mvp (212) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smells more malty than hoppy. Don’t care for how it looks also. Taste caramel and somewhat chocolately. Flavor isn’t impressive at all. A creamy texture is its only redeming value. Avoid this one and choose a different Barley wine.
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 0z. bottle. Pours dark brown, filtered. Head is surprisingly light for such a dark malt, lacing and head retention are average but ok when you consider the 7.5% ABV. Sell is musty hops, some dark fruit (plum perhaps?) citrus and yeast. taste is bitter malt with a bit of sweetness followed by increasing bittering hops, maybe a bit of raisin in there. This is a very drinkable beer, but when I rate this based on the style, something is way off. Not enough alcohol or malt complexity to be a barley wine. Too low in ABV to age it, which is one of the best characteristics of a barley wine. Not a bad beer, just think they should call it something different.
BeerandBlues2 (11450) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear tawny to brown with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie, caramel, and nutty malt, peach and pear fruity esters with spicy hops. Flavor is malt and hop balanced, medium bitterness, alcohol spiciness, and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
johnnnniee (3268) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a medium reddish copper color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of caramel toffee and light bready grainy malt. Light sulfur and a hint of earth with a light butterscotch round out the nose. The flavor is biscuity bready grainy maltiness with bits of toffee and butterscotch. Light earthy hops flavor with a bit of sulfur provides a counter the the malty sweetness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice enough barleywine, the bready maltiness is nice but the toffee butterscotch is a bit too much on my palette.
closey22 (1375) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red/orange amber with thin head riming the glass; great aroma of malty sweet caramelishness and touch of hop spicnessishness; feels rich and foamy yet crisp; flava is a tease between hops grain/barley and fruity/sugary sweetness.
this is what I love about this style- when done right, it has the full spectrum of beer characteristics malty & hoppy; rich yet crisp; sweet yet dry; easy to drink yet strong. Rock Art, you nailed it!
MadRobin (2540) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 7, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle in Stowe, VT.
Clear amber-orange red with thin khaki head and sparse lacing.
Aroma of caramel, bread, lightly roasted malt, toffee and musty floral hops.
Taste of bread, caramel, musty floral hops and brown sugar. Slightly astringent. The musty hops leave an unpleasant flavor in my mouth for several minutes.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
This beer does not work for me. The sweet malts and the musty hops do not play well together and neither is pleasant on its own. Not an enjoyable beer. Downs the drain it goes.
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Iphonephan (5277) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 bottle shared at home. Vintage 2005. Pours smoky sour dark cherries in the nose. Surprisingly thin textured, with some chocolate and toffee notes. So, so. Maybe better fresh?
mnoud (306) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
2013.01.03 - Rock Art Ridge Runner - 12oz bottle from Woodstock VT store in goblet. Pours deep amber or caramel in color. Little to no head, but slightly vigorous ring of bubbles around edge hangs out for a bit. Aroma straight out of the cold bottle is a big of the starchy aroma you get from things like Old Stock Ale, mixed with a bit of sweetness. Taste is all on the back end to me. First touch is kind of watered down, followed basically by dilute bitterness. Taste does not follow nose much at all. As others noted, a decent barley wine bug not a great one. For the price ($1.65 for 12oz bottle) not bad but... meh. If you want a lower-alcohol barley wine (why?) that is inexpensive, give it a shot. Not a likely repeat purchase.
abcfan (864) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Decent brew. Pours murky red with a tan head. Aroma is mostly sweety caramel. Taste its caramel with a bitter hop finish.
Nephilium (1592) - Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong sweet aroma, with hints of fruit. Pours a clear dark ruby, with a full white head. Not much in the way of malt flavor, just some sweetness, with a moderate bitter finish. Slightly slick mouthfeel, with a moderate body. Not a bad barley wine, but not a great one either.