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Rum Barrel Golden Ale (Spring Migration) - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Rum Barrel Golden Ale (Spring Migration)Rum Barrel Golden Ale (Spring Migration)

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24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 109
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 26.61%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lackenhauser on 06-15-2011

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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 109
Photo of Drewskii
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Had this at the brewery and was extremely impressed. Went and got a bottle at the local shop. Cap appeared to be bent, no carbonation to speak of. Great color, oily in texture without being overly thick. No head/foam, tasted very flat with hints of rum...not sure if it was busted or what...

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spring 2014 (bottle 184 of 1500)

Appearance: A pop of the cap and I knew the carbonation was going to be low; a reasonably hard pour raises a bit of head over the hazy honey colored liquid; the head quickly fades and no lacing whatsoever appears

Smell: Butterscotch, rum, honey and hints of spice cake

Taste: Butterscotch and nuts, up front (reminiscent of butter pecan ice cream), with honey and rum flavors building; spicy phenols develop, after the swallow, but the finish is a nice combination of all the flavors previously noted

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Overall: Despite the carbonation issues, this beer has a nice flavor profile; a bit of age has taken what I suspect may have been a harshness out of the box; the alcohol has mellowed and the flavors have coalesced; I suspect the age may have impacted the carbonation, negatively, as well

Thanks, larryi86, for the opportunity

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012(Bottle #675 of 1,200)

Its not bad, but I question the choice of pairing a belgian style golden ale with Rum barrel flavors. Seems a bit disjointed with muddied flavors. Nice to try but wouldn't seek this out again.

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Photo of brockdidntslide
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rum is a bit overbearing. This is like a good cologne or perfume ruined by someone who puts too much on. Rum taste should be complimentary and enhancing, but in this case it overtakes the beer. I like Evo, but this one didn't work that well. I should have let it migrate instead of interrupting its flight.

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Photo of Pencible
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark copper with quickly dissipating tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet pear and candied walnuts with some fresh oak and spiced nutmeg and fig.
T: It tasted like sweet candied fig and honey, with some fresh oak and tropical banana and spicey nutmeg. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with fine natural carbonation. Great slick body.
D: This was a great rum barrel ale. The scent and taste showed the rum beautifully, and the body was fantastic. The finish was smooth with fairly well hidden alcohol, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Might age well too, but doesn't need it. Impressive brew.

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Photo of BobbyKem
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Opened this the other night with a buddy. Poured a nice golden brown in a tulip glass. Low carbonation in the 2013. Not sure if that was the plan, but taste is flat. The rum smell is a little overriding and it comes through in the taste of the beer. Evo is one of my favorite breweries on the east coast. Won't be repurchasing this one, but will always buy the rest of the Evo portfolio of beers.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Year: 2013
Bottle: 576 of 1500

A - cloudy golden brown with plenty of fizzy bubbles but only a trace of head.
S - sweet golden raisins and caramel in a subdued rum cake.
T - golden raisin biscuits sweetened with caramel and a touch of bittering agents overlayed with slight rum flavor.
M - smooth but syrupy
O - well hidden abv but hidden by a load of sweetness that stays with you throughout the experience.
A dubbel and an American strong ale blended with an emphasis on sweet.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spring 2013, bottle 1100 of 1500

A: amber-brown opaque with minimal head and only a lite lacing.
S: smell of sweet raisin or plum, slightly woody
T: sweet, little sugary, raisin. Can detect the hint if rum, and the oak from the barrel ( I noted a slight smokey tinge, but no idea why)
M: tingle on tongue from alcohol, sweetness lingers
O: trying to rate more on "style", but to me, this beer is overall too sweet. Fine for a one-time later-in-the night sipping beer, but I wouldn't need a second (luckily the limited nature won't force me into a decision).

