Black Creek Rifleman's Ration | Black Creek Historic Brewery

Black Creek Rifleman's RationBlack Creek Rifleman's Ration
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Black Creek Rifleman's RationBlack Creek Rifleman's Ration

Brewed by:
Black Creek Historic Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by spinrsx on 05-30-2012

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Squeezyq
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ConnorG
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KellyGaudreau
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Boo-urns
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ikidunot
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bryanzk
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHammer
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brody1714
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CRObighit2
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of headlessparrot
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The pour reveals Rifleman's Ration to be a shockingly lightly-carbonated beer, with an aggressive pour netting no more than a half-finger of head that recedes almost instantly, though at least there's a ring of lacing on the glass.

Smell is smoky, caramel, toasted malt, roasted malt. Biscuit made from hearty brown bread. Taste is all those things, but with a balance between the malty, toasty, smoky notes and a nice caramelized sugar sweetness. Body is very lightly carbonated and rather light in body. Still, my guess is there's an element of historic authenticity here, and it's cool to drink what--ostensibly--might have been a drink of choice a couple hundred years ago. It's interesting, and decent enough, but not setting the world on fire.

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Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wajohnst
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Glorithm
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny half inch head that filmed out within a minute. Medium brown color and filtered clear

S- Caramel, burnt nuts, malt, hops and molasses

T- Rich burnt nuts. Nice blend. Has the body and smooth coffee and caramel flavor. Super good malt base and a touch of sweetness

M- Creamy and a bit tart

O- Nice brew. I enjoyed this one and it is a great winter brew.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with...... Crème caramel


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Photo of MayonakaStout
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of the black creek 4 pack.

Appearance - a very dark brown coloured beer is poured that is opaque and topped by a half finger of off white head. The head doesn't linger too long but does leave a little soapy ring around the glass.

Smell - hmmm, some coffee and roasted nut characteristics with just a faint aroma of dark fruits namely cherries.

Taste - like the nose, some moderate bitterness, some roasted characteristics with a trace of coffee and tobacco. Kind of unusual for a brown ale, but somehow works

Mouthfeel - moderate carbonation, but a creamy feel. Medium bodied and dry finish.

Overall - a pretty tasty and satisfying brown ale with sufficient presence to be noticed but also easy enough to drink that I won't hesitate to enjoy more at another time. A beer that gets better the more of it you drink, really enjoyed the last half glass. So far probably my favourite of the historic series, with only the dray horse beer left to go.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While wandering through the beer isles of his local LCBO, Bucky couldn't resist the patriotic appeal of Black Creek Brewery's Rifleman's Ration Ale ("RRA"). RRA is the first in a series of twelve ‘Historic Beers of Canada' to be released by the brewery. Each of the twelve distinct beers is designed to capture the feel and flavour of a specific era in Canadian history. Rifleman's Ration commemorates the years 1810 to 1819, to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The beer that is available commercially is brewed in partnership with Trafalgar Breweries through Pioneer Brewing Ltd.

RRA was purchased in a brown 500 ml bottle with a 'best before' date of January 2013 punched into the side of the label. The label displays the image of a 19th century British colonial soldier of the line, who, as part of his service, would have been issued with an extra paycheck exclusively for buying beer. British commanders approved of beer consumption (within reason) because it helped stimulate the regional economy through the sale of grains and hops by local farmers. RRA is 5.0% alcohol by volume.

Rather than drinking at room temperature as suggested on the label, I served it at cellar temperature which was a few degrees cooler. RRA poured a translucent dark brown/red, with ruby highlights when backlit. A very aggressive pour produced about 1/2" of fizzy tan coloured head, which quickly faded to a thin collar and film, leaving some very modest spotting and lacing down the glass. The beer's aroma, as you would expect for a brown ale, was dominated by chocolate and coffee malts. The flavour began with sweet, dark malts including chocolate, and finished with a mild coffee bitterness which lingered for just a few seconds. The carbonation was quite low and completely appropriate for the recreation of a naturally carbonated, 200 year old recipe, though possibly a bit undercarbonated for modern tastes. The mouthfeel was soft due to the low carbonation, and I would describe RRA as medium bodied. Overall, weighing the beer's patriotic appeal and enjoyable taste and aroma against a rather expensive $3.95 price tag, I'd add Rifleman's Ration to my 'occasional treat' list.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Pmicdee
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of funkengruven
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a couple of these in my cellar that I picked up last year, This poured a nice deep brown with very little head retention. Smell is rather nice, malty with a touch of hops. Taste is nice and rich, with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, and easy to drink.

This went quite well with my roast beef dinner. A decent and typical English brown ale, I would get this again.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

props to andrenaline for including this in our previous trade
A - a clear deep cedar brown, short brown head dissipated quickly to not much of a covering
S - big hits of nuts, caramel and brown sugar, mild roastiness towards the back
T - big cola syrup to start, followed by roasted nuts and toffee, touch of leafy bitterness late in the finish along with some charcoal
M - medium body, slightly prickly carbonation, touch of bitterness but a generally full finish
O - this hits all requisite style points and started to grow on me more as I got through the 500ml bottle, definitely worth a try or 2 if you can

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Beer rating: 53.8% out of 100 with 52 ratings
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