BBHCFM | Barrier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by longisland1983 on 12-19-2013

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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

Appearance: Arrives pitch black with a modest tan head; some squiggly lacing lingers

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit tempered by chocolate and caramel tones

Taste: The hops lurch forward, bringing pineapple and grapefruit tones with the malt adding chocolate and caramel in the mid-palate; nicely balanced through the finish and there is no hint of the high ABV

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I can't say enough about this beer; I find the charred malt clashes with the hops in many ABAs and I think this is the first one that I have had that doesn't go all roasty and ashy on me; the malts here are chocolate and caramel and they perfectly complement the citrus and tropical fruits in the hop bill; other brewers should take note of what Barrier has produced with this beer

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Photo of smithj4
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jwale73
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose, tan-colored head that dissipates into a slick. Nose reveals huge citrus hops aromas and a hint of pine - not much about the malt profile is evident from the aromas. Aromas in the nose coalesce nicely with a rich, roasty malt profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a very hop-forward expression of the style and much less malt-centric than any example of the style that I have tried to date. A pretty interesting beer.

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Photo of st9647v3
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ncelauro
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GABrew
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Bieniek30
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of garuda
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, with a thick, fluffy mocha head that retains and laces very well.

Smell is pungent, bright and citrusy hops, slightly floral. Taste follows the nose, but it rounded out by a milk chocolate roast in the aftertaste.

Medium body, well carbonated, smooth. Lacks the overly resinous pine abrasiveness commonly found (at least to me) in others of the same style.

I was surprised how citrusy, tropical fruit forward this one was. Chocolate and slight roast flavors rounded it out at the end and the abv stayed well hidden. Although I'm not on-board with the style as a whole and the combination of flavors, this one was head and shoulders above every other Black IPA I've had, with the exception of Wookey Jack.

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Photo of JKV96
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Roze
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BColton1
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of clay23
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of pjkelley82
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of cestlavie
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of sfr26
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of HugeBulge
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of davemathews68
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Hirshi
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of 2Xmd
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ZenBiscuits
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me, this was perfection. Dangerously strong Black IPA, and a MUST have. My favorite from Barrier thus far.

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BBHCFM from Barrier Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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