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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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BA SCORE
78
okay

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 27.89%
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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Photo of champ103
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.23/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Photo of gtermi
4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of En29356
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of whoneeds8
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of carlitos92
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Jmick28
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of roblowther
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of swetsastonic
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of starkmarvelo
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of DRyan
4.43/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/8/12
Poured in RC Tulip

A: Hazy, ruddy orange with a frothy white head that pops up quickly. It recedes somewhat quickly and laces nicely.
S: Actually smells more like a sour than anything else; pungent wild barrel aromas with some maltiness and some citrus.
T: Its much more inline with a wild ale than what I expected from a Barleywine. Upfront is a little barnyard funk with some malty sweetness, followed by a hit of alcohol (but not in an unpleasant way), and finishing out with a little bitter punch on the end. Very complex. There are fruits (raisins and maybe lemons), toffee, vanilla, a little oak, and a ton of other flavors intermixed. Very complex.
M: Smooth and velvety, the carbonation is there but reserved. Very smooth.
D: For a 10% beer that runs at about $6 a 375ml, this beer drink too easily. Just in this tasting I’ve downed at least a 1/3rd of the bottle and I want it back so I can drink it again. I am really looking forward to seeing how this one will further develop over the years – I am definitely getting at least 3 more to age for multiple years.

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Small Batch Series No. 3: English Style Barleywine from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
78 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.