muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce botttle from Richmond Beverage in Richmond, VT (March 2008), sampled at cellar temperature froma Maudite glass. Sooth light tan head starts at about 2 fingers and dies fairly quickly, leaving spidery lacing atop the near-opaque dark maple body....massive piney hoppy aroma at first dominates all else, but thick caramel notes show up before long along with lemon Pine-Sol; itís a bit heavy and noxious at times....I have less problems with the mouthfeel and flavor; the sweetness is restrained, the powerful hops helping cut the very thick and slightly syrupy palate....thereís an odd touch of mint at the front, otherwise itís citric, lightly woody and becoming just dry enough at the finish...carbonation low and fairly natural....not a great barley wine by any means, but the alcohol is barely apparent and itís quite drinkable and pleasant in a simple, rough sort of way.
EithCubes (5241) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Nose is sweet and crystalline, fruity with damp yeast, bright with lemony citrus and pine, touch of grapefruit, very brash and occasionally green hops. Pours deep, dark ruby thatís more like brown without looking closely, supports a medium-sized but dense yellow-beige head. Crisp medium-full body, thick at times, watery at others, light-medium bitterness and well attenuated for style, strong resin, but nothing extreme in terms of hops or bitterness (otherwise, a rare and heartening, classically rendered offering straddling the line between old earthy English BW and American IIPA). Crisp and minerally, fruit is reduced and wood is dulled, still bright with citrus and damp with yeast. Warmth from the booze is gentle and slow in coming but ultimately relentless; admirably done. Over time, lots of subtle malt nuances emerge, all sorts of burned, scorched, roasted, coppery toasted, wooden, chocolaty, caramel, toffeeish notes, even a complementary touch of butterscotch. Overall very clean and surprisingly refreshing for its dangerous heft, would absolutely buy again.
Ktwse (2798) - SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours murky brown with flat off-white head. Aroma of resin, hazelnuts, toffee, light butterscotch. Taste is fairly rich hoppy bitter with a medicinal touch. Light burnt butter and somewhat boozy. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
RayPiskadlo (7) - Warwick, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2015 does not count
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer has a great reputation. My bomber has more sediment in it than Iíve ever seen. Unfortunately, it took away from the tasting experience. Iíd try another but check the bottle carefully before buying.
WillRunForBeer (1420) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taster at the source. Pours murky medium brown with a beige head. Aroma is raisins, brown bread, dark fruit, slightly buttery. Flavor follows nose, brown bread, raisin, a bit of pine bitter in the finish.
Chalumeaux (374) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at the source pours ruby brown with a one finger tan head. Aroma is fruity with yeast and malt. Taste is sweet caramel and lingering bitterness.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From notes. Tasted some time near the summer of 2012 from a bottle. Pours clear amber with an average beige head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is dominated by old hops with a solid caramel malt aroma. The flavor is really dominated by old hops with the malt falling short of expectations set by the nose. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long dusty, old hops finish. More like an old DIPA than a barley wine.
Slipstream (2228) - 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 theyíll get here eventually. Until then Iíll stick with the Delaware super good Dogfish
60minuteman (1032) - 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!