Renowned beer expert Roger Mittag recently weighed in on our new Black Creek Porter on his blog.
I happened to be purchasing beer for my most recent Prud’homme Certification class and lo and behold, I found something I hadn’t had before. The label and bottle intrigued me and upon further inspection, I found a Black Creek Porter. Just a short year ago, this small artisanal brewery was created on the heels of the Black Creek Brewfest that had been running for two years. I must admit that BC Pioneer Village is a very cool place to have a brewery and I know the goals are to provide the malt and hops from the Village. Why not – they have hop plants already and a grist mill just waiting to be put into better use.
Porters were the drink of choice among turn of the century (20th) beer drinkers. This one comes in at 5% ABV and shows a beautiful burgundy and auburn hue with touches of light brown. The mocha coloured foam is fairly dense for a porter.
The nose is not as complex as the flavours but still yields the typical coffee, chocolate and caramel you might come to expect. The body is cafe mocha – notes of chocolate and coffee are abundant with hints of roasted grain and burnt toast coming through as it warms. The carbonation is fairly light. The finish is quite pleasant. There is a decent amount of bitterness but not the kind that whacks you in the head. This bitterness appears slowly and lingers very nicely. There is also a nice dry texture in the mouth and you can almost taste tiramisu.
A really decent porter in my eyes and the packaging is first class. Give it a shot after dinner in a nice snifter and you might be surprised.
Thanks Roger! We’ve been receiving a lot of positive feedback on our Porter. It seems that despite Canada being a nation that favours lighter beers, we are finding a few fans of dark malts out there! Keep the feedback coming!