Barrel-Aged Vermilion Barleywine
Perennial Artisan Ales

Barrel-Aged Vermilion BarleywineBarrel-Aged Vermilion Barleywine
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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
Barleywine - English
Ranked #11
Ranked #367
4.48 | pDev: 6.7%
Apr 11, 2022
Mar 27, 2015
Barrel-Aged Vermilion BarleywineBarrel-Aged Vermilion Barleywine
Notes: BA Vermilion is an English-style Barleywine aged for 18 months in whiskey barrels. A potent and contemplative combination of maple, brown sugar, dates, and prune aromas open in the glass as the beer warms. Layers of vanilla, caramel, and more dried fruit follow with each warming sip.
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4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. Dark opaque brown pour with no head. Aromas of rich bourbon, tootsie roll, oak, toasted caramel, barley, dark fruit with an emphasis on prune, leather and a cocoa dusting. Taste adds emphases of fig, toffee and a kiss of earth, but loses the cocoa. Barrel is omnipresent but never hot or harsh, gently molding and elevating the palate. Feel is so smooth, thick, medium-heavy bodied, and warm. Really impressed with this one

Apr 11, 2022
4.52 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on Apr 04, 2022
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4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

2018 vintage. Served and reviewed January 31st, 2022.

Pours a dark burgundy with a light haze to the transparency. Head is a finger of khaki bubbles that are more fizz than foam. Aroma is raisins, fig, toffee, molasses, and oak with faint rye whiskey beyond. That whiskey, accompanied by char and barrel, comes on a little stronger as the beer warms, although it never becomes hot. It leans lightly into sweet, but is never unbalanced, being quickly drawn back by toasty, bready malts. Flavor profile is fig, raisins, molasses, toffee, plums, dark fruits, and caramel with rye whiskey seeping into the back. It's not a clean break between sweet and heat, instead the sugary notes are slowly faded, while the intensity of the rye is raised. This nuanced shift of focus keeps the beer intriguing, with different focal points throughout the flavor profile. Mouth feel is medium-thick in thickness with a still texture, offering up a touch of creaminess around the edges. Overall, a resolute barleywine that has been enhanced by rye whiskey. The dynamics in every aspect are great, spoiling the tongue with subtle sweetness, and fine dry rye whiskey heat.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle.

Jan 31, 2022
4.45 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Jun 26, 2021
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4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mothman from Minnesota

2019 bottle. Caramel brown color.

Whiskey, rye, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar. Very warming. Boozey, but not in a bad way. Full bodied. Well done.

Nov 13, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by WickedBeer from Alabama


2022 Bottle, 04/08/2022.

An awesome vintage for this barleywine. Rich, sweet caramel cut with notes of stewed dark fruit & boozy barrel. A consistent banger year after year.

2018 Bottle, 10/08/2020.

#BiL... booze-soaked raisins and caramel throughout. Great viscosity, without much lingering heat. Sweet, but not cloying. Damn smooth, especially with the ABV being where it’s at.

Oct 08, 2020
4.49 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Sep 13, 2020
4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jun 13, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Dark brown with no lacing or carbonation. Tobacco, leather, char, molasses, and brown sugar on the nose. Follows the nose, tobacco, leather, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and molasses with some warming on the way down. Thick, velvety, and recommended.

Jun 13, 2020
4.29 by rcjennings from Ohio on Feb 29, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

Dark sienna brown with a short tan head dying to a thin creamy ring.

Very rich and sweet on the caramel spectrum up front, charred oaks and some darker malts lend accents of cocoa dusted dates and milk chocolate.

A thin, finely crackled carbonation lifts up some heat on the medium slick body where the exhale becomes quite raisiny in the background, but not in a bad way.

As it develops further on the palate, tobacco surfaces with notes of cinnamon and black pepper, coming to a maturely woody, powder dry finish, giving a parting glance of Tootsie Rolls on the exhale.

Better than Anabasis, now with half the hype!


In mid-January 2021, as I warmed up with a full 750ml 2018 bottle at home, my above experience was only supported and even amplified.

It presented even darker here, to a tar black extent, with a short but dense tan head that fizzled out slowly to a fine chain. Long, clear, crazy thick legs clung to the glass in a way I've never seen in a beer, very much like a big bold red wine.

God damn, it's so thick and luscious, I don't remember it being this way. It's also more chocolatey than my first experience, even developing into an insanely delicious mocha expression. Then, good effing lord, in comes crystalized bruleed maple decadence, which, in some outrageously amazing way, cleans up to an unreal vanilla barrel expression in its tingly semi-dry, only lightly lingering sticky finish, exhaling a caramel char.

