Barley Creek Antler Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
This English style brown ale has a sweet caramalt maltiness. A rich deep chocolate color, our Brown Antler is mildly hopped with target and east kent golding hops.
Formerly known as Brown Antler Ale

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with hopdog, thanks Steve!) I normally donít 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
kramer (5433) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
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 werenít 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 wonít spend money on your beers again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (4435) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2005
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 thereís some infection here, as itís sour and lightly acidic and completely attenuated. Itís 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, thereís 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
freekyp (1692) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Deep copper/light brown in color with a slight haze and a small off-white/light tan head.Aroma is of rasins,fruit with a mild sour/acidic tartness. Flavor is fruity,tangy/tart, with chocolate,nutty and roasted malt character. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Pours with a frothy, light brown head that is held up by an ample level of carbonation. The beer is an almost clear brown color that shows ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is initially quite fruity with notes of raisins and plums, it quickly picks up notes of toasty malt, and a hint of roast coffee. Overall the aroma is fairly subtle, though definitely pleasant.

The beer is quite frothy as it hits my tongue. The taste is dominated by a tart acidity (hmm another acidic beer from this brewery), yet manages to finish with an austere mix of toasted malt and a hint of roast character. The acidity and fruitiness of this beer combine to make me think of tart plums and perhaps a hint of sour cherry as well. This beer is quite light, and with the tartness almost becomes refreshing in character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Bottle: Dark caramel, hazy, thin off-white spritzy head, spotty lacing, no real carbonation.   Slight sour woody nose, completely unexpected.   Past its prime maybe?   Sour start, like a non-dry Gueuze that isnít overly tart.   Not like your typical Brown Ale.   Body is somewhat weak tho, and mouthfeel is less than average.   Mild tart finish, very subtle sweetness.   Guessing this isnt what they intended.   Decent, but definitely not a Brown Ale.   Thanks Jeff for the freebie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zathrus13 (1739) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Brown, with a small, white head. Aroma is malt and hops. Flavors are sour malt, nuts, and hops. Not a bad brew, but just not up my alley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3159) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Caramel and yeast aroma. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Sweet taste. Definitely caramel, nuts and maybe a little brown sugar in this one. I liked it very much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade with Lou18 - Thanks Lou! Pours lighter brown with a big tan creamy head that stays pretty well. Aroma is yeast, brown sugar, a touch of honey and some caramel malts. Flavor is very malty, nutty, sweet a touch of brown sugar. A shade on the sour side at the finish though. Creamy on the palate. Carbonated just right. Easy to drink and not bad tasting at all. I think this one is rated a little low. Pretty tasty for a brown to me..

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