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Heretic - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%


Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The first Barleywine brewed at The Alchemist. This is currently aging in the brewery, and will be introduced on 9/9/09.

99.9 IBU

(Beer added by: UA8 on 10-22-2009)
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UA8

Washington

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark and hazy amber with a minimal white head.

S- Scents of caramel malts, citrus, fruit basket, and a floral note.

T- Leads with Sweet toffee malts and citrus hop notes, mid palates adds to the malt complexity and bring along with it some more varied fruit notes from the yeast I would suspect. Finishes with a nicely balanced floral hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

M- Perfect for a barleywine. Viscous with light and smooth carbonation.

D- I would happily drink my self into a stupor on the 9% abv beauty. One of the best barleywines I've ever had excellent balance and character. Would be very interesting to see where some age took this beer, however exceptional as is.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2009 23:40:04 | More by UA8
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really wanted to drink a stout tonite and some how came up with this one. It's been staring me down for weeks. DIPA? Barleywine?

A Very nice 2 finger head that starts off slow and really grows at the end. The body is a rusty orange and has lots of small carbonation bubbles running toward the head. Head is still comming down and has left some thick sticky lacing. Looks pretty much as good it gets.

S Big sweet floral and citrus notes come out with a touch of alcohol. A slight bit of malt is detected underneath it all.

T Lots of hops here! Grapefruit bitterness and sweet almost pineapple take charge. Bitter through to the end but the sweetness is right there. some malt is there in the back ground but definitely in the back seat. The finish lingers with a piney bite. This beer is big and alcohol is definitely hidden for the 10%

M Thicker mouthfeel that at times feels syrupy bt not too much. medium amount of carbonation that feels better after sitting out or swirling around the glass. Pretty smooth and totally easy to drink brew.

O

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:57:32 | More by Gushue3
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koopa

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Alchemist yesterday. Nothing like a 5 hour drive to make the experience sincerely rewarding!

Appearance: Pours a fairly iced tea copper color with a nice 1.5 finger cafe latte crown that displays loads of retention and lace.

Smell: Worlds of (ok 5 to be exact) citrusy American hoppy goodness over some biscuit and toffee malt. Smells very west coast DIPA like but with some (almost English) fruity notes from the malt.

Taste: Same as the smell.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium bodied with great carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down easy but kicks you in the head a bit.

Not sure why this is considered a barleywine but its awesome. Like a strong ale and a DIPA fused perfectly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 12:29:23 | More by koopa
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ICCULIS

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the wife and I cracked this open last night. damn fine beer I say. 22oz poured into 2 DFH snifters.

Appearance: copper/amber in color. more roasty amber I'd say. creamy head about 3/4 inch - lots of tiny bubbles in the head as well as on the side of the glass

Smell: amazing! crisp, citrus fruits on the nose. grapefruit & hops are most prominent. Faint pine notes.

Taste: outstanding. clean, crisp and very hp forward. exactly the taste I was hoping for after experiencing the nose.

Mouthfeel: light - medium bodied w/ great carbonation. fresh and crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: not sure of the confusion on the BW vs DIPA classification. Label states it is DIPA and in all my years drinking IPA's, I'd say that is accurate. This is a great brew - a bigger brother to Heady Topper. Darker, bolder and stronger - although the ABV is well hidden. Outstanding beer...wish I had more!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 19:25:35 | More by ICCULIS
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Brad007

Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a beer that's full of the 9s. Literally.

Pours a mild copper color with a minute hue of amber with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with only a hint of the malt underneath.

Taste is chock full of grassy and citrus-like hops with a hint of malt, followed with a bit of raisin and alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the hops. Very nice. Well-balanced here. Alcohol warmth is kept to a minimum.

Certainly a barleywine that's very drinkable. Strong but the aging makes it even more enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 21:57:25 | More by Brad007
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seeswo

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to a great BA - cavedave. Thanks!

