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The Vermonster - Rock Art Brewery

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The VermonsterThe Vermonster

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BA SCORE
87
very good

470 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 37
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We brewed The Vermonster with 110 pounds of malt per barrel and jacked up the pour into a wide mouth thin glass goblet.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-23-2007)
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep amber, almost brown color with two full fingers of pillowy foam. Copious lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is complex an potent. Definite floral hoppiness, deep malty sweetness, and a bit of booze detected in the nose.

First sip is a bit hot, followed by a kiss of plum-like sweetness, quickly overwhelmed by a powerful hop kick and punctuated with a long, bitter lingering aftertaste that kicks in well after the beer has been swallowed.... wow. There is a lot going on after just the first sip.

As I continue to drink, the bitterness really begins to wear on my palate. The bitterness is harsh, biting, and lingering. As it warms, there are some more raisin and toffee flavors that develop, but they are quickly washed away by the sharp bitterness. The booziness doesn't fade away either.

I really wanted to like this beer more that I did. It looks and smells great. There are a lot of complex flavors going on, but they just don't balance each other. Maybe this would benefit from some age, but I just feel like there are much better Barleywines out there right now.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 02:23:14 | More by FickleBeast
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The Vermonster from Rock Art Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.