Barnstormer Red | Blackhorse Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blackhorse Pub & Brewery
Tennessee, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship beer! This smooth traditional red ale uses Hallertau hops to accompany its sweet round finish.

Added by HardTarget on 12-08-2003

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 42
Photo of The_Atom
3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this at the original Blackhorse in Clarksville with a burger. Pours a hazy amber/red - true to a red ale. Head: A medium-small thick head that drops to a thin layer after a few minutes. Taste: Dominant malt flavor, but not overpowering with hints of fruit and caramel type flavors. Decent amount of carbonation, but fairly easy to drink overall. Not a bad red, but not my favorite.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy amber, with a thick off-white head. Almost no lace.

Aroma: Toasty caramel malts. Typical but not bad.

Taste: Light in body, fruity and toasty malts. Actually a pretty tasty and enjoyable session ale.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, pale, ruby-tinted caramel coloring, with a sparse, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of roasted caramel, sugary highlights, and subtle fruity esters. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with notes of caramel and berry blending together. Subtle roasted notes in the backbone, but overpowered by the initial sugary sweetness. The body is light, effervesced, and slightly sharp, leading into a sugary sweet aftertaste. The finish is cloying, with the syrupy, sugary sweetness of berries and caramel lingering on a bit. A bit lopsided, and a bit all over the place.

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Photo of ChazBoner
3.34/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown with a little orange. Not much head.
Smells like nutty malt, light grass.
Taste is similar to smell. Nice buttery aftertaste. Not very hoppy.
Not my favorite style but a decent brew.

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Photo of mfavoino
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Blackhorse Pub and Brewery.

A: Deep red color with some haze to it. Small head and little lacing.

S: Sweet Caramel malts with a grainy undertone. No hops to speak of. Expecting a rich, malt-heavy red ale.

T: Caramel flavor comes through and is sweet for this style. Buttery flavors come through, which left me thinking there might be an issue with this batch. Finishes with more sweetness.

M: Low carbonation with a medium body.

O: Something seems off with the buttery flavor and overly sweet flavors. Not a positive representation of the style.

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Photo of soju6
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer has an amber hue with a light head. The smell hints of caramel, but mostly generic. The taste was clean with a light sweetness I did not expect . Feel is a medium body with low carbonation and goes down smooth. Worth a try if your at the pub, one of the better brews they had on tap.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Lightly hazed, amber-hued body with a small, somewhat fizzy, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of buttered-up biscuits with some sweetish toffee tones and nominal fruity notes. No real apparent hop character.

Taste: Tastes of caramel and toffee from the malts with a relatively light amount of overall sweetness. Again, there's that gosh-darned diacetyl, so, yeah, more butter from Blackhorse. Hint of ripe fruitiness. Very mild, very fleeting hop presence, with almost nil bitterness to offer. Meager touch of biscuits. Then, it's more of the same until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Assumably designed and formulated with ease of drinkability, as it's just so mild (and so buttery) in all its facets. My dear Fine Friend Fifi opted for this buttery offering.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a flight of 2 oz. samples.

Pours clear reddish-brown, with a slight off-white head that leaves behind nice sheet-like lace on the sides of the glass.

The nose hints at the malty nature of the beer, with light toffee and a bit of sweet caramel.

Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated; a full malty palate carries caramel sweetness with the faintest roasty dark chocolate character, falling away into a clean malty finish. Very little hop presence is discernible.

Overall a fairly decent and tasty example of the style, and one of which I wouldn't mind enjoying a pint.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Black Horse

A- Nice amber color with moderate head.

S- Largely malts, but overall not much smell.

T- The taste caught me off guard. It was malts and somewhat sweet. To me tasted different then other red ales I have had.

M - Rather light, not too carbonated.

D- I liked the beer, if I am there again I would have another.

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Photo of baxterbrew
2.6/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer has a wide variability. I've tried it several times over the years and you just don't know if it's going to be great or if it's going to be barely drinkable. It tends to be a little too malty and not very well carbonated. Hit or miss on this one.

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Photo of whartontallboy
2.31/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at the Blackhorse 1-3-05.

Appearance - Deep amber with very little white head.

Smell - Other times I've had this brew it's had almost no smell to speak of, but the one I had tonight had some aroma of caramel.

Taste - Very bland in the flavor department, with a lightly hopped character. It almost tastes like the brewmaster was going for "smooth" but just got "watery."

Overall - Another decent, if forgettable, brew at the Blackhorse. By no means a great example of the style, and I didn't want another after I finished, but fairly smooth and drinkable. In all fairness, I remember really enjoying a pitcher of this in early 2004, so maybe I caught a bad batch this time.

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Photo of Brent
2.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pretty lackluster for a red. The malt had an almost raw grain note, very unsophisticated. Cried out for hops, but very little was delivered. The sort of beer where you take a sip, and wait for the flavor to go somewhere. Here, it never gets off the launching pad. Despite being pretty insipid, it is not a bad beer - no glaring brewing flaws, just not much to offer in the flavor department.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.71/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Almost non-existent. A faint whiff of some malt and some light citric notes.
Appearance: Clear light amber/red, white head with little lacing
Flavor: Balance is on the sweet side with a fair amount of ripe raspberry tastes coming through.
Mouthfeel: Light body, a touch watery. Not much to comment on.
Overall Impression: Don’t blink, you’ll miss it. A very bland taste, but what little you get is fairly tasty. Another one to order for your Bud drinking friends, this is unable to offend, but also unable to inspire.

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Barnstormer Red from Blackhorse Pub & Brewery
3.15 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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