Black Oak Nutcracker Porter | Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Nutcracker PorterBlack Oak Nutcracker Porter

Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Nutcracker Porter is a full-bodied ale that is perfect for the cold-weather holiday season. This brew pours a thick, inky black and the cinnamon sticks that were tossed into the brew give it a spicy warmth on both the aroma and the palate. It is perfectly balanced with notes of roast and toast with a subtle hop backbone.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by mrmanning:
Photo of mrmanning
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap-Black body, topped with a foamy mocha head. Aroma is nutty,black coffee , roasted malt and toffee with a good hit of spices. Roasted malt , sweet nuts and black coffee taste. Finish is creamy, with a smooth and delicate mouthfeel all the way. Nice beer.

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Photo of beerhunter13
1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the coffee and roasted malt. The flavor is a mix of coffee and roasted malt with some chocolate thrown in. A pretty basic porter flavor profile. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biegaman/Jan for this brew from SS 2007. Cheers.

Pours black with a thin head. Smell is mostly malt. The taste has a good bit of spice which was not expected. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkable and not a typical porter. Glad to have tried it. Cheers.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20oz pint, on-tap at C'est What in downtown Toronna' - Yuletide leftovers, I'm presuming.

This beer appears a very dense black, with some faintly discernible edges when lifted to the dim basement bar light, and one measly finger of somewhat puffy, bubbly, and yet somehow creamy beige head, which leaves some splendid broad mountain piste lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate powder, well-roasted caramel malt, milky espresso, a touch of black cherry menthol 'fruitiness', and muddled seasonal spices. The taste is semi-sweet, still quite toasty caramel malt, more bitter and creamed coffee, cinnamon and rainbow peppercorn spice, mixed, but agreeably so dark orchard fruit, a slightly oily holiday bowl nuttiness, and a minor weedy and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is moderate in its quotidian frothy measures, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, the spices milling around a bit, but to no real avail. It finishes off-dry, but trending toward the latter - spice, coffee bean, and yes, hop alike providing the means and ways.

Overall, a rather nicely engaging seasonal Porter (if one that is distant in my rearview mirror at the present time), drinkable, and worthy of revisiting this coming December, but that seems highly unlikely, unless my local beer reps convince Black Oak to send this one West by the end of this still new year.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Rhino, a fresh beer and a fresh review, five years later. A peppery beer, smooth not too sweet. Beautiful white head on very dark brown. Sweet smell with cinammon. Smooth drinker. Some carbonation, on cask serves it right. Great dessert.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of eat
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This black beer retains a thin cover of caramel coloured head, leaving some lacing behind.

Smells like chocolate cake, caramel, light molasses and coffee, bits of vanilla, whiskey and hops. The ingredients list cinnamon but I'm not getting any here; I'm actually getting some nutmeg instead. Strange. Pretty nice smell.

The flavour focuses on a nice balance between dark chocolate and hops. Some subtle spice is noticeable here, though it tastes more like a mixture (nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon) rather than cinnamon specifically. Some vanilla joins in, with a touch of whiskey and a dark fruitiness. The flavour is decently complex however it comes off a little watery. Everything else is nice but I'd like to have some more malt in there to fill it out.

The downside to this otherwise fine beer is the feel. This beer definitely needs some more body to it. I wouldn't call this full bodied as the label claims; it's medium bodied at best, though I'd even say it's light bodied. The finish is moderately dry and the carbonation light.

This is a really decent beer that could be great with a couple minor changes: more malt presence and a bigger (or maybe just more viscous) body. As is, I would drink this again but won't be going out of my way to get any.

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Photo of StormAles
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with small foamy dark brown head with good retention. Aroma of roasted malt with some light cinnamon. Taste is quite rich with a nice dose of roasted malt and some spices, which definitely includes cinnamon. Notes of chocolate and coffee are identifiable but a more important presence would have been nice. Body is above average.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

*ratings adjusted based on two different servings of the 2013 bombers. Text from original review remains.

Poured in to Duvel Tulip.

A - Dark brown/black with one finger of light brown head.

S - Dark roasted malts, sweet chocolate and some coffee notes.

T - Dark roasted malts with a nice sweetness; milk chocolate, some coffee and a slight bitterness. Very faint spice notes in the finish but I don't specifically pick up the cinnamon.

