Oil City | Barrier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States
barrierbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dragonWhale on 04-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
47
Reviews:
7
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
19.7%
 
 
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0
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2
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by bugaboo416:
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3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this in cask.

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It was labeled as a unfiltered black IPA but I don't think any amount of filtering would have made this a black IPA. Muddy brown at best. It also had alot of specs of something (yeast? grain?) floating in it. It did have a decent head to it.

S
citrusy hops. Thats it.

T
Very bitter and very hoppy. With some roasted malt flavor.

M
light body but a bit too acerbic to my tongue.

O
I wouldn't try this again from the same cask but I would like to see how this tastes in a year from now. Perhaps their recipe will change. It wouldn't win any beauty pagaents but the taste wasn't that bad.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a jet black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous piney hop and roasted malt.

The taste offered an initial punch of vibrant pine with a secondary roasted malt, with the accompanying elements of charcoal and black coffee.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very well made black ale.

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of JStans12
4.47/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a creamy lingering head. Plenty of floral hops in the nose and on the tongue. Roastyness is there but subtle. Light and smooth with a bitter finish that combines hops and burnt malts. Easily the best Barrier beer I have tried. Possibly the best black ipa.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.01/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mypintishalffull
2.07/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Ok something is wrong here. This was served to me as a black ipa but it was murky brown in color. Server said that is normal but I think there was too much yeast. Aroma confirmed it. Had a chalk like smell. Seemed way out of place. Hop aroma was there but not in front because it was overpowered. Then the taste was too. Chalky and bogged down by a roasted flavor. Really I was not enjoying this one at all. Was going to get a growler but glad I settled for a pint instead. Going to try different one if their brews.

NOT DIGGING OIL CITY

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Photo of TangoJuliet
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Oil City from Barrier Brewing Company
3.35 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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