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Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 3

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This vintage ale undergoes a 3 hour boil to create a complex layer of malt character including caramel, toffee, ripe fruit, and leather. The floral and earth-toned Kent Goldings hops add a soft background of spice giving depth to the malt flavors and providing an overall balance. It has been aged for 6 months in oak barrels to allow time for this big beer to mature and mellow. At 10% ABV, it’s made to be laid down like a fine wine. If stored properly this barleywine should keep well for upwards of 10 years. Drink one now, save more for later!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is tangerine, spice, ripe fruit, orange, clove, coriander, toffee, citrus, tart fruit, wood and brett. Taste is moderate sweet and light tangy. Body is medium, texture is light sticky, carbonation is lively. Finishes sweet and bitter with a long bretty-spicy note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2013
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a huge off white head. Aroma is bretty, grapefruity and yeasty. Wineous. Smooth fruity, bretty and wineous. Smooth wooden and lingering bretty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (2907) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle. Unclear orange/amber with a creamy off white head. Leather, oak, spicy, over ripe fruit, caramel, grain. Unorthodox funky barley wine, alcohol well hidden, too high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CloakedDagger (1969) - - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle 37,5 cl. Pours a cloudy, opaque deep orange with a lacing white head. Some overripe fruit accents, tart grapes. Medium body, again sweet, overripe fruit, some yeast, also these tart grape notes, yeast and a little rubber. Massive late hop kick and quite some booze. Oddly enjoyable somehow. 120713

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3587) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2013 375mL capped and waxed bottle. Bottled 10/09/12, Shared by beerbeggar. Pours a much lighter shade than expected. Thick golden color and a thick long lasting head with a lasting lacing. Aroma is my favorite aspect. Smells of fresh fruit - mix of yeast and hops. Sweet and citric mix. Strong but not over the top. Could smell it forever. Flavor is more akin to our average good barley wine. Hops present with a nice yeastiness adding depth. Bitter aftertaste lasts a while. Cool stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3434) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2013
375 ml. capped and waxed bottle. Bottled 10/09/12. Pours a thick, rapidly collapsing ivory head, with extensive lacing over a hazy, light amber (SRM 12) body.....nose is fruit oriented, with pear, peach, toffee/caramel, hints of barnyard.....taste is sweet with peach, toffee/caramel, light barnyard, minimal hop bitterness......mouth feel thick, chewy, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation low. This is a very different take on a Barley Wine. It is very sweet, remarkably fruit oriented in both aroma and flavor and does not seem particularly well balanced. An extra charge of the hops might have helped some. BJCP 7/2/13/4/6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Golden colored pour with a white head. Smokey nose, some orange, grass, and sweet peaches. Fruity esters, a bit of oak, vanilla, and some sweet malt. The flavor is malty and sweet up front with some caramel and peach notes. Light citrus, oak, vanilla, smoke, and a touch of grass. Kind of highly carbonated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2013
Brownish pour, light tan head. Flavors are muddled and Im sure this is infected. Lots of rotten fruit, old wood...not really so great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
Bottle from 10/8/12 thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazy to murky golden hued body. Massive off-white head for such a big beer. Aromas are vinous, marmalade, dark fruits, leather, rich toffee with mild melanoidins, cotton candy, some dry oak (vanillin and lactone), quite a few esters. Interesting. Flavors are estery, leathery, plums, dark fruits, dates, light marmalade, currant (which I associate with sours), vinous, toasted oak and brown sugar. Very fruit forward. Boozy. Very lively carbonation, medium dry for how big it is (albeit it feels sticky at some moments), warming, low to medium tannin. High carbonation on 10% beer, huge ester, vinous, an rustic funk hints that this might have picked up some critters in the barrel. That said if the bottles stay relatively stable, I could see this actually aging pretty well for about 3-5 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llcooldave (1188) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours slightly cloudy brown passion fruit, raspberry color. Strong nose of banana, pineapple and mango. Fruity sweet flavor of strawberry, kiwi and pineapple. Overall, a decent brew with some complex flavors but nothing too exciting.

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