Pours a clean malty, fairly dark brown with a nice off-white head. Looks good. Strong scent of piney-orange hops comes off the top of this. Sticking my nose in deeper, there is a very light flavor of caramel malt. The look is American Barleywine, the nose is DIPA. Regardless, is smells good. The taste is really fantastic. Like Bigfoot, but with good tasting hops. Orange and pine aggressively emerge up front (the hop profile seems like Heady Topper, the beer I finished before this) with a very clean finish of balanced caramel malts and a less intense burst of hops. No booziness to speak of and highly drinkable. The mouthfeel is that effervescent, hoppy DIPA up front, with a fair amount of sweetness in the body. This is beer is really fantastic regardless of classification. My favorite American Barleywine that is substantially AMERICAN, OR a really good version of a malty DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 01:06:34 | More by seeswo
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at the Harvest Event a few weekends back. Special thanks to cagiaur! 9.99abv. Bottled sometime right before 10/7/11?
Poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A: pours a really pretty amber color. I get about s finger of off white head. I get some alcohol feet and some lacing. Its a nice looking beer.

S: Smells intoxicating. You get the pine. You get the floral. You get some fruit. And you do get some alcohol. Predominantly I get over ripe peach and alcohol. It smells really fresh and should be being bottle so recently.

T: Tons of hop bitterness from the front of the tongue to the middle of the mouth. It's an assertive beer for sure. Lots of pine. There is some alcohol there in the back of the throat. A solid malt bill helps to balance out the beer. It's awesomely smooth.

M: Medium to full bodied.

O: Going with an A on this one. Along with Heady Topper, the boys at the Alchemist know their IPAs. Solid work! Glad I helped contribute to the re-build of that brewpub!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 13:42:16 | More by inlimbo77
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nicely stacked head that sticks a few gobs of lace behind

Smell: Citrusy and piney with a big dose of shortbread

Taste: Shortbread cookie dough, up front, with a tremendous dose of citrus and pith arriving by mid-palate; a bit of vanilla and wintergreen join into the mix, after the swallow, leaving a fresh Vermont character lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A most unusual DIPA; I agree that it doesn't fit into the barleywine box, but the malt profile and the vanilla/minty character set this up in its own hybrid category; kudos to the collaborating brewers

And thanks, bobertkuekn, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 23:55:07 | More by brentk56
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jleblanc/geuzer for the trade on this one. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, this brew appears a hazed copper to amber color with a light brown touch to it. A rich 2 fingers worth of slightly off-white head sits atop the brew. The cap maintains fairly strong but as it slowly recedes, it leaves a thick wall and patches of lacework all over the glass.

The smell of this brew is quite bright with citrus and fruity hops. It has a solid array of tropical character somewhat like mango meets pineapple and has a very light citrusy lemon/orange character as well. More sniffs reveal some grassy notes, mild herbal aspect and some pine. There is a quite a deep array of hop character to take in from this aroma, fantastic and very reminiscent of heady topper. There is a very mild toasty grain character sitting under the hops that has a touch of caramel sweetness to it that just plays a nice supporting role in accenting the fruity notes of the hops. Fantastic, these dudes at Alchemist really know what they are doing with hops... I can only imagine what this beast was like fresh out the gate.

The taste includes some toasty grain flavoring that nudges towards being like caramel or toffee but doesn't quite make it there with any sweetness. It has a faint musty aspect about it that charges right into an herbal element of hops. The hops are bold with a ton of flavoring moreso than bittering. An herbal, lightly veggie aspect is present mixed with a load of fruity flavoring. The fruity aspect comes across like pineapple, mango and some citrus like grapefruit that is quite zesty. As the hops fade towards the back of the mouth, the bitterness picks up with a bit of resinous pine-like cling. It is faintly catty into the aftertaste. Once the brew warms up, it really picks up an interesting and super enjoyable fruity character that is contrasted with almost a cheesy dank aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For just shy of 10% this is mind blowing in how well the abv is integrated. I am a big fan of how hoppy this brew is without letting the bitterness become a distraction. It carries with it almost a minty to methol-like coolness to the back of the throat instead of the expect warmth from the alcohol. This is a fantastic brew and makes me really want to try more of their offerings. I don't understand the reasoning behind this brew being currently listed as an American Barleywine, it clearly states on the label this is a DIPA. My scores here are for this beer being consumed as a DIPA, not a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 02:40:46 | More by stakem
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up myself at the bottle release.

Poured from a bomber.

Appearance: A brass colored, hazy body that fills half the glass and gently takes its time to recede.

Smell: Dry, tea-like a little, some fruit and hops.

Taste: Way more fruit than in the nose. Mango and peaches are very prominent as well as lush tropical fruit in the finish. Rich, like biting into ripe fruit. Some brown sugar in the finish also.

Mouthfeel: Some dryness, bitterness in check and creamy.

