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Brewed by Black Oak Brewing
Style: Porter
Etobicoke, Canada

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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Porter spiced with cinnamon. As of 2007, unfiltered.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (2000) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2009 - Chocolate, caramel, spices and nutty. Jet maroon and a thin brown head. Tastes just like it smells, which is a blessing. If you can find an old bottle go get one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (375) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2014 On tap at Barvolo. Pours completely opaque black with a touch of dark caramel around the brim, and a thin tan head that doesn’t fade at all. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate and a hint of spice.Taste is a touch sweet with notes of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. A short, slightly bitter, roasted aftertaste ends it off. Medium-full body and with a low-medium carbonation. Very slightly watery in the mouth but still a rich and creamy. A nice porter for sure. Bottle is just as good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hateball16 (105) - - NOV 25, 2012
Picked up from the brewery. Advance screening before it hits the LCBO shelves. Aroma: Lovely deep roasted coffee notes. Dark bready/toasty aromas. Appearance: Opaque and black. Nice tan head, creamy look and some nice lacing. No visible carbonation. Flavour: Toasted pumpernickel bready flavour, with dominant coffee flavour. Some spice, cinnamon I think or some nutmeg. Very seasonal. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, fairly full bodied with not too much carbonation, some warming alcohol feeling in the finish (the 5.8% abv gives a nice winter warmth). Overall: Gorgeous porter. Ken at Black Oak is a really solid brewer and this is one of his favorite seasonals (I inferred from how excited he seemed while telling me about it!).

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGAquino (658) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
From notes. 12oz bottle at Black Oak. Pours a very dark brown with a nice small tan head. Aroma is coffee and nuts, nice sweet malts and noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PatIrish (168) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
On tap, pours a deep dark brown with a tan head. Cinnamon & nutmeg on the nose with bitter hops. An enjoyable winter seasonal.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2011
Cask at C’est What. Pours black with a tan head. Smells of nuts and cinnamon with heavy malt. Tastes a medium bitter with a strong sweetness and spices. Full bodied. Light carbonation. Finishes cloyingly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (965) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
550ml draught
5.8% ABV
I tried this beer on November 25, 2011 on tap at "C’est What?" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a solid dark brown with a 1" creamy brown head. The aroma was roasted malt, cinnamon, and chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was coffee, dark fruits, and some weak spices. Very enjoyable seasonal ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (2992) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Roast coffee taste with a small hint of tree bark. There’s a bit of a sour aftertaste. Good thick palate, light carb.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herrbrown1974 (424) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2011
On cask at Bar Volo. Pours dark chocolate brown. Frothy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and maple. Lighter than expected. Up front it’s cocoa, burnt and a little bit malty sweet. Finishes a little bitter, with an almost mineral quality (iron?). Good but not as rich as I was hoping. Little bit of a let down. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (3775) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2011
drank at mondial 2011 in mtl. pours dark brown with a decent beige head. very nice roasted malts, some smoke, light acidity, no cinnamon here. light to medium body, fizzy carbonation - a tad too much.


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