Bench Creek Black Spruce Porter
Reviewed by Brady White on October 1, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide
- 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 !
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!