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Premeditated Murder Barleywine - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 50
Gots: 44 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Barley Wine Style Ale. Full-bodied. Rife with ominous portent. Meticulously planned to the last detail.

(Beer added by: davey101 on 10-25-2012)
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
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3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to pete27lax for the hookup and sweet 668 tulip glass that i enjoyed this from.

a - brew poured a soft caramel that settled into the glass as a deep plum mahogany with two plus fingers of beige creamy head that hung out for the party and left thick milkshake like lacing coating the glass.

s - nice mix of plums, grapes, grain, barley, and some soft spicing. many folks talk of intense hoppiness on the nose, but i just am not getting it. that being said, smells pretty awesome and as it warmed got way more complex with big grapejuice smells.

t - flavor is also big and bold and complex, but fairly boozy. the booziness is fairly intense and almost takes over all flavor. behind the booze is the same wonderful grapejuice flavoring that the nose boasted.

m - in a word...HOT.

o - overall a nice barleywine, but a bit overdone in the booziness. if the booze was better integrated (and this coming from me), this would be a homerun.

cosmicevan, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon for this one. Had side-by-side with Attempted RedRum. 16oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a creamy, thick 1 finger light cream head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a cloudy, dark mahogany. Very very heavy. Lacing is thick and layered with good stick. A big beer for sure.

Nose is booze, sap hop bitterness, some nuttiness, and a light molasses sweet presence. Not the most aromatic. Pretty pedestrian.

Opens booze, brown sugar, sap hop bitterness, and caramel. Toffee notes mix with more big, bold hop characteristics in the middle. Some maple, more caramel, toffee, and molasses come through. Big malt body fights an even bigger, astringent hop bitterness. End is sweet booze, molasses, some nuttiness, and more caramel and toffee. Aftertaste of astringent sap hoppiness mixed with a bold malt presence. Solid but a bit too bitter for my taste.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and viscous. Messy, boozy finish with a sticky, filmy aftertaste. Real solid for the style.

A solid beer from the look and feel of things but the taste is a bit off. I like my barleywines to have a big malt presence... which this does. But it also carries a huge sap hop bitterness to offset things. I could see this improving with age as the hops start to fall off.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: looks like mahogony. Dark red/brownish. One finger light creamy colored head, which dissipates to a fine film.

S: Smell of sweet malt, a bit of caramel, and a little alcohol.

T: Sweet, caramel, a bit of alcohol, and a little bitterness.

M: Between medium and full bodied. Nice and smooth.

O: Maybe a slight bias because I love NEBCO. I did really enjoy this beer. I think it will do well with a year of age.

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Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Chunky head, but not a lot of it. A few bubbles in the collar.

Smell - Caramel and a grapefruit hop aroma. Slight oxidation.

Taste - Creamy caramel malt. Muted grapefruit hop. Monotonous, but good. Still a small amount of oxidation here.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation. Slightest boozy kick.

Overall - Never a big fan of this style, but it's pretty good. Just dull.

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Premeditated Murder Barleywine from New England Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.