Friday, January 13, 2012

Black Creek Historic Brewery - Porter

ABV 5% (Bottled)

From the Bottle

"EXPERIENCE ONTARIO'S RICH BREWING HERITAGE - Black Creek Historic Brewery is located in the heart of Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto, Ontario. Here we have recreated a working historic brewery where our Brew Masters handcraft the same ales enjoyed in Ontario's country villages in the 1800's." They have a decent looking website at www.blackcreekbrewery.ca

The History

"In the 1860s there were 155 registered breweries in Ontario, and countless smaller operations. Black Creek Historic Brewery is the first in this province to replicate the brewing processes of that era, when there was no electricity or refrigeration, no stainless steel tanks or bottling plants."

"Porter - Porter's deep-mahogany colour comes from a darkly roasted malt. The flavour varies from slightly nutty with burnt grain hints to bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Originating as a distinct style in the 1700s, its name comes from the hardworking porters of London who enjoyed this inexpensive, fortifying drink."


The Pour

This porter pours light with a one finger, off-white head that disappeared quickly even with a hard pour. No frothy mustaches here. The colour is a dark brown/red mahogany. I again used a wide mouth Chimay glass at cellar temp.

Aroma

Malty sweetness is first to hit the nose. Overall it's a hit of sweetness. Nothing I'd call toasty. The scent of caramel is prominent, like Werther's Original. Very pleasant. The nose is by far the best thing about this brew.

Taste

Hits the tongue very watery with little carbonation. The caramel and malt flavours are very soft as well. The body is light on substance, flavours and effect which is disappointing. There is little to no aftertaste to speak of. No surprises here. The promise of 'roasted' flavours and aromas is a shame to miss. Possibly some mild hop bite, but I'm talking very mild. Maybe a session porter?

Overall Impressions

As this is a porter I've heard it should be lighter, but then also read that there is little difference between porters and stouts these days. That puts this brew up against some serious competition. Overall it's a very drinkable beer with light carbonation and light flavours, but this seems to have cost it any interesting layers or surprises it could have had. I'd call this the Coors Light of porters/stouts. It has it's place, but more as an introduction to the style. All this being said I give it a C. However, since I may be unfamiliar with some stylistic differences, I could be off in expecting a stronger more layered beer. If that is the case, I could go for a C+.

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