cfrancis (2977) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very solid porter. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts and small coffee. Taste is nicely roasted malts that remind me of a crackling fire with some subtle coffee. It’s nice because I don’t like coffee and am not turned off by this.
Digital_Aura (227) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle. A good Christmas time brew. Pours with little head. Dark rich brown. No real aroma. Soft palate, nutty roasted taste. Subtle yet appreciable.
Canmoore (387) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black, with a mahogany brown head. Aroma notes include chocolate, nutmeg, coffee, Vanilla, tannins, and a slight ginger aroma. Tasting notes include Chocolate and Coffee upfront, tannins and slight bitterness in the middle. The ginger only makes a presence at the back end of the palate. Not a bad porter! This is a good effort, and makes for a great drink beside a fireplace with a good book!
Freaky_tiki (976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours darker than PM Harper’s robotic heart, with a slight cap that laces nicely. Aroma is intriguing; taste is confused. I get slight smoke, something that just might be cinnamon, & a vegetable after taste that makes me wonder. Not what I thought it could be. Intrigued by the bourbon barrel alternative I see listed.
probstblueribbon (3628) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Part of a 650 mL bottle from LCBO served cool in a tulip glass. Finally! Deep brown-black with a thin tan film. Starts smoky/peaty (surprising), inviting dark chocolate with a little coffee, a bit of cinnamon and a little dark dried fruit. Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly powdery and astringent. Black coffee, a minute amount of dark chocolate, a hint of peaty smoke, light cinnamon, now campfire smoke, a little tang, interesting; dry with fair bitterness and a nice, complex finish that brings in the chocolate, coffee, smoke and cinnamon. Interesting.
kevinsenn (1873) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bar Hop. Black with lacing. Dry roasty aroma of coffee and spice. Taste is creamy and roasty with some light fruity notes and spice. The cinnamon is somewhat subtle, rather than slapping you in the face. Well done.
kbudd19 (979) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle. Nice Black pour a bit thin with a fair bit of tan head. Wonderful aroma of coffee, spice and nuts. Taste is very smooth, nuts, coffee, nice warming roast. Great beer.
Ferris (10736) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sudomorph (1026) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Hateball16 (105) - - NOV 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!).