Bench Creek Black Spruce Porter

Reviewed by on October 1, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bench Creek Brewing

  • Origin: Yellowhead County, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 1, 2016

  • Best Before: canned September 26, 2016

  • ABV: 5.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Porter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A newly packaged offering, it sure is nice to see this west Yellowhead brewery getting its presence into the better bottleshops around the province.

This beer appears a clear (I think), very dark cola highlighted brown colour, with an ethereally thin cap of wispy beige head, which leaves a few isolated specks of remote islet lace around the glass as things quickly subside.

It smells of well-roasted caramel malt, biscuity toffee, free-range wet ash, sugary black licorice, cafe-au-lait, and more saccharine citrus fruit notes. The taste is milk chocolate powder, lightly toasted caramel/toffee malt, a testy black orchard fruitiness, slightly sour lactose, mixed citrus and pine hop bittering agents, and some subtle earthy anise candy essence.  The carbonation is quite low-key and hard to get a handle on via the ol’ froth-o-meter, the body an adequate middleweight, and smooth, I suppose, as the inherent char isn’t pervasive enough to cause all that much trouble here. It finishes off-dry, with a combination of thin caramelized cocoa and neutered dark fruitiness lingering.

Overall, this comes across as kind of timid for a porter, but yet rather drinkable by the same sword, which I would imagine is way more important to this burgeoning brewing concern. Or maybe I’m just emotionally and physically drained after a week of discovery of so much good new brew in Wild Rose Country!

Brady White

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