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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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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 27.3%
Wants: 4
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:
Beer added by: DRyan on 11-10-2012

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!
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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1.56/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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.

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2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured a 12oz waxed bottle into a Duvel tulip. Handwritten bottle date of 10-9-12. Stored at 50 degrees in my wine fridge since Christmas. Rumors of infection for Small Batches 3 & 4. Let's see if I tempted fate by sitting on this for six months.

A: Dark, cloudy orange with a towering off-white 4-finger head. Head takes a long time to settle as it finally settles into a thin rim leaving sticky lacing lines down the glass.

S: Sour and sour. Uh-oh. Brett funk and barrel come through as it warms up. Not much else.

T: Vinous sour note is up front. Earthy/spicy hops muted, but there. Oak and funk in the dry finish. Slight alcohol bitterness that warms as you sip.

M: Thick with the carb a little high for an English Barleywine.

O: Was hoping for the best, but it looks like I ended up with an infected bottle. Too bad, because I think an uninfected bottle would more than likely be a hell of a beer. Totally missed the malt complexities due to infection. I missed SB 1 and had SB 2 on draught multiple times. I still have Small Batches 4 & 5 awaiting.

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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to womencantsail for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Bottled 10/8/12.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fruit, acidic, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with a Brett-like flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is funky and tasty.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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2/5  rDev -40.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of cnbrown313
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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1/5  rDev -70.3%

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1/5  rDev -70.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Small Batch Series No. 3: English Style Barleywine from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
78 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.