Feb 28, 2015

Refined Fool Ripsnorter Bourbon Porter

     Across the river and less than a mile away from me if a foreign land. Their currency is of many colors. their football fields are longer (GO TiCATS! 2015 will be the year!!) . They had a First Lady who dallianced with the Rolling Stones. When you order poutine it is poutine and not some small dish bistro that makes you wonder if the chef even knows what poutine is. Just a few of the many things that make them different yanks.
     Like many other people for the ages it was the first place a person in Michigan drank legally anywhere on the planet. Someone only has to be 19 years old there. Here it is 21. That means to many the first place of a beer oasis was discovered. It sorta shaped a whole outlook of what suds should be. Yep! Cue the tape and join with me into a rousing version of Oh, Canada.
     When craft beers starting rolling along, Canadian beers took a backseat quickly. Some small batch and specialty breweries started to appear but some of them seemed unsure of branching away from certain ingredient profile that seemed to be a thread that ran through the most beers available in the country for  eons. Sure I tried some that were decent but there was always "what's up with them always having that same aftertaste every Canadian beer has?"
     The folks at Refined Fool in Sarnia, Ontario knew what was up. The town is only ten minutes away (if the bridge isn't busy) so they did their research over here quite often before opening shop. I had a chance to enjoy a handful of their beers but this is my first go 'round with the Ripsnorter Bourbon Porter. Did I mention that it's been cellaring for for a few seasons now?
     Burnt burgandy in color that isn't gonna let any light in at all. A moderate pour brings out a rocky chocolate malt looking head that melts fairly quickly. Chocolate and espresso beans come out first on the nose. There's smokey and woodsy elements to it as well which bring out maple and bacon.
     Slightly bitter Cocoa and sweat cream play the first fiddle from front to end here but there are little details throughout. Dark cherry tartness zig zags its way around. Tobacco makes an appearance. Charred wood stop in to say high. A fun gathering of things that seem to enjoy each other vibe.
     And the finish and aftertaste? No, it doesn't taste like Burton Cummings mixed some perfume, pine needles and club soda together, smiling while serving it up and asking you if he once dated your aunt. It is a nice throat coat of chocolate and dark fruit though.
     Now I just gotta figure out a way to run a pipeline through the water from their brewery directly to my house.
www.refinedfool.com

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why is it all Americians think their beer is superior to all others. I find your opening discussion in this article offensive and typical of an Americian. Constructively critize and you may achieve to maintain a readers interest in your article. There is a great wide world of beers outside of the U.S. The majority of beer drinkers appreciate a brew that has flavour. When thinking of the typical US brew, flavour is not the first thought brought to mind by most Canadian beer drinkers. I realize that Americians think the rest of the world looks to your superiority in all topics, but it just isn't true.
Give credit to a brew deserving such distinction, without belittling its countrymen.

Dale Merrill said...

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your assumptions and critique. In the future we will make a note that a person who chose not to leave a name wants things written with less humor and more textbook like.

Funny Canadian said...

Seems to be a good review to me.

Uptight Guy said...

Anonymous is Kurt Allen.

He obviously did not read the entire review because aside from a couple of jokes it was a very positive review about the beer.