Let the Gruit Times Roll from Railway City Brewing Company in St. Thomas, Ontario pours a clear golden-amber colour with a fairly small but creamy white head that gets retained as a soapy film and small collar. The smell of rosemary pops from this spiced, un-hopped ale against a backdrop of sweet malts that carries notes of honey and caramel.
The blend of rosemary, sage and black cumin dominates the taste of Let the Gruit Times Roll. The brew is particularly dry and peppery at first and in the finish, while a light and syrupy sweetness comes through on the tongue to lighten things up. The mouthfeel is on the thick and viscous side and carbonation is minimal. The sage and black cumin notes hang around in the aftertaste.
The label of Let the Gruit Times Roll is styled like an early 1900s event poster, using several typefaces to evoke a bygone period. You will also find the Ontario Craft Brewers logo and a date of packaging on the label.
Let the Gruit Times Roll leans very heavily on its spice blend, which can overshadow the well-crafted malt base when served cold. I’d suggest taking a bottle out 10 or 15 minutes before serving it and maybe even letting it breathe to ensure a balanced experience. This beer would be perfect to pair with or use in the making of grilled or roasted chicken, especially with carrots and potatoes on the side. A friend also suggested using this beer to prepare a gravy to go with duck.
You can buy bottles of Let the Gruit Times Roll at the brewery and find it on tap at select licensees throughout Ontario for a limited time.
Region: Ontario, St. Thomas
Brewery: Railway City Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 650 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.3%