Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 3
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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, itís 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Infected big time. A huge gusher and complete drain pour. Seemed like it could be a nice beer, but not when its infected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1271) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Aroma is malts, fruit, with hints of spice. Pours a hazy tea color with a rapidly dissipateing white head. The taste is malt, spice, oak, with notes of honey and citrus. There is also some hints of alcohol in the finish. Medium-light body soft carbonation. Overall, while not a big barley wine fan, I found this one to be very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Pours, smells and tastes like another infected Ranger Creek beer. Whatís up with these guys? Iíve had the Mesquite smoked porter and the Small Batch 2, and those came off infected as well (giant foamy head, sour notes in aroma and flavor). This beer seemed like it COULD be really good, but that only makes the disappointment that much stronger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (5974) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle thanks to my secret Santa! Pours a hazy amber brown with a large tan head that dissipates to the slowly to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a good amount of light fruit and a hint of grassiness with a strong sweet grain and oak backbone. Flavor is similar with a grass note up front that finishes with sweet grains, oak and light fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4662) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2013
hazy amber with a cream head. nose is wood, lightly tart, rich malts, dried fruits, and sticky. smooth on the palate, sticky malts, chewy, sweet, wood, and a nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours burnt orange with a sizable white head. Lots going on here -- yeast, oak, brown sugar, dark fruit, spices. Definitely one to revisit again later.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (3672) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle courtesy pikapp 327. Pours a fairly clear reddish orange with a hazy color. White head. Aroma is dry wood, wet nose with slight sweetness. Flavor is sweet with some sugar and brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2524) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from pikapp327. Light orange pour with a big white head. Pour is a little cloudy. This is because even though the bottle says not to disturb the yeast, Travis poured it all in my glass. Aroma is caramel and spice with yeast. Taste is way yeasty, sweet, sticky, and booze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ansermadide (1464) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Aged nearly 3 months (bottled October 8, 2012): Like other Small Batch bottles (at least fresh), this is a very well-carbonated bottle, producing a very thick, dense and billowy cream-colored head that just doesnít go away. Its body is a cloudy, bright orange color with a touch of brown- amber. The aroma is a little too yeasty and soured for my nose, with some strong floral and fruit notes trying to make me think that this is a Belgian, especially with its earthy and woody undertones. Yes, this seriously needs to mature. In the mouth, again, way too fruity. I canít get over how Belgian this tastes. The yeast is pretty much in your face, with a hint of toffee, banana, and light spices carrying the otherwise woody, soft-bodied beer through to the finish. Itís honestly a little uncomfortable at this age and slightly unpleasant just from its strong, yeasty characteristics. Itís so strongly-controlled by the yeast that you canít even taste the high alcohol content. Way too rough around the edges right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
bottle, 10-8-12, thick orange color with lasting white foam, aroma is sour woody fruits, flavor is citrus, malty, bright florals, lasting finish

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