The Vermonster
Rock Art Brewery

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Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
American Barleywine
Ranked #153
Ranked #17,299
3.88 | pDev: 11.08%
Aug 04, 2022
Sep 23, 2007
Very Good
The VermonsterThe Vermonster
Notes: We brewed The Vermonster with 110 pounds of malt per barrel and jacked up the pour into a wide mouth thin glass goblet.
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
19.2oz stovepipe can from the Burlington Co-op. Dark amber pour with a light airy head. Aroma is malty, notes of caramel, light hops. Taste is malty and sweet, leathery. Doesn't finish well.
Aug 04, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

2.04/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
Can purchased at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT.

This one pours a fairly dark brown color, with a small white head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells just so abrasive, like a hoppy brick to the face - I would have assumed a West Coast triple IPA on the nose, and not the barleywine that this is supposed to be. It's just so abrasive and boozy.

This was absolutely a mistake to order. I already don't like something like Bigfoot all that much, but can appreciate what it is - this is like if you took all of the subtlety and redeeming qualities out of Bigfoot, and you were just left with stale, piney, dry, and prickly hop flavor. Whatever malt character there is here doesn't really make any impression, other than stale sweetness. Even American barleywine is supposed to have rich malt character alongside that hop character - this is just so out of whack.

This is super boozy, and just abrasive and super drying on the palate. There's very little pleasant drinkability to this one.

This was a complete shot in the dark, as I loved the idea of a 19.2oz stovepipe of barleywine for $8. It gave me an instant headache, and was just overall a very bad choice.
Mar 01, 2022
Rated: 3.74 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Aug 25, 2020
Rated: 3.8 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Aug 08, 2020
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 03, 2020
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
19.2oz can. Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a large, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sticky trails of lace on the glass. This smelled malty with toffee and caramel. A big boozy malt bomb of a barleywine with piney bitterness and so much toffee and caramel.
Jul 06, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

Apr 06, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by moltch from Massachusetts

Mar 01, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Jan 04, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by Bitburger from Vermont

Oct 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by Qvicken from Massachusetts

Oct 24, 2018
Rated: 4.12 by SomethingClever from Ohio

Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Pours a very dark caramel color, almost a red ale. Very malty aroma. Overly bitter beer, not my favorite. At one time, in 2010, I thought this was the best beer ever. Then 6000 breweries opened up. I can’t believe they still brew this stuff. Time to evolve...

Bomber, no date
3 rating
Jul 13, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by edthehead from Maryland

Jun 16, 2018
Rated: 4 by Velivolus from Vermont

Feb 18, 2018
Rated: 3.55 by rfgetz from New Jersey

Jan 15, 2018
Rated: 3.89 by marcrech from Brazil

Jan 15, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by mjw2808 from Maryland

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 3.91 by AlvinLin from New York

Dec 28, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Dec 14, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Dec 04, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Nov 24, 2017
Rated: 3.34 by mltobin from Connecticut

Oct 03, 2017
Rated: 3.51 by worldkrysis from Massachusetts

Sep 18, 2017
Rated: 4.11 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Aug 22, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut

Aug 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a chalice, the appearance was a nice dark ruby red/rugged brown color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that glistened as it slid off. Sliding stringy lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of tobacco leaf, earthy to grassy hops, smooth caramel/toffee malts, a hint of vanilla, light cocoa powder, light raisins, a whiff of dates and ended with a little bit of black cherries.
The flavor was gently sweet with the expected dryness of the malts from that "tobacco leafy" yet expected taste. Which all came together to follow through into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Normal dryness from those hops distracted the mobility of the smoothness along my tongue. Carbonation and ABV felt as projected.
Overall, very well done American styled barleywine brewed by an American brewer that actually holds up longer in one's cellar than a lot of other American Barleywines.
Jun 25, 2017
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Reviewed by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2013 bottle. Pine, milk chocolate, and roasted barley. Earthy malt profile. Large amount of bitterness, but it's fairly reigned in. Definitely toned down with age. Semi dry finish. Like this more with a bit of age on it. Too harsh Fresh.
May 30, 2017
Rated: 4.6 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

May 23, 2017
Rated: 4.58 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

May 23, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by IBUBrew from Vermont

May 18, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by xtonytx from Connecticut

May 03, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Apr 14, 2017
Rated: 4.07 by Beerpicksbygeorge from Vermont

Mar 24, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by rockrob from Massachusetts

Mar 19, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by mkyer from Connecticut

Feb 19, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by twenteone from Pennsylvania

Feb 18, 2017
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