Small Batch Series No. 9 Blackberry Sour by Ranger Creek

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Small Batch Series No. 9 Blackberry Sour by Ranger Creek is a 6.7% ABV American Wild Ale brewed with Blackberries.

Label:
Our Small Batch Series is a line of seasonal single batch brews designed to be unique, interesting, and often experimental. Each one is made in small quantities and with a completely different recipe. The unique color, number, and QR code on each label identifies each batch, the details of which can be referenced on our website or by scanning the QR code with a smart phone. Small Batch Series releases are meant to age well over time, so drink a bottle now and save others to enjoy later. They will cellar best in a dark place around 50 degrees. Each batch is brewed and bottled by hand and undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle. Pour carefully so as not to rouse the yeast.

Description:
The 9th edition of our rare, experimental small batch releases is a Blackberry Sour. It’s a light bodied ale with juicy blackberry characteristics throughout and a distinct but pleasant tartness attributed to the lactobacillus yeast. Small Batch Series No. 9 matured in oak barrels for a year before the addition of fresh blackberries from our friends at Oak Hill Farms in Poteet, Texas. Enjoy one now and save a few to cellar for years to come as this beer will continue to mature in the bottle. Pour with care, as this beer contains live yeast from refermentation in the bottle. Cheers!
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Special Thanks to Aaron at www.beermetaldude.com for providing me this beer. Ranger Creek beers have been pretty good so far and this one is definitely tempting. The last reserve one I had was a sweet potato stout. Now this one being a Blackberry Sour ale, I hope it will be just as good as the stout or better. I like sours so I am definitely open to searching what beers like this one are all about. The best part is that it is all Texas ingredients so having a beer from another state that uses local ingredients is always a bonus.

Aromas:
Funky earthy must, dark fruits like blueberries, currants, blackberries, plums, dark cherries, caramel, vanilla, oak, tart wine grapes, berry yogurt hints, rye bread, strawberry cheesecake, hints, earthy notes,, flowers, lavender, Concorde grapes and brown sugar.

Flavors:
Lots of oak, lavender, flowers, dark cherries, caramel, tart wine grapes, lemon peels, dark fruit currants, plums, black berries, blueberry skins, Concorde grapes, blackberry yogurt, caramel, rye bread, vanilla cream, strawberry cheesecake hints, port wine hints, earthy and musty sour notes, brown sugar, blueberry muffins, underlying flan hints and pecan pie.

Aftertaste:
Caramel, Flan like hints, oak, earthy notes, tart lemon peel, multiple type of berry skins, banana bread. No alcohol in the taste, Very smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink despite being a sour. Hazy Hazel full body.

Overall:
Very good sour that is very smooth. You can really take your time with this without feeling the overpuckeringly sourness of other wild ales. There is great balance of sweet and sour as well which made me realize how kick ass this was. I really enjoy the sweet aspects of it but the sourness here is definitely keeping everything in line. I have had many sours which some were too sour and others just right. This falls into the just right category for me and should definitely be tried.

Anime Corner:
Konpaku Youmu from Touhou Series was used to represent the colors of the label and colors of the flavors such as the dark fruits, the lavender, the spices and sweetness. Her running represents how smooth the beer is and how well is drinks. Such a great pairing for this one.

Sources:
http://www.zerochan.net/full/1599665

La Bestia Aimable (1 year aged) by Ranger Creek

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La Bestia Aimable (1 year aged) by Ranger Creek is a 9.4% ABV Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed with honey.

Label:
Bottle Conditioned
Batch# LB-011
Date: 6/25/2013

In 1685, the explorer La Salle claimed Texas in the name of France, landing at Matagorda Bay on a ship called the Aimable. In honor of Texas’ French and Mexican heritages, we created a complex Belgian-style ale with a name to match: La Bestia is Spanish for “The Beast,” while Aimable is French for “friendly.” This devilishly friendly dark strong ale has a rich, complex nose of deep berry and fig with cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper spicy notes, and a superbly drinkable body full of rich, dark fruit flavors. The use of Texas honey and a well attenuated body in the Belgian abbey tradition make this beer superbly drinkable despite its high alcohol content. La Bestia Aimable pairs well with carbonade, lamb, game and fowl, rich cheeses such as triple-crème and Gorgonzola, as well as decadent desserts like sticky toffee pudding, dark chocolate and raspberry cake, and tiramisu.
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Special thanks to Aaron from www.beermetaldude.com for donating this beer to me. It has been sitting around until today, 6/25/2014, exactly 1 year from the date it was bottled. This is a Belgian quad that you can only find in Texas. Ranger Creek is straight from San Antonio Texas. This is the second beer I try from them. Their other beer was really good so I cannot wait to try this one too. Cheers Aaron and Cheers to Ranger Creek for making this!

