Roadsmary's Baby - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 19
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CTJman on 08-23-2013

Roadsmary’s Baby is a traditional pumpkin ale with a Two Roads spin, its aged in rum barrels for added complexity and depth of flavor. The result is a smooth drinking ale with notes of pumpkin, spices, vanilla, oak and a touch of rum.
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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

This beer has the best aftertaste of any pumpkin beer I have tried, level spicing and barrel aging did the trick here. Seriously, Roadsmany's Baby is fun to drink let alone the name which is a hoot. This beer is not just for Halloween, if you can still grab a bottle or few save it for early winter.

LOOK: Nice froth, elegant lacing, hazed dark chestnut hue

SMELL: Well rounded; spice, toasted grain, malty, subtle alcohol, wood, brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon

TASTE: Incredibly smooth, dried grassy, toasted bread crust, pie spice, pumpkin flesh, mild wood tannin, kiss of alcohol, earthy, drying tannic wood finish

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Very good pumpkin beer that manages to have a unique taste in the myriad of pumpkin beers I have tried. Pumpkin spice is there and so is the pie crust. The oaking is subtle until the beer warms. It adds a nice dry flavor to a tasty beer.

Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark caramel colored with a beige head that settles out slowly and leaves a low fine cap of wispy bubbles. Aroma of faint vegetal notes, some cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.

Squashy flavor upfront, followed quickly by malty goodness, then some spices, and then a wash of vanilla. Vanilla extract and spikey nutmeg emerge in the finish, which detracts from the overall.

Good mouthfeel, round and creamy. Not a bad beer overall, but the vanilla finish detracts.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Still doesn't beat my favorite pumpkin ale (Punkin by DFH), but this one comes in at a close second for sure. The taste is really good on this, nice bready malts with a delicious mix of spice. Not too heavy and nothing is really artificial like feeling I get when I drink Pumking from ST. I hear they have a barrel-aged version of this stuff, too.

Photo of Roguer
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly dark, translucent ale, topped with a small beige head with decent retention.

Subdued aroma, with very smooth notes of rum, vanilla, and pumpkin all blending together.

Flavor follows: it's just an overall smooth ale. Pumpkin, vanilla, and just a bit of spice all complement a beer that is mostly toasted malts - toffee, tannin, and very light brown sugar - mixed with the smoothest, lightest touch of rum.

Very smooth and silky mouthfeel; medium, a little sticky, a little lively. Very nice.

Any more barrel notes would overwhelm this beer. Any more pumpkin would make it indistinguishable from the other spicy pumpkin beers already on the market. This is a very nice, balanced, subtle beer, that is ale first, rum second, pumpkin third, and I find that very smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a dirty amber color with a soapy white head that settles into a light ring. 3.5

The aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. There is a nice balance between the nutmeg and cinnamon, and the vanilla I guess. Slight allspice/clove, not much from the rum. I like the aroma, good balance. 4

The malt is fairly neutral, a bit of the astringent red/amber ale note; lemony. Nice earthy brown sugar with the pumpkin spice. Good balance of the spices with the vanilla, perhaps a hint of the rum. I like the earthiness to the beer. 3.75

The feel is moderate with very fizzy carbonation. Drinks quite well. Good balance of sweet and spice. Enough earthiness. A bit bitter in the finish. 3.75

I dig this pumpkin beer. It is slightly different from the rest. Spot on spice with a rustic brown sugar note. Rum is very hard to detect but I feel it adds a bit. And it drinks kind of light despite the range of flavors. 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CT beer run pickup of single bottle. Poured into a pint glass. 10/26

Pours darker brown, right on the cusp of being black. Bubbly white foam. Sweeter malt nose, cinnamon, nutmeg. Spiced rum nose. Taste is a strong pumpkin malt, but interupted by a rum coconut flavor. Vanilla pokes through as well. Lots happening here. Interesting for sure, give credit for the creativity.

Photo of DanE
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single, warm. Served from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 8/21/2013. Always good to see bottle dating!

a: Looks like a flat Dr. Pepper. A deep burnt red, more amber around the glass edges Hard to see through the middle of the glass. Poured with a half inch head that quickly dissipated. Lacing as I drink it.

S: Mostly Spices and a little malt. Not a lot of rum. No pumpkin.

T: A lot of spices. Can't nail it but clove, cardamon, nutmeg. Not a lot of cinnamon or rum in the taste. More pumpkin as it warms up. Tastes more like a winter seasonal than a fall one. You don't taste the 6.8%.

M: carbonated, moderate mouth feel, gets creamier as it warms up.

O: I am glad I tried it. I want to see Two Roads succeed but sometimes I wish it were NEBCO that had the largest brewery in CT. I wouldn't allocate a part of my budget to this.

Photo of Dirtyrican987
4/5  rDev +9.6%

A: Deep amber with a short head that fades away to a slight topping

S: Not a lot on the nose, perhaps earthy with some pumpkin and spices

T: Pumpkin malt, hint of vanilla but hidden by the spices. Not getting much of the rum but a slight sweetness that perhaps comes from the barrel

M:Smooth and clean, not sticky like a lot of pumpkin beers

O: Probably one of the better pumpkins I have had, I think i was expecting to much out of it so i feel let down, but not to say it isnt good, its actually quite good for a pumpkin beer.

