Attempted RedRum - New England Brewing Co.
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4.56/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
375 ml red waxxed bottle into the new Gandhi Bot tulip glass. Served at cellar temperature. Bottle #99/850.
A - Pours a deep and murky red/brown body. Two fingers of light tan foam forms from the pour. Really creamy and dense looking with some large bubbles. Settles down slowly into a thick cap. Sticky lacing with long lasting retention and some noticeable alcohol legs. Swirling it just recreates that epic creamy foam. Looks to kill! Zing...
S - Woah. I have never had a rum barrel aged beer before, but I am loving what is going on in the glass. The rum barrels and the base beer are just so well integrated. Raisins and figs, rich dark rum, chewy toffee and caramel, molasses, oak, vanilla and lingering spices. Super boozy and strong, the rum is not subtle in this beer at all. And the spices on the end, god damn does that work in a barleywine!
T - An interesting departure from the nose. Kind of simplistic and basic. Starts off with loads of toffee and chewy caramel, then what builds around that is some subtle vanilla and spice. The aftertaste is that of a high quality sipping rum. A bit of an alcohol bite, but otherwise this is very smooth. Tasty, but lacking compared to that killer nose.
M - Creamy and dense with low to medium carbonation. A bit of an alcohol bite, but otherwise the finish is very smooth.
O - The base beer was a brash and boozy thing, but man did I love it. I'm really glad they went with rum barrels for this as that spice and extra vanilla kick that the rum provides really makes this one unique. Also it makes for one hell of a pun. This has one of the best noses I have ever smelt on a barrel aged barleywine, however the taste left something to be desired. Some age did mellow the flavor out a bit though, which is a good thing. NEBCO has been doing some pretty amazing things within the last year or so. This is mighty impressive.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2013 03:26:48 | More by davey101
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