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Small Batch Series No. 3: English Style Barleywine - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Small Batch Series No. 3: English Style BarleywineSmall Batch Series No. 3: English Style Barleywine

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 27.35%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This vintage ale undergoes a 3 hour boil to create a complex layer of malt character including caramel, toffee, ripe fruit, and leather. The floral and earth-toned Kent Goldings hops add a soft background of spice giving depth to the malt flavors and providing an overall balance. It has been aged for 6 months in oak barrels to allow time for this big beer to mature and mellow. At 10% ABV, it’s made to be laid down like a fine wine. If stored properly this barleywine should keep well for upwards of 10 years. Drink one now, save more for later!

(Beer added by: DRyan on 11-10-2012)
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Reviews by starkmarvelo:
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starkmarvelo

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%

Ranger Creek Small Batch #3

A- Pour a hazy reddish brown with a huge 3-4 finger off white chunky head. Looks great.

S- interestingly enough, this smells like a sour beer. Getting a lot of sour funk, barnyard, and fruit.

T- so, not sour at all. No funk. A slight touch of red fruit up front followed by good amounts of toffee and caramel. The finish is very biscuity and has a big buttered popcorn flavor. It's not off putting, but still not expected.

M- this is a full, creamy, buttery beer with a good amount of carbonation. Sticky and coats the tongue well.

O- not a bad beer. This is my least favorite of the three Small Batches. The buttery flavor is slightly out of place. The smell doesn't match the flavor in the least. I did notice that the warmer the beer gets, the more fruit flavors come out and the buttered popcorn fades away a bit. It's a very malty Barleywine. Good for cold weather.

11-12-2012 01:09:57 | More by starkmarvelo
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ryancl

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

04-06-2013 03:00:07 | More by ryancl
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whoneeds8

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +23.5%

Poured into a tulip glass hazy burnt orange. Great froathy white head. I haven't ever seen a head like this on a Barleywine. Minimal lacing. Scent is strong of oak wood with some orange zest and other earthy tones. The sweetness that I'd expect from a barleywine isn't really there. There's some wild yeast taste to this, like others have mentioned. But in no means does it hurt this beer. It actually is rather nice. There's some toffee and leather flavors as well like a aged barleywine would have. I'd like to get some of the sweet candy malts out of this, but the fact that it's not there also don't hurt the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style.

It's a strange barleywine, but it's also a damn good one IMO.

12-08-2012 04:42:37 | More by whoneeds8
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +25%

12-15-2012 19:25:10 | More by En29356
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

09-08-2013 11:24:30 | More by JasonMinck
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Texas

4/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

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gtermi

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +28.8%

A: Pours a little bit of a darker golden body with a decent head that slowly fades away and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: I am getting a decent amount of sweet malt, alcohol and a little bit of tartness.

T: Wow, this doesn't seem like a Barleywine at all... It's very sour and and almost has a wild ale type flavor. I actually prefer this over your typical barleywine.

M: There is a little bit of crispness on the back of the throat and as it goes down. It does go down with ease.

O: I dont know if this is infected, but dear god I do love the sourness that this beer delivers. I grabbed a few other bottles to see if they become more sour with age.

01-07-2013 07:09:12 | More by gtermi
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4/5  rDev +17.6%

03-31-2013 00:40:48 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +17.6%

05-18-2013 06:40:37 | More by WritersBlock
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New York

1/5  rDev -70.6%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +17.6%

12-07-2012 14:45:20 | More by carlitos92
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +28.2%

Poured from a cork and cage bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours dark orange / amber in color with a small off white head that fades and leaves very nice lacing.

S - I was expecting the typical malty notes of an English barleywine, but that's not what you pick up on the nose at all. Funky, sour, barrel aged notes followed by a little bit of sweetness.

T - Wow! Strong sour / lacto taste up front followed by a sweet finish. You get some really nice barrel aged characteristics in there too from the oak as well as some barnyard funk. The ABV is almost completely hidden too. I had to go back and make sure this was really a 10% ABV beer.

M - The mouthfeel is very light and crisp for a barleywine with vine champagne-like carbonation.

O - I absolutely loved this beer, but it was nothing like what I was expecting. If you don't like sour / funky beers and you are looking for a traditional barleywine, this is not for you. I would really like to see what this beer tastes like after aging for a bit too.

01-30-2013 21:21:12 | More by cnbrown313
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Cvescalante

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

This one was definitely infected. I have high hopes for Ranger Creek. The potential for their barrel aging program seems to be incredible for them, and I hope to see them do well in the future... But as for this beer, it went straight down the drain.

05-14-2013 20:39:23 | More by Cvescalante
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Azzy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

02-07-2013 06:19:35 | More by Azzy
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roblowther

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured into a tulip glass. I just came off #2. REALLY hoping for an upswing here...It pours very cloudy reddish brown with a very sticky, frothy tan head. This beer looks like its not going down without a fight. Smells of caramel, wood, and citrus. It has just a hint of hops and its making me thirsty. Like those pretzels. Taste is not as sweet as you'd expect. Lots of wood, leather. Not sweet at all, really. Interesting. There is a hint of citrus and flowers up front and then its all men's clothing store from there on in. Mouthfeel is chewy and nicely carbonated, more than I'd expect from the style but I like it. Definitely my favorite of the series. Interesting, but again I can't escape the feeling that they're just trying too hard.

11-28-2012 01:46:27 | More by roblowther
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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Texas

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

01-15-2013 06:21:10 | More by Heretic42
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Small Batch Series No. 3: English Style Barleywine from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
78 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.