TimE (6130) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 19, 2017 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!).
Pours a thick, dark brown color with dark brown head. Excellent roasted malt, dark fruit and coffee nose. Medium body that came across more as a coffee porter than a porter spiced with cinnamon. Well balanced, dry mildly bitter finish. Nice yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2017
From tap. Pours pitch black with a creamy and tan head. Aroma is roasted malty. Dark and roasted malty. Breadish. Lingering dark malty. Roasted malty. Lingering dark malty far finish. ncube (121) - - DEC 26, 2016
Aroma of chocolate, black and roasted malts, dates, faint cinnamon. Taste is much the same, with just enough sweetness to hold things together, ending in a nice roasty dry finish, where the cinnamon makes its presence more known.. Easy to drink lots. Satisfying. Bierdimpfe (640) - 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. bulldogops (2907) - 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.
kaser (6382) - 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 DeanF (2527) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
"strong" being a relative term in terms of a 5.5 percent brew, well sure I ain’t compliancin’ but it sure don’t seem likes a "strong" in my books..... how’mnever we do understand that Ontarians have a constitutional weakness compared to the rest of the world, whereas they just can’t handle things like reality and relativity relative to the rest of the country and/or planet we’s done lives in.....nonetheless I’s 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 it’s dry and carrot-y and not complex at all..... which leads me to believe that some may rave over it, but again it’s not the kinda beer I’d advise you to buy a plane ticket to go find. It’s all right, fo sho, no complaints (well, a few) but it’s not a spectacular mess. And at aroond 2000 ratings, that’s exactly what I’m looking for - can’t 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. biirusaikou (2705) - - JAN 19, 2016
Draught at The Craft Brasserie. Roasted malt, cocoa, dried fruit, touch of spice, mildly nutty, fairly dry finish. Don’t really get much cinnamon but otherwise a decent porter, if not slightly overhyped. Gluepot (716) - 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 café 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. DuffMan (10664) - 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. I’m not getting any spice at all though... (which I think is a good thing, given the craftsmanship here).