rich flavour, enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Little bit too aggressive, my only real complaint with this. I read some reviews, this one seems to actually improve quite a bit with age, I found this pretty smooth and a nice drink.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Being a porter, this is quite a dark beer. It pours with a very small head. If held up to the light, one can detect slight amber hints.

Smell: Roasty dark, rich malts dominate the aroma. Dark fruity character is accentuated with a slight hint of alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Sweet and fruity. There is a roasty malty flacour, obviously, with a little bit of alcohol flavour as the beer goes down.

Mouthfeel: This beer is quite pleasant on the tongue. Not overly carbonated as evidenced by the almost non existent head. It is a "thick" beer that is almost a meal in a glass.

Drinkability: I have never really felt compelled to drink more than one of these in a night. The flavours are quite intense, leaving you quite satisfied after only one.

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Photo of elricorico
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dug this beer out of the back of the fridge, I figure I've been sitting on it for somewhere around two years. I thought I had reviewed one a long time ago, and about half way through the bottle I thought I'd check to see how long ago, because then I'd know how old this bottle was. I guess I never did review it fresh.

The beer is a deep dark brown colour, and it has a few floaties in the bottom now. A finger of tan head formed, and was fairly slow to recede.

Aroma is molasses and black licorice, rum soaked raisins. Brings to mind an imperial stout, but I find the smell less sharp than the bigger stouts I've had. Nice.

The taste is very nice. Time has created a very smooth sweet flavour. Caramel and dark chocolate come to mind, along with dark fruits and rum. Finishes a bit wet(if that makes sense), and holds a very slight alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, carbonation is light and there is a thickness to it that reminds me of a heavier dopplebock more than a creamy porter.

I certainly don't remember enjoying this beer as much when it was fresh. I am less than two months from having a home where I can cellar beer, and this has just made itself a good candidate for some space.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have a soft spot for this beer after buying it on impulse a couple of years ago and putting back a few at home while completely forgetting the high alcohol content — boy, did it sneak up on me.

Under the closer scrutiny of a review, it stands up adequately, if not spectacularly.

It pours with a dense brown head, though it leaves little lacing on the pint glass I used. It's opaque and virtually black.

The aroma is mostly a sweet, chocolate smell I'd expect more from a stout. There's a bit of the roasty malt smell considered more typical of porters upon closer examination, but I felt I had to look for it.

The smell translates into a chocolate taste upfront, though you can detect hops in the finish. It's lightly carbonated, but lively.

As I was during that first encounter, I was impressed by the lack of an overpowering booziness for such a strong beer. This a good warmer during the winter, but I couldn't see enjoying this beer beyond that narrow application: it's not exactly refreshing.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.39/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark brownish red, a slurry of sediment flakes hanging in suspended animation and just a wimpy ring of lace and a star shaped islands of monofilament bubbles in the center.

Smell: Roasted, nutty aromas show promise, and follows with strong, warming alcohol effluves.

Taste: It tastes just like a Cuba libre, or rhum and coke, and I just so happen to hate that particular drink (understandable considering I hate both ingredients!). Not much body, gassy and nothing but hooch flavors. None of that roasty flavor the aromas suggested, almost no coffee either. It left a cotton candy sweetness at the end which was pleasing at first but got tiresome real quick.

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