The Vermonster | Rock Art Brewery

The VermonsterThe Vermonster
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The VermonsterThe Vermonster

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

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

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Ratings: 599 |  Reviews: 245
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of movingtrain
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label on the bottom of the bottle reads: 7-2010.

Pours amber-red with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is potent, floating from the glass. Notes of cinnamon, wet wood, white grapes, molasses/maple syrup, brown sugar, wet oats, and hard candy. There are some smokey notes in the aroma, too, with notes of vanilla around the edges of that smoke.

Flavor starts bittersweet, with some light smoke, actually. Behind that are notes of caramel, cinnamon spiced hard candy, dried figs, vanilla, and some bitter hops. This also has a bit of a sulphate note on the tongue, a bit chalky and, perhaps, a bit funky.

In terms of mouthfeel, this beer, while hefty in alcohol, seems a bit weak in substance. The beer feels watery and hollow.

Overall, this is, indeed, a monster. It is a bit drier of a beer, and the hop profile has added a unique bitterness to the beer set up against a roasty and sweet malt bill. I'm not sure of the water that is used in this beer, but there is certainly something unique added by it--something that gives this hefty ale a neat, interesting character.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ChadQuest
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Body is a dark reddish amber color, some lacing.

The aroma is still pungently hoppy, this smells like a black ipa. I always get a weird(not bad, just weird) hot blacktop aroma from black ipas, and i note that aroma in here.
The flavors are more traditionally composed of a bunch of big C hops and citrus and pine, with some caramel from the malt bill, more dry all around.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fades a bit fast as it is a dryer barleywine.

I like this enough that i would drink it again, falls a bit below average, but is worth drinking when you just want to open something on any occasion.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1.5 inch off white head over a red-brown body with great lacing.

Nose: Roasted/toasty malt, piney hops and dark fruits fading into nuts and spice (almost like a cinnamon note)

Taste: Dark fruits predominate, with malts and bittering and piney hops, there are definitely some spices here I cannot identify.

Mouthfeel: Flows on the palate, bitter with excellent malt support and a great supportive carbonation.

Overall: A good barley wine, I would certainly drink it again. Might be nice to age one and see what happens to the spice.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Trail
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is going to become a staple in my fridge, and at $7 a bottle that's saying something. The Vermonster is a viciously satisfying barleywine, with sharply flavorful hops and a sweet, rich, nectar-like aroma that has enough depth to be talked about at length.

The appearance of the beer is its weakest link. There's nothing wrong with it, certainly, but it isn't remarkable to look at in any way.

The flavor and mouthfeel of the Vermonster is what really sell it, though. It's carbonated without being fizzy, and the flavor is complex without being indecipherable. Sweetness is on the front, and around the time the ale reaches the back of your tongue the intensely hoppy bitterness strikes. It isn't floral in the slightest, which is a refreshing change from the whims of the craft industry at present; it is a little piney, quite bitter, and utterly pleasant.

If you haven't had the Vermonster yet and you are happy, it is because you have never truly lived.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark amber color with a tiny head that has decent retention

S: Big on the hops, malt, and booze. Not really too much behind, but this is going to be a monster for sure

T: Surprisingly tame compared to the smell. Starts off with some herbal hops along with some sweet maltiness. Alcohol is evident, but it doesn't seem like a 10%er at all. Everything goes well together even though it is so extreme

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Some nice hop resin-y stickiness is present, but still goes down easy

O: A very solid American Barleywine that pushes the limits and enjoys being extreme. If you enjoy hoppy barleywines, look no further. Very nice price point, too, and always available (at least in this area)

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4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, deeep amber color, with lovely scarlet red highlights...very clear. Slight tan head does stay for a few moments and then really fades to nothing, with just a little ring around the glass where the beer makes contact. Seriously noticeable viscosity as I swirl. I have smelled and taken a little sip...everything about the aroma and taste of this beer allows for there to be no head. I don't know...a head would almost detract from this beer knowing all its other characteristics.

Oh boy this baby smells big and boozy, thick with malt and buzzing with hops. On the spicy fruitcake side of things.

Great alcohol-infused spicy flavor to this, with an almost bourbon-like character. This beer has great depth and is incredibly well balanced.

Big bodied, smooth with a nice bubbly tingle in the finish. Just an all-around great beer!

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears a dark clear copper color. massive pillowy white head. head reduces to 1/2" cover that stays. great retention and clumps of lacing. huge hoppy aroma - pine, a little floral.

tastes of sweet caramel, toasted malt, combined with a big hop bite. hops are earthy. not hint of the high abv. medium thickness, higher carbonation. surprisingly easy to drink.

overall , a solid barleywine, and reasonably priced.

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

The Vermonster from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 75.3% out of 100 with 599 ratings
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