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Strawberry Milk Stout - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Strawberry Milk Stout
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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: elNopalero on 05-03-2012)
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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

In a snifter.

A- Dark khaki fluffy head. Pitch black body. 4

S- Dark chocolate, milky strawberry with a bit of synthetic aroma. 3.5

T- Very synthetic strawberry flavor, then pleasant dark chocolate and dark roast flavor. 3

M- There's a good dry, bitter finish, but the synthetic strawberry screws up this beer and gives some unpleasantness up front. 2.75

Overall, the bad messes up the good on this beer. It's below average.

ONovoMexicano, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of JDV
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with small head. Smell is chocolate, dry and metallic. Tastes different than a standard milk stout for sure, but strawberry is not too obvious. Taste is dry, chalky, lightly metallic chocolate with a light tart flavor from the strawberry. Not the best flavor combination, but drinkable. Medium body and soft carbonation. Once is enough for me of this.

JDV, May 22, 2014
Photo of zookerman182
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

zookerman182, Sunday at 09:25 PM
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

SaisonRichBiere, Sunday at 02:31 AM
Photo of kojevergas
2.29/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

I'm trepidatious given the brewery - whose beers tend to be subpar. But Every Beer Gets A Chance. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and silver pry-off pressure cap purchased at Whole Foods HQ and served cold at low altitude in Austin, TX into a pilsner glass. 5.30% ABV. 23 IBU. 40 SRM. 15.5 Plato.

Allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head. Good-looking tan colour head. Nicely creamy and thick. Good consistency and nice soft complexion. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

BODY: Opaque black. Ample visible floating particles are visible; I can't tell if it's yeast or some kind of berry bit particulate. It's certainly intriguing. Not a solid or an ink black.

Overall, the head could be creamier, fuller, and darker,, and the body could be opaque, but I'm intrigued. It has my attention, and I'm hoping it delivers on the premise.

AROMA: Dark malts and chocolate malts lend it ample sweetness, and the strawberries complement the chocolate very well. I'm surprised the strawberries don't come off artificial, but then they don't exactly come across fresh or genuine either. The fruity sweetness is divine coupled with the chocolate, and the complementary cream and lactose sugar help. I'm surprised at how appealing this is given the brewery. It's a pleasant aroma of above average strength. Could Ranger Creek have actually brewed a solid beer?

TASTE: ...Nope. There's an awful metallic off-note throughout, which really turns me off. What little strawberry there is tastes artificial and extract-y. Bland chocolate malts and a bit of roasted barley get(s) buried beneath the dominant metallic off-note. Yeah, this is pretty poorly executed. Harsh and difficult to drink. Burnt and charred. Ashy. Ugh. It's off-putting.

Poor depth and duration of flavour. Average flavour intensity.

This is a horribly imbalanced, poorly conceived beer that frankly shouldn't even be on the market. What're they thinking with that off-character?

TEXTURE: Coarse, ashy, dry, dragging, rough, and overbearing on the palate. HARSH. Also a bit stale. I won't be surprised if I wake up tomorrow with a dead taste bud. This assaults the palate in the worst of ways. Very unpleasant. Not at all the smooth, creamy, soft, wet, comforting texture it should be.

OVERALL: In damn near any other brewery, this wouldn't get past quality control. The metallic note is so prominent, this would be a good beer to have on-hand in a fermentation sciences 101 class to teach students what a metallic note tastes like. The premise is fantastic, but the execution is awful. When I do my best to try to ignore the metallic notes, I can sense there're some nice elements buried in the flavour profile, but it's difficult to do. Not sure why (or how) this even made it to market.

As much as I dislike it, I can't in good conscience say it's not worth trying. I desperately wish this beer delivered on its premise, and there are some nice notes in play here, but it just gets ruined by the metallic character. It's infuriating how good this beer could be. Not undrinkable.

Low D+

kojevergas, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of cwreay90
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

cwreay90, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

A-Black in the glass, one finger off white head

S-Semi artificial strawberries, tad bit of chocolate but not much else.

T-Strawberries that are artificial, very artificial. Some chocolate bu the strawberries dominate.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation and watery.

O-If the strawberries weren't so artificial the beer would have been good.

rlee1390, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of gabedivision
2.08/5  rDev -45.5%

gabedivision, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Sazz9
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Sazz9, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of joeyfeets
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

A nice brew from the folks down the road in San Antonio. They used over 500 lbs of hand cut strawberries from Poteet, TX to craft this stout. A pretty inventive way to support the use of local ingredients. I grabbed a four pack from a local convenience store & gave it a try. The stout is black in color w/ a thin, tan head. It smells of roasted malt & chocolate. I didn't pick up any strawberry in the aroma unfortunately. For a milk stout, the lactose taste was fairly light. The chocolate & roastiness of the malt shine through with a little twinge of the strawberry at the end. It has a nice medium body & is very drinkable. I was able to pick up the strawberry flavor more as I got deeper into the 4-pack. Solid brew & I will be buying this again when available.

joeyfeets, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of deli421
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

deli421, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Longhorn08
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Longhorn08, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jbaker67, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance: The soda-like tannish head balloons on top of the black liquid and then fritters away, leaving neither trace nor lace

Smell: Strawberry, chocolate and a chalky/roasty aspect

Taste: Strawberry and chocolate swirl, with the flavors fading quickly, after the swallow, leaving a chalky aspect on the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body and an overload of carbonation, at first, and a flattish mouthfeel after the head disappears

Overall: This is a beer that has promise; the flavors are interesting but the execution is lacking; it could be so much better if the flavors didn't devolve into the chalky aspect and the carbonation issues were addressed

Thanks, RobertH50, for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of ThoNel
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%

ThoNel, Aug 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

jborgschulte, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Dogleg, Aug 26, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%

Northtexan, Aug 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Buttstallion, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jandadeboer, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

deadliest, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

thereal_adam, Aug 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Big_Dave, Aug 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

bens0n, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

CGMLS3, Aug 10, 2014
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Strawberry Milk Stout from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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