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:
33
Gots:
50
For Trade:
11
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 12/2013.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and honey aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice caramel, toffee, and honey qualities all around.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

rock solid barleywine ale here, pouring a decadent toffee amber color and sporting over an inch of yellowish fluff. the nose on this is all brown sugar and maple syrup, one sugar layer cuts through the next, deep and rich for sure, with all the grain in your face you could ever want, fresh and strong, wintery, sexy. the flavor is similarly robustly flavored, with more molasses this time around, even honey, i taste a million sweeteners without a ton of residual sugar, tough to do, and in this case done beautifully. the grains are fresh and anywhere from lightly toasted to close to burnt, its also got a strange but enjoyable candied orange peel flavor towards the finish before the booze comes in. i like to taste the alcohol just a bit in my barleywine, and this one has that aspect dialed. long rich finish cleaned away by alcohol. huge body this is a slow sipper, but it improves with warmth so no rush. perennial can do no wrong right now.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

C+

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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and boozy.

T - Malty - caramel and toffee with light hints of chocolate. Sweet and boozy with a hint of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.

O - This is really good. Another high quality brew from Perennial.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 12/14.My first Perennial beer to try.Pours into an imperial nonic a deep tawny color with a creamy thick beige head atop.Aromas of port and caramel,big rich and sweet,mild nuttiness comes into play as well.Very thick but still smooth in the mouth,near chewy.Cakey and port-like on the palate and it gets a bit sweet in it's richness after awhile,feels all of 10.5%.Maybe not the best beer to drink when in the upper 90's here in NC but it's good and Iam glad I got to try it.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This may be in the English style but it's still quite bitter at the finish. Very dark and charred grain. Smooth and sweet without being syrupy. The Raisin and prune flavors are quite lovely. Deep fruity aroma of fig jam and boozy fruitcake.

Hot alcohol aftertaste. Kind of a plum liqueur taste and a dose of sweet Vermouth with that herbal bitter finish. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Wash.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, no freshness date though this beer is cellar strength.

Dark rusty brown color, some haze. Thin lacing but it sticks around. Caramel, booze, anise, taffy, hermit cookies, toasted bread and ripe figs make for a complex nose. Super creamy, thick body with a light level of carbonation. Very figgy, suggestions of chocolate, brown bread, grapenuts and caramel. Very warming but not hot at all. Balance hopping with a slightly sweet boozy finish.

Very tasty and definitely comparable to many of the old school English Barleywines, no many beer get "better" with age ... most just evolve. My guess is that this will do both though it is great to drink right now as well.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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