Rock Art – The Vermonster

Tasting: September 28, 2011
Style: Barleywine

This one is a recommendation of a novice beer guy at a local store. I don’t have a lot of faith in recommendations these days, but for $3.99 for this bomber – it was worth the risk — and I’ve been curious about this brewery for some time. Besides, I’m a fan of Vermont beer. The brewery’s logo is a little puzzling — a kokopelli. The humpbacked flute player is an American-Indian fertility deity usually associated with indian tribes of the southwest. So, beer and fertility – maybe — depending on how many you have. Vermont and southwestern indians? — sorry, I can’t make the connection. Other than the odd logo – the vitals on the label certainly caught my attention. It says that the alcohol by volume is 10% and the IBU is 100. I have to get right to this one as my youngest son is begging me to play lego star wars with him — and that sounds like a great idea.

This one pours a rich dark brown. Big head that stills to a thin grayish head that forms a thin layer over the dark body of this ale. I get some toffee sweetness and roasted malt on the nose. My first sips give me that same toffee and dark fruit (like dates). At first, I have some doubts about the 100 IBU claim, but I’ll definitely credit the hops for a building hop bitterness. Picking up some earthiness (like moss). Mouthfeel is a little thin for a big ABV beer. Speaking of ABV — this does have a bit of an alcohol bite. There are certainly better examples in this category (see see Bigfoot Barleywine review Here) but the price is great and the beer is alright. I’ll give it 84 points.

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