Brewed by Black Oak Brewing
Style: Porter
Etobicoke, Canada


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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Porter spiced with cinnamon. As of 2007, unfiltered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Thanks to mr_kimchee for this one. Dark brown, nearly black and looking like a stout, this porter has a strong coffee/chicory profile in the flavor. Very roasty, it's an enjoyable brew on a winter's day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Deep brown hue with nice reddish highlights. A creamy tan head provides very good lace. The aroma hints of burnt dark malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and earthy yeast esters. The taste is indeed spicy and sweet malt which a solid undertone of fruit, coffee and smoke. The spice lingers on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy and lush, good body for a porter. A well made holiday porter and very enjoyable. Thanks Jeremy for getting me a bottle from the Toronto gathering. Thanks jercraigs for the initial effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2003
Very dark brown with a small, tan head. Aromas of spice and malt. Initial malty bitterness and strong roast/coffee flavour with a hint of cinnamon. Very enjoyable porter gets me in the holiday spirit!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2004 Dark brown with a fine malted milk head. Strong, dark roasted malt on the nose with lactic undertones. Some roasted malt bitterness giving way to malt sweetness and cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Very dark brown opaque body with a small tan head. Aroma is cocoa and roasted malts. Bitter coffee flavors, a touch of chocolate, and spicy cinnamon flavor in the background. Thanks jercraigs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4516) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
(Draught) Opaque with brown head. Coffee, cocoa and lactic nose. Full on coffee taste. Chalky-cocoa finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Roasty malt and coffee with a touch of the cinnamon. Flavor was malty, lots of coffee, kind of bitter. Medium body. Pretty good, thanks Jercraigs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
A roasted malt and cinnamon organism breathes out luscious coffee beans...Ashes follow in the bitterness and suggest the plurality of this offering...A jocular Christmas porter...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4734) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2003 Vintage:
Dark brown in colour with a nice lighter brown head. Although, when held up to the light, the beer looks like a very strong violet colour-dark ruby highlights dominate the appearance. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, slight vanilla and sour lactic quality. Medium to Light-bodied; Strong bittering malt with large cofee overtones. Some canella is present, but not much. A bit of the sour quality arises in the taste, but pretty much a straight malt-shot. Aftertaste bittered from the coffee and the roasted malt, but nice for the style. Overall, a good spiced porter, definately good to try! Many thanks to Jeremy (jercraigs) for hand-delivering this twelve ounce bottle! I sampled this beer on 07-December-2003.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2003
A real beatiful dark ale. Coffee and cinnamon with a hint of nuts in the mix. Bring on Christmas!

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