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Photo of AltBock
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle with an egg shell white label. On this label is a simple silhouette of a flying goose with the brewery and the name in forest green letters. All of this is on top of 3 large gold letters. Right under the goose's neck is Spring 2012 date and to the right of that is a bottle number. My bottle is #561 out of 1200. Poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

Number #561 poured a semi hazy golden orange with a small tint of amber blended in. This is where the Golden Ale comes into aspect. On top of this golden/amber brew was a paper white 1/4 of an inch head of foam. This head of foam stuck around for a few seconds before it receded into a solid string of foamy rings. Like the clarity of the beer, the appearance was semi impressive.

The aroma wouldn't wake up for me. I swirled it around, I let it warm up, and I still didn't get much out of the aroma. I got a touch of honey, a pinch of toasted malt, a whiff a rum, and a drop of subtle tropical fruits. Not offensive, but it just needed to wake up. I'm afraid the aroma migrated with the goose on the label.

Like the aroma, the taste needs to wake up as well. At least the taste didn't migrate with the aroma and its bird friend. The taste was mostly about the alcohol. The taste of alcohol wasn't so strong that it ruined the taste. That would have required more of an effort from the taste. Intermingled with the alcohol was a little rum, a tropical fruit or two, a pinch of toasted malt, and a weird caramel/butterscotch taste. More flavor and less alcohol would have done this beer justice.

This was a medium bodied barrel aged Golden Ale with suitable carbonation, and a faint alcohol based aftertaste. You'll be lucky to find rum, toasted malt, and tropical fruits in the aftertaste. If there's one thing this beer did good is mask it's 10.5% ABV. It masked it behind its subtle flavors.

In the end, the name of the beer and the idea that it was aged in rum barrels is better than the beer itself. My bottle never woke up from its deep sleep. When it did wake up, it unleashed more alcohol. After that, I didn't bother waking it up again. Goodbye bottle #561. I hardly knew you.

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Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dirty blonde color, with some toasted hues. The tight creamy head was smallish and settled into a solid white ring.

The aroma has a touch of toffee and some tropical fruit notes. Honeyed grains and a light grassy hop. Smells like a beefed up all malt lager.

The taste is quite sweet. The pale malt provides a big dose of honey and cereal flavor. Some pineapple, apricot, and coconut notes. There is a good amount of sugary flavor, not sure if that is from the rum barrel or not. The beer really needs some flavor from either hops, the yeast or even some toasted notes; very one dimensional.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Very sweet on the palate but not quite cloying. A tad sticky in the finish.

I don't really pick up much from the rum barrel and the base beer is fairly boring. The beer needs something else. Nothing off about the brew but just meh.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by noodleuser. Thanks a lot man. The beer is golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma brings malt, sweet candies, butterscotch. Sweet toffee, oranges, alcohol. Nicely done. Flavorful, this is a nice sipper.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spring 2012
Bottle 1038 of 1200

A: Into a tulip (appropriate for the spring, eh?) medium amber beer with a slight haze, bubbles moving up from the bottom, off-white head three fingers high settled into a filmy cap with sme arms of lace

S: oak and rum, honeyed malts, ginger candy

T: sweet ripe pale fruit and rummy sugars; spices like ginger, clove, and nutmeg; lots of pineapple and rum with oaky high notes and a honey malt backbone

M: lush and full, soft but with some carbonation spice

O: very sweet, fruity beer (of the pale sort, obviously) - don't know what it tasted like fresh, but I'll assume it mellowed with age - a good strong pale sipper, reminded me of the Bruery's 5 Golden Rings, plus Gnomegang meets Piraat.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1597th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter
750 ml

2012 Release
Bottle 1095/1200

Thanks to mdaschaf for this one

App- Well its a big orange beer thats for sure. A good and thick pour in the glass with a small 1/2" head that was fairly white and quick to fizzle to a 1/8" of bubbles. There was no cling or lace on my glass.

Smell- This was what seemed to me a big boozy beer. The additional notes of honey are very strong on this to me. Not sure why. Very creamy and lush on the nose with a pretty strong malt backbone. The booze as mentioned is strong but hard to detect that its rum until it really warms up.

