Vermilion Barleywine
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #130
Ranked #11,077
4 | pDev: 9.25%
Nov 07, 2022
Jan 13, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: A big, rich English style Barleywine that, as its name suggests, has tints of ruby around the edges of its brown body, with a toffee, caramel, toasted pecan sweetness that is kept in balance with a smooth, alcohol warmth, and slightly fruity American hop note. This will be perfect around the fire, with a cigar, with a rich meal, or just while cozying up and relaxing with family and friends this season. It may be enjoyed right away, or allowed to age in the bottle. Vertical tastings are encouraged.
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Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Nov 07, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark burgundy with a thin layer of khaki head on top. Head retention is okay with no lacing left behind. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar. Toasted, caramel, and nutted malts show through as well. Flavor profile is earthy, caramel, nutted, and toasted malts right up front. As the malts fade a touch, caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar take over giving it a sugary sweet finish. Mouth feel is creamy with just a little bit of graininess to it. It is thick. Overall, a tasty barleywine that doesn't come off as a bottle of liquid candy. It showcases its malts well, with an appreciation of sugary sweet notes.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle. 2016 vintage reviewed in 2017.
Dec 10, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Feb 06, 2021
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750mL (bottled December 2014) into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany brown with minimal carbonation, just a narrow ring of off-white foam around the rim.

Aroma is sticky-sweet and slightly fruity with notes of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, figs, and dates.

Taste follows nose. Lots of candied sugars, dried fruits, caramel, vanilla, and rum-soaked pipe tobacco.

Mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, slick. Lingers on the palate.

Overall a pretty standard approach to the classic English barleywine (which is a good thing). A very nice sipper of a dessert beer.
Aug 30, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Feb 23, 2020
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Rated by Budlum from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
12/2012 bottling
Nov 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Teku glass.
Look: a somewhat hazy copper-brown color with a medium sized tan head. The foam settled slowly and left some nice tracks on the glass.
Aroma: brighter than expected with caramel, raisins, figs, and dark bread.
Taste: all of the above flavors were there with a richness and depth. Not overly sweet due to an assertive floral and earthy bitterness from the hops. Not as pronounced as in an American Barleywine, but enough to match the malt. The yeast seemed to lend more floral notes as well.
Feel: big as expected, but not cloying. Light carbonation appropriate for the style.
Overall: a delicious British Barleywine. It's bright flavors, bitterness, and ABV lean toward American BW, but this is outstanding. Highly recommended.
Sep 08, 2019
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Reviewed by BarrelchesterHamfist from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Barleywine with 2 years of bottling age coming in at 13.6% abv.

Pours like dark garnet cream soda leaving a thick espresso foam head. A full bodied brew that is thick and sticky with honey, plum candy, raisins, prunes, and pumpernickel bread crust. The abv does exactly what its designed for, imparting flavor and body. Fantastic... highly recommended.
Jun 22, 2019
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Rated by TerryMills from Tennessee

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Great example of the style, very drinkable with good blend of flavors and almost no alcohol smell or after taste..
Mar 15, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by BeerBeast from Florida

Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by RMW66 from Australia

Dec 01, 2018
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Reviewed by bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2012 bottle
Pours dark raisin shade thin layer of head dissolves quickly. Smells of raisin, apple, woody note, candied ginger, alcohol.
Taste is orange, cranberry, chocolate, grape. Lots of really nice nuances here, seems like it developed nicely.
Fairly full body, soft mouthfeel. Slight drying.
As a whole this beer is very enjoyable, its soft but big and nuanced. Very smooth, the notes blend together nicely.
Nov 19, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by jkrug5 from Maryland

Oct 15, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Aug 21, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Aug 03, 2018
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a fairly creamy looking off-white head the dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a very good looking brown color that is clear.

The smell is good. It has a fairly powerful overall sweetness to it with deep caramel notes and fig notes as well. There's a fairly powerful alcohol note at the end and finish along a woody bitterness that stands in stark contrast.

The taste is good. The beer's taste is fairly strong with caramel and dark fruit notes along with a sugary note to it that creates a fairly overall sweet taste. There is a slightly boozy note and a bit of cherry tartness along with an unusually strong bitterness that enhances the sweetness by contrast.

The feel is good. It has a slight stickiness in the finish.a The beer is generally a heavy bodied beer that is thick as molasses and very light tingling carbonation.

Overall, a good barleywine but a little too strong and bitter for an English barleywine; rather, it seems to be more of an American style. It still is good grab though.
Aug 03, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Jul 23, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Jul 12, 2018
Rated: 4 by Mikexw from New York

Jul 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Hazy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has syrupy malt, brown sugar and dried figs. Taste has sweet, sugary notes, bitter dried fruits and earthy notes. Medium body and carbonation, quite sticky on the palate.
Jun 17, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Jun 11, 2018
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours an effervescent chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, woodyness, raisins, boozeyness as this warms

T: Follows the nose sans the raisins, cakey dryness & a little cherry up front. Woody dryness, figs, a touch of booze, more cherry as this warms. Finishes super dry with a touch of Madeira & fig, plus some leafy hops

MF: Medium body, smooth carbonation up front, turns a little more aggresive as it warms

A very well done take on the style, no real dings on this beer other than the nose & appearance
Jun 02, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by TylerJ from Iowa

May 30, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by MJSFS from Florida

Apr 23, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Apr 11, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Apr 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Avitra from California

4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Really nice barleywine, very true to the style. More chocolaty than most, and obviously a lot of alcohol content, but still pretty drinkable. pretty thick, some raspberry, very!!! lingering finish. Not as warm as some other barleywines, and therfore could be used in summer days as well. Good stuff
Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by oline73 from Maryland

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by MeLoynes from Missouri

Jan 20, 2018
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Reviewed by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: pours think murky brown with no head
S: a mild aroma, dark fruit sweetness
T: big dark fruit juices, semi sweetness, still some bitterness that I don't care for.
F: medium thickness, sticky and smooth until a slightly bitter finish.
Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by Bowers-Brew from Illinois

Nov 19, 2017
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Reviewed by DragonsMilk from Kentucky

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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.
Oct 13, 2017
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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!
Oct 11, 2017
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Rated by CoreyC from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev 0%
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.
May 22, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Apr 26, 2017
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +6%
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.
Apr 25, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by Ctb6582 from Maryland

Feb 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by Icemann383 from New York

Dec 27, 2016
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Reviewed by ClavisAurea from New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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!
Dec 18, 2016
Vermilion Barleywine from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 282 ratings