Porter | Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by IllNate:
Photo of IllNate
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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 CWVegas
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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 vanrassel
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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 souvenirs
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%

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 elricorico
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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 Goldorak
2.39/5  rDev -35.8%
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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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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 maplesyrup76
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Boozecamel
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Arfnog
4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
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 IronDjinn
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This porter is a thick black oil slick in appearance, mahogany highlights around the edges of the glass when held to the light. The thinnest of beige heads before it recedes to nothingness, even the surface looks oily. Aroma is robust, thick roasted malt, coffee and molasses upfront, then followed by earthy tones and a sourness that reminds me of lactose content, but which must be high alcohol content. Flavour packs a whallop, it's practically all the above mentioned characteristics, but seemingly all at once. Roasted and malty in the beginning, earthy molasses in the middle, boozy sour on the finish. Oily on the palate, it lacks a fuller-bodied mouthfeel. Still, this stuff gives me the impression of what porters might have been like back when they used to be blended ales, there seems to be a lot going on in this ale all at once. It just doesn't feel balanced though, at least not to me.

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Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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 BigBry
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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 LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +12.9%
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 bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JoeyRamone
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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