This traditional English stout from the Black Creek Historic Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours an opaque black with a spongy, tan coloured head that gets retained as a frothy collar and leaves some spotty lacing. Black Creek Stout has a thick aroma with smoky wood and roasted grains backed by a fatty, nutty tone. A soft and appealing chocolate smell also comes through, along with hints of coffee and dark fruit after warming.
Black Creek Stout tastes of thick, roasted chocolate malts and burnt coffee, with a defined oak-like wood flavour and a hint of smoke. The finish is very dry and bitter. This stout is full-bodied and thick with a low carbonation, but still delivers a nice pop on the front of the tongue. It takes on a heavy, bready character, but the aftertaste is fairly clean with subtle smoky and earthy notes.
The label of Black Creek Stout is forest green, with a wood-toned logo that features a moustachioed gentleman holding a pint of beer. The back has a brief description of the craft brewery that uses equipment like that used in the 1800s, a note that the stout is brewed with chocolate wheat and a notched freshness date.
Black Creek Stout is a very nice, pleasant effort, though I find it a bit heavy to consider having one or two of. It pairs well with shepherd’s pie, roasted meat and game, sharp cheeses and crackers. You can find this beer at select LCBO locations and you can visit the brewery at Black Creek Pioneer Village for a tour and sampling.
Type: English Stout
Region: Ontario, Toronto
Brewery: Black Creek Historic Brewing
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%