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Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 4

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Small Batch Series No. 4 is our most exciting small batch release to date, and one that utilizes both aspects of our unique “brewstillery”. This beer takes our Mesquite Smoked Porter brewed to 10% ABV and ages it for 10 months in our own Texas bourbon barrels! Small Batch Series No. 4 carries a sumptuous nose of sweet oak, mesquite smoke, dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow and vanilla, along with flavors of dark bittersweet cocoa laced with sea salt, smoke, vanilla, and caramel. While this warming winter release is heavenly to sip now, it will age and mellow nicely for up to 10 years if stored carefully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep brown, moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Moderate roast on the nose, a touch of alcohol, seems a little tart, perhaps some oak.   Some smoked aspects up front, immediate band-aid but it quickly goes away (thankfully).   Mid-way through it gets a little tart, lactic, and woody.   Roast picks up on the backside a bit, some tart apple, along with mineral water.   Hides the 10% ABV well, but doesn’t seem like an Imperial Porter given its abundance of carbonation and lack of rich roasted malts.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, and airy.   Sweet backside, some aspects of roasted malts, but also a bit fruity, woody, and general barnishness.   I keep reading that these will store up to 10 years, but I somehow doubt that.   The cap on #3 was already rusting in less than a year, under the wax even!   This is an interesting take for sure, sweeter than most, airy and woody at times, with a mineral water background.   Not bad, some flaws, but unique enough to keep me entertained.   Thanks Bill!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle at Papsø. Dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel with notes of dried fruits. Fruity flavour of caramel, oak and vanilla with notes of dark chocolate. Light roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40833) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2013
37.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is smoked, dark roasted malty. Sweet, smoked, chili and bitter. Dry smoked and dark roasted finish. Lingering overripe fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34658) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2013
Bottled. A brown beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, roastes malt, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CloakedDagger (1969) - - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle 37,5 cl. Pours a murky, opaque brown with a huge if dissipating beige head. Very lively carbonation. Lovely woody nose, some - pleasantly - rotten fruit and a slight tartness. Medium body, very subtle roast, more dark dried, rotten fruit, vanilla and wood. No real bitterness. Enjoyable. 260713

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (12045) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle at Papsoe. Black with a huge beige head. Aroma and flavour of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and caramel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cavie (4311) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Tap at T&P. Pours a dark brown color. Very murky with a tan colored head. Aroma is woodyness, oaky, sour, dark cherries, and lots of smoke. Flavor is sour, woody, smoky, dark fruit and tartness on the finish. Certainly barrel aged. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2013
bottle- Pour is dark black with a thin tan head..nose is sweet roast, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, roast...Taste is sweet vanilla, bourbon barrels, oak, chocolate, roasty, butterscotch..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drjay44 (3435) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2013
375 capped and waxed bottle. Pours a thick gradually collapsing beige head, with some lacing, over a dark brown, (SRM 35) body.....nose is light smoke, toffee/caramel, light chocolate.....taste is light smoke, light toffee/caramel, very light vanilla, hints of Bourbon, finishing with hints of harsh terpene along with moderate bitterness.....mouth feel thin, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low adding an acid bite. This is a very simple uninteresting beer which has enough off flavors to make it quite mediocre. BJCP 6/3/10/4/5

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2013
Dark brown pour, big tan head. Flavor of old fruit mixed with roast, vanilla, coffee...I think this one is infected too.

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