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Small Batch Series No. 4 - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Small Batch Series No. 4
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gtermi on 12-20-2012)
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Reviews by Treyliff:
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3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade, Bottled 11/27/12, poured into a snifter

A- Pours nearly all foam in the glass, then quickly settles to a small sudsy layer on top, short lasting legs when agitated, beer is nearly pitch black in color

S- lots of smoky aromas from the mesquite, some hints of chocolate, oak and vanilla, not really picking up and bourbon aromas. Any of the aromas that result from the barrel aging seem to be overpowered by the mesquite smokiness, which I believe is the base beer itself

T- The base porter is simple with some light chocolatey notes, the mesquite smoking actually compliments the base beer quite well, without being overbearing. The mesquite gives some woodsy and herbal flavors. I'm not really picking up any barrel flavors, maybe if I try really hard I can pick up a hint of bourbon on the finish. But like, the aroma, the flavor is dominated by the smoke of the mesquite

M- medium body with high carbonation leads to a pure foam mouthfeel all the way to the finish, a bit over-carbonated. ABV is pretty well hidden though, with just a little bit of heat at the end

O- This was a nice concept, but I don't think that they got enough influence from the barrel to match up with the smoke of the base beer. Regardless, its a good beer, but doesn't hold it's own in the barrel aging category

I noticed previous reviews mentioning infection issues, I didn't experience anything sour or that would suggest infection

Treyliff, Dec 16, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

TJ008, Feb 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

En29356, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The 4th in a series I've really enjoyed so far. Looking forward to this one. Poured from bottle into Buffalo Bayou snifter. Pours a cola brown-black color. Just a little head comes off the glass, and quickly fizzles away. This is dark, but not totally transparent, some light getting in on the edges of the glass. Smell- a little campfire smoke mixes with wafts of whiskey booze. I also get plastic in the aroma. Hoping this one isn't infected. Taste- buttery whiskey booze blends with peaty smoke. Some vanilla warmth on the backside. The buttery (diacetyl?) flavor is a little off putting. I'm not getting enough bourbon flavor, and would have liked more of that porter base here. It's also a little thin. This is decent, but nothing special. My least favorite of the series. I am convinced that Ranger Creek can't do barrel beers without infection, and aught to stick to beers that might actually be interesting funky. This one has issues, but doesn't benefit from the flaws.

lnashsig, Dec 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jheezee, Apr 23, 2013
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zonker17, Feb 15, 2013
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TheRealDBCooper, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of gtermi
4.23/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a dark brown body with a thin tan head that quickly fades away to nothing.

S: There is a good amount of bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet dark malts and a little bit of booze.

T: Like the smell, I really pick up on the bourbon at first, but it mixes really well with the sweetness and creates a nice delicious beer. As the beer lingers, I start to get a tobacco and earthy type flavor.

M: The beer is super smooth and goes down with ease. There is a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat and the tip of the tonuge. It also has a very thin body, which makes it easy to drink.

O: This is a very tasty beer that really is enjoyable. I also feel this is the right step for Ranger Creek to introduce their barrel aged beers and I cant wait to see what they think up in the future.

gtermi, Dec 20, 2012
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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle pours a hazed, dark brown color (almost black) with a small ring of tan head. Not much for retention but does leave a few snakes of lace.

Nose has wood and bourbon for sure with a slight sour twinge that has me thinking infection. As it warms there is some nice sweet malt aromas with a little bit of smokiness.

Taste has a great sweet/alcohol/wood balance with the malt able to hold its ground vs the whiskey and barrel. Many porters that get the barrel treatment seem to be overpowered by the wood. I am unsure if this is starting to suffer from infection as there is some definite tartness, bordering on slightly sour. This could be the relatively fresh wood though, so I dont want to jump the gun and cry wolf. As it is the beer is a pleasant drinking experience right now with just enough sweetness and body. Its a decent beer...and if its not infected, would make a great one to age I think....it should really mellow nicely with age.

twiggamortis420, Dec 31, 2012
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Small Batch Series No. 4 from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
78 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.