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Strawberry Milk Stout - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Strawberry Milk Stout
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BA SCORE
86
very good

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: elNopalero on 05-03-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Texasfan549, May 05, 2012
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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
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, May 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

kylehay2004, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer at the Lake Beerfeast 2012.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt in it, as well as a hint of strawberry. The flavor is very heavy on the roasted malts and chocolate, with a little bit of lactose. There is a little bit of sweet, fruity strawberry in the flavor, but it is fairly subtle. Still, it doesn't clash with the other notes in the flavor and makes the beer quite enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

beernads, Jun 21, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Gagnonsux, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

cdwil, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

gtermi, Oct 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Gatordaddy, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jbaker67, Aug 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

IrishColonial, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

TX-Badger, Jun 28, 2014
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

JamLand, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

duff247, May 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

zonker17, May 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

JohnBender, Jun 07, 2013
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 elNopalero
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a dark brown with a billowy foam topping. It has a light lactic (milk stout) aroma but one that doesn’t give much of an indication as to how much strawberry will be on the flavor. I like surprises.

This one definitely surprised, in a good way. The flavor has a light lactic tartness to it with a nuanced strawberry sweetness and a mellow roastiness which ties it all together. Creamy, smooth, just enough but not too sweet. I found this really enjoyable. Made it a sipper and it held up even as it warmed. Now can I have another?

elNopalero, May 03, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good looking, black and opaque with a fairly good head that stuck around a bit and ok lace.

Aroma and taste: Strawberry is up front on aroma, and in fact dominates. Tinges of roasty malts filter through. Flavor is more like an American stout, roasty, burnt, toasted flavors being prominent, with a fair portion of strawberry added on.

Body seems a bit thinner than expected, but carbonation is pretty spot-on. Overall it's quite interesting, a nicely different offering.

AlCaponeJunior, May 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

BeerHunter76, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

bbadger, Jun 01, 2013
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Strawberry Milk Stout from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
86 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.