Ribstone Creek Old Man Winter Porter

Reviewed by on November 19, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Ribstone Creek Brewery

  • Origin: Edgerton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: November 18, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: English Porter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Ribstone Creek is a small brewery from the town of Edgerton, in rural Alberta.  They call this a porter-style ale, and since the titular muckraker has been hard at work making me and everyone else around here brace for the things to come, that sits just fine.

This 355ml can pours a slightly hazy, dark russet amber hue, with pervasive cola highlights, and two fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some decent webbed lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, chocolate-smeared bread, a mild milky sweetness, soft earthy and fruity spices, and leafy, kind of woody hops. The taste is more toasted caramel malt, wet bread, bittersweet cocoa, a slightly lactic astringency, day-old coffee, weak, indistinct earthy spice, watery dark fruit, mild leafy, weedy hops, and a tepid metallic booze warmth. The carbonation is fairly low-key, and definitely unobtrusive, the body a generally sturdy medium weight, and pleasantly smooth, a minor frothy creaminess building as we go. It finishes on the sweet side, the bready caramel malt, milk chocolate, earthy coffee, and rather subtle dark fruit all colluding as such.

Well, it’s pretty clear now – what we have here is a slightly hooched-up old-world porter, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that – a hearty tipple for this cold and snowy, and more snowy, um, season.  Tasty and robust, and now in a convenient 6-pack can format, all the better to crack in front of the fire, only this time it’ll be in the living room, hopefully not at the same time as the fat guy in the red suit tries to make his ingress.

Brady White

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