The Vermonster - Rock Art Brewery
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:
We can't see why 10 percent ABV and 100 IBUs can't live up to the name. Extreme lives in Vermont!
Head retention performs very well, with a good amount of stickage from a sizable head. Weathered copper color, good clarity as long as you leave the sediment in the bottle, obviously. A big aroma here, wildflowers, citrus peel, pine sap and spearmint come from the hops, with a smattering of alcoholic fruitiness and malt sweetness underneath. So smooth and full bodied with a bitty character solely from the massive amount of hops used. Hop bitterness is, without a doubt, strong but never to the point of absolute overkill; it's always on top with this tagalong tangerine/orange flavor. The alcohol has no problem pushing the taste buds around with a handful of fruity esters and a mild, clean solvent character. Hops drop a load of flavors, chocolate mint, evergreen, blonde tobacco and tangerine zest. While balance is not even on the table, the malt backbone holds together quite well with both toasted grain and caramel flavors in the middle. Finishes with a long, lingering hop bitterness and steers toward dry.
Wow, is this Bigfoot's uncle? Not for the faint of palate as this beer rips across the taste buds. However, a must for the hophead and a great find for the typical beer geek. As for cellaring, don't. Drink it fresh and let the hops take you for a ride.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2010 17:16:58 | More by BeerAdvocate
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The Vermonster from Rock Art Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.