Overall: For a 10% beer, this drinks wonderfully. Drink it if you've got it!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 11:38:20 | More by papat444
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stoutluvr420

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thx for the pour FiveMicsMax! Poured a darkish orage-amber in color with a thick, creamy light tan head that hung around to produce some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was strong of citrus hops with a hint of some malty sweetness lingering in the background. Flavor was hoppy, almost as intense as a HT. Plenty of citrus/grapefruit. Initially slightly sweet before the hops come roaring in. Like a Heady with more of a malt backbone, and more alcohol on the finish. Finish is hoppy, medium bitter and clean.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 23:20:51 | More by stoutluvr420
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cavedave

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review

A finger of beige head relaxes on a clear but thick looking dark amber beer. Lace sheets clutch my glass, and are slow to sink.

Pine and caramel lead the aroma parade of a medium strength bouquet that also has lighter notes of bitter herbs, grassy and citrus hop, and even lighter floral perfume.

It says it is a IIPA but I am going with the BA tag of barleywine, as it is surely the new American BW style. Lots of candy and dark caramel hold hands with some righteous pine bitter in a sip that crests in deep dank and soft floral, gains a bit of citrus pith, to end with a soft avalanche of bitter and pine resin.Very clean flavors in exceptional balance make this a treat.

Highly viscous but easy drinking, a hallmark of Alchemist, low/med. carb., and a killer finish make this heaven on the palate

It's unlikely this will come your way, but it is certainly a wonderful and luxurious elixir that I recommend highly.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 03:23:57 | More by cavedave
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep dark amber colorwith a massively thick, and creamy three fingered head.

S - Aromatic and pungent tropical fruit: pineapple, oranges, passion fruit, grapefruit, pine, light floral boquet, and some caramel malt (though, not much at all).

T - Pineapple, oranges, and a heavy dose of pine and grapefruit bitterness. With the caramel malt lying somewhat low, it opens the door for the hops to build starting with a subtle frutiness which peaks past midway before an earthy peppery spice and alcohol effervesence takes over. At the end, the grapefruit bitterness resurfaces with a peppery lingering vengeance.

M - Heavy medium body, a little oily, some boozy effervesence, and a lingering bitter finish.

O - This is an exeptional Double IPA, I feel fortunate to have acquired this bottle and if you can get it, it's really worth the effort if your a big IPA fan. It's a little pricey for a bomber, but considering the awful circumstances the brewery had to endure recently, I'm very happy to pay the price (which is why I bought an additional two bottles of this and another two of Luscious. Here's to you for a speedy recovery after the disaster, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 02:53:21 | More by jzeilinger
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SABERG

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 22 oz into a modified tulip. Initial action with medium head. Lacing continued throughout. Deep amber color, some cloudiness.
S - Some pine, heavy nose, thick. Vanilla, and caramel interestingly not a big citrus snap.

T - Oily hop presence, a little thick and in keeping with the style. DIPA by definition and it certainly shows with a slight malt backbone.

M - Hop oil covers the palate. a nice lingering finish. A balance with the heft of the beer hop presence.

O - What a brew, big IPA from a little place in a little state. Both with big strength.

Best to them all on the rebuild

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:26:44 | More by SABERG
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from the Hell or High Water fundraiser. Poured into a large snifter.

A - Pours a dark, cloudy ruby with copper hues. Nice amount of head for a 10%, it covers the top of the beer in a thin layer. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Heavy hop character, with pine, earthy, and grassy notes, along with some grapefruit. That said, it is much maltier than Heady Topper, and the sweet caramel base come out strong. It is more of a Barleywine than anything (The Alchemist calls it an DIPA, I believe). Some sweet fruit, perhaps a cherry note.

T - Taste is heavy with sweetness. Malts don't quite dominate, but the hops are much, much subtler than Heady Topper. Hop bitterness makes a very strong showing -- the finish is very bitter. Additionally I can pick out a touch of grapefruit and plenty of pine and earthy hops. Some fruit flavor mirroring what I picked out in the aroma to be cherry. Maybe some orange or tangerine. Barelywine, again, is the style I think of while drinking.

M - Sharp as razors. Not as smooth and mellow as I tend prefer my barleywines. I'm going to let it warm a bit and see if it improves. The carbonation is high for such a strong beer, and it makes the beer a bit sharper. EDIT: It does indeed mellow a bit, but remains somewhat sharp anyway. Not the best part of the beer, but it is still... fine.

