tcane7 (1661) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taster at the brewery. Pours a deep hazy brown with thin beige head and soapy lace. Aroma is caramel, rye, booze, candy. Medium to medium full body. Very boozy and sweet. Slightly astringent
blipp (6072) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Taproom 307. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Lightly sweet and rye malts, and moderate floral and earthy bitterness, with just a hint of chocolate. Well balanced throughout, and easy drinking for such a high ABV.
tgncc (2776) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is spicy rye, caramel. The appearance is red brown, off white head. The flavor is sweet, caramel, spicy, bread. The finsih is spicy. Medium in body. Nice overall.
TylerGreenDC (293) - - FEB 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft. Aroma of chicory. Flavors of coffee, rye and floral hops with a cocoa finish. Nicely done.
Lubiere (9904) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clear reddish copper ale with a thick frothy mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with caramel, nutty notes, floral hops, very nice. In mouth, a nice smooth spiced caramel malt with grassy floral hops, grapefruit, very nice. On tap at Mugs Alehouse.
LilBeerDoctor (3442) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma is heavy on the rye malt, rye spices, pepper, and some bready malty notes. Flavor again features a lot of rye, light spices (perhaps a touch of cinnamon), also bready and sweet malt, with bitter hops and a touch of hop resins in the finish. Very dry, this is not your typical sweet ASA. Although the abv is somewhat high (8.2%), it is very drinkable and not too heavy. Very well done. I have found that it is difficult for breweries to make this style well (ie not too sweet and overpowering with alcohol), but Barrier has accomplished this and has added complexity with the rye malt.