HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Draught. At Volo. Poured opaque black with ruby highlights and large creamy lasting light brown head. Aroma or rich strong coffee, dark chocolate, hints of cream, spices and hops. Flavour has more chocolate and less coffee, very rich and initially sweet - almost hints of hot cocoa - with winter spices and hop bitterness that makes this a very balanced pint. Mouthfeel thick, creamy, smooth - I had the 2004 last winter, but I’m convinced the 2005 is better - smoother and more complex. Excellent. turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2005
Bottle Edition 2004 Appearance: Dark black colour with foamywhite head. Aroma: roasty malt, spice, nuts Flavor: Roasty, coffee-chocolate. Great beer.Thank to Pootz JoeMcPhee (9518) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
Dark brown beer, ruby tint, sticky tan-coloured head. Nice lace. Aroma is quite flowery and herbal with a touch of spice. A waxy flavour in here though that ruins it. Dirty, dusty flavour. Oxidized and cardboardy. I had this the same day as the Denison’s Dunkel which had some similar badness going on as well, which makes me think that there may have been something going on with the taps. Will re-rate when I get a chance. iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Picked up a few bottles at the brewery. Pours almost black with a huge brown head. Big aromas of coffee and nutty, dark chocolate. Taste is coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Taste really improves as the beer warms. Medium bodied and smooth. Nice malt/bittermess balance. Well done Black Oak! mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
Draught at Cafe Volo. brown-black body with a small frothy mocha head. aroma is hoppy, roasty, and chocolatey. Silky smooth and crisp body. Loads of bittersweet chocolate flavour. Great!
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2010 On tap-Black body, topped with a foamy mocha head. Aroma is nutty,black coffee , roasted malt and toffee with a good hit of spices. Roasted malt , sweet nuts and black coffee taste. Finish is creamy, with a smooth mouthfeel all the way. Nice! JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
on tap at Cafe Volo. Dark brown/black, almost opaque, light brown thick creamy head. Sweet nutty aromas, along with malt adn slight coffee and chocolate. Taste of coffee is dominant, with nutty notes and sweetness. Very bitter on the finish. Leaves strong coffee bitterness at back of throat. Nice to sip on. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Bottle from DougShoemaker. Deepest brown color. Red ruby hues can be seen when backlit. Low on carbonation. Decent malt profile. Aroma is nutty and coffee like. I didn’t really find the cinnamon in here. Decent hop finish. mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
mmmm, enjoyed on tap at beer bistro. Dark black colour with foamy off white head. Aroma of spice and roasted chocolate. The flavour is delicous with chocolate and spices, cinnamon predominates, but it’s complex. Very Good. MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
An excellent porter that I had the benefit of trying side by side at Caffe Volo in Toronto, with the nitrogen and hand pumped drafts - of course, the hand draft won hands down. It’s best when the warmer, less carbonated draft allows the flavours to emerge from the beer. It’s quite dark, with a light, frothy head. It is quite heavily malted with coffee and a bit of chocolate, and virtually no carbonation. An excellent cask draft.