O - Well if you have to save just two beers from a flood, this may as well be one of them. A really awesome barleywine, this beer is complex and really damn tasty! Nice combination of flavors that perfectly match the nose -- no surprises here. The mouthfeel is a bit too sharp, but I have to let it warm -- which should hopefully round it out a bit. Notably the alcohol is perfectly hidden, so much so that few 10% beers can keep up .

What a tragedy to have occurred to The Alchemist. I first visited in February 2011 and can truly say it was the best brew-pub I ever visited. I was crushed to hear what had happened to them, and couldn't wait to visit and help support them at the Hell or High Water event. Good luck to you Mr. Kimmich as you rebuild. I'll do everything I can to be there on day one when you open the doors again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 22:53:19 | More by greenmonstah
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared with a few BAs, reviewed from notes. Thanks Ashley!

Pours a hazy dark orange with a light tan frothy head with some clumps of lacing. Very "green", balanced aroma of pungent earthy and pine hops blending with a strong malt backbone, sugary and sweet. Flavor is similar to nose, not overly bitter or sweet at any point, but a balanced blend throughout. Dank earthy hops, resiny and pine provide contrast to the sugar and molasses malt body. More resiny and pulpy than bitter. Calling this a DIPA draws immediate comparisons to Heady and having them side by side highlights how different they are. More of a strong ale or barley wine, and not as exceptional as Heady but excellent regardless.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 23:54:29 | More by yourefragile
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AshleyMiller for the hook-up. Served in a Glunz taster glass. The bottle states this is a Double IPA, for what it's worth.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a partial cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. The body is a lightly hazed dark orange-brown color, and some suspended sediment (hops? yeast?) shows up in later pours.

S - Wow that is one dank beer. Weed, earthy and mossy notes, a bit of herbal character. Whatever the style, this is a very balanced beer with a hefty malt backbone of sugar and toffee. Alcohol isn't present at all.

T - The taste is similar - the hops impart a mix of herbs, dank marijuana, and perhaps a bit of citrus too, while the malt character is largely sugary with a bit of toffee. There's a mild astringency in the finish, but minimal hop bitterness. Definitely a more balanced "East Coast" sort of beer.

M - Super dry, with plenty of resinous hop oils that linger. Lower carbonation level, and a chewy medium-full body. No obvious alcohol.

D - Again, not sure that to call this one. American barleywine? Hoppy strong ale? East Coast DIPA? Regardless it was easy to drink, although it'd be in the middle of the pack of things I've had from The Alchemist. In any case, I'm glad the money is going to a good cause.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 21:24:21 | More by MasterSki
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a dark amber/brown with a small brown head, nose is hopy, malty, a bit fruity and sweet, there's a malty dark sugar.
Taste is very hoppy, malty and crisp earthy caramel flavor rs. Lots of chewy herbal notes. Hard to say if it's an iipa or a barleywine but either way it's awesome.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 06:52:21 | More by kingcrowing
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip; enjoyed side-by-side with a can of Heady Topper. Reviewed as a DIPA, since that's what it was marketed as; seeing it listed now as an American Barleywine does not surprise me, though.

A: Clear, deep chestnut body under an inch of off-white foam. Good retention + lacing, especially for the strength. Quite dark [for a DIPA], but attractive.

S: Pine, grapefruit, toffee, and light booze. Good, not great [same goes for it as a b-wine: enjoyable, but not complex enough for that style].

T: Big, pungent hops up front, with some tasty toffee lending sweetness toward the end. Grapefruit and brown sugar stand out, with huge bitterness on the finish. Solid [whatever you want to call it].

M: Very soft, finely carbonated medium body. Delicate, smooth, and lovely [but perhaps not hefty enough for a b-wine].

O: This one really straddles the style boundary between American Barleywine and DIPA; fresh I'd say it could just as easily be the latter, but it certainly has the malt backbone to develop into a tasty example of the former. Perhaps I should hold onto my last bottle to see how it is in a couple years...

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 15:17:51 | More by woosterbill
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Shared at a tasting at finewinemike's house.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber with a layer of fluffy, off white head and a decent amount of retention.

Smell: Quite malty and a bit fruity. Some alcohol and spicy hops. There is a mild amount of citrus in there too.

Taste: The bottle says this is a double IPA, the website says it is a Barleywine. The taste reminds me more of a barleywine for what it is worth. Malt sweetness and brown sugar notes. Citrus peel bitterness with some sweet, warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side. A bit sticky with smooth carbonation. The finish is a little bit slick.

