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Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 4

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.

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   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 cant tell if theres signs of infection this time, but I dont want to take the time to find out. Its good now, and Im happy to report that about something from Ranger Creek.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2013
It has an extremely dark brown, practically black color, an opaque and solid-looking brew with a thick, dense and foamy light-medium brown colored head. The aroma is delicious... you can smell a bourbon spiciness with roasted malts from a foot away, then up close the nose is mostly comprised of a wooden funk, earthy and softly bourbony with light chocolate. In the mouth its meaty and smooth, with a strong bourbon kick in the center of the mouth and a slightly sour, pungent effect that lingers in the cheeks in the finish. The flavor itself is roasted and sour - maybe more wood than bourbon, but a fairly nice balance with the malts. It does seem a little lacking on the palate as far as the malt profile goes, but since most of that will fade away with aging anyway, this may turn out to be a pretty good beer to age. Im probably going to drink this again at two years old, maybe three if I forget.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2958) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
My favorite of the series so far. I love the regular version of their porter but this amped up and aged version is all that and more. The extra oak and vanilla blend in nicely and the mesquite seems even stronger. Will definitely be stashing a few of these away later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1602) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
The aroma is not verey strong but smoke, slightly peaty, sweet malts and hints dark fruit are noted. An opaque dark brown pour with rocky mostly diminiahing tan head and fine lacing. The taste is smoky (peaty), sweet roasted malts, with slight hint of chocolate. There is a oaky/alcohol taste in the finish. Medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall, a nice smoked porter. Smoke flavor is not overpowering while the oak aging is subordinate to the overall flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4887) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. The look is dark, brown to black in color, and has a light tan head. The smell is whiskey, wood, alcohol, malt, and nice. The taste is wood, alcohol, whiskey, malt, and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4627) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Black with a decent tan head. Aroma is of mesquite smoke, leather, wood. Taste is of pepper, mesquite, leather, smoke, bourbon, roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
The beer pours a black color with a beige head. The aroma is heavy on the smoke, with some chocolate and roasted malt thrown in. As the beer warms the oak notes begin to come through, but I never really get any whiskey notes in the beer. The smoke is very well done and is not overpowering. It allows some chocolate to come through, as well as a hint of caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer was showing no signs of infection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5272) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Black pour with a khaki head. Vanilla, smoke, bbq, light meat, wood, and faint alcohol. And smoke. Very nice on the palate, heavy vanilla, alcohol, barrel, smoke, chocolate, smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1714) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Dark brown pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma is smoked meat, wood, bourbon, and a little bit of sour character. Taste is smoky, wood, booze, bitter chocolate, and a hint of tart fruit. Silky texture. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle from D&Q, 12/22/2012. Bottle date of 11/27/2012. Pours dark brown, nearly black, dense head and impressive retention. Aroma of infected stout- tart dark fruits and roasted malts, smoky vanilla, sour whiskey, touch of salt. Taste is chocolate, smoked sour malts, caramel and boozy bourbon finish. Medium palate. We had two bottles, both were showing clear signs of infection. Not entirely unpleasant at this point and kind of a nice sour stout, but I dont think this was intended. Hopefully not all of the batch goes this way.

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