Slipstream (2382) - USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Love the name! Dark pour with a ridiculously rocky head. Good but not great aroma - a little fruity and metallic. The taste is hoppy, but not harsh. The taste is hoppy, but not harsh, and not that complex either. Some spinach, iron, cat piss hops (Simcoe?). It seemed as much like an IPA as a barleywine to me. Maybe they have to use a lot of hops because it is a Vermont beer? High alcohol is well hidden, and there is some warmth in the close. Good.
esjunknyc (21) - - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged 2 years, really mellows out and has a wonderful smooth flavor. Not too sweet and not too hot, overall a very nice barleywine.
billtheman (79) - milford, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought a bottle of this along with a bottle of Russian Imperial when I was in Vermont last month. This one is good, but not as good as Russian Imperial, loved aroma of Russian Imperial more, but appearance of Vermonster, is more brown then black like Russian. Wish I could find Rock Art in Delaware, mabe they’ll get here eventually. Until then I’ll stick with the Delaware super good Dogfish
60minuteman (1255) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sea of unfiltered sediment in a brown-red liquid. Not too much border or lace. Smell is yeast, stone fruits, roasted malt and hop. Taste is the same. Bitter and acidic. 100 IBUs! The flavor turns to earth, then funk. A sparkling wine this one!
ttutony (825) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown in the glass. Really nice hop and malt balance, potent resiny hops blend with rich caramel and toast/roasted malt.
ads135 (3954) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite kinds of barleywines are those with exceptional hopping and this certainly qualifies. Lots of vanilla, dark fruit and brown sugar breadiness, but with great bitterness.
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours the color of dark brown sugar with a deep ruby hue. Good clarity and a fat tan head of foam from a vigorous pour that fell quickly. Nose is lovely. A light bit of crusty bread, some sweet caramel and a smidgen of toffee. A hop floral and fruitiness that starts with a tropical note and subsides into an earthy citrusy note. Dark fruit. Taste is layers of rich and intense malt. it seems to unfold broadly yet stay very friendly to the palate. The caramel is soft and simple, the toffee is light over that. The bread crust makes it homey. The fruit is vibrant and at times with the hop floral it’s very fresh with some pine as well. The citrus seems to peek out every now and then with a bit of earthiness. It’s strong and has a bit of peppery alcohol to finish it with a lingering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is silken and not the least bit heavy but it is full and soft. There are even some tea like qualities that develop as it warms. The alcohol is a bit of warmth and a touch of flavor on the very back end.
I really liked it. Layers of malt flavors accented by some dynamic hops. This one is dramatic but in way that’s a bit slow. it unfolds and you realize it as it does. Then you think on it a bit and it makes you smile because it’s forceful and it doesn’t seem so.
TheHopster (1032) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bomber bottle) A gift from my neighbor Jim from Vermont ski trip this past winter. Pours a brown deep amber complexion with white head and glass lacing. Earthy aroma includes hops and some alcohol. Not as bitingly hoppy as described with 100 IBU. Balanced and mellowed with malt character. Flavor is less distinctive but full and earthy. Seems a hybrid of DIPA and Barleywine.
mathieuc (3038) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is dark than what I expected, almost brown. It is topped by an offwhite rim that leaves some lacing. You can summon a bigger head by swirling the glass but it doesn’t stay for long. Note is a little fruity, a little earthy and overall not really refined. Some aroma I associate with grain husks or straw. Taste is sweet and bitter, not cloying or harsh but still a little brash. Alcohol isn’t burning but it is really noticeable. Body was medium, carbonation too. I didn’t expect much and I didn’t get much, it’s kind of a mess in fact.
czar (7040) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro. pours hazy light brown-reddish with a small creamy light beige head, good retention and nice lacing. caramel and nutty sweet malts, slightly garbagy, minty and resinous, earthy and piney, acrid fruitiness, fairly sweet and linear - brown sugar. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily and sticky, harsh grassy-spicy-earthy-piney finish. blah.