Photo of fank2788
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A slightly cloudy red tinged brown in the glass the head starts out small and falls quickly to an insignificant layer of bubbles on top of the liquid. There is a lot of pumpkin pie spice in the smell there is also a lot of sweetness in there too, maybe some slight vanilla character and a touch of alcohol too. Pie spices are pretty strong in the front of the taste, this yields to a almost neutral to tingly bitter and slightly metallic flavor near the finish. Maybe a bit overspiced, not much of the rum is present and the base beer is maybe a little weak or just overshadowed by the spice. Despite the way the spices hit first and relatively hard, the finish is pretty clean with just a lingering hint of characteristic pumpkin beer flavor. As it warms more of the vanilla woody character from the barrel aging emerges which only adds to the experience. Overall there is enough here to differentiate this pumpkin beer from others. The barrel aging is a cool idea, I think I'll echo what other reviewers have said when I too say I wish it was more noticeable, this seems like a style where it would work well. There is also maybe a touch of room for improvement in the base beer but that can be overlooked. Overall a pretty good one

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +9.6%

A: deep amber orange-brown body, faint haze, two fingers of ivory foam slimmed to a wispy cap

S: sweet vegetal aroma, picking up the pumpkin and vanilla, with some rum and oak

T: the rum barrel sugars create an almost pineapple-like sweetness, that melds nicely with the vanilla bean; the more vegetal pumpkin character is spiced and incorporates nicely into the whole.

M: medium weight, slick and smooth, nothing sticky on the finish; relatively clean-finishing actually

O: real nice stuff here - leans toward the sweet side, despite my uses of the term "vegetal" a couple of times - and is in the styling of beers like Pumking, Greater Pumpkin, and the like. The use of rum barrels worked well, as all the flavors are complementary. Pumpkin ale fans ought to give this a try.

Photo of Amalak
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. It has a very dark rust-brown color that is basically opaque with a big off-white foamy head that leaves some lacing behind.

S. There' s an alcohol scent an a mild metallic.

T/M. Ooooo...this is a very sharp spicy cinnamon flavor with a pumpkin tartness. A bit soda (or cola) kind of a taste. Very refreshing and fairly carbonated, yet has a smooth bite.

O. This is extremely flavorful. Definitely one of--if not the--best pumpkin's I've had.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 10/12/14

A: Lightly hazy but mostly clear, dark amber with some light brown and burnt orange around the edges - pours with a small, off-white head, fades to a few wisps

S: Pretty much as advertised, with some pumpkin spice, vanilla, and hints of rum - mild overall, but I guess this should not be surprising as this is not advertised as being imperial in any way - light pumpkin flesh with some nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove (the usual suspects) - vanilla is light, as is the rum, which works fairly well - some caramelized malts, light sweetness, toasted bread

T: Thoroughly interesting, but does not reach a level of excellence - follows the aroma, with some hints of pumpkin flesh, pumpkin pie spices, vanilla, and some rum flavors - everything is mild, which makes for an easy drinking experience, but I would like more (of everything) - bready with some toast - caramelized malts and some hints of caramel - lightly sweet but definitely earthy - nicely dry aftertaste

M: Medium to light body, nicely carbonated, smooth, nice finish

O: #halloweenpuns?

Ultimately, this is good, but not fantastic. I blame Avery Rumpkin for setting the bar here (with its absolutely ridiculous use of rum barrels, I described it as "like pumpkin pie coated with rum" back in 2011. This has some nice pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and rum flavors, but everything comes up a little short.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has lots of fine particulates visible floating in suspension. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge of the glass, and delicate lacing on the surface in between.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pumpkins and pumpkin spices such as allspice and cinnamon. Notes of rum are also present, most notably towards the finish.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this pumpkin ale because it seemed to have just the right amount of rum—adding complexity but not dominating the taste so you still could get the pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

A - Deep amber, hazy, thin off-white head, fades quickly.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg spices overwhelm the nose.

T - Follows the nose, but surprisingly gentle on the palate. I wonder if that's the barrel aging the mellows it out. Some malt sweetness. Medicinal aftertaste.

M - Medium to thick body, low carb. Smooth.

O - A nice little twist on the pumpkin beer style. Not a huge fan, but happy to have tried it.

Photo of Genuine
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel snifter.

Color is a deep copper with a 1.5 finger head, off white in color.

Aroma: Hits you right on the nose with the classic pumpkin spices. Clove and nutmeg are met with the vanilla, while the rum ties everything together.

Taste: Right off the bat I pick up the spices which melt into a nice rum/vanilla finish with medium carbonation that reminds you that the hops are in the background. The alcohol makes it's presence known as this beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with decent carbonation. The alcohol helps coat the mouth for a lingering finish.

