The Vermonster | Rock Art Brewery

BA SCORE
87
very good
596 Ratings
The VermonsterThe Vermonster
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
rockartbrewery.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We brewed The Vermonster with 110 pounds of malt per barrel and jacked up the pour into a wide mouth thin glass goblet.

Added by BeerBeing on 09-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
596
Reviews:
245
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
101
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Tcsox
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bogdawg
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IBUBrew
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xtonytx
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerpicksbygeorge
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rockrob
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkyer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twenteone
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very turbid brown with visible particulate floating in the heavily carbonation. Three finger bubbly off-white head dissipates to a half finger sudsy layer. Minimal lacing. The smell is primarily of citric and floral hops with notes of smokey malts, pine resin, booze, and caramel. Flavors are earthier, with lots of pine, grains, and smoke. Given the 100 IBU rating, I was expecting something overwhelmingly bitter, but was pleasantly surprised by a well balanced profile. This has real aging potential.

79/100

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a hazy dark amber with a moderate head. Lacing. Hops evident in the nose, along with alcohol and caramel. Sharp taste, boozy. Enjoyable.

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Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ptat
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coz
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigMFDaddy
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JLK7299
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qcbrewer
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdel34
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScaryEd
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a small off-white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma brings some piney hops with light caramel and booze.

Hops are surprisingly subtle on the flavor. I get lots of caramel and dough as well as some toffee.

Feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Slightl burn from the alcohol. A bit sticky.

Overall, a pretty good and well balanced beer. Slightly on the sweet side but still quite good.

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Photo of Lucoli
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sk8sean86
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown pour, thin off white 1/4" head on it. Sometimes this beer labeled itself a double ipa, sometimes a barleywine, but its definitely looks more barleywine than dipa. Aroma was totally heavy on the malt. I realize there's a ton of hops in here, but the malt and booze is what came through in the smells.

Taste dropped lots more booze and malt, strong bitterness. Big breathy beer. Bready too. Amount of hops and malt kinda destroys the nuances. Just a big, but unskilled kind of beer.

Have been aging them, but as I drank them, they haven't really improved or evolved. One left.

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The Vermonster from Rock Art Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 596 ratings.
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