Aromas:
Dark fruits like plums, raisins, dulce de leche caramel, oak, funky sour hints, stone fruits like peaches, apricots, honey, apples, rye, smoked peat, cinnamon, dark chocolate, tart raspberries, candi sugars, brown sugar, molasses, anise and flowers.

Flavors:
Caramel, chocolate, tart raspberries, dark fruits like plums and raisins, lots of oak, sour wine grapes, coffee, espresso, port wine notes, cinnamon, vanilla, cherries, molasses, raisin bread pudding, pecans, prailines, honey, apples, rye bread, smoked peat, stone fruit apricots, peaches, mild clove spices and bananas.

Aftertaste:
Raisins, plums, caramel, earthy notes, sour grapes, figs, cinnamon. No alcohol in the aftertaste. A sipping beer, with a medium mouthfeel.

Overall:
Very delicious! This beer reminds me of a Sour Quadruple hybrid. It is not all sour but mostly fruity and tart. The tart aspect with the oak gives it some balance to the sweet quad. I would say, it almost drinks like a Flemish brown like the beers made in the French speaking areas of Belgium I would recommend giving this one a try. It does seem like age has made this one more refined. Be careful when opening this beer as it’s contents could spill upon opening. Best opened over a sink or have the glass ready as to not to spill a drop!!

Anime Corner:
Evil Monster daughter by unknown artist was used in this pairing to pair with the label and the aspect of La Bestia Amaible which is the Friendly beast. The colors pay tribute to an array of flavors provided by this beer. Lots of things going on. The high ABV can be said to be so well hidden that you cannot tell if she has good intentions or not. Either way, delicious and awesome. You decide if the voyage through this beer is well worth your while.

Sources:
http://i.imgur.com/1AFOkr2.jpg

Small batch Series No. 7 Ranger Creek

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Small batch Series No. 7 Ranger Creek is an 8% ABV Imperial Sweet Potato Stout.

Commercial Description:
While everyone loves a great fall seasonal, there are more than enough pumpkin beers in the world. Our Small Batch Series is all about trying new things, and Small Batch Series No. 7 is our take on a fall seasonal that uses sweet potatoes as an alternative to the norm. This Imperial Sweet Potato Stout comes in at 8% ABV and pours a dark, rich black. The subtle holiday spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are showcased in the nose. The warming flavor of sweet roasted chocolate is complemented by a faint earthy backend that reveals the sweet potatoes. Enjoy this unique seasonal on its own to warm you during the cold weather or paired with smoked ham, aged cheeses, or dark chocolate truffles.
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Thanks to my friend Aaron at www.beermetaldude.comfor another awesome hookup. Thanks to Ranger Creek as well for making this batch. I have never had a sweet potato stout, but I have had a yam beer but not a stout. This is quite the treat since you can only get this in Texas. Sweet gifts like these are what makes this site going and the beer treasures is what makes me keep trying new and different types of beers. Let’s take a look at this one, Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark Chocolate, earthy hop notes, roasted barley, dark fruit notes like cherries, raisins, oak, butterscotch, rye, molasses, sweet potato, cinnamon, nut meg, oats and honey.

Flavors:
Dark chocolate, dark fruits like raisins, plums, cherry, caramel, sweet potatoes, earthy hops, roasted barley, campfire smokey notes, bacon notes, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses, coffee hints, mild clove spice, oatmeal cookie, chocolate smores, pilloncillo sugar cone and mild hints of bananas.

Aftertaste:
Earthy and roasted barley note linger with a bit of campfire hints, sweet potato, caramel and rye toast. No alcohol in the taste, a sipping beer with medium to full body mouth feel.

Overall:
Very nice and delicious beer. Definitely something I haven’t had before. The sweet potato becomes more apparent as you let the beer warm up. It is very different from the pumpkin and adds its own special taste to the beer. Only a few beers like this exist where they are made with special uncommon ingredients. It is very well made and definitely a recommended little bottle if you live out in Texas. Go find this one, it is worth the try.

Anime Corner:
Yuan from Cavalier of the Abyss and Sasha Braus from Attack on Titan were used in this pairing for several reasons. Yuan was used in this pairing to pair with the dark dress and the label but also linking her magic arts to sweet potatoes and pumpkins. She is not a witch by any means but definitely stronger on the magic side. Sasha is a glutton for potatoes. She loves to eat and she loves potatoes very much so sweet potatoes aren’t any different for her. Since this is a sweet potato stout, I just figured it was the perfect pairing.