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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: 3
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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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

kevindp9, May 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

jl28r1, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

rph97, May 09, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

jheezee, Apr 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

browniewithnuts, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

duff247, Feb 25, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

wtkphoto, Feb 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Azzy, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

bccocx, Jan 30, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

cnbrown313, Jan 30, 2013
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1/5  rDev -70.6%

ThirdEyePA, Jan 27, 2013
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1/5  rDev -70.6%

cfh64, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Mastertensu, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

mendvicdog, Jan 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Heretic42, Jan 15, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just about every bottle I have had from Ranger Creek has been off in some way. If not outright infection, always something else. Lets see how this goes.

A: At first crack of the cap this is a small gusher. Not very encouraging. Foamy white head pours out. After a minute the head recedes to a small ring. Light lace is left. The color is incredibly murky and unpleasant orange/reddish.
S: Man, there is a lot going on here. I am not sure if I like it though. At first a huge acidic/sour fruit aroma. Sour apple, peach even. Light toasted malt and toffee. Peppermint and sweet hard candy. A lot going on here that I can't pick out, and does not mesh well for me.
T: Follows the nose. Just so much going on, it overwhelms the senses. A sour and acidic bite up front. Mostly apple skins. Very sweet, hard candy like flavors. Buttery malt peaks through after this warms. Nothing is really bad, just all over the place.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though a bit thin for my tastes. The alcohol is noticeable, though not a big deal. Overall, I am not really enjoying the bottle.

I can't say there is anything "wrong" with this. I can't tell if there is an infection or this the way it is suppose to be. Though like everything else from Ranger Creek this is not as advertised. At worst, infection. At best, just a messy messy beer that has no structure.

champ103, Jan 07, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, Bottled 10/10/12
HF wine glass

A: Pours a deep reddish orange color. Very cloudy. Lots of carbonation. Big two fingers of fluffy white head. Leaves some sticky lacing. Alcohol feet.

S: Smells pretty pleasant. Some slight fruity aromas first. Pulling those English hops. Digging in, get some vanilla/oak character. Some yeasty notes.

T: On the tip of the tongue, you get a bite of bitterness. Fruity flavor. Middle of the mouth you get some of that oak character. Some buttery vanilla flavors. Maybe a slight infection, but it plays well with the other flavors. Dry finish. Booze hidden nicely.

M: Big medium leading to full, with the malts. Easy to drink.

inlimbo77, Jan 07, 2013
Small Batch Series No. 3: English Style Barleywine from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
78 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.