Ribstone Creek Imperial Old Man Winter Porter

Reviewed by on November 29, 2018 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Ribstone Creek Brewery

  • Origin: Edgerton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: November 29, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 10.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Porter

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Ribstone Creek have released an Imperialized version of their popular Old Man Winter Porter.  Also, not barrel-aged, just ‘months of cellaring’.

This 650ml bottle pours a pretty solid black, with prominent amber basal highlights, and three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some extraordinary layered and streaky lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of rich milk chocolate, bready and doughy caramel malt, toffee pudding, cafe-au-lait, a hint of free-range roastiness, and some plain leafy, musty, and soused-up floral hop bitters.  The taste is grainy and crackery cereal malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, some indistinct dark stone fruitiness, subtle wet char, ethereal notes of licorice root, and more well-understated earthy, musty, and gently lit-up floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite restrained in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and actually rather smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the cocoa and general malt sweetness exhibiting the most lingering verve.

Overall – wow! This has some old ale-leaning tendencies, as it is full-flavoured, and surprisingly easy to drink.  It doesn’t hurt that the near 22-proof booze is essentially invisible, I suppose.  A very well-crafted, put on your big-boy pants, sort of offering.

Brady White

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