Wild Rose Prairie Rumbler

Reviewed by on February 23, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wild Rose Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: February 23, 2018

  • Best Before: released from the wild Feb 2018

  • ABV: 10.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: English Strong Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Prairie Rumbler is another collaboration with Ribstone Creek Brewery, where they’ve now made an English Strong Ale, and aged it in unspecified rum barrels, hence the name.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent distant mountain range lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, biscuity toffee, treacle, some muddled dark orchard fruitiness, and very plain earthy, musty, and gently lit-up floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, brown sugar syrup, bruised plum, prune, and besotted raisin fruity notes, a hint of earthy mustiness, faint damp wood, and more well understated leafy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite laid-back in its barely-there frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, with only a suggestion of the booze burbling under the surface here causing a minor tremor.  It finishes off-dry, yet not as sweet as one might have been expecting.

Overall – this is a pleasant enough version of the style, with the time spent in the wood not particularly evident, beyond what I presume is some additional sugary and fruity essences, which could be arrived at in other, shall we say, less costly ways.  Oh, and kudos on rendering the nice and even 10 points of alcohol essentially undetectable – always a good thing.

Brady White

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