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Barney’s Red Rye

Rating: 3.65

This one is a bottle I picked up in Aldi’s on a rare stop off there last week and drank later the same night, it is a speciality grain made primarily using rye as the name would suggest and is brewed locally in Edinburgh. It is a beer I picked up solely based on the label as it seemed more appealing than most of the Scottish ales they were selling alongside this one. Based on it being so hastily picked up, it’s not really a beer I am expecting a whole lot from so hopefully that plays in its favour and it is a beer that I enjoy for what it is, something different and new.

Appearance (4/5): Cloudy and a fairly dark amber to brown colour with a thumb sized, foamy white head that just about half’s in size as the beer settles.
Aroma (7/10): Sweet malts and a nice hop kick to begin with along with some spice and a good mix of summer fruits, mainly berries and summer fruits.  There is caramel and sweetness towards the end as well.
Taste (7/10):
 Sweet caramel and some malts along with a lot of summer fruits and berries at the start. There is some spice, hops and a bitter finish that is moderate and not overpowering.
Palate (4/5): 
Slightly grainy, although surely the style was a hint there. There is medium carbonation levels and a quite fruity and spicy feel to the beer.

Overall (13/20): A nice and fruity tasting beer with a good feel to it and one that made for easy drinking. It was quite pleasant and enjoyable, particularly for a random purchase and was a solid effort. Probably not good enough to warrant a second visit but a good beer nonetheless.

Brewed In: Edinburgh, Scotland
Brewery: Barney’s Beer
First Brewed: 2011
Type: Rye Beer/Speciality Grain
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Aldi
Price: £1.49

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