Brewed by Black Oak Brewing
Style: Porter
Etobicoke, Canada


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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Porter spiced with cinnamon. As of 2007, unfiltered.

Strange Brew's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bierdimpfe (501) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2016
Opaque black color, creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with some quality legs. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, cherries, molasses, nuts, herbal spices. Highly sweet, with a dash of sharp bitterness. Smooth medium body with low carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, ending with a burnt sugary smoky earthy spicy feel. Overall pretty fine craft. Well balanced, tasty flavors, although a little flat and lacking freshness. A strong and bold porter, a little intense. Yet quite rich and very flavorful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (2270) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Rating #2192 -2015.11.20 - Bottle from CBI - Rich, brown black pour with a creamy tan foam. Aroma is cinnamon sugar, chocolate, toasted malt, espresso, mild vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, quite thick Very complex, cool sweetness, toasted malt dominance, smooth finish, mild bitterness. Christmassy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (5688) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Brown pour with white head. In Banff. 22o bottle. Sweet brown sugar and some spices. A very nice beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (2348) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
"strong" being a relative term in terms of a 5.5 percent brew, well sure I ainít complianciní but it sure donít seem likes a "strong" in my books..... howímnever we do understand that Ontarians have a constitutional weakness compared to the rest of the world, whereas they just canít handle things like reality and relativity relative to the rest of the country and/or planet weís done lives in.....nonetheless Iís got some okay beige head here and brown body, average at best methinks. Aroma is sweet coffee, carrotcake, barley, pumpkin, kinda meh. Flavour is a lot of roasted barley with a decent dry finish, but itís dry and carrot-y and not complex at all..... which leads me to believe that some may rave over it, but again itís not the kinda beer Iíd advise you to buy a plane ticket to go find. Itís all right, fo sho, no complaints (well, a few) but itís not a spectacular mess. And at aroond 2000 ratings, thatís exactly what Iím looking for - canít imagine reviewing all these middling beers for the next decade, sounds like boredom incarnate. Get me some godlike stuff that I can take to the grave, or get outttathaway. Amen, and all that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2585) - - JAN 19, 2016
Draught at The Craft Brasserie. Roasted malt, cocoa, dried fruit, touch of spice, mildly nutty, fairly dry finish. Donít really get much cinnamon but otherwise a decent porter, if not slightly overhyped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (456) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2016
A big coffee nose on a near-black body with a thin tan head. A really nice and relatively rich porter for 5.8% abv. Taste profile leads with cafť au lait, supported by some semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of cherries. Not getting any cinnamon here. A nice creamy mouth feel and relatively dry finish make this a winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle, shared with my father in law. Very dark brown, tan head. Rich and fudgey, flavours of chcoclate and light coffee. Creamy mouthfeel, roasty bitter finish. A great straight-up porter. Iím not getting any spice at all though... (which I think is a good thing, given the craftsmanship here).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Randy4Beer (513) - - DEC 25, 2015
Dark cherry in colouring, with a very thin mocha head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of dark cherries, chocolate and cafe au lait. Flavours of dark cherries, and other assorted red fruits. Bit of alcohol warming that couldnít quite be hidden, but is quite welcome as a precursor to Christmas dinner. This is a very nicely done Porter and I am glad I picked one up

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HippyHop (605) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
I'm going to be less generous than my buddy Tiki, but I share his sense of confusion about this stuff. It's....weird. I get the usual porter notes, but mostly I get this weird smokey spice combo that really isn't doing it for me. It's supposed to be cinnamon but it feels more like....Christ I don't know. I want to say this stuff reminds me sushi - and it's more than the soy sauce aroma it's giving off. I wanted a nice wintery porter and instead I'm going to struggle to finish this, all the while craving unobtainable-at-4am sushi. This stuff isn't terrible but it's definitely found a new way of being a disappointment. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2015
650ml brown bottle. Deep brown colour, creamy and sticky tan head. Aroma is chocolate/cocoa. Taste cocoa/choc malts. Dryish end with lingering dark malt character. Light palate. Not getting any sort of spice. A decent and perfectly drinkable porter nonetheless.

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