Vermilion Barleywine - Perennial Artisan Ales
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4/5 rDev +1.5%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and honey aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice caramel, toffee, and honey qualities all around.
07-05-2014 03:54:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
A - Poured out a dark, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled malty and boozy.
T - Malty - caramel and toffee with light hints of chocolate. Sweet and boozy with a hint of bitterness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.
O - This is really good. Another high quality brew from Perennial.
03-10-2013 20:18:00 | More by zeff80
3.76/5 rDev -4.6%
Bottled 12/2012. Consumed 16 months later.
Pours mildly translucent. Nice tan head. Very malt-thick nose. Raisin and a mild maple thing is on there also. Seems a bit boozy also, unfortunately. Flavor is pretty decent. Kind of seems a bit too clogged with a mild boozy edge and a whole lot of malty sweetness. A shame really as it exhibits a lot of characteristics you want to see for the style. After 16 months I wouldn't imagine it to be like this though. Maybe it's just not a good barleywine for aging.
04-23-2014 00:16:39 | More by RblWthACoz
4.01/5 rDev +1.8%
750ml brown bottle, no freshness date though this beer is cellar strength.
Dark rusty brown color, some haze. Thin lacing but it sticks around. Caramel, booze, anise, taffy, hermit cookies, toasted bread and ripe figs make for a complex nose. Super creamy, thick body with a light level of carbonation. Very figgy, suggestions of chocolate, brown bread, grapenuts and caramel. Very warming but not hot at all. Balance hopping with a slightly sweet boozy finish.
Very tasty and definitely comparable to many of the old school English Barleywines, no many beer get "better" with age ... most just evolve. My guess is that this will do both though it is great to drink right now as well.
02-26-2013 01:17:28 | More by Jason
4.01/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
01-14-2014 16:20:41 | More by StonedTrippin
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Graciously gifted to be my Casey from Max's.
The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is rich and impressive in this beer, as I get considerable molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee and black cherry. The beer really smells great, albeit a bit on the sweet side as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and while the beer is indeed pretty sweet, there's enough hoppy bitterness to counter it (for the most part). Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the finish is long, sweet and lightly boozy. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can certainly tell it's up there.
Very nice beer from this "new to me" brewery. Thanks Casey!
09-18-2013 15:57:54 | More by John_M
4.19/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
02-15-2014 03:14:53 | More by smakawhat
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
01-21-2014 02:36:36 | More by Alieniloquium
Vermilion Barleywine from Perennial Artisan Ales
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