Overall: I thought this was a good barleywine. As a double IPA, it is still a good beer, but a bit heavy on the malt. The smooth, bitter finish was really nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 14:19:26 | More by oline73
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BeerMaverick

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 out of 700 bottles sold at the Alchemist. I am extremely happy that I and my girlfriend were each able to obtain one. The alchemist pub was flooded and only this beer and an imperial stout were saved and bottled.

A - Listed as a DIPA on the bottle, but as a barleywine on BeerAdvocate. I'm gonna have to agree with BA in terms of appearance. Brownish/amber beer with an off-white head...much too dark to be any DIPA that I've ever seen and pretty characteristic of a barleywine. Some lace present on the alchemist glass.

S - Very hoppy as assumed, but has an almost overwhelming malt profile to balance out the bitterness and add some surplus sweetness.

T - The hops are there, but again the strong malt presence takes over. Some darker fruits are here such as plum, raisin, and faint hints of grape. Due to the sweet character, some licorice and fig comes through too.

M - Almost no lasting hop bitterness, which is distinct in my barleywine experience. Not too much to elaborate on here minus the obvious lingering sweetness.

O - Overall a decent barleywine and a horrible DIPA :D. Presents all of the basic elements of a barleywine and lacks all the facets of a DIPA that hop-heads desire. Very happy that I was able to try it, but I'm only happy I spent the $15 on it in order to support the Alchemist.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 03:05:51 | More by BeerMaverick
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to angrybabboon for procuring the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy copper. Bright-white head. Rocky, clingy, sparse lace. Thin cap for the duration.

Smell: Grapefruit and biscuits. Big oily rind. Lots of citrus. Malts are sweet and help counter the aggressive hop profile. Some resin and tropical fruit as well. Very malty. Loads of biscuit dough. Mint and bread crust too.

Taste: Citrus rind. Straight bitterness. Pine and mint. Nice woody character as well. Some pith and zest. Oily hops. Orange marmalade. Malts are beefy and add some nice counter to the hop assault. Biscuit and some caramel malts. Nice blend of flavors. Balance is dent , but favors the hops. Malts add a great caramel sweetness to the whole thing. Oily and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Big chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate. A touch dry from what has to be intense dry-hopping.

Overall: Drinks much closer to a barleywine than a DIPA. Loads of malts and tons of depth and complexity. I look forward to an aged bottle of this to see what really happens with those malts.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:52:06 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bigger version of Heady Topper with less juicy fruit to it.

Extremely bitter...if tropical or citrus fruit was bigger here, the bitterness would have been better accepted.

Very drinkable...not near barleywine territory as some before have mentioned...malt non-existent until warms up.

So -so beer big DIPA here. Vermont has impressed me so far with Ephraim, Heady Topper and this one but not sure if worth all the latest hype surrounding them. Very fortunate to have experienced and thankful. Would have again but not go out of my way for...

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 00:34:15 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer with a tan head that left some solid lacing.

S - Very wet smelling beer. Grass and earth notes with some herbal scent. Good malts in there as well.

T - Taste is much like the nose, and pretty enjoyable. The herbal and grass tastes bring the sweetness of the malt backbone down a little and make this seem like a nicely hopped barleywine.

M - Medium bodied with lower carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Good beer. As Alex stated, not sure exactly what it is, but it's very good with a good hop profile and nicely bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 00:54:22 | More by AgentZero
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 11/13/11

Appearance: Dark orange, starts off with a nice big off-white head, keeps a nice cap, nice lacing

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit rind, grapefruit flesh, cooked biscuits, very hoppy but also very malty, pretty intense

Taste: Cooked, toasted biscuits, with a blast of grapefruit - grapefruit, orange, pretty aggressive - zest, pith - a lot of grassy, herbalness - definitely some mint in here, like peppermint, or spearmint - oily pine - bitterness builds, becomes borderline brutal - malts hold things together, kind of sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium, very sticky, oily, yet dry, nicely carbonated

Overall: A quality palate destroyer

Simply put, this is a malty, herbal, grassy, minty, mouth-wrecker. It's not really balanced in any way, and it is one of the few beers I've ever had that I almost found too aggressive. Regardless, I'm glad I was in VT to pick up these Hell or High Water beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 04:04:00 | More by angrybabboon
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