Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Vermilion Barleywine | Perennial Artisan Ales

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Vermilion BarleywineVermilion Barleywine
Very Good
251 Ratings
Vermilion BarleywineVermilion Barleywine

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 01-13-2013

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 251 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DragonsMilk
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

This is everything you expect in a barleywine.

Murky Ruby Appearance

Rich Malty Dark Fruit Aroma and Taste

Fastastic beer I recommend trying it but I wouldn't buy it often unless the price came down to about 10.99 per 750ml.

In comparing Missouri beers I find this better tasting and true to style than Schlafly and Charleville's barrel/Oak aged barleywine style ales.

I docked the overall based on its high price @$18.00 a 750ml or $9.00 per12.5oz. For the money it doesn't stack up to the caliber of some other outrageous priced beers like the Avery line up of Tweak, Uncle Jacobs Stout, and Old Perseverance.

 617 characters

Photo of Jeffo
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in Buffalo in 2016

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled December 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, somewhat fizzy, light tan head with good retention. Head fades to a half wisp and ring. A dark maroon or chocolate brown in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Toffee and some chocolate malt on the nose. Red fruits, burnt brown sugar and light notes of vanilla and caramel. Lots of sweet malts with some booze.

TASTE: Some alcohol, brown sugar, molasses and toffee sweetness up front. Some alcohol at the swallow with a bold and persistent finish of milk chocolate, some caramel and toffee, brown sugar, molasses and red fruits for sure. A touch of bitterness and some alcohol linger.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight on the palate, semi-creamy, goes down fine and finishes a bit sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really nice stuff. Fuller, smoother, with a great aroma and flavor profile for a darker barleywine. Would definitely pick this up again if I saw it in Buffalo again. Been pretty impressed with Perennial’s big stuff and this one definitely fits the bill. Cheers!

 1,236 characters

Photo of CoreyC
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good, but not as sweet as a traditional EBW (JW Lees etc.), and slightly more balanced but certainly not as hoppy as an ABW.

129 characters

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, off white head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, dark fruit, malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a lot of different dark fruit ingredients (raisins, figs, plums), some malt, a good amount of caramel, a little butterscotch, a good shot of hops, and rum as well. A big, bracing, complex flavor that gets mellower as you go along. Quite tasty and surprisingly easy to drink.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Vermilion has a couple of minor flaws, but it's an incredibly drinkable beer. Well made.

 704 characters

Photo of Ctb6582
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Icemann383
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date 12/2014 served at cellar temps in a tulip glass.

Poured a reddish copper color with a nice and tall khaki head. Smelled like caramel and hop candy. Vanilla, fig, raisin, tons of malt, low hop character, sweet and malty in both the nose and taste. Slight oxidation but nothing crazy for a 2 year old beer. Very nice representation of the English barleywine. This should be a cellar staple!

 403 characters

Photo of biegaman
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vermilion is a brilliant scarlet red colour - like that of the cardinal on this bottle's label - but, despite it name, there's not even a glimpse of it anywhere in the barleywine itself. Quite dark for the style, Vermilion has a shadowy, highlight-free complexion and severely gloomy tone that is not quite black but close enough. Head formed but slowly dissolved.

Pour, smell and let those rich, malty aromatics wash your cares away. Like the best English-style barleywines, Vermilion is mellow, malty, sweet and mighty seductive - and all that can be gleamed standing several feet away, that's how powerfully fragrant it is! Nutty, fruity, sherried notes abound with coffee bean, fig, date, roasted pecan, orange peel and baking spices.

Nothing I write, no description I provide, will come close to capturing the complex characteristics of this beer. Like aroma, the flavour is nothing short of bewildering: macerated and raisiny dark fruits, butterscotch, dark cocoa and roasted nuts, a dash of Christmas spices as well as nuances of cigar boxes or old oak barrels. It's a beer so rich it belongs on Madison Avenue.

Vermilion is very mild-mannered but offers a whole lot of goodness; it's intricate and elaborate but so smooth. Perennial encourages vertical tastings and, indeed, this bottle speaks to the beer's awesome cellar potential; exactly two years after bottling, this 2014 vintage drinks with a complexity and elegance that rivals high-quality port, sherry or single-malt whiskey.

Vermilion Barleywine is the quintessential contemplation beer and demands total surrender. A fantastically soothing, sumptuous offering, it's one of the finest examples I've tasted in years. So very 'fireside', it completely warms the soul at this so very cold time of year - don't go to bed without a glass. Just be sure to treat it with respect or you might suffer the day!

 1,879 characters

Photo of nataku00
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Dark brown with very little head.

Nose - Rich dark malt, little barrel, little booze and sweet dark fruits.

Taste - This is the highlight of the beer. Really really nice!

Mouthfeel - Rich, thick and chewy. Excellent.

Overall - Highly recommended.

 258 characters

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, capped.

Hazy dark brown in color, tan head. Rich malty aroma of molasses, rum, raisins. Similar taste, but not too sweet. Sticky mouthfeel

 156 characters

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klourie
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daem3384
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of impending
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sohearn
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 12/2013

2 Years On This One

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice brownish/grapey color, very nice carbonation, with a quick/fizzy small light tan head, which does leave two medium islands and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice malty, with some very nice dark fruit notes (grapes, cherries, figs, raisins, plums). The taste is very nice malty, very nice touch of dark fruits, very nice sweetness. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very nice brew. I would buy again. This is my first from this brewery, would definitely like to try others from them.

 604 characters

Photo of AppaZappa
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12/2014 bottle into tulip; pours very dark brown / ruby color with generous head that fades into nice thin sheen. Smell is booze, caramel, toffee, plum, raisin, honey, vanilla, bread pudding. Taste is similar, with thick bread pudding, caramel notes, brown sugar, raisin, port, oak, sweet, but not cloying. The mouth is fantastic, subtle carbonation, creamy, rich.

This is a stellar example of the style. Gotta say I'm surprised at some of the lower reviews. Get one, sit tight on it and enjoy on a snow day.

 510 characters

Photo of egrace84
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of italianstallion
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Vermilion Barleywine from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 251 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.