Small Batch Series No. 7: Imperial Sweet Potato Stout - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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Reviews by BeerandWhiskeyHQ:
4.26/5 rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled on 11-21-13
Rich dark brown- almost black body. Carmel/mocha thick and frothy head. Decent lacing.
I get pretty strong chocolate notes, light amounts of roasted malt, fruit and slight bitterness with the presence of head but dissipates in bitter scent along with the foam
Very rich, chocolaty, rather bitter/sour in the finish but I like that in this beer. Slight spices, orange peel, dark roast malt, fruit- plums and cherry. Sweet and sugary in the finish that balances the bitterness ABV presence stronger in the finish opposed to during the mouthful
As with all of Ranger Creek’s beers, this one didn’t disappoint I wish I had another one to keep aging until the holidays. It’s very full flavored and balanced as always, I also like how they decided to not go the road of the pumpkin brew like a lot are nowadays and decided to make something unique and interesting.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 15:50:36 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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3.25/5 rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Didn't know it was a sweet potato stout when I picked it up, but was very pleased to discover that it was. Never had a sweet potato stout before.
Poured into a snifter, this beer is a nice dark brown color with burgandy hues at the edges when held up to the light. Decent two finger dark brown head. Some lace. The nose is interesting, with an earthy sweetness to it, which makes sense considering the ingredients. Interesting, but otherwise underwhelming. Taste is also interesting - kinda funky and herbal. Sweet up front (with an almost unnatural flavor) and a boozy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected.
I'm not convinced that sweet potatoes and beer are a great combination, but this was a solid effort if nothing else. I like Ranger Creek and I'm glad they're pushing boundaries like this. This may not be their best outing, but it's nice to see. And it's certainly worth trying if you're so inclined.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 00:09:34 | More by Atlas1
2.95/5 rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with black wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at my local bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery and series - which has been a constant string of disappointments. Batch 13. Date: 11/20. Reviewed live.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a 3 finger wide head of lovely tan colour. It's a bit thin and not as full or rich as I'd hoped for. Smooth consistency. Complexion could be better, but it's got a nice shine to it. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. It's a nice supple head and seems pretty soft.
Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
Overall, it's a pretty standard imperial stout appearance, and I'm pleasantly surprised.
Sm: Dark malts, caramel, musty wood, hints of cardboard/infection, and sure - sweet potato/yam vegetable character. I also pick up on a ginger-like spice of some sort. Nutmeg. Vegetable gourd. Cream. To its detriment, I don't find any roasted barley.
No hop profile is obvious. There's some mild alcohol warmth. No yeast character is detectable.
It's an inoffensive aroma of average strength. I'm curious how the sweet potato character will work. It certainly seems sweet.
T: Hm. It's got an off-flavour which is luckily pretty tame, but is redolent of musty wood, a bit of peat, and acidic bacterial infection. The dark malt base feels pretty generic and lends the beer ample sweetness. Caramel. Nutmeg. Vegetable gourd. I wouldn't guess sweet potato if I tried the beer blind, but it does have a sort of casserole-esque yammy character to it I suppose. I'm not a big fan of the taste overall, but I appreciate the innovation. I find it too sweet overall.
Lacks balance. Build lacks cohesion and is far from gestalt. Not intricate, subtle, or complex. I guess the sweet potato lends it some nuance, albeit nuance that doesn't bring much to the flavour profile. Average duration of flavour. Below average intensity and depth of flavour.
Mf: Acidity is way too high. It's almost silky, which I like. Wet. Harsh and biting on the palate. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick, bordering almost on syrupy. The texture doesn't suit the flavour profile particularly well. Gushed. Decently executed.
Not oily, astringent, or rough.
Dr: Another sounds-good-on-paper beer from Ranger Creek that doesn't deliver on the potential of the premise. It's getting better as it's coming to temperature, but this really isn't a good beer. Points for experimentation, but I continue to be disappointed with Ranger Creek's small batch series and wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners. Largely a failed attempt at an imperial stout; there are far better beers in the style well below this price point (e.g. Ole Raspy, Storm King, Ten Fidy etc.).
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 02:44:08 | More by kojevergas
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a waxed-cap bottle into a Prairie Teku glass. Cap appears to have rusted under the wax.
Appearance: Thick pitch-black pour with a large, thick and creamy rusted coffee head, which is not going anywhere any time soon.
Smell: Reminds me a bit of pumpkinator. Strong sweet gourd smell, dark and roasty with prominent spice notes, cinnamon, nutmeg. Smells very creamy.
Taste: Spicy, sweet, like a pumpkin-style stout tends to be. Some dark fruits that makes it lightly tangy, but nothing special here. Hints of coffee come through as well. A bitter metallic aftertaste mixes with the coffee on the finish.
Mouthfeel: A little thin. Low-moderate carbonation.
Overall: Not that bad, and the creativity is refreshing. It started off strong, with a beautiful pour and solid nose. But if the caps are going to rust and affect the taste of the beer, that just shows a lack of quality control that leads to a far less enjoyable product. You've got great potential, Ranger Creek. Step up your game.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2014 00:50:56 | More by WTKeene
Small Batch Series No. 7: Imperial Sweet Potato Stout from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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