Strawberry Milk Stout
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

Strawberry Milk StoutStrawberry Milk Stout
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Stout - American
Ranked #733
Ranked #31,220
3.76 | pDev: 13.56%
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas, United States
Very Good
Strawberry Milk StoutStrawberry Milk Stout
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can picked up at the brewery. Black color with a finger of dark brown head. Smells of roasted malt and milk. Medium feel. Roasted malt, chocolate, and strawberry with a dry finish. Wasn't sure what to expect, but this turned out to be a nice dry stout.

May 25, 2020
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was surprisingly good. It pours jet black with a huge slowly dissipating head. There are nice notes of strawberry and chocolate on the nose. Surprisingly, there is actually a good amount of strawberry flavor throughout the drink and it gets stronger as it warms. The flavor is a bit artificial, but this is still a very nice beer.

Oct 14, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

I'm trepidatious given the brewery - whose beers tend to be subpar. But Every Beer Gets A Chance. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and silver pry-off pressure cap purchased at Whole Foods HQ and served cold at low altitude in Austin, TX into a pilsner glass. 5.30% ABV. 23 IBU. 40 SRM. 15.5 Plato.

Allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head. Good-looking tan colour head. Nicely creamy and thick. Good consistency and nice soft complexion. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

BODY: Opaque black. Ample visible floating particles are visible; I can't tell if it's yeast or some kind of berry bit particulate. It's certainly intriguing. Not a solid or an ink black.

Overall, the head could be creamier, fuller, and darker,, and the body could be opaque, but I'm intrigued. It has my attention, and I'm hoping it delivers on the premise.

AROMA: Dark malts and chocolate malts lend it ample sweetness, and the strawberries complement the chocolate very well. I'm surprised the strawberries don't come off artificial, but then they don't exactly come across fresh or genuine either. The fruity sweetness is divine coupled with the chocolate, and the complementary cream and lactose sugar help. I'm surprised at how appealing this is given the brewery. It's a pleasant aroma of above average strength. Could Ranger Creek have actually brewed a solid beer?

TASTE: ...Nope. There's an awful metallic off-note throughout, which really turns me off. What little strawberry there is tastes artificial and extract-y. Bland chocolate malts and a bit of roasted barley get(s) buried beneath the dominant metallic off-note. Yeah, this is pretty poorly executed. Harsh and difficult to drink. Burnt and charred. Ashy. Ugh. It's off-putting.

Poor depth and duration of flavour. Average flavour intensity.

This is a horribly imbalanced, poorly conceived beer that frankly shouldn't even be on the market. What're they thinking with that off-character?

TEXTURE: Coarse, ashy, dry, dragging, rough, and overbearing on the palate. HARSH. Also a bit stale. I won't be surprised if I wake up tomorrow with a dead taste bud. This assaults the palate in the worst of ways. Very unpleasant. Not at all the smooth, creamy, soft, wet, comforting texture it should be.

OVERALL: In damn near any other brewery, this wouldn't get past quality control. The metallic note is so prominent, this would be a good beer to have on-hand in a fermentation sciences 101 class to teach students what a metallic note tastes like. The premise is fantastic, but the execution is awful. When I do my best to try to ignore the metallic notes, I can sense there're some nice elements buried in the flavour profile, but it's difficult to do. Not sure why (or how) this even made it to market.

As much as I dislike it, I can't in good conscience say it's not worth trying. I desperately wish this beer delivered on its premise, and there are some nice notes in play here, but it just gets ruined by the metallic character. It's infuriating how good this beer could be. Not undrinkable.

Low D+

Oct 13, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

In a snifter.

A- Dark khaki fluffy head. Pitch black body. 4

S- Dark chocolate, milky strawberry with a bit of synthetic aroma. 3.5

T- Very synthetic strawberry flavor, then pleasant dark chocolate and dark roast flavor. 3

M- There's a good dry, bitter finish, but the synthetic strawberry screws up this beer and gives some unpleasantness up front. 2.75

Overall, the bad messes up the good on this beer. It's below average.

