Tag Archives: Barleywine

274. Rock Art Brewery The Vermonster

This is a BIG beer and I made the mistake of choosing it as my first beer on a hot afternoon not realizing it was 10% ABV and thick. I guess I should pay attention to the labels when I open a bomber.

The beer pours a dark brown with a huge head. Aroma is sweet and slightly boozy, not terribly excited by the smell coming from this one. Lots of bitterness to start before the sweet malts attempt to balance things out. They end up losing the battle and the hops kick back in with even more bitterness in the finish. Beer improves as it warms slightly. Overall not a bad beer but not for the faint of heart and be sure you know what you have before you open the bottle.
Pros: Huge flavor
Cons: Almost too much
Alcohol Content: 10% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Rock Art
Brewers Description: We brewer THE VERMONSTER with 110 pounds of malt per barrel and jacked up the pour into a wide mouth thin glass goblet. For an amazing pairing get some Smoked Gouda from Taylor Farm Cheese and a friend!

221. Rogue XS Old Crustacean

This was the fourth and final pint from Ebenezer’s Pub and by far my least favorite. I am not sure if this was just too much of a contrast from Stone Ruination (a double IPA) to a barleywine style or what made this one so difficult to drink but I ended up sharing with my brother in law and I am still not sure we finished our glasses before heading out to our next stop.

Deep red / light brown color with minimal head, almost no carbonation. Aroma is all malt as is the taste and it feels like you could chew this beer it is so thick and creamy. Big alcohol taste and as I stated before it was hard to finish. It may have been the combination of beers I had prior to this one but I am not sure I will ever try it again to check out that theory.
Cons: Huge malt flavor and extremely thick mouth feel.
Alcohol Content: 11.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 110
Rating:  ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Rogue
Brewers Description: An unfiltered and unfined Barleywine. Intense, robust, malty and dark. The cognac of beers. 7 Ingredients: Hugh Baird Carastan and Great Western 2-Row Malts; Chinook, Cenntenial, and Perle Hops, Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

Specs: 25º PLATO – 110 IBU – 83 AA – 57º Lovibond

World Class Package: Draft, 750ml

106. Dogfish Head Olde School

WOW. This one has moved to the top of the list for highest alcohol content at 15%. While you can taste the alcohol and feel the burn it is not as overpowering as you might think. Somehow they made this smooth and fruity even with the high ABV. Color is a nice orange with minimal head, aroma is slightly fruity with a fair amount of alcohol. The beer itself is smooth but you can feel the burn and it certainly warms you from the inside out. This is not a beer you want to take lightly and one is certainly enough for me in a night. Like having 3 beers in one.
Pros: Smooth, high alcohol content
Cons: Fair amount of alcohol burn
Alcohol Content: 15.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 85
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head Olde School
Brewers Description: Bold, yet smooth! Fermented with dates and figs, this bone-crusher has a completely unique flavor. The concept for this beer came from an old Cellerman’s manual Sam came across (for more on that, check out the video below). At about 15% abv, this beer is a great candidate for ageing. Over time, the beer dries out and the pit fruit flavors come forward and the hops recede. Our recommendation? Grab a few bottles when you find it – enjoy one now, and age the others for a bit. Let us know which you prefer! Olde School Barlewine comes out in the fall annually. It is available in 12-ounce bottles by the 4-pack. Want more info on the cowboy label art? Check out ‘What’s The Deal With The Cowboy?’