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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Ridge Runner’s big brother. Watch out. 100 IBU. 10%.

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mathieuc (3987) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
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 (9057) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
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.

Bebum (986) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Deep brown, abundant lacing. Full body, little flavor, fairly long on palate. Dryish, mild bitterness, more evident in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

troupos40 (67) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Aromas of vanilla and bourbon. Thin white head, very tasty beer, 10% is hidden well. Nice overall

harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Blind #11 - bomber I think this rounds out the beer for me - can’t find #12 (think my wife gave to my father in law - sonofabitch) A: As soon as I crack this one I know this is gonna end well. Without pouring I’m going to guess either a Barleywine or an Old Ale - well aged and malty as fuck. Pours out a dirty brown ale with excellent clarity. Single finger of cream foam falls quickly to leave a spotty surface of the same. Can’t tell lacing because I keep swishing this one. (4) S: Yummy! Caramel malts, crystalized sugars, figgy pudding, slightest hints of apple skins, maybe some wood. Some brown sugar and molasses provide a near BBQ hint at the very finish. I can’t seem to get enough of this into my face-holes. (4.5) T: Oh yeah, this is good. I’m gonna go with American Style Barlewine at this point - heavy hops. The bittering hops are still very present. Still plenty of the above rolling over the palate, but add a bit of alcohol bite (unusual unless this is young in my experience...). I feel like theres oak on this - very woody. (4) M: Medium to viscous with moderate to low carbonation. Leaves my palate slick like a loogie. Slightly warming with the ETOH. Nice. (4) O: I’m really digging this beer, it seems to get better as it warms, and I’m all about a slow sipper. I feel like the hop intensity is barely too high for my preferences in a Barleywine (I’m an English style guy) but this is nonetheless is quality craft. (4) Guess: Only thing I can equate to: OG BW by Stone - but probably not given the woodiness. Reveal: The Vermonster by Rock Art Brewery - no wood - but excellent brew! Serving type: bottle 05-30-2011

warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Bomber, 2012 bottle. Pour is a deep amber, murky with a khaki head which is thin but long lasting. Good lacing. Smell is caramel, citrus hops, some pineapple and fig, and maple? Has an earthy aroma, a spice that's hard to identify. Taste is quite good. Lots of caramel dark fruits, sweetness that is pleasant but doesn't linger. The sweetness in the middle fades into a slightly spicy hop note which gives way to a cascade finish. I've had their Ridge Runner which to me doesn't qualify as a barley wine. This one does and is impressive. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Mellowing out for over a year I'm sure helped the flavor, still tastes like an American barley wine, and a good one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
From 10/23 notes. On draught at the brewery. Pours a very dark brown with a hint of orange. Nose is fruits, plum, bread. Mouthfeel is very malty, creamy. Taste is earthy, grains, malt, dark fruits, has some nuttiness. Finish is bitter plum with a bit of boozy warmth. Nice.

iab30 (3) - - OCT 4, 2013 does not count
WOW 100 IBU. 10%.Need I say more... No longer available in My state (AZ)

mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Cloudy amber pour. Aroma of dark fruits, raisans and prune. Taste is malt, bitterness and long drawn out hops. Complex smooth. Very good

mcclainc50 (217) - New York, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Pours a dark cloudy amber color with a tan head leaving heavy lacing. Aromas of malt, spice and fruit. Very malty at the start with fruit and spice noted in the middle and a slightly bitrer finish. Very decent beer.

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