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

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Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by gtermi on 12-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 should really mellow nicely with age.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12.7 oz bottle (marked "11.26.12"), poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark, clear mahogany brown. Builds a quick head of overly large, tan bubbles that recede to a fringe of foam.

Smell: Sweet, dark fruit, vanilla and subtle barrel notes; slight mesquite smoke.

Taste: Roasted grain, plums, vanilla, slight bitterness and warming, boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth feel, but overcarbonated with large, prickly bubbles.

Overall: Some nice barrel elements and smoke, but doesn't quite pull together.

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Small Batch Series No. 4 from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 71 ratings