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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 23, 2013
Dark brown pour with an off-white head. Sour and acetic on the front end. Smokey, oak, chocolate, and some dark fruit. A little bit of a smoked gouda note to it. The flavor is similarly smokey and tart. There’s a bit of dark fruit, fair amount of oak, roasted malt, vinegar, and chocolate. Not bad, just not really appealing.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepeter (281) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2013
Pours dark brown with a bubbly head. aroma smoke wood, malt, tobacco, meat with a hint of orange and salt. Tastes less intense than the aroma but still great hints of smoked pork with an orange marmalade glaze, not as sweet as I thought it would be. Lighter on the palate as well but not in a bad way as you could drink this all day. BUt at 10% it is a very dangerous beer. Alcohol was not very present in either taste or smell. A very nice beer indeed!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roxtersoxter (344) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Pours very dark almost black with large light brown head out of bottle. Great chocolate aroma with an oaky flavor. Overall a good beer but I really expected more from this limited batch. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2013
bottle .. . pours a dark brown .. medium head, lacing .. . mild barrel notes .. . mild bitterness .. . pretty good and subtle .. . . those black bits in bananas? are those tarantula eggs??

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4169) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Draught at Black Star. Low carbonation in pour. Some chocolate and roast. Thin to medium body. Some oak and vanilla. Finishes with smoke as it warms. Ok.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
(Draught) clear deep brown, deep tan head. Nose of vanilla, milk chocolate, graham cracker, light alcohol, barrel, and whiskey. Taste of light grape, sawdust, maybe infected, not horrible, grape jam, unique and linger of vanilla.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (1233) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Sweet almost bubblegum up front. Followed by mild roast and lots of smoke.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1543) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours nicely dark brown with a fast dissipating brown head. Nose is tart and funky like a nice 3F or Cantillon-but wait-this is supposed to be a smoked porter in bourbon barrels. The nose gives it away. This beer has a few faint characteristics of the original beer. Now to take it like it is-I like the funk sourness with the warm alcohol burn. Thickish mouth. A black imperial lambic?? Not sure how to rate this as the original intent is gone but it’s still a unique and flavorful beer. I’ll rate it for it’s taste now.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2024) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Black with a fluffy tan head. Aroma of wood, smoke, and bourbon. The taste is sweet, woody, and full of bourbon and smoke. A little dry, medium bodied, and a little fizzy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Pours black with a small ring of foam for a head. Aroma is certainly eventful with notes of smoke, oak, herbs, faint coffee and mildly dark chocolate, subtle medicinal bourbon, and MAYBE some slight hints of sourness, but I might just be imagining that. Flavor of wood, sweet charred bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee and smoke starts things off right. Hints at maltiness and astringency in the same moment. I get the sea salt mention in the description. FInishes with the bourbon and smoke combining for a dry effect, flavor is burnt and herbal but not too bitter. Nearly heavy bodied and not too hot, this is easy drinking, and the carbonation is suitably light. Again, I really can’t tell if there’s signs of infection this time, but I don’t want to take the time to find out. It’s good now, and I’m happy to report that about something from Ranger Creek.


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