Oct 05, 2014
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

A-Black in the glass, one finger off white head

S-Semi artificial strawberries, tad bit of chocolate but not much else.

T-Strawberries that are artificial, very artificial. Some chocolate bu the strawberries dominate.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation and watery.

O-If the strawberries weren't so artificial the beer would have been good.

Sep 22, 2014
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joeyfeets from New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

A nice brew from the folks down the road in San Antonio. They used over 500 lbs of hand cut strawberries from Poteet, TX to craft this stout. A pretty inventive way to support the use of local ingredients. I grabbed a four pack from a local convenience store & gave it a try. The stout is black in color w/ a thin, tan head. It smells of roasted malt & chocolate. I didn't pick up any strawberry in the aroma unfortunately. For a milk stout, the lactose taste was fairly light. The chocolate & roastiness of the malt shine through with a little twinge of the strawberry at the end. It has a nice medium body & is very drinkable. I was able to pick up the strawberry flavor more as I got deeper into the 4-pack. Solid brew & I will be buying this again when available.

Sep 12, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance: The soda-like tannish head balloons on top of the black liquid and then fritters away, leaving neither trace nor lace

Smell: Strawberry, chocolate and a chalky/roasty aspect

Taste: Strawberry and chocolate swirl, with the flavors fading quickly, after the swallow, leaving a chalky aspect on the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body and an overload of carbonation, at first, and a flattish mouthfeel after the head disappears

Overall: This is a beer that has promise; the flavors are interesting but the execution is lacking; it could be so much better if the flavors didn't devolve into the chalky aspect and the carbonation issues were addressed

Thanks, RobertH50, for the opportunity

Aug 30, 2014
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Lightly roasted and creamy flavor upfront. Medium to light bodied with hints of chocolate and cocoa. Strawberry comes through nice and not overly sweet on the finish.

May 28, 2014
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JDV from Texas

2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with small head. Smell is chocolate, dry and metallic. Tastes different than a standard milk stout for sure, but strawberry is not too obvious. Taste is dry, chalky, lightly metallic chocolate with a light tart flavor from the strawberry. Not the best flavor combination, but drinkable. Medium body and soft carbonation. Once is enough for me of this.

May 22, 2014
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good looking, black and opaque with a fairly good head that stuck around a bit and ok lace.

Aroma and taste: Strawberry is up front on aroma, and in fact dominates. Tinges of roasty malts filter through. Flavor is more like an American stout, roasty, burnt, toasted flavors being prominent, with a fair portion of strawberry added on.

Body seems a bit thinner than expected, but carbonation is pretty spot-on. Overall it's quite interesting, a nicely different offering.

May 20, 2014
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nsheehan from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strawberry Milk Stout on draught at Flying Saucer Austin
Ranger Creek
Tap to a Goblet (13.5oz probably)

A - A dark oak brown, opaque and uniform. A little head that dissipated.

S - Like a strawberry milkshake, a nice thick one. There's some maltiness and sweetness like a brown sugar. This is covered by a little strawberry layer, quite nice. I pick up some cocoa and leather now.

T - A normal slightly roasted low-ABV stout. Needed to warm a little to allow the strawberrry to come through, on the backend mostly. Still very slight. I pick up some cocoa and a clear light roast presence now.

M - Heavy-medium bodied, not quite smooth. It's tingly on the tip of the tongue, but smooth on the back of the tongue. I quite like it.

D- Smells like the name, but the taste isn't quite what I think it should be. With some warmth we get more strawberry, but I think I'd like it a little stronger. Overall a good stout, and it plays to my preference of lightly roasted stouts (sorry coffee fans).
4.25, 4.25, 4, 4, 4.

I must say, after some more time, the taste more closely matched the strawberry milkshake smell profile. I'm getting more strawberry on the tongue, all over the tongue really. The mouthfeel is still this hybrid tingly-smooth that I'm unexpectedly digging.
I do not know if I should upgrade the taste points to 4.25. It did take quite some time for this to emerge (roughly 35 minutes by my count).

