Vermilion Barleywine | Perennial Artisan Ales

BA SCORE
89
very good
248 Ratings
Vermilion BarleywineVermilion Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
perennialbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
248
Reviews:
36
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.45%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
50
For Trade:
11
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BOTTLE: 750ml brown glass. Appealing label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Bottled 12/13.

10.5% ABV. Reviewed live as a barleywine per the label. Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Pleasant khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Fairly supple. Has an even consistency and a decent complexion.

No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. Retention is nice - about 4 minutes.

BODY: Opaque dark brown-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated.

It's a nice enough looking beer, but is far from unique or special, and isn't anywhere near as good looking as some of the best beers in the style.

AROMA: Cream, vanilla, dark malts, chocolate malt, marshmallow, moderate sweetness, a kiss of subtle anise/licorice, caramel, and light toastiness. No hop profile is detectable, nor is any yeast character, alcohol, or off-character. Some molasses sweetness is present, but a faint burnt sugar character helps tame the sweetness.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of moderate intensity and evokes a balanced barleywine. It could do with more marshmallow and vanilla, and a richer more evocative presentation of its flavours.

As it warms, I find some fruit emerging - perhaps plum or grape.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Plum and grape are definitely present, and are more prominent than the aroma lets on. I also pick up on some raisin and a hint of anise.

The malt foundation is comprised primarily of dark malts, the gooey cohesiveness of which helps guide the beer and is complemented well by the marshmallow note, which also carries a gooey syrupy sticky feel. It's chewy as well, which accents the raisin nicely. Still, the suppleness of the fruit gets largely left behind - a missed opportunity.

Sticky molasses is present, adding still more sweetness alongside some almost Belgian tasting malts. I might be finding cherry, but I can't be sure. Some caramel and burnt toast notes help tame the sweetness, preventing the flavour profile from coming off cloying.

No hop profile, yeast character, or off-notes come through. Yeast seems mildly attenuated at best judging by the obvious sweetness.

True to style, it's full-bodied and thick, but I could do without the syrupy feel, which lends the brew a clingy adherence to the palate. Predictably smooth and wet, with slight overcarbonation.

Overall, it's nicely balanced albeit a bit too sweet, and vanilla is sorely missed. Marshmallow could be played up, and the introduction of some bread crust would be nice. It's adequately complex, and the fruit is subtly executed, but there's ample room for improvement. Above average depth and duration of flavour. Average flavour intensity.

There is some alcohol-induced warmth, but it's not a hot or boozy beer.

I do like it, but it lacks any stand-out characteristics within its style. Unfortunately, its sweetness grows more problematic as it comes to temperature.

OVERALL: It hides its (relatively) high ABV well, but isn't a beer you'll be quaffing. Somewhere between a sipper and a session brew. It's not a unique or special barleywine, but while it won't impress, it'll scratch the discerning drinker's itch for the style. I won't pick it up again myself, but I'd be curious to try a bourbon barrel aged variant if they ever come out with one. I'm glad I tried it once, but it's far from world-class. Some (likely American) drinkers may observe a medicinal cherry off-note - which coupled with the troublesome sweetness may be a dealbreaker.

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Vermilion Barleywine from Perennial Artisan Ales
4.02 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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