Taste- This was a tasty beer. I have enjoyed these in the series from EVO. This one was a large beer at 10% and you noticed it right off the bat. Its a large creamy flavor with a suprising balance to the booze. Fairly sweet with a bit of lush malts and a strong herbal/rum flavor due to the balance of the style and treatment.

Mouth- A very large medium beer. The carbonation was about the same as well. The remaining flavors were of Rum, malts and some citrus zest.

Drink- Its a tasty beer. I told Matt via text. Wish it had more rum flavor but the Golden strong comes into play nicely and has some good flavors and depth of flavor as well.

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Photo of larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2011 bottle #666 of 1200, poured into a tulip

A- A hazy ruby red with a two finger off white head that fades quickly.

S- Sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, rum, oak, some vanilla.

T- Sweet malts, dark fruits, vanilla, finish has a lot going on with some spices, a lot of rum, and oak.

M- Medium body, fairly smooth with a nice bite alcohol in the finish.

O- Another great beer from Evolution. This is a little boozy from the barrel, but it works. I wish I had a second bottle!

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Photo of pocahontasbrews
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunshine gold in color the flavors from the rum barrel are more prominent than expected, yet the strength of this 10% beer does not overpower its drinkability. The rum barrel flavors are more noticeable than other Evolution beers that receive the similar barrel treatment. Thoroughly enjoyable if you like pungent brews that go down the pipes easy.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this bottle while watching March Madness with IrishColonial! Cheers!

A. Pours a glowing copper color with a thick half finger of off-white head. Lacing is moderate. Near perfect pour.

S. Vanilla, raisins, rum-soaked cake. Damn good.

T. Bread crust, ripe apple, raisin, vanilla, rum. Some yeast and a lot of candied sugar. Barrel evens it out nicely.

M. A little hot. Rum burns through significantly on the end. Otherwise, there is a nice balance between flavors. Good malt profile and barrel aging evens nicely.

O. This is a special beer. I can't say I have any idea how the hell Evo manages its Migration series (they are always 3 months late), but this is the first that is actually a really good beer. The rum compliments the style near perfectly. Awesome awesome awesome. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.36/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a nice golden color with a bit of a darker hue to it. Short head and a touch of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward loads of rum. Really far too boozy with both rum character and straight alcohol. The flavor doesn't get better with heavy booze and some harsh phenols. Pepper and spice in the background. Light-medium body with a heavy alcohol presence. Simply too much focus on the barrels, and fermentation may have gotten a bit out of control. Not a fan.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is sort of bronze in color but is very cloudy.

S: Lots of banana and sweet sugar notes to this. Definitely some rum with a rather impressive aroma of vanilla. Decently boozy with some other fruit notes such as pears, raisins, and apples.

T: Rum and vanilla and oak to start it off. A slight spiciness which works well with the fruit flavors of pear, raisin, and apple. A lot of banana, too. A bit too much booze for my liking, though.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A touch grainy on the tongue.

O: This was a bit better than the barrel aged stout, as it actually tastes somewhat like the beer and not just the barrel.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL bottle to Great Lakes stemmed pint glass on 8/9/11
*From notes

Thanks for crackin' this one, Johnny Boy. I am extremely thankful you took a chance, a chance that paid off in spades.

It should be noted that the cap on this particular bottle had been fizzing a bit upon the bottle's purchase a few weeks ago. The purchaser had tried to contact Evo multiple times to get a replacement, but to no avail. We decided to open 'er up to see if there was need to worry. Luckily, there wasn't.

A: Cloudy as all hell. It's dirty buttermilk in color. A careful pour yields a 1.25 finger head and minimal lacing.

S: Warm vanilla cakebread and esters of sweet, white rum. It's all very faint though, as it took some serious effort to get a definitive bouquet on this one.

