Thursday, June 4, 2015
Ranger Creek Brewing Small Batch Series No. 8 - English-style Bareleywine
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Ranger Creek Brewing Small Batch Series No. 8 - English-style Bareleywine. I picked up this bottle while in Texas at Hall’s Wine & Spirits (here) which is a must visit bottle shop if you find yourself in or around Dallas.
From the Ranger Creek Brewing website: “Unlike its American barleywine counterparts that showcase their hop character, this English-style barleywine highlights a complex malt profile. It pours a rich, deep brown and features notes of caramel, toffee, ripe fruit, and leather. It’s strong and complex with a soft background of spice giving depth to the malt flavors and providing an overall balance. At 10% ABV, it’s made to be laid down like a fine wine, and the character can change significantly with proper cellaring. Enjoy this rich, complex beer now, and age another for later!”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a nice cream colored head leaving lots of lacing.
Aroma: Caramel, stone fruits, toffee, vanilla, honey and earthy notes.
Taste: Caramel, toasted malts, stone fruits, toffee, vanilla, honey, earthy bitterness and some spice.
Overall: Big and flavorful, Ranger Creek Brewing Small Batch Series No. 8 - English-style Bareleywine is rich and delicious. This 10% ABV offering is a touch boozy and would be nice to cellar. Not sure if I will be able to find another one of these on my next trip to Texas, but I’ll keep an eye out for this and other Ranger Creek Brewing offerings.
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