TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep dark brown with small beige head and nice lacing. Aroma of sweet smokey stone fruit and hints of vanilla and bourbon. Tastes sweet dark fruit with vanilla/ bourbon and smoked malt shows through very well that leaves your palate very slowly. Overall Iím not sure if this has enough body for a doppelbock or if aging it in bourbon barrels took away from it but it would be better with the body.
BeernWhiskeyHQ (18) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Non-transparrent dark brown almost black body accompanied by a medium-sized quickly dissipating mocha head.
Extremely rich malt nose, hints of smoke, cocoa and vanilla
Holy shit! Incredibly rich and smooth burst of initial flavor. A heavy mouthfeel that is so velvety smooth and extremely pleasant. Fully rounded smoke flavors and rich malt with a slight hint of alcohol lurking under the smoke and roast that warms the palate. There are slight undertones of fruits and maple that mellows and balances the all out full roast character. It finishes with a sugary sweet and light roast finish that lingers for a respectable amount of time.
There is an absolutely perfect reason that this beer was the Gold Medal winner at the 2013 World Beer Championship. Incredibly rich and smooth, the partial Texas Pecan hand smoked malt adds a great addition to the character and has a respectable alcohol content that is enjoyable without going over the top. I nursed this beer to the last drop and too bad it was brewed the one and only time in 2013 because this is the best Doppelbock Iíve ever had and one of the best beers Iíve ever had the good fortune to taste. A big thank you to my friends at Ranger Creek for sending me their selection!
Cavie (3749) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy Fratto. Best by 2/20/13..................THANKS BUDDY!!! Pours a murky murky brown. Light tan head. Aroma is sweet fruit, raisin, burning alcohol and hot shit. Like the Nelly hot shit. You know when he said that in his hit song? Granted this was many years back. I was in late high school, or maybe early college. Either way, this was a while back. I remember turning on the radio and tuning it to 106.1 and I could pick up the most recent Nelly song. I can't recall if this was before or after his band-aid stage. HOT SHIT
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Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from my back yard fridge. Dark orange pour with little to no head. Aroma is bubblegum, orange, and smokey caramel. Taste is citrus, chocolate, and a weird dry finish.
JStax (2854) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle thanks to errl. Pours a dark brown to black with a khaki colored head of foam that diminishes down to a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma has notes of cocao, vanilla, toffee, light barrel. The taste has a tang at first but moves to a more brash, dry sweetness with a lot of barrel influence. Medium body and mouthfeel with a lingering warmth toward the back end and through the finish.
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a light tan head. Smoke and bourbon aroma with light caramel/toffee and light fruitiness. Smoke and caramel flavor with toffee, light bourbon, and light nuttiness. Medium bodied. Bourbon and smoke linger with caramel and light mineral notes.
madmitch76 (14435) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
5th November 2013
Tasting at Bruceís pad. Thanks to Bruce. Lightly hazy dark brown beer. Smal cream coloured head. Light palate, slightly crisp. Light caramel and sourness. Touch of coca cola fruitiness. Whisper of brett and mild lactose sweetness. Tasty.
Scopey (6235) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours hazy deep ruby brown with a medium beige head. The nose is wood, earth, light vinegar, sherbet, tart, musty, vanilla and coconut. The taste is wood, earth, toast, cardboard, alcohol, light smoke, oily and mustiness with a dry, warming finish. Medium-full boy and fine, prickly carbonation. A bit unbalanced IMO, but pretty interesting stuff nonetheless.
maneliquor (3002) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle cheers to Bruce. Khaki like pour with a small beige head leaving good lacing. Nose is all about the mounds of toffee biscuit and orange rind. Light pepper and ethanol with a hint of smoke. Boozy is right there. Light smoke in the taste with orange peel, floral hops and light spice on the finish. Too boozy. Just ok
Leighton (10510) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Bruceís in London - many thanks to Bruce himself. Pours ruby-brown with a creamy, tan head. Semi-dark malt aroma, slight menthol, some tangy fruits, dried berries. Medium sweet flavor with soft, sugary fruits, a bit of minty menthol, some mellow toffee, bread. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Sweet finish, little to no bitterness, light meat, semi-ripe fruits. Very tasty beer. Easy drinking.
ben4321 (3784) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 375 ml bottle from Specís - Houston Galleria, 10/23/13
Aroma: The nose is sweet malts, bourbon, and oak, with some pecans, vanilla, spice, and smoke
Appearance: It pours a brownish color with an orange hue, beige head, and drippy lace
Flavor: The taste is quite sweet, like the nose, with bourbon, oak, spice, and a little smoke
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a little stickiness, soft carbonation, and a clean finish
Iím quickly becoming a fan of Ranger Creek. I havenít seen too many of their beers on the shelves in Houston, but if I see more I will happily try more. This seems to be a really quality brewery.