bob12399 (4) - USA - AUG 15, 2001 does not count
i dont like high alcohol beers as a rule but i enjoy this one everytime. the bite of the 7.2 is well hiden under a tasty flavor. it also seems smoother than others trying to do the same closey22 (1914) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2013
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! dmcguriman (10) - USA - AUG 15, 2003
Great drinkability. It keeps me coming back for more. That's the problem, my wife banned me from this beer due to what overconsumption of a 7.5% will do! williamherbert (1541) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Deep but clear cherry red. A finger of rose-white head. Depth of a red wine. Slow carbonation.
An initial gritty whiff of scotch ale-like grain. Second whiff of sweet grape and coffee/mocha. A barleywine mixed with a porter. Bitter but not brutal. Smoky.
The taste is burnt porter-like malt bitterness; a secondary hit of dark grape and berry. Thick tobacco leaf. It’s unusually bitter; closer in flavor to a dark porter than a barleywine.
Ashy and smooth both. A bit dry/ashy for style though. A deep, rich, dry and bitter barleywine ale. Coffee + grape + tobacco. Leighton (21075) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2009
Had a pint on draft at The Red Square in Burlington, VT. I enjoyed this brew a whole bunch and was surprised to see a sub-3 rating. Pours a rich, dark brown with a medium head. Nose is roasted malts and hints of hop. Flavor is complex, not surprisingly, dazzling the palette with the myriad sensations. Notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee. Finish is very smooth. I want to try this beer again.
mattd017 (51) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Rock Art perfected the Barley Wine. Wonderful flavor, great appearance. Smooth, slightly sweet, with a lingering appealing aftertaste. One of my favorites tednovicki (1) - Danbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2007 does not count
I would hardly consider this to be a Barley Wine. That being said this is one of my favorite Vermont WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Dark and pretty full bodied for the style, this has some kick. Not my thing for summer drinking but on tap this was an eye opener. Probably sweeter for a b-wine, it doesnt stack up to the greats of the style but there is nothing bad I can say. AdamChandler (4977) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
"Provided in a trade with someone from Philly. They bought this in a beer store in Vermont and I traded them a Long Trail Tripel Bag... Not a bad deal.
Bottled on November of 2011. Poured into a Dogfish Head Glass.
A - Poured a caramel and amber color with no head at all despite a vigorous pour.
S - Chocolate malt and floral tones. I like the breadiness of this as well. Very unique to smaller breweries especially up here in Vermont.
T - Mmmm. This is a delicious barleywine. Very smooth and tasty! I’m getting some chocolate and caramel with a bit of liquor taste coming through. It’s not very complex.
M - Smooth indeed. I love the carbonation in it upon one single swish in the mouth. Good thing the flavor is good because it really stays with you.
O - I’d like to buy this again. Tasty!!!!" Paynis (45) - Saco, Maine, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Great flavor and smoothness with a lot of character... Lacks some of the boldness of other barley wines i have tasted but overall a great beer
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