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Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 3

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (37603) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange coloured with a medium sized off-white ehad. Fruity aroma of brett and berries. Fruity flavour of caramel, oak, vanilla, brett and berries. Bretty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a small longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy bitter caramel and dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14558) - San Leandro, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13228) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Waxed bottle from Bu11zeye. Pours hazy orange with a 3 finger creamy off-white or beige head. Aroma is amazing fruit and oak. Full bodied - possibly due to the strong carbonation. Not sparkling - just a lot. Flavor is toffee, light stone fruit, lots of oak/wood, and something like barnyard/leather. Like a light touch of brett. This was bottled 10-8-12. One can only imagine what it will be like in the future. Good stuff indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (12133) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle thanks to Tim. Pours dark orange with off white head. Nose and taste of ripe fruit, caramel, toffee, earthy citrus and old citrus peel. Medium body. A touch over carbonated. Might have a slight infection, but still good. Hoppy. Medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
daknole (10740) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (10424) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2013
This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a medium fizzy off-white head that dissipates steadily to a film. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, caramel and fruit. Medium to full body with flavors of tropical fruits, caramel malt and oaky tannins. The finish is malty with lingering fruity esters in the aftertaste. Interesting beer overall that I initially thought was a strong Saison of some sort. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9269) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - 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.

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