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Slumbrew Yankee Swap - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BA SCORE
91
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with maple syrup and aged in Turkey Shore Distilleries oak rum barrels.

(Beer added by: BrewEngland on 11-13-2013)
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Reviews by Ego:
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Ego

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap from joe canals in Iselin (or is that woodbridge.... hell, its on rt 1) $19.99 for 64...not bad
eyes...
a quick head gone in a blink, immediately reminds me of a darker aventinus (the way the carbonation rolls when you roll the glass, the subtle o-ring and of course the brown-ish hazy tone), more legs than lacing but of course that speaks to the ABV lurking

nose...
banana with a maple surge, a slight dry graininess, you can just get a hint of the alcohol underneath

taste etc...
without knowing I would have bet this was a weizenbock aside from the carbonation signature on the tongue, smooth and pretty boozy without being overly hot, the banana notes seem the most prominent, in the aftertaste there is almost a note of barleywine flavor at the end before a nice little warming burn in the stomach

verdict?
a tasty beer that almost gets too sweet at times but manages to balance the banana tones/sweetness/high alcohol, definitely a sipper. Worth your while to whet your whistle or your flute, if that's your thing...

Serving type: growler

11-28-2013 05:36:43 | More by Ego
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Weak Brown body with Coca Cola highlights, topped by two fingers of level dense off-white foam.

Aroma is hints of rum vanilla, oak, dark fruits, licorice, plenty of alcohol, maple.
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Taste is rum, vanilla, oak dark fruits, maple and a whole lot of booze. Bit of belly burn. Getting plenty of the barrel, not much from the base beer.

Full, chewy, but not very smooth or slick mouthfeel.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 22 fl. oz. - 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. - 650 ml. bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The deep, mahogany colored liquid was topped by a super tight, creamy, inch-tall crown of light tan foam. Decent retention. The head slowly faded to a film of bubbles. Spotty, odd shaped patches of sticky lacing trickled along the glass.

There was not a lot going on in the aroma. It was somewhat boozy and spicy with subtle notes of ginger. A bit of reminiscent of Christmas cookies. Toward the drink's end, the nose became a bit fruitier and much boozier. Somewhat cordial-like.

The flavor profile however was definitely more interesting and intense. A thick, chewy, caramelized malt presence led things off on the front end. Somewhat toasty. Loads of brown sugar and spices. Subtle maple notes. Touch of oak. Fruity. Raisins and plums were noticeable. Quite boozy but not at all hot. The finish was slightly hoppy and contained strong notes of candied orange peel. As the beer warmed, the sweet maple notes intensified.

The mouthfeel was solid. Medium to full bodied for the style. Super creamy and frothy. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence that gave the beer a nice fluffiness.

Slumbrew's Yankee Swap is a flavorful and astonishingly drinkable strong ale. It was difficult to believe that this weights in at a whopping 12% ABV. Even with such a muted nose, this beer was still quite impressive.

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Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) - Yankee Swap, poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Look - Pours a hazy brown and settles quite thick, maple brown if you will, with a one inch foamy head that retains well. Good lacing.

Smell - Aroma is almost Belgian funklike with maple and oaky rum, some chocolate and caramel.

Taste - Oaky maply rum with a sweet rich malt backbone. Slight rum bite at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Malty mouth coating, the oak coats along with it, vanilla. Surprisingly smooth for 12%.

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4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured a dark caramel/brown color into the snifter. A one finger width tan and frothy head sat atop the beer. Carbonation/bubbles were visibly seen climbing the edge of the glass into the head.

Aroma - Full of flavors; including oak, vanilla, a touch of rum from the barrels, brown sugar, and caramel.

Taste - Hints of maple syrup come through on tongue along with the rum and oak from the barrels it was aged in. Vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel also come through in the back ground.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, thick and sticky. Very light bitterness as expected with a 27 IBU brew. Carbonation can be felt throughout.

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Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hefty brew is a dense dark brown with just a ring of off white head but decent scattered splotches of lacing. The aroma is very much like a wheat wine with deep red grape, fig, prune and malt interspersed. Nice although not exactly what I expect from the always elusive strong ale category. The flavor dives deeper into all the same ideas noted in the aroma. Lots of dark fruit and merlot with earthy malt wrestling for attention in the first mouthful. This includes a certain alcohol quotient as would be expected at 12% ABV. But it works as you adjust. Raisin, prune, chocolate fig, and a bit of root beer / toffee-maple candy. Plenty tasty with a pretty full body and very little carbonation for a particularly wine-like feel. Quite a brew from the lovable slum lords!

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4.09/5  rDev 0%
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22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

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3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Bottled on 11/2013

A - Brackish brown looking liquid with a slight off white head. Foamy though. Minimal lacing left on glass. Head dissipates quickly with very few bubbles.
S - Breadiness, booziness, rum. Some of the maple syrup comes through. Woodiness as well as raisins and other darker fruits but not too much.
T - Strong rum-alcohol taste upfront. Toffee, caramel with a malty breadiness as well as the dark fruit. Faint hop bitterness tries to come through but this malty, boozy beast slams it back right away!
M - Medium mouthfeel with boozy heat that lingers till the end of the sip and beyond. A little slickness on the palate as well.
O - Not a bad brew and a bit unsuspecting. Really like the boozy heat from the rum. Would have liked a little more oakiness from the barrel come through in the taste. Syrup was faint could've came through just a bit more, but overall a nice beer. Slumbrew seems to "hit" more than "miss" and that's a good thing!

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Slumbrew Yankee Swap from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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