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!).
Helsdon (133) - Toronto, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
What in the world this was doing on shelf in June, being a seasonal beer and all, I have no idea. So I bought it. Also worth a note I wish Gretzky made a beer, like he "makes" a wine, cause this is beer number 99 for me.
This beer pours a black, inkiness as dark as my outlook was on election night. With a barely a finger of dense tan head, or 100 fingers by Hudak’s math. Nose of smoky, medicinal black cardamom, molasses, and toasted malts. Nice smooth flavour on the first try, like those first few months of any politician’s rule, before the lies and broken promises become unbearable. Toasted malts, more of that black cardamom flavour, and mild molasses sweetness. Overall very drinkable.
Metalchopz (2216) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Single bomber from the LCBO. Pours a real dark brown with very little highlights. The beige head is slightly creamy with decent retention and some good amount of lace. Beautiful mild aromas of coffee at first, but seems to go away quickly. Roasted malt, dark fruits and then, after breathing, the cinnamon and other spices come out. Smooth wet mouthfeel (oily a tad) with a medium-full body. Roasted malt flavours with again, mild dark fruits and the cinnamon showing in the finish. Even hints of berries and mint show up which makes this interesting. Just wish it was not as mild overall.
shaynsawchuk (435) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 mL bottle. Black with a a layer of cream head that laces. Nuts, toffee, dark fruit, breakfast blend coffee and cocoa. Slightly sweet, but well rounded out with spices and bitter roast notes. Low carbonation, moderate to full body. Thick mouth feel. Well balanced and tasty.
Tessic (840) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This porter poured a deep black colour with a quickly dissipating, tan coloured head. Scents include smoke, oak?, leather, ripe fruit and a little cocoa. First swig had a thin mouthfeel to almost watery proportion. Flavours of smoke, caramel, cigarettes and roast. Finish is quite roasty with lite coffee flavours lingering.
cfrancis (2278) - 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 (243) - 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 (486) - 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 (2872) - 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 (1034) - 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.