Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
ON-TAP: Appearance: Served a noble brown / caramel color. Frothy with lots of lacing; this is an attractive beer.
Smell: It has a very typical brown ale aroma. It is sweet and malty, a bit clean, but has nice hints of brown sugar and caramel as well.
Taste: Very approachable! Gentle sweet brown flavors with a smooth creamy malt attribute a-top a great Target hop character. The glowing feature of the beer is its quaffability and not an over-the-top glitz and glamour.
Mouthfeel: Super smooth and creamy. Goes down incredibly easily.
Drinkability: Barley Creek won first place in the Brown Ale competition for their Antler Brown Ale at the Atlantic City Beer Festival Competition. This beer is not a big firework beer but it’s standout attribute is how amazingly easy drinking it is. I brought a growler of this beer home.
--- EDIT --- IN BOTTLE: I defiantly prefer this On-tap!
I have only had this bottle about three weeks from the brewery. It has been in my fridge the entire time but it tastes a bit stale like it oxidized a little. A friend of mine said that most barley creek beers do better on tap. Whether that is true or not I don’t know but this one in a real disappointment. The aftertaste is **VERY** harsh metallic taste that almost leaves the feeling that i just came from the dentist. And I really liked the beer when I was there at Barley Creek. ---
Hope this is helpful.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. reddish copper color, thin creamy short tan head. aroma is of dried grass, flavor is like seltzer water. not really beer-like in the flavor. bizzare!
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2.24.06 Decent little brownie. I could drink this or newcastle depending on what I was feeling. Drink ’em simultambiously. Needs a little bit more oomph. Bosch.
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours an offwhite head with copper color. Couldn’t get the aroma. Taste is sweet (there’s a theme developing with many of their beers), caramel, malt, hops. Not as dark/roasty as most browns. I enjoyed this more than the standard brown.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft and bottle Pours a copper amber with a white head. Head lasts fairly well. Aroma has a roasted flare but lacked any real charactor. Taste was okay at best. Had a malty flavor with no bitterness present. This was alright but definately not my favorite.
MattShizzle (539) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 Not very good brown ale. Very sour, tastes infected. Not strong, very little hoppiness, some roasted flavor. Low carbonation
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with hopdog, thanks Steve!) I normally don’t rate beers that have obvious problems, but this beer is so special, it has the entire kit and kaboodle. Infected/sour, soapiness, diacetyl, AND acetaldehyde. Incredible. Massive carbonation was the first indication of the potential problems, but I never imagined to have such a great case study on my hands. Similar issues with the nose, except that there is actually something beerlike there, namely, a bit of caramel. Murky, ruddy, dark brown color, topped by a very tall, fizzy head that settles to a quarter inch of scummy foam. An obvious rerate, should I ever be so inclined.
kramer (4894) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
12 oz bottle. Clear light brown pour with a thin white head. Light malt nose, some nuttiness and a little acidic. Flavor is sharply acidic and revolting, clearly infected. Like drinking malt vinegar. Thin and watery mouthfeel. Why this brewery continues to bottle is beyond me. There beers really weren’t that bad at the brewery, thin and weak, but not infected. It seems like half of all ratings for their bottles mention infection. CLEAN UP YOUR BREWHOUSE. I won’t spend money on your beers again.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2005 bottle from Zathrus, thanks! Pours a copper-amber color, initially clear, but towards the end of the bottle it gets extremely cloudy. Head is off-white and fully diminishing to a ring, with no lacing. Aroma of brown bread, light grains, malt husks and soily, nutty, watered down hops. Very low strenght on the aroma as well. Flavor begins severely dry and terribly lactic. Guess there’s some infection here, as it’s sour and lightly acidic and completely attenuated. It’s hard to tell if this is just severely acidified mash, highly astringent grains or a true lactic infection. Upon further thought, there was no gushing, so perhaps it isnt an infection. Whatever the case, there’s no malt sweetness, just berry skins, dry raisins and watered down brown sugar. Body is light, carbonation is moderate and the texture is very watery. No alcohol apparency, no real hop flavor either. Light toasted notes on end.
freekyp (1483) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2005
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copper colored with a slight, quicky dissipating tan head, I was all ready to break out the bangers and mash, but felt pretty uninspired after cracking this one open. The slightly toasted malt nose was inviting, but this brew was rather thin. A slight raisinly sweetness peeks out at the end, and I would have liked to see a bit less of that and more brown sugar sweetness. Not bad, but not impressive either.