Small Batch Series No. 8: English Style Barleywine | Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Small Batch Series No. 8: English Style BarleywineSmall Batch Series No. 8: English Style Barleywine
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Small Batch Series No. 8: English Style BarleywineSmall Batch Series No. 8: English Style Barleywine

Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by msanborn on 03-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of mjwellman
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NoZeFace
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DucksFan16
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Feb 5, 2014. Consumed Mar 13, 2016.

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Photo of Myotus
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured gently at 52°F from a 375ml bottle (bottled on 05Feb14, I just couldn't wait those extra few days for the full two years) into a snifter. Consumed on 30Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within 1 minute and 20 seconds. Amber in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are small in size and subtle in quantity. Lacing is moderate in quantity and thin.
SMELL: Strong aromas of leather and tree nuts are backed by mild caramel, toffee, peach, plum, and fig aromas. There is also subtle aromas of earthy hops and spicy hops.
TASTE: Strong fig and plum flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by mild peach and leather flavors. Mild caramel and toffee flavors enter next as peach flavors grow stronger. Mild leather and earthy hop flavors add on to the taste complexity. Finally, mild spicy hop and subtle tree nut flavors make an entrance as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Finishes with a mild dryness. A mild alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: 450+ different beers, and this is my first English Barleywine. I had no idea this would be so complex in flavor. This was aged nearly 2 years. I was surprised the hop profile, although balanced with the sweetness, was still strongly present. Of course, it was nowhere near its American counterpart. I can't fathom what this would have been like fresh nor can I wait to see what some more time does to this.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium orangeish-brown color that looks more like a dark sour than a classic deep brown barleywine. About half opaque, somewhat cloudy. Mild barleywine alcohol scent, though with prominent but vague fruits. That follows into the taste. Body is light and somewhat watery, but oddly wears it well, noticeable pleasant carbonation. I've grown less fond of barleywines with the last few I've had. This hasn't brought me back around, but I think it's a worthy try for style fans.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zonker17
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light brown with reddish hue. 1/2 inch head turns to slight covering. Yeasty smell with maybe some brett. Very little barley flavor in this wine, and I'd mistake this for a regular ale. Finishing bitter. Almost no sweetness considering the style. Thinner than expected with light carbonation.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/5/14
Appearance- Lighter in color than expected with caramel/copper colors and no visibility. Pours a two to three finger head.

Aroma- Sweet caramel malts and 'lighter' dark fruits. Very subtle aroma in general.

Taste- Sweet caramel, mix of light and dark fruit flavors, and a little bit of bready malt.

Feel- Full bodied, low carbonation, and a little sticky but not too bad.

Overall- Great english barelywine with no noticeable faults other than maybe being a little sticky in the finish. Given that critique, I wish I had aged this for a bit longer than I did. 2-3 years might be a better time for this one. Still, at about a year and half of age this is a really good barelywine that's worth getting one or two of.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrennanS
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lakchhu
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of isaackaiju
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with an impressive head; nice stickage that leaves a few strands

Smell: Caramel malt, stone fruit and earthy tones

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit tones, up front, with a developing earthy bitterness; a bit of tobacco arrives in the mid-palate; a bit metallic in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Well, the good news is that with this beer Ranger Creek has dealt with its carbonation and mouthfeel issue and the flavors here are true to style; the cap on this one was rusty (I had the same problem with SBS No. 7) and that may be responsible for the metallic aftertaste in both beers; I can't help but feel this is a brewery that needs to pay a bit more attention to the small things - caps should not be rusty on their beer bottles, particularly one that is six months old

Thanks, RobertH50, for the opportunity

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Photo of TechBrew
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Nolan_Moulle
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Getalegup
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was an English-style barleywine, according to the brewery. I didn’t find it true to what I know as the style but I found it terribly enjoyable all the same.

It pours a light orange amber with light foam. I get an aroma that has hints of orange and toffee on it. There’s a rounded characteristic to the flavor, with a light bitterness and a subdued sweetness. Some orange candy and a touch of toffee-caramel come out. I know this has had some time to mellow out.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Small Batch Series No. 8: English Style Barleywine from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 48 ratings