maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"Fresh" bottle, less than 30 days old. Glossy, mossy brown pour; cocoa red in the glass with a small foam halo. Clear as crystal. Shy bouquet of toffeeish malt and gingerbread spice hop. Mild buttery and breadcrust malt flavor, accented by Target allspice and EKG nutmeg character. Gently carbonated. Finish barely suggestive of citrus, chocolate, and cola. Light palate, but not watery. Clean aftertaste. An alright attempt at a northern English brown/session beer, just needs more personality. Still, the best I know from Barley Creek.
hopscotch (10085) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft... GBOA ’06... Crystal clear amber ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Subtle aroma is malty, lightly chocolaty and nutty. Malty, mildly sweet flavor. Light-bodied and watery with soft carbonation. Finishes thin. A little boring, but very drinkable.
Dorwart (2443) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thin off-white head of medium sized bubbles. Reduces quickly but has good carbonation. Aroma of lemon flavored iced tea with some light malts and candy. A little tart fruit also (raspberry?) Color is a nice mahagony brown. Wow, light and fruity in the flavor. Some tartness with more distinct raspberry and cranberry. I am pretty sure that this is not what the brew is supposed to taste like. Some bitterness that lingers after the swallow. More cranerry at the finish. Not a very good beer.
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 York, 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 (900) - 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 (11560) - 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 (562) - 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 (3038) - 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.