Barkley Sound Honey Almond Light | Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-21-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by happygnome:
Photo of happygnome
2.78/5  rDev +39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: pours a light brown color withabout an eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing around the edge of the glass in a ring
s: hints of almond vanilla and sweet malts
t: very similar to the aroma, almond comes in a hint along with slight hints of vanilla, a malt heavy beer but thats expected
m: light to medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this isnt too bad but i dont see myself buyingit again

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Photo of ADR
2.1/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Out of a bottle at Hunan Garden Restaurant, St. Paul, MN. Clear deep yellow appearance, thinish 1/4 inch head of average duration. Light string lace. Far away amaretto aroma, shy of really malty. Mouthfeel is pretty substandard, light and quite over-carbonated. Flavor is dominated by an almond sense, slightly phenolic and plastic, the finish is distant -- without hop or memory, maybe a slight dextrose sense. A Light beer really not redeemed by the added ingredients.

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Photo of matjack85
2/5  rDev 0%

Photo of peabody
2.84/5  rDev +42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a brownish tan clear with little suds. Lacing is minimal.
Smell is orange and rasberry with a caramel malt aroma.
Taste is opaque caramel and bubble gum with no carbonation.
very flat but has a cherry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is milky with very little carbonation.
A boring brew.

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Photo of Brent
1.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I bought this at the same time I grabbed the Amber Red Reserve - only then to discover that Gluek was behind the scenes - a brewery I've come to greatly dislike. So - this beer has languished in the fridge for weeks, constantly pushed aside for other choices - watching. Waiting.

Finally, the time came for the showdown. I cleared my mind to give this beer a fair chance to prove itself. Okay - this is the part where the ugly duckling becomes a swan, right? Nope, it was a waste of glass to bottle.

Artificial vanilla and artificial almond extract chemical flavors wafted about in an almost unbeleavably thin and watery malt (I think there was malt, at least). Formula for this beer: take a tall glass and fill with ice. Fill 1/3 full with vanilla cream soda and add several dashes of the cheapest artificial almond extract you can find. Let the glass sit overnight while the ice melts and the soda goes flat.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.11/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

What an incredibly bad beer. Poured a normal gold color, with a tiny ring around the glass of foam. Smell was sickly sweet with honey and made even worse with almond flavor. Taste was undrinkable. Every sip was off from what beer should be. I didn't finish the bottle that I traded a Grain Belt Premium for (I know, I got screwed).

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Photo of acrawf6
1.18/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ouch... this one hurt a little. What a bad beer!

Poured out a nice light brown. very clear. thats the best thing i can say about this one.

Aroma: small hints of almond. sweet smell. the honey must be the cause of it.

Taste: etrosihorriblybad. Had to make up a word for this one. The sweetness was like a corn syrup that flavors nestea. Some malt flavor, no hops. Horrible balance.

Mouthfeel: Awful. Very empty. A little slick. Much of the consistancy of soda water.

Overall: just soo bad. I love what they say on the bottle though: "experience this beautifully balanced GOURMET brew...almonds for dryness." what gets me is that it advertises the low calorie and low carbs in it. It even says it has 96 calories and 2.8g of carbs... but what about about alcohol content (cant be much with 96 cals) or born on date/best before. Clearly they are advertising for an audience that want to try a something new at a health store, or whole market store.

Dont know how this one stays in business.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.61/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma has a slightly sour light sweetness that overall isn't that bad. A little notes of almond (that are kind of nice) but get stronger and less pleasing as warms, and moves to a candy sweetness.
Clear yellow gold, fizzy head that settles to a slightly creamy looking thin layer of a head.
Petty low in overall flavor, as would be expected with a light beer. Flavours of light malt,hints of almond (not as strong or pleasing as in the aroma). Harder to note honey. Not particularily sweet. Very low on bitterness- Neither sweet or bitter.
Quite a bit of carbonation, probably too much. Appropriately thin for style.
Give credit for complexity, especially for a lager. Just not all of the flavors are exciting or enjoyable. Not sure why I'd find this a worthwhile beer in the future.

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Photo of ZAP
2.42/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Why I have chosen to tangle with the "Gluek" monster again is beyond me....maybe it was the fact I like honey and almonds and seeeing it in a light low carb beer intrigued me...or maybe I am just a gluton for punishment...whatever the case here is the review..

I like the nose on this...artificial but intriguing...strong almond smell with some honey too....pours a cloudy golden color...little head...very thin and watery...the taste is artificial....feels like a glass of water with some almond flavoring mixed into it....on the plus side it is not putrid like the Jeremiah James line from this brewery horrible off flavors...just very artificial, thin and lacking of character....

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Photo of AudioGilz
1.72/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear yellowish gold, with virtually no head to speak of. IT quickly takes on the look of a light iced tea. There's not much of an aroma other than some light honey notes and a touch of the almond. As far as flavor, well it's a "low carb light beer". What do you expect? Don't expect much of course, as a matter of fact, save your $6.99 and get some Sam Adams Light if u need a light beer that badly. This stuff tastes very "weird". It's like drinking carbonated water with fake honey and almond flavoring mixed into it like you would mix chocolate syrup into milk. Tonic water even comes to mind, and I hate that fake fizziness on the palate. A lingering aftertaste of the honey and almond hints stick around in a bad way. I just can't think of anything positive about this beer.

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Photo of IceAce
1.64/5  rDev -18%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Anytime the label on a clear bottle contains the words "Flavored Beer" and "Malt Beverage with Honey and Artificial Flavor Added", I must admit that I approach with much trepidation. Seeing the name Cold Spring, Mn. on the side label doesn't help, either. (Gluek)

The beer poured a crisp golden color with a small collar of foam that collapsed upon itself so quickly that I was unable to establish a color for it.
There are several streams of very large CO² bubbles eminating from the bottom of the glass and a haze of coagulated protien (I hope!) suspended throughout this beer.

The nose is as fake as most of the female breasts in Orange County...part almond, part honey, part putrid...and that is with me keeping an open mind. I believe I made something that smelled this way with my chemistry set when I was 10 or 11 years old.

The taste is just as bad as the nose, although I was able to detect a teeny bit of malt...I think.

Forget the mouthfeel and drinkability as this is a drainpour and a genuine waste of a newly scrubbed beer-clean glass.

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Barkley Sound Honey Almond Light from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
2 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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