ben4321 (4540) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Central Market, 10/1/13, Batch 014, Dated 7/17/13, Rater #100 of this beer!
Aroma: The nose is full of smoked meat, some charred wood, coffee/roast, and chocolate notes
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a fizzy light brown head and some drippy lace
Flavor: Tastes much the same, heavy smoked meat/malts, a little roast, and a mild bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a rather fizzy carbonation, and a smokey finish
This is a pretty tasty smoked porter and one of the better examples of the style I can recall trying. My only qualm, and it’s a small one, is that the beer is completely over-carbonated. This is the first thing I have had from Ranger Creek, and these guys did a really nice job with this one. If this is any indication of their skill level, look forward to trying more beers from them.
jerseyjohn71 (259) - corsicana, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 of 6 growlers from CRAFT & GROWLER ,Dallas , TX , caramel, chocolate, roasty, leather, smoke, woody, black, minimal head, brown foam, good lacing, lightly bitter, creamy, medium body, average carbonation, good with a burger on the grill,,,,
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a deep dark brown color with a two finger tan head that slowly falls to a ring. The aroma is heavy on the smoke with some chocolate and roasted malt mixed in. The flavor is more of the same, with the mesquite smoke really standing out, along with chocolate and roasted malt that really compliment the smoke and prevent the beer from being overly smoky. Creamy, medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at the Alamo drafthouse and was very pleased. Nicely roasty with a noticeable but not overly smokiness. Rich roasty malt and perfect carbonation. Very solid and drinkable Porter.
mnurda (1184) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled sample from Knappster. Too smoky for my liking. Very bubbly. Thought it was infected
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douglas88 (6939) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Huge carbonation, way too much. Pours a black hue with that large beige head. a light smoky nose with some cocoa. The flavor is excellent: rich dark fruit, cocoa, chocolate, some big meaty smoke. Balanced. Lingering metallic roast notes and smoke. Great brew.
drjay44 (2892) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Opened a gusher. Pours an enormous (100% of glass) gradually collapsing, mocha head, over a dark brown (SRM 35) body.....nose is coffee, chocolate, light smoke.....taste is light smoke, coffee, chocolate, hints of bacon, finishing with a mild hint of bitterness....mouth feel medium, sticky, minimally astringent, clean finish. The hyper-carbonated gusher changed the dynamics of this particular bottle. It has all the appropriate general aromas and flavors of the style, but obliterated the subtleties. The smoke was done with a light hand, but how much of what was observed was changed by the gusher? BJCP 7/2/12/4/7
wchesser (1375) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gusher but no signs of infection...giant brown pillows head. Nose is initially mesquite smoke and some coffee but as it warmed turned into full on beef fat char on a smoker...think walking into Kreuz Market in Lockhart. Flavors of smoke, dark dried prunes and sour cherry, dark malt and coffee bitterness. Fans of the style should look for this interpretation with a Texas twist. Would be amazing with a bbq tritip and gorgonzola sandwich.
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a brown color with an off white head. Smoke, chocolate, ashy, roast, with a lighter coffee finish.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty darn nice looking. monster head that just wouldn’t go away and stuck heavily to the glass topped an otherwise midnight black brew.
Aroma was heavy on the mesquite smoke and light on most other attributes, but there were some dark fruits and burnt/roasted malt notes.
Taste was a bit more balanced but was still heavy on the smoke, along with roasty/burnt malts, a touch of very dark fruits (figs, raisins, dates), and a tinge of coffee/chocolate.
Drinks more like a stout than a smoked porter, pretty full body with a lingering dark malt, smoky aftertaste.
For smoked beer lovers, definitely try this one. As a porter it’s a bit stout-like but there’s enough overlap where many beer drinkers could enjoy this one.