Susan Reigler includes Barrell Craft Spirits in "Finishing school: Whiskeys that spend time in secondary barrels," saying, "each expression is limited and will certainly appeal to adventurous whiskey lovers."
Paste Magazine reviews both Barrell Private Release Whiskey AH04 and AH18, describing AH04 as "quite sweet and very rich, fruit forward and also a spice bomb from start to finish," and calling AH18 an "intense, spicy cinnamon here that is very much of the “Big Red” variety."
Drinkhacker reviews Barrell Rye Batch 001 and Batch 003, awarding these releases with a B+ and an A-, respectively. Of Rye Batch 001, they describe the finish as "generous with a gently warming heat and a subtle note of cocoa powder," while noting that the palate of Rye Batch 003 is of "slightly smoky maple syrup and green caramel apples."
Whiskey Culture reviews Barrell Dovetail, giving it a 4/5 and noting that "the blend moves through the sweetness of the port and rum in the nose, to savory in the palate, and dry and earthy on the finish."
The Manual includes Barrell Bourbon Batch 024 on their list of The Best American Whiskey For Every Kind of Father, calling this recent release "rich with dark chocolate, orange, and black pepper notes."
Joe Beatrice offers insight into Barrell's blending process in this Distiller article by Jake Emen, providing step-by-step suggestions for at-home whiskey blending, and sharing hints from years in the trade.
Paste Magazine recently reviewed both Barrell Rum Private Release J802 and B903. They called J802, "almost overwhelmingly flavorful on first sip," and described B903 as "herbal and grassy on the nose, with notes of green apple and green plantain."
Whisky Advocate gives Barrell Bourbon Batch 023 a rating of 92, including it on their list of the 7 Barrel Proof Bourbons To Try Now, calling it "a really well-balanced whiskey, with sweetness, spice, and fruit working in harmony."
Uproxx includes Barrell's American Vatted Malt Whiskey on their list of Small Batch Whiskey for Summer Sipping. Pete Stanton, head bartender at Ai Fiori in New York City, is quoted in the article, calling this whiskey "perfect for sipping or a bold stirred cocktail."
Adventures in Whiskey says Barrell Bourbon Batch 022 “comes across as lively and aromatic. The folks behind Barrell Bourbon are always looking to present something interesting in each batch, and they’ve certainly achieved their goal here.”
Breaking Bourbon reviews Batch 023 saying "as Joe Beatrice and Tripp Stimson of Barrell Craft Spirits go to great lengths to make every batch different, batch 023 once again succeeds in providing quintessential Barrell Bourbon characteristics that i’ve come to love, but with its own unique spin."
Adventures in Whiskey on Barrell Whiskey American Vatted Malt: the development in the nose and palate is astounding. Just when I think i’ve nailed a particular flavor, two more appear. It’s vibrant, complex, and most importantly delicious.