Aug 18, 2013
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tubeyes from Texas

3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black thickness, brown head, no lacing.
Smell: strawberry milky sweetness.
Taste: malty strawberry milk chocolate.
Mouth: great carb, chewy yummy mouthfeel and strawberry stouty aftertaste.
Overall: very enjoyable not very eavy but quite tasty and fantastic

Aug 09, 2013
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ExaltedNecrosis from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery

A - Pours black with 2 fingers of creamy light brown head.

S - Smells of chocolate, sweet malts, with a hint of strawberry.

T - Taste is similar to the aroma with a great flavor of chocolate, lactose, sweet lightly roasted malts, and of course strawberry, which is more apparent in the flavor than in the aroma.

M - Thin-to-moderate body with moderate carbonation. As this is a sessionable milk stout, the body is not too thick or syrupy, which is great for the low-ABV milk stout style.

O - My favorite regularly brewed beer from Ranger Creek. It has great flavor while still being quite drinkable. I could (and have) knock a few of these out in a row.

May 14, 2013
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jamescain from Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the flying saucer in San Antonio.

It pours jet black with a thin tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the side of the glass. Its not much to look at, but its black so what more can you ask for, it's a stout. I guess I was disappointed in the head retention. The aroma was kind of muted at first but as I waited for the glass to warm it picked up. Fresh chocolate, roasted grains and a hint of fresh strawberries in the nose. The taste is much better then last year. There is a very distinguishing line between the stout and the strawberries. Up front is chocolate and roasted grains and the finish is fresh strawberries. The mouth feel is medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish. They do a really good job of giving you chocolate and fresh strawberries. I'm glad the strawberries do not come out sweet or sour in this beer and preserve their natural taste. Overall I enjoy this beer from Ranger Creek and will continue to drink it while its available.

May 13, 2013
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer at the Lake Beerfeast 2012.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt in it, as well as a hint of strawberry. The flavor is very heavy on the roasted malts and chocolate, with a little bit of lactose. There is a little bit of sweet, fruity strawberry in the flavor, but it is fairly subtle. Still, it doesn't clash with the other notes in the flavor and makes the beer quite enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Jun 18, 2012
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vickersspitfire from Texas

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice dark ale topped off with a light tan head that quickly dissipated into thins, scattered bubbles. Hops aromas are very present and you can pick up hints of the occasional dark fruits-blueberry and blackberry, figs, and plum. This is a full bodied beer, slightly bitter overall and goes down smooth has a good alcohol aftertaste.

May 16, 2012
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Lawl3ss from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(from notes)

Look- Near black, capped with a half-finger of beige foam that sticks to the sides of the glass, moderate amount of lacing.

Smell- Nutty with a hint of fruity sweetness. Promising.

Taste- Starts off with dark malt and a bit of pseudo-citric bitterness before a sweet berry flavor shows itself. Finishes with biscuit and heavy cream. Aftertaste is akin to gingerbread with a touch of pink lemonade, fading to nondescript sweet berry after a while. Lives up to the name's promise, but doesn't go overboard with the fruitiness. Good mix of sweet, roasty, and tart/bitter flavors. Surprisingly tasty.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body, prickly carb comes out on the sip. Smooth on the swallow. Light dryness on the finish, not cloying or treacly as some milk stouts can be. I'd like it to be more substantial-feeling, but it's a minor gripe.

Overall- Unique and pretty darn tasty. Very well put together. Not something I would pick up regularly, but I'll keep an eye out for it nonetheless. Definitely recommended.

May 06, 2012
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elNopalero from California

4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a dark brown with a billowy foam topping. It has a light lactic (milk stout) aroma but one that doesn’t give much of an indication as to how much strawberry will be on the flavor. I like surprises.

This one definitely surprised, in a good way. The flavor has a light lactic tartness to it with a nuanced strawberry sweetness and a mellow roastiness which ties it all together. Creamy, smooth, just enough but not too sweet. I found this really enjoyable. Made it a sipper and it held up even as it warmed. Now can I have another?

May 03, 2012
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