Barry Rye - Perennial Artisan Ales
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Reviews by teromous:
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: The beer has a dark body that is completely opaque black. Along the edges of the glass some brown makes it through. The head is very thin and off-white but it fades to a simple ring of small bubbles within seconds. No real lacing.
S: There's a hint of band-aid and some wet cardboard. A bit of catty scent, and a touch of coffee way in the back. It's not a pleasant combination of scents.
T: I get a rich tobacco flavor like you'd get from the end of a cigar. It's earthy with a bit of sweetness. There's some coffee flavor in there too, like a rich espresso. I get a bit of cedar. It's a very interesting tasting beer that isn't like a normal rye beer. I feel that it's important to note that the bottle says "ale fermented with blackberries" and I don't pickup any blackberry flavor. If you're looking for a fruity beer this should be the furthest one down your list. It's a pleasant surprise because although this beer didn't taste anything like I thought it would, it tastes great for completely opposite reasons.
M: The mouthfeel really works well for this beer. I feel that they have the correct carbonation and "weight" to the beer. I don't know that I can say anything more than the body really complements the beer.
O: I want to break this down: I am not a fan of the smell of this beer at all. I want to plug my nose when drinking it. It doesn't look appealing either. The taste of the beer is pretty awesome. It has a lot of really great complex earthy flavors. If you're a fan of complex teas, good cigars, quality pipe tobacco, odd coffee beans, you'll probably really enjoy this beer. If you're looking for a good traditional rye or fruit beer, you will probably hate this. I would buy it again based solely on the flavor tapestry.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2013 21:42:06 | More by teromous
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3.79/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Served in a snifter at Firkin.
Finishing off my Firkin visit with a nice bit of Barry Rye, something I missed out on earlier in my beer-drinking career. It pours a dark midnight ruby topped by a half-finger of ashen khaki foam. The nose comprises blackberry, light cocoa, rich caramel, toasted rye bread, light booze, and a hint of dry wood. The taste brings in more of the same, focusing on lightly tart blackberries adrift in a sea of chocolatey rye. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, a pretty solid beer. 'Nuff said.
Serving type: on-tap
06-19-2014 21:34:12 | More by TMoney2591
3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
some have told me this is one of the best beers theyve ever had, and although our bottle was almost a year old, and probably has faded a bit, its hard to see it in that level. its a murky and dense brown color, maybe the faintest hint of berry purple to it, lots of yeast sediment, and a half an inch of dirty white head. the nose is promising though, lots of real fresh blackberry, sweet and tangy and ripe and juicy and dominant. rye malt seems subtle in the nose by comparison, and the alcohol is there too. the flavors seem a bit muddles together, not as layered and artfully built as i was expecting form perennial. bunches of rye and chocolate malt make up the base, but the spice from it never really comes through, neither does the roast, and im left with a rather plain malt flavor for what im supposed to be drinking here. the berries are way less forward than they are in the nose, barely there in the finish with their summer sweetness. almost jam-like rather than fresh picked, but their influence in the taste is slight. i expect this has faded since the bottle was fresh. i still like the beer, but it comes across a little messy, and i dont think is up to the standards perennial has set for themselves. i will say that the idea is perfect, and a little more rye and bubbles would make it that much better. i imagine it being rockstar on tap. will try again soon and update.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 15:09:00 | More by StonedTrippin
Barry Rye from Perennial Artisan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.