Subsequent sips pull out accents of date and aged grape, with a bit of a bitter rye spice that helps in its own small way to balance the sweetness, as I continue to bask in how unbelievably silky AND thick it is. It's damn near pudding, but just shy of it, achieving such a smooth feel, yet moderated by a just tingly, slightly numbing presence of carbonation. As it warms, the barrel presence slowly intensifies.

My original review was based on a relatively small draft pour, at least compared to a full 750ml bottle split two ways. Considering this review not only validates that wonderful experience, but even expands upon it, I'm finding that an otherwise excellent score of 4.52 just isn't high enough anymore. I'm compelled to increase it.

Feb 18, 2020
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4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

21 January 2020 - Beer #10

Appearance: 4 - a murky barleywine brown. The darkness takes it up to a quattro.

Nose: 5 - geez, this might smell better than bourbon county! Intense malt and barrel, but not overly sweet.

Taste: 5 - delicious! More complex than I expected. Lots of barrel, but way fruitier than the nose.

Mouth: 5 - full-bodied and huge. Feels like my mouth is full even with just a sip. Tremendous.

Overall: 5- yowza, was this a treat! Wish I could get a bottle to age.

Feb 07, 2020
4.27 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Nov 16, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

Bottle at share after de Garde anniversary. Dark amber with slight foamy head. Boozy, malty aroma and taste. Caramel and toffee notes. Sweet. Latent heat..

Nov 08, 2019
5 by ChicagoNick from Illinois on Nov 03, 2019
4.32 by Hopelessly0 from California on Nov 02, 2019
4.37 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Aug 11, 2019
4.15 by Benish from Wisconsin on Aug 11, 2019
4.1 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jul 21, 2019
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4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a fairly hazy and murky dark brown color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like caramelly and rich bourbon, toffee, chocolate, molasses, oak, and dark fruit.

This really high end stuff here - one of the better BA barleywines that I've ever had. It's got a surprising amount of chocolate/roast for the style, and it works quite well. The barrel is forceful but not overwhelming - adding pure bourbon character (spice, caramel, etc) without adding any booziness. Barleywines are almost always boozy, but this one somehow isn't. That's to be commended. I get some oak spice and toffee as well, as well as a touch of dark fruit. This is definitely sweet, but not even close to cloying.

This is thick and chewy, with a rich creaminess to it that's just delightful. It's weirdly drinkable for the ABV and style. Barleywines aren't supposed to be this easy to drink.

This is really quite tremendous. Perennial's barrel program is not to be trifled with.

Jul 18, 2019
4.23 by ADG2995 from Missouri on Jun 30, 2019
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4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Radcpa from Washington

Golden brown appearance with a slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very pleasant malt and bourbon. Taste is a very smooth pleasant malt and bourbon. A little thin.

Jun 28, 2019
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3.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by gibgink from Missouri

2016 bottle opened on 4-6-19. Pours pretty typical barleywine color, but this one was extremely opaque and turbid, giving it the traditional "doo doo water" appearance. Smelled like a barleywine, with a hint of sweetness. There is an initial wave of barleywine flavor in this, but then it becomes pretty harsh and unpleasant fast. I've had a lot of Perennial barrel aged beers, and this is probably the only bad one I've had(infected Maman doesn't count).

Apr 13, 2019
4.33 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Mar 13, 2019
4.66 by whitenads from Michigan on Dec 25, 2018
4.5 by Furlinator from California on Dec 15, 2018
3.84 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Nov 04, 2018
4.49 by Eddiehop from Texas on Sep 19, 2018
4.5 by c-rum from Missouri on Sep 03, 2018
4.52 by mmcurran from North Carolina on Aug 25, 2018
4.71 by MJSFS from Florida on Aug 24, 2018
4.75 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Aug 22, 2018
4.47 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Aug 11, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Stevedore from Oregon

Darker brown body. Not light whatsoever. One finger light brown head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smell is huge toffee, no caramel. Earth, bright spicy rye whiskey, bit of oak, toffee and chocolate. Man, this barleywine really hits the spot. It is very balanced between the toffee, malt and the spice of the rye barrels, and there is a lot going on here except there is no harshness to it at all. Wonderfully full bodied, smooth and balanced, tons of toffee and rye flavours going on here. One of the best English barleywines I've had, and the barrels really took this beer to the next level. Well done Perennial.

Jul 04, 2018
4.2 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Jul 04, 2018
4.22 by LloydDobler from Indiana on Jun 29, 2018
4.52 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jun 11, 2018
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4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

One of the best barrel aged barleywines EVER. Beautiful dark pirate color, profound smell of port-soaked raisins and chocolate... well-rounded flavor, tons of bourbon barrel but not overwhelming. Easily my favorite BA barleywine.

Jun 09, 2018
4.69 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Jun 02, 2018
4.56 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Apr 20, 2018
Barrel-Aged Vermilion Barleywine from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 100 ratings