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Brewed by Black Oak Brewing
Style: Porter
Etobicoke, Canada

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Porter spiced with cinnamon. As of 2007, unfiltered.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
Draught at Cafe Volo. brown-black body with a small frothy mocha head. aroma is hoppy, roasty, and chocolatey. Silky smooth and crisp body. Loads of bittersweet chocolate flavour. Great!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2010 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 mouthfeel all the way. Nice!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
on tap at Cafe Volo. Dark brown/black, almost opaque, light brown thick creamy head. Sweet nutty aromas, along with malt adn slight coffee and chocolate. Taste of coffee is dominant, with nutty notes and sweetness. Very bitter on the finish. Leaves strong coffee bitterness at back of throat. Nice to sip on.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Bottle from DougShoemaker. Deepest brown color. Red ruby hues can be seen when backlit. Low on carbonation. Decent malt profile. Aroma is nutty and coffee like. I didn’t really find the cinnamon in here. Decent hop finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
mmmm, enjoyed on tap at beer bistro. Dark black colour with foamy off white head. Aroma of spice and roasted chocolate. The flavour is delicous with chocolate and spices, cinnamon predominates, but it’s complex. Very Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
An excellent porter that I had the benefit of trying side by side at Caffe Volo in Toronto, with the nitrogen and hand pumped drafts - of course, the hand draft won hands down. It’s best when the warmer, less carbonated draft allows the flavours to emerge from the beer. It’s quite dark, with a light, frothy head. It is quite heavily malted with coffee and a bit of chocolate, and virtually no carbonation. An excellent cask draft.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6405) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle: Nice coffee and chocolate aroma. Pours a dark brown with a little red shining thru when held to the light. Not much of a head. Flavor is mostly roasted coffee with some chocolate. Relatively light up front with the flavors increasing in the finish. A little sourness in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2004
Licorice is the dominant aroma characteristic but there are some peppermint, cinammon and roasted malt notes as well. Opaque brown coloured with thin tan head that recedes to ring. Lots of roasted malt bitterness balances a strong licorice flavour with some minty notes. Mild butterscotch diacetyl in the finish. Somewhat still with medium-full body and sticky mouthfeel. Bottle. Thanks, jercraigs!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1089) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
Not as good as last year. Tried on cask as well as in bottle. Rating is for the cask. Pours dark brown red with a thin soapy tan head. Smoked toffee, fruit aroma. Smoke carries over with molases. Grapefruit hops. Light milk chocolate. Sweet and sour. Favourable balance in the contrast of hops/malt. Earth and toasted bread in the dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2006 2005 on tap and in the bottles: It is excellent again this year, probably even more flavourful with lots of cinnamon in the tap version. Plus Ken did up some nice labels and boxes for it as well. Probably now my favourite Black Oak offering, Cheers to Ken. Bottle. Extremely dark brown pour, very little tan head. Very interesting and unique aroma - roasted hints, mixed with lots of hops - lots of spice in there as well. Taste is full bodied portery goodness (yes, I just said portery - I like that made up word) - I want to say thick, but it is actually quite like on the tongue, with the cinnamon no doubt aided this "crispness" - this is a lovely easy to drink full bodied porter and a unique one at that as well. Well done Black Oak, a great tis the season beer.


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