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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 596 |  Reviews: 245
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label notched: 28/MAY/2012. Seems about right for when I bought this. Poured in to tulip.

A - Dark amber, brown towards the centre. One finger of light brown head.

S - Sweet up front - caramel, toffee and earthy/floral hop aromas.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee flavours at first with a big hop bitterness and a warming alcohol presence throughout. Some citrus, floral and earthy flavours come through from the hops.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. A lot of stickiness from the hop oils, which is somewhat surprising given the lack of freshness.

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Photo of
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BobCobb
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of negroobserver
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased in Vermont in late July.

Appearance is a medium brown color with a sticky thick cream colored head.

Smells malty and sweet.

Resiny bitterness at the back end, which lingers in the mouth for a few seconds.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not too dense or thin. Not a very smooth texture either but it's acceptable.

Overall it's a decent beer, however it's not top tier stuff. This is a bit amateurish.

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Photo of Nmgreen
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops, brown sugar and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of brown sugar, caramel and a little bit of fruit. Then a nice strong grassy hops bitterness follows. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid Barleywine to drink for as long as you can handle it.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Guess I reached for this in the cellar as the cowboys went down 24-7 to the bears. Life is hard for cowboys fans.

A- a decadent black appearance embodies my alchemist stemless tulip with a wave of foam rushing up to the sides. A certain hearty look burst forth

S- rich malt, sugar, and raisins are immediate. Sweet caramel galvanizes it

T- a warming coated nutty flavor is presented as a sweet over tone of cashews and solid flavor. A syrup flavor slightly coates the exit. Very warming and positioning itself to be a warming Vermont strong ale

M- a sloppy feel pushes for with some carbonation to make a good feel

O- Not a bad exhibition of a beastly brew but I really wanted some more character

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Photo of Beeradelphia
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Nothing notched for dating, bottle was purchased though at the brewery so no excuses here. I assume it's quite recent.

Off the pour a real big head, three fingers deep with a large marshmallow like consistency, off white. Body color is a dull brown/red amber body, fairly opaque. Pretty big head for a barleywine there.

Subtle and small nose, faint toasted cinnamon and malt sugars. Clean with a mellow hop angle. Fairly simple, but a little buried, but nothing too bad.

Palate hits with a huge hop presence. Dry needle like pine and faint resin hit in the mid palate. Swallow is filled with lots of earth and dirt. Light bodied palate feel with a somewhat wet consistency. Woody, with lots of hop oil finish and aftertaste, quite extreme.

Overall it's an interesting take on a barleywine and extremely hop forward so if that's your thing you'll probably like it, but where is the malt presence and depth on this? I am not into sugar rushes, but even I would want a little bit of sweetness and caramel on this compared to most barleywines.

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Photo of surlytheduff
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of MarkSmithVT
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of FrancisT
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish copper color with a tan colored head. The head lasted about 5 minutes and left trace lacing on the glass.

Smell: sweet smelling, with some malts and carmel, the sweet smell was the strongest.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, not smooth. Taste sweet, but as sweet as I had expected. Left a dry feeling in my mouth. A good hoppy bitterness to it, with a bitter aftertaste. I could taste alcohol.

Overall: Not a bad brew, I'm glad I bought this one to try once, it was enjoyable. Probably won't buy it again though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet flavor and a medium amount of hop 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 pretty good beer that is drinkable but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of mass4beer2dude0
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Brattleboro Food Co-op on 7/22/12. Poured into 8oz tulip glass.

A. Pours a deep amber, caramel color with a nice creamy foamy lingering head. The beer contains large, eye pleasing sediments floating throughout.

S. A very nice hoppy and sweet smell.

T. A sweet and slighty malty taste with a little bit of bitterness to it.

M. Very dry and lingering and full flavored. Definetely makes you want to take another sip.

O. Overall a great beer that is very easy drinking considering its 100 IBU's and 10% ABV. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of HammerParty
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of zachary80
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, No date. Recently purchased in Vermont. 100IBU. Poured into a tulip.

Huge rocky sand colored head leaves thick lacing. Body is darker than average for a barleywine, an opaque dark mahogany.

Aroma seems muted. Light metallic note. Some sweet malts come through but nothing is strong.

Flavor is much more bold than the aroma. Deep bitterness throughout that lingers for a long time. Light amount of sweetness from the malts up front but I really like the relatively less sweet profile of this one. Not as complex as some others but I feel it works well with the profile.

You can feel the alcohol on this one, but it isn't overly rough. Body is average for the style, carbonation seems appropriate.

I really like the Veromonster; not sure why the aroma was such a let down. Otherwise a great barleywine. I wish I had another I could cellar for a while.

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Photo of RMoeNay
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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