Overall: one of my new favorite pumpkin beers. I saw this last year but decided not to try it. Glad I picked some up this year. I'll be cracking into more as soon as these warm summer days subside.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/20/2013 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery red color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, pumpkin, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong cinnamon and ginger spice flavors. Then some flavors of pumpkin, vanilla and caramel follow, but they aren’t overly sweet. The hops presence is decent for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent Pumpkin beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of HuskyHawk
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a classic pumpkin beer burnt orange. Very thin head, not much lacing. Smell is mostly of cinnamon and nutmeg, along with a little rum. Taste starts off with classic pumpkin pie spices, and some malt ball flavors (the inside) but then the rum counteracts them leaving the finish bland. I admire what they attempted here but the rum works counter to the pumpkin spices. Mouthfeel is not noteworthy, carbonation medium to light.

Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am excited about a rum barrel aged pumpkin beer, looks big so hopefully it doesn't let me down.Bottled 7/31/14

Pours a smaller fizzy head covering, reminiscent of a 8+% beer, fades at a med pace, touches of lacing if that, semi dark super ruby colored, little mahogany red, quite clear, and plumb of bubbles streaming up.

Nose brings pumpkin alright, plenty of pumpkin and a little gourd like and a touch vegetal, mild spices, baking spices, perhaps a bit of cinnamon and allspice, but hard to really pick out any specific spices as they are thankfully kept in check, some brown sugar and molasses, a big sweet molasses like aroma, just a hint of a rum and more like a raw molasses rum kinda aroma not a strong aged rum, touch of vanilla and a little candied raisin.

taste brings more candy, all over candy, caramel and toffee out front, quickly into Worthers like almost butterscotch candy and brittle like, a little vanilla, and candied raisin. That all comes together with the waves of sweet sugar flavors, brown sugar and molasses mostly, with a thick almost syrupy like character, while pretty sweet it's actually not overly sweet. It has a little booze warmth, leading me to feel like it's more like 8% rather than 6.8%. It catches a mild rum flavor, but very little, more like the booze from the rum with the molasses and candied raisins. Mild pumpkin in there, candied pumpkin but not really a pie filling, very little spices, bit a hint of a cinnamon and allspice like flavors. Vanilla really comes through at the back end, nice mild barrel with good straight up vanilla, which finishes sweet and sticky, with a bit more booze and rum, and more mild pumpkin, candied raisin, molasses and candy lingering.

Mouth is fuller bod, a bit syrupy and sticky, bit of warming booze, nice bright popping carbonation.

Overall interesting, I wish the rum came through a touch more but thankfully it's not overpowering with rum, or pumpkin and spices for that matter, def kept everything in check nicely. Lots of candy flavors without being too sweet, a bit boozier than it pretends to be, but the flavors really come together nicely, the mild pumpkin and raisin, candy/sweet flavors, hint of rum, and vanilla all meld pretty nicely.

Photo of Kytrarewn
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A very good offering from Two Roads. Extremely well balanced with just a hint of tartness to the flavor.

Smell is a pleasing blend of spices.

The taste has little noticeable hoppiness, so if that's what you're after in a beer, you might want to look elsewhere. However, Roadsmary's Baby has a smoothness to the flavor and overall mouthfeel that grabs me just where I would hope it would.

This is only the second pumpkin ale I've tried, after House of Shandy's Jacko, but I would still recommend it.

Photo of Thads324
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: cool label and I love the name. Pours a deep copper with fizzy light tab head that dissipates quite quickly.
S: big aromas of pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg and cinnamon. A hint of alcohol and some wood. Sweet sugary syrup. As it warms the wood comes out nicely.

T: starts very watery, then transitions to very sweet malty goodness. Heavy caramel flavor that carries a big hit of pumpkin pie spices. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. A crisp nuetral hop in the second half, with the ityiest bit of wood. Finish is sharp and has a slight woody vanilla flavor, but it's very mild.
M: much lower carbonation than I anticipated. Smooth, slick, oily. Full bodied.

I bought a single but I'd def but more. The best beer from 2 roads by far for me. Could use some more rum from the barrels, but overall really good.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

A decently spiced, overall good pumpkin beer. Just not a good barrel aged pumpkin beer. It says that it is aged in Rum barrels, but I picked up no rum flavor at all. It might be lingering in the background in the form of a muted vanilla flavor.

Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Date: 9/2/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Amber to light brown in color with the edges of the beer taking in more light and being brighter then the center. Little haze within the beer. Little to no carbonation.
Aroma: Pumpkin spices- cinnamon, clove and vanilla. Strong rum aroma provides additional dark fruit flavors like cherry.
Taste: The rum comes a little stronger, providing some warming alcohol and dark cherry flavor. Strong pumpkin spices cinnamon and vanilla. The malts provide a little sugar as well.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium to medium heavy. The carbonation is light medium. The alcohol is a little viscous and coats the tongue. None of the flavors really last with the exception of the Christmas spices.

Photo of Mikecap
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Not overpowering with the spice, with nice cinnamon and pumpkin on the nose but doesn't overwhelm you with spice in the flavor. The rum barrel adds some sweetness, with some vanilla and oak notes, and a touch of booze. The barrel is there, but again not overpowering. It's an above-average pumpkin ale.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Bottle shared at BFD Friday night.
Light spice a little sweet, decent pumpkin ale.

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Roadsmary's Baby from Two Roads Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.