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Slumbrew Yankee Swap - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

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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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours like dark maple syrup; rich, dark brown with amber highlights. It sits in the glass as deep mahogany with a little head of creamy white bubbles that fade into a nice scrim around the glass. In body, the beer appears thick and nearly opaque, with just hints of ruby/amber light escaping from the sides. When washed against the sides of the glass, the beer leaves a very slick and quick pair of legs that drizzle and dissolve. On the nose, this beer is an awesome boozy beast. Rich rum coats the nose beautifully with a wisp of maple syrup, and a healthy dose of toffee-like malts. The boozy rum in this beer is not hot, per-se, and is really quite inviting, suggesting a thick slow sipping delight in the glass. Molasses and rich oak can also be sensed as you shove your nose into the glass, adding further complexity to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes sticky sweet, but never cloying, with a quick, strong alcoholic heat just at the close of the throat, but little to none in the finish. Very gentle herbal, hop bitters can be sensed, blending with the tannin from the oak to bring a nice balance to this rich and decadent beer. Alcohol presence is surprisingly middling, and while definitely there, it blends with the rich sweetness of the beer to create quite a decadent treat. In flavor, the beer begins as fresh oak, quickly moving into boozy rum with a touch of cola and lots of toffee malt. Herbal bitterness and oak tannin balance the sides of the mouth, giving a light grassy sense as the rich malt steamrolls over the middle of the palate. Warm maple syrup candy comes into play on the finish along with just a touch of roast malt, smoked oak, and a good batch of bready malts that morph into toffee. Herbal grass and rum balance out the aftertaste, though a very faint sense of maple syrup can also be sensed. As the beer warms, more rich oak, toffee, and rum (not booze) flavors can be sensed on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels full bodied with a flatter carbonation and a nearly syrupy mouthfeel that still slides down the tongue nicely, but grabs on as it goes and lets the mouth know that this beer has some body and should be contemplated, not chugged. The mouth is left a little sticky with a faint sheen of saliva on the mouth, and a boozy dryness that lingers over the middle of the tongue. Overall, this is a decadent holiday delight that I intend to buy more of, and to age for years to come. The Yankee Swap is planned as a yearly beer that changes up its barrel by the year, which will surely make for an interesting tasting down the road! The rum barrel blends beautifully with the maple syrup and the beer and makes for a great in-front-of-a-fire beer to contemplate the holiday season. The beer also makes a perfect yankee swap gift!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 21:36:11 | More by Maxwell
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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.

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Slumbrew Yankee Swap from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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