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Premeditated Murder Barleywine - New England Brewing Co.

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Premeditated Murder BarleywinePremeditated Murder Barleywine

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

181 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 46
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of Fetching
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Fetching, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of yamar68
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to davey101 for sending me this one! Excited to try the base beer for Attempted RedRum:

Looks identical to its barrel aged counterpart, except for a thick two fingers of carb that retain pretty well before forming a thin cap.

Again, the nose is subtle... vanilla/caramel dessert presence with a touch of red fruit.

Tobacco flavors seem to hold the reigns on the palate. There's caramel, white sugar, some alcohol warmth, licorice. What a unique beer... and an absolutely stellar contestant for bourbon barrel aging. Well done, NEBCO!

yamar68, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of gtermi
4.5/5  rDev +10%

gtermi, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Cvescalante
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Cvescalante, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -2.2%

hoppymcgee, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip; enjoyed alongside Attempted RedRum. With this review, I will have ticked every active NEBCO beer listed on BA. Cool beans.

A: Cloudy red-orange body under a finger of fine off-white head that leaves spotty lace. Ok.

S: Smooth, rich balance of toffee malt and citrus/herbal hops. Even with some age the hops still have a nice presence. The real star, though, is the rich-but-not-cloying malt sweetness. Excellent.

T: Caramel, toffee, marzipan, and tobacco up front, with citrus hops and spicy, warming alcohol in the background. The bittersweet finish gives way to a nice, lingering, candied-orange aftertaste. Really tasty, but still a bit of a bitter/boozy beast.

M: Creamy full body. Great carbonation, making it mouth-filling without being sticky. Perfect.

O: I was on the fence about this beer when it first came out, but it's really starting to come into its own. The hops are settling into a supporting role, providing complexity instead of just overwhelming everything else with bitterness. Given the improvement its already shown, I'm really excited to see what it does in another year or two.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

DRBiser, May 12, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and almost antiquated-looking. Looks of a lightly reddish, chestnut brown with some light passing through. Head is well-managed at a cropped half-an-inch--even in this tulip glass. Holds its own pretty well, for now. The lacing might have impressed me more if the glass I used were completely dry upon the pour. 4

Roasted grain with a toffee delight. Dry raisin and muffled notes of dried berry, dark caramel, and trail mix bag. Peeking out is the booze with an almost hidden backdrop of piney and earthy hops. Maybe a touch of vanilla. Very malty, still, in the nose; all things considered. 3.75

Drinks with smacks of pine hop bitterness, dry toffee, crisped rice, and raisin. Very boozy, in fact. Lots of warmth in the swallow, alongside more crushing bitterness. The bitterness keeps it crispy. A few sugars still remain. Some nuttiness, too. Reminds me of flaky baklava crust. Earthy in the middle with more hops pushing forward. Cleans up a bit after the vibrant finish. Medium body isn't too much to handle, nor too little to work with. The carbonation is great; sips want to gush out on the tongue in this barleywine. Aside from the heat, the feel is pretty darn good. 4, 4

A barleywine that I can enjoy, but it's definitely a sipper. Proceed slowly and you'll be smiling all the way to the bottom of the glass. 4

thecheapies, May 11, 2013
Photo of CHADMC3
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky copper to amber body beneath the thick, off white head which leaves a sticky, dense lacing grabbing the glass throughout the beer.

Very diverse aromas featuring both intense hops and more moderate malts. Hops offer some combination of earthy, spicy, and a touch fruity while the malts are nutty or toffee, maybe even maple or molasses.

The flavor is even more pronounced and aggressive with biting earthy hops with sweet toffee or molasses malt similar to the aroma. Other hints of sweet nuts and dark fruit qualities as well.

Offers a thicker, chewy body and generous carbonation with an oily, yet semi fruity sweet finish.

Tons of flavor and character in this brew with a massive palate and generous hops oils to coat the palate.

CHADMC3, May 11, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, May 08, 2013
Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Casterbridge, May 05, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by theTomG. Thanks man! Served in a Half Acre taster pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, spotty lace, and a few wispy patches on top. Hazed orange body with a brownish tinge to it.

S - Smells like grape juice. Well, perhaps vinous raisins mixed with other dark fruits, caramel, a bit of red licorice and cotton candy, bread, and some obvious alcohol. Not my favorite balance of flavors for the style, and a bit boozy, but solid enough.

T - The taste is a bit less sweet and more bready, with lightly burnt sugars, some citrus and earthy hops, and moderate-to-low bitterness. Finish is strange and oddly unpleasant.

M - Medium body, with a surprisingly toasty and dry texture. Lower carbonation, conspiring with the flaccid body to make this a tad watery. Not much alcohol warmth, which is appreciated.

D - Not really what I want in a barleywine. I really dislike the hop character and the corresponding bitterness and alcohol combo in the finish. American barleywines tend to be hit and miss for me, and this is a definite miss, particularly at the awkward phase where the hop aroma has faded, but the bitterness hasn't. Perhaps this will be good in 12-18 months.

MasterSki, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

ColForbinBC, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Kooz
2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was a disappointment. Poured an opaque brown with slight head that dissipated quickly. Smelled like alcohol--unpleasant, but only slightly. Tasted bitter--this beer is over-hopped. This bitterness continues and bites at the tongue long after sipping. Also, the beer is watery and has very little body. Overall, the bitterness is too much and the beer doesn't recover from it.

Kooz, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

braugon, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

InebriatedJoker, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

bigedct, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Pahn, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at just about cellar temperature, in my Old Guardian glass, from a 500ml bottle. Awesome label!

Appearance: Premeditated Murder pours out a somewhat murky, ruby brown color. A vigorous pour brought on two fingers of creamy, off-white head. Head hangs there nicely, leaving behind thick gods of lace.

Smell: Boozy, but in a really good way. Some dried dark fruit stands out in front. Light cigar tobbacco enters my nose. Hints of yeast and earth. A slight hoppiness shines through in the end.

Taste: Pretty intense flavor here. No shortage of booze in this brew. Just how a barleywine should be. Definitely a huge malt back bone to sweeten things up. Bits of plum and raisin are noticed. Just a touch of toffee or caramel. A short hoppiness comes in near the end, followed by another big boozy blast.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much full bodied mouthfeel that coats the palate nicely. Seems to be just right for the style.

Overall: Great job NEBCO! Would like to see what this does with some age on it, I just couldn't let it sit in the cellar though ...

jaxon53, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Trevdawg, Mar 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

endlesnumberdays, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

EricTheRed, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is mildly hazy and copper hued with a small off white head. The aroma offers malt, light butterscotch, caramels, toffee. The flavor follows suit. Sweetness is pretty tame and abv is well hidden. Easy drinking with a smooth feel. Moderate carbonation. Tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Huhzubendah, Mar 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

garfscores, Mar 03, 2013
Premeditated Murder Barleywine from New England Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.