Small Batch Series No. 5: Pecan Smoked Doppelbock - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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Reviews by johnnieoz:
3.96/5 rDev +6.2%
Hand-written bottling date: 2/19/13
A: Dark auburn with a small off-white crown.
S: Slightly smoky and sweet with a definite bourbon waft to it.
T: Packs a lot of flavors, ranging from dark fruit to smoky goodness, that haven't quite come together yet.
M: Most definitely a doppelbock - light on the palate, going down smoothly, leaving a slight, burning aftertaste.
O: In some ways reminiscent of a good smoked Doppelbock like Schlenkerla's, yet the boubon-barrel-aging gives it an unique touch.
A beer that's great for drinking right now, but the flavors will come together together even better in a year or so. Kudos to Ranger Creek for using this underused style for a special release.
03-24-2013 01:16:43 | More by johnnieoz
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3.48/5 rDev -6.7%
Appearance: nice dark reddish brown color, opaque, cream colored head, finger, really i pressed with the toned down carbonation, which seems to be something ranger creek struggles with.
Aroma: sweet candied sugar, dark fruits, wood and mild smoke. Comes off a little like an old ale to me.
Taste: candied fruits, sugar, molasses, plums, dates, hint of cocoa, smoke and caramel. Though not lacking in flavor, It was a little on the overly sweet side.
Mouthfeel: good, low carbonation, creamy, full bodied.
Overall: a bit sweet, and I'm not certain it fits as a great dopplebock, but its uniquely tasty, sweetness aside.
06-20-2013 23:44:19 | More by EgadBananas
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
Dark brown (near black pour). Barely a head, nice body.
Smells like sweet toasty brandy, some pineapple/ coconut milk, cotton candyish.
Tastes really good up front with a sweet bourbon bite, with a surprisingly fizzy carbonation. The bite escalates right off the bat, nearing an apex of near metallic flavoring. However, after the initial sip, it balances out for me and the taste im left with is a cherry/ cough syrup flavored, smokey yet sweet malty, aspirin/ smarties-candy flavor that seems more than the 7.5 abv listed by this site . Interesting, and certainly complex. It looks bottled for aging, yet i dont think i'd bother cellaring a beer of this lower a strength. I'm drinking this 2 and a half months after the signed bottle date of 2/20/13. I can see where this beer could be either a big hit, a big miss, or somewhere in between (in other words anywhere) among craft beer drinkers. For me it just works.
10-06-2013 01:24:40 | More by TBoneJones
4.68/5 rDev +25.5%
First impressions. This is a nicely presented bottle before you even open it. The wax sealing is a nice touch implying that this is something really special. The description is also extremely tempting. This humbly labeled Pecan Smoked Dobblebock that is aged in bourbon barrels is an impressive attempt before you even get to the beer itself.
The pour is beautiful. This beer is a very rich and cloudy beer that is the color of black coffee with a nice thick tan head that settles slowly leaving some decent lacing. I would rate the appearance as perfect.
The nose is nice as well with sweet malt, fruit, subtle hops and hints of coriander, nutmeg, bread and bananas. My first impressions make me think of a banana nut bread and beer when I smell this one. The bourbon is definitely there but very well blended with the complexity and does not stand out as dominant.
The mouthfeel is rich and not watery. This beer has a mouthfeel that matches the nose and the pour nicely. I think this is just right for what they were trying to achieve. BRAVO!
Overall I really like this beer. It is fantastic in complexity of flavors and appearance. A bold attempt at a smoked beer in a style that is very unique and difficult to master. This beer is a testament to the skill of the brew-master and team that put this recipe together. An excellent job that is befitting the spirit of Texas!
10-20-2013 20:54:21 | More by AtrumAnimus
3.25/5 rDev -12.9%
A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A large beige head eventually rises and sticks around for a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: I can't really put my finger on this. An odd mix of smoke, cinnamon, baked bread, and slightly metallic/astringent. A mess.
T: Yep, this is a mess. Cinnamon, peppery spice, smoke, slightly ash like. Metallic and tinny. There is really no definition or structure here. Just a miss match of flavors and characters that all work at odds with each other.
M/D: A medium body. Fine to moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth. Not hard to drink. Though not something I care to come back to often.
My description here does not do this justice. Everything is just kind of there, and I can't make heads or tails of it. Interesting to say the least, but that is about it. This is probably a one and done for me.
04-12-2013 22:29:52 | More by champ103
Small Batch Series No. 5: Pecan Smoked Doppelbock from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
84 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.