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

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78
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
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 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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Danobold

Texas

4/5  rDev +17.6%

12-30-2012 00:27:03 | More by Danobold
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En29356

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +25%

12-15-2012 19:25:10 | More by En29356
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whoneeds8

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:42:37 | More by whoneeds8
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carlitos92

Texas

4/5  rDev +17.6%

12-07-2012 14:45:20 | More by carlitos92
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Jmick28

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

12-06-2012 02:22:15 | More by Jmick28
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roblowther

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

11-22-2012 20:40:27 | More by swetsastonic
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

11-18-2012 20:21:42 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-16-2012 19:57:43 | More by kjkinsey
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starkmarvelo

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

11-10-2012 06:02:52 | More by wagenvolks
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DRyan

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 02:20:13 | More by DRyan
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Small Batch Series No. 3: English Style Barleywine from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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