M - Medium body, slight chew; light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to liamt07 for sending me this bottle in a recent trade. Cheers!

Dark color with a creamy head (beige color). A dark Porter. In the nose I get some nuts and chocolate. Very inviting. The taste is chocolate and nuts again. Full body beer but so easy to drink. It is well balanced and very good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to a canadian brther for hooking me up with this superb beer. This had to be one of the best porters I have ever had hands down. Served at a comfy fifty degrees and decanted into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/15/2008.

The pour was wonderful, a rich dark black color with a creamy tan head that reached a height of damn near tow inches. Opaque, with no light shining through at all let me know that this thing was surely a monster. Rich and delicate webbng of lace down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was heavenly. Rich notes of caramel, smooth chocolate and roasted malts. A touch of coffee and molasses as it warms up. huge aroma hear and very sweet, the taste though was other worldly. Smooth and delicate and rich and creamy. I do not belive I haveever seen a porter come close to this flavor. Super notes of chocolate and coffee, hints of campfire like smoke and a touch of bitter in the finish. Simply superb. Full bodied with wonderful carbonation.

I cannot say enough good things about this one, it may have been the best porter I have ever had. So rich and full, I would stand this one up against anything. I need to find this one again,

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Photo of WillAndSarah
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mtomlins
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass at a holiday sampling.

Pours black in color, with a thin head falling to a nice collar with nice nacing. Has a nice malty nose with lots of dark chocolate and and roasted notes. The taste follows suite with nice dark chocolate and a touch of spice (nutmeg and raw cinnamon stick). The beer rounds out as it warms. It's a bit thin on the palate, but overall a decent holiday porter.

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Photo of ikidunot
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of CurtisD
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at C'Est What, arrives a dark brown with a finger of creamy tan head, leaves a few rings of lacing on the way down.

A pretty nice, straightforward offering - something you don't find a lot of for porters in Ontario. Dark chocolate, a light roast, a hint of smoke, molasses, dark fruits, a light bitterness in the finish with a moderate sweetness. Medium mouthfeel, spot on carbonation. Pretty bang on for the style. Nothing flashy but as a solid as they come. A nice offering I wish was around in the LCBO year round.

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Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Not so good, the head appears brownish and the drink is very dark in color.

Smell: Subdued chocolate notes and there is a "brightness" in the nose that I cant quite place.

Taste: Good bite, heavy on the coffee flavor rather than chocolate. It was a little too bitter and with its heavy coffee notes it kind of make me want to add some coffee mate to it. (I didnt)

Overall: a fairly light bodied stout that was slightly over-bitter, I think less hops in the beer would have made me not reminisce of those days where I forget to buy milk for my morning coffee.

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Photo of papat444
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info (but i know it's this winter's release).

Appearance: Very dark brown body with a small to average head and little beads of retention on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Candy cane, nuts, caramel, dark fruit, holiday spices and toasted coconut.

Taste: Don't want to sound like a broken record but it tastes what it smells like. Candy cane blends seamlessly with spices and dried fruits. Lingering coconut as well.

Mouthfeel: Very malty, warming, creamy and pleasant.

Overall: Very happy to have tried this and wish i had a sixer of this one.

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Photo of baiser
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown body, with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. Good retention, and nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and a bit of spice. Tastes delicious. Intense chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts. Great balance between malt and hops, good amount of burnt bitterness. Some fruit mid sip. Excellent porter.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Lots of carbonation and a half finger of reddish, beige tinged head.

Smells of dark toasted notes, coffee, and chocolate.

Tastes of chocolate and dark toasted notes, then a seasonal twist of cinnamon and perhaps some ginger comes in. They are soft and in the background, making the porter the highlight.

Medium body, smooth, slightly foamy carbonation.

Got this in Bracebridge yesterday, drinking it in Muskoka tonight, Dec 20th, 2017. Excellent brew, a nice twist with a holiday theme.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $6 or so

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee, all spice

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some all spice and a hint of dark fruits.

Overall - A nice very drinkable porter with some festive spicy flavours mixed in. A solid beer that I'd buy in 6 pack format around the holidays if available.

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Photo of Ian_Hammons
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Black Oak Nutcracker Porter from Black Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 83 ratings