T: So delicate that if you weren't paying attention, you'd miss it entirely. Melted caramel and coconut water mix effortlessly with the crisp and sugary nature of the rum. This isn't sweet in any way, it's merely taken on the best characteristics of the rum and it's barrel. The finish is creamy yet slightly acidic. An absolute stunner. This is complex and delicious beyond compare.

M: Seeing as this had been stored on it's side, I can't say if the way it was served (lees mixed) was the intended method of delivery. Having said that, the feel of this beer is top shelf. Frothy, bubbly and velvety. It's a pleasure to drink.

O: Evolution's Spring Migration continues the brewery's path to the next level. With this Strong Ale, Tommy Knorr and crew have created a masterpiece of American brewing. I am continually impressed with the craftsmanship, respect and expert touch provided to their products. In an evening that featured Bourbon County Rare, Evo's Spring Migration was the sleeper hit of the night.

This is a beautiful beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had on tap the Pickled Pig Pub.

A: Served in a goblet. This beer was a hazy ruby color with a small white head on top. Moderate retention and lacing. Some thin rings of lace remained on the sides of the glass.

S: The rum is apparent right away, some vanilla, deep caramel, and some dark fruit - raisins and figs. There is a little bit of sweetness and certainly a little bit of alcohol.

T: Quite similar to the aroma. Plenty of rum flavor, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, raisins, figs, and a bit of oak. A bit of heat and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth with only a little bit of heat.

O: A good beer, the rum barrels shine through quite a bit, which along with the heat will subside over time. Look forward to tying it again on the future, I expect that it will only get better with age. Another solid beer from Evolution.

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Photo of n2185
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy bronze copper with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin ring but with decent lacing.

S: Lots of rum on the nose--smooth alcohol with vanilla, caramel, and oak aromas. There are some sweet malt aromas in there as well and a hearty yeast finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of rum flavors with oak, vanilla, and caramel dominating. It's sweet overall but with a pretty hearty yeast flavor on the finish. There is a slight alcohol burn, but it's remarkably smooth.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is thick and smooth, but avoids being cloyingly sweet.

O: Overall, a good beer. Nice, smooth rum flavors that don't overwhelm or burn. There's a lot of sediment in the bottle, which I don't mind too much, but it definitely contributed to the strong yeast presence. I wish I had access to age.

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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. The nose is intriguing, showing vanilla, coconut and considerable rum. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but I confess I'm just loving the butterscoth, butter rum ball flavor in this beer, that marries so well with the vanilla and coconut. The beer is definitely on the sweet side, but the rum flavor seems to tame that sweetness somewhat, making for an enjoyable to drink beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, butter rum, finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile... much to my surprise, this beer is not at all boozy or heavy on the palate.

Definitely can't imagine drinking more than a small amount of this at a sitting, but for what it is, this an impressive beer from the folks at Evolution.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on Spring Migration Day @ the Evolution Brewery.

appearance: hazy copper brown with a 1 inch off white head

smell: rum, oak, vanilla, caramel, malts,

taste: rum, oak, vanilla, sweet,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice complex barrel aged golden ale. love what these guys are doing. Keep up the good work Geoff, Joe, and Tom.

the CPJ

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label calls this a "golden ale aged 7 months in oak rum barrels".

Deep amber in color, bordering almost on a brown color. Very lively carbonation-nice tight, somewhat off white head. Candy sweet aroma. Definate wood character but it doesn't scream oak like I thought it would. A bit of boozey on top of the sweet smell. Very prominant oak in the flavor. Nice vanilla quality going on. Very candy like with the sweetness again. The alcohol bite is just out in front of any hops. Good, sticky and somewhat gummy mouthfeel. The high level of CO2 makes it quite lively on the tongue. Pretty damn enjoyable if you ask me. The booze needs to fade a bit and this will really be one stellar beer. It doesn't detract-just needs to lesson for a bit better balance. Once again Geoff and crew keep me happy!

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Rum Barrel Golden Ale (Spring Migration) from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.