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Small Batch Series No. 8: English Style Barleywine - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Small Batch Series No. 8: English Style BarleywineSmall Batch Series No. 8: English Style Barleywine

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BA SCORE
84
good

40 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msanborn on 03-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 6
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Photo of FoamInnovation
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this barleywine as a sampling at our store. Orange-gold color with very little head. Moderate cloudiness.
Smells of dark honey with a slight creaminess, and a background of European hops.
Tastes of dark honey and cream, soft hops and a slight booziness in the finish.
Overall this gave a great barleywine experience with a nice balance.

Photo of Radome
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375 ml, wax-finished bottle.

A - Medium copper color with some orange and red. Thick, off-white head that lasts. Slightly hazy.

S - Clean, fresh aroma of bready malt. Some bourbon-like notes, honey. Light oak. Hops are earthy and are very much in the background.

T - Lightly toasted bread, sweet and spicy gingerbread note. Light bourbon, honey. Hops bitterness, but flavors are not distinctive. Sweet alcohol.

M - Medium to heavy body. Moderate, silky carbonation. Strong alcohol presence.

O - This is a deep, rich barley wine that favors malt over hops. It appears to be aged in whiskey barrels, but the character it gained is restrained and subtle compared to many barrel-aged beers. This one is still drinkable without being cloying, and it is certainly delicious.

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with an impressive head; nice stickage that leaves a few strands

Smell: Caramel malt, stone fruit and earthy tones

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit tones, up front, with a developing earthy bitterness; a bit of tobacco arrives in the mid-palate; a bit metallic in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Well, the good news is that with this beer Ranger Creek has dealt with its carbonation and mouthfeel issue and the flavors here are true to style; the cap on this one was rusty (I had the same problem with SBS No. 7) and that may be responsible for the metallic aftertaste in both beers; I can't help but feel this is a brewery that needs to pay a bit more attention to the small things - caps should not be rusty on their beer bottles, particularly one that is six months old

Thanks, RobertH50, for the opportunity

Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice one from the dudes at ranger creek.

Presents a hazy gold with light tan head.

Aroma of honey and orange.

Lightly Sweet. Butterscotch. Not much hops. There is an off-putting after taste that develops when it warms.

Thin mouth feel. Didn't detract from the overall. Good quaff.

Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was an English-style barleywine, according to the brewery. I didn’t find it true to what I know as the style but I found it terribly enjoyable all the same.

It pours a light orange amber with light foam. I get an aroma that has hints of orange and toffee on it. There’s a rounded characteristic to the flavor, with a light bitterness and a subdued sweetness. Some orange candy and a touch of toffee-caramel come out. I know this has had some time to mellow out.

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10% ABV
Bottled 2-3-14

Appearance
Poured a beautiful non-transparent orange/gold with a small flaked oatmeal colored head. Heavy lacing.

Nose
Malt, toffee, fruit, slight alcohol note

Palate
BIG flavor, packed with well -balanced and highly bitter character that finishes clean and lingers to ages. Notes of fruit, caramel malt, sugary toffee, lots of lightly roasted malt character.

Overall
This is a very big and powerful beer that somehow manages to be very delicate, balanced and flavorful without being a chore to drink. The 10% ABV is well hidden in my opinion and does pack a punch. This is one to age and savor

-BeerandwhiskeyHQ.com

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Small Batch Series No. 8: English Style Barleywine from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.