Vermilion Barleywine - Perennial Artisan Ales
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Reviews by mkennedy119:
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4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured on tap at Scion into a snifter glass.
A real nice looker for a barleywine. Cherry wood red and dark with much difficulty to see through. Capped with a coffee and light tan collar that always sticks around while drinking. The body color is to name for real, and real beautiful.
Interesting nose, hints of some old ale fun but really hits of the winter warmer like spices. Cherry, clove and good woody like hop bitterness that matches. Hints of peppery cinnamon angles also come out nicely too.
Pretty decent and diverse palate. Licorice and hot cherry, with lots of root beer like sasparilla warmth and spice. Light bodied palate for easy drinking but integrating and coating flavors nicely all around. Spice angle really turns into a lot of different things, rosehip tea, and some faint floral hints and dark chocolate.
Quite a neat take on a barleywine and drinks very nicely to match and easily. Great solid brew from these guys.
Serving type: on-tap
02-15-2014 03:14:53 | More by smakawhat
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Enjoyed both the 2012 and 2013 vintages on tap at Bier Station as part of a celebration of Perennial's one-year anniversary of distributing to Kansas City. This review will include notes and scores for both vintages, but the "official" scores provided will be for the fresh version. Poured into small Belgian-style tulip glasses.
Appearance (4.0 fresh / 4.0 one-year) - Here, there is no appreciable difference in appearance between the two vintages. Both have a body that is deep oxidized brown, like rust or dried blood with some notes of deep garnet red that only become visible as I drink the liquid down and light has an easier time passing through. The head retains slightly longer on the older vintage, contrary to my expectations. The foam is about a finger thick and dusty white. Lacing is spotty and sticks to the side of the glass for a bit before slinking back down into the liquid leaving no trace of it's former existence.
Smell (3.75 / 4.0) - Honestly, these aren't as different as I expected, but the main difference is in the detection of booze in the younger version. Both give off notes of toasted oats, dates, caramel malt, toffee, and a sort of mineral spirits type characteristic. I suppose that's just a fancy way of saying that it's boozy.
Taste (4.0 / 4.25) - Many of the same characteristics from the smell are present in the taste, but a little more separation has occurred between the two beers on the tongue. The older version has matured quite nicely, with the fruity notes becoming more prominent alongside a sweeter candied fig element. Not overpoweringly sweet, but just a little bit. Hints of maple syrup in the older version as well. The younger version lacks that sweetness, instead having a bit of boozy heat alongside the notes of burnt caramel and dried figs.
Mouthfeel (3.75 / 4.0) - Both are slightly viscous, with a slightly clinging feel. Medium-bodied and low carbonation. Finish is semisweet and there is just a hint of lingering bitterness. Just enough to balance the sweeter characteristics.
Overall (4.0 / 4.0), a really solid barleywine that, if I had my choice, I would drink with about a year on it. I like the added sweetness and the fact that the booze has blended in to create a more cohesive beer. Both are great though--I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to try them side-by-side. Having tried them both, I will definitely be sitting on my 2013 for a year or so.
Serving type: on-tap
01-30-2014 18:15:04 | More by LambicPentameter
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Deep amber with some reddish tones. Kinda hazy. Small white head.
Smell - Caramel and some fruity aromas. Deep nuttiness and some toffee. Smells very sweet,
Taste - Very sweet. Caramel and apple fruitiness. Toffee. Big sugar bomb. Some specialty malt flavors linger.
Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet. Medium carbonation.
Overall - This would do well in a barrel. Sugar bomb.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2014 02:36:36 | More by Alieniloquium
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Sweet label. Love the Cardinal.
Low and slow growing yellow-white foamy head. Brew is damn dark, nearly black. No lacing, no legs.
Sweet aroma. Tons of caramel, bubble gum, mild pine, nice booze bite too. Kinda too sugary and oddly belgian.
Nice smooth sweetness with great drinkability. Prickly carbonation is well placed and prevalent. Lots of mouthy sugary caramel. Wet, not bitter, not a typical BWine... Lots of Ginger. Good brew, easy drinker especially @ 10.5%. No heat. Still though, some funky Belgian flavors come out... Weird; its like a Belgian BWine.
This is a great-off-the shelf Barlywine, a definite go-to for me in the future. It's a bit out of the ordinary for a BWine, but it still nice and refreshing.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2014 03:48:41 | More by chugalug06
4.01/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
rock solid barleywine ale here, pouring a decadent toffee amber color and sporting over an inch of yellowish fluff. the nose on this is all brown sugar and maple syrup, one sugar layer cuts through the next, deep and rich for sure, with all the grain in your face you could ever want, fresh and strong, wintery, sexy. the flavor is similarly robustly flavored, with more molasses this time around, even honey, i taste a million sweeteners without a ton of residual sugar, tough to do, and in this case done beautifully. the grains are fresh and anywhere from lightly toasted to close to burnt, its also got a strange but enjoyable candied orange peel flavor towards the finish before the booze comes in. i like to taste the alcohol just a bit in my barleywine, and this one has that aspect dialed. long rich finish cleaned away by alcohol. huge body this is a slow sipper, but it improves with warmth so no rush. perennial can do no wrong right now.
Serving type: on-tap
01-14-2014 16:20:41 | More by StonedTrippin
Vermilion Barleywine from Perennial Artisan Ales
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