Attempted RedRum - New England Brewing Co.

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Attempted RedRumAttempted RedRum

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 123
Gots: 46 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: davey101 on 03-22-2013

Premeditated Murder Barley Wine aged in rum barrels. You'll want to enjoy it forever, and ever, and ever.
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Photo of braugon
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vanilla on the nose, butterscotch on the way down. Ridiculously lush. Still has a hop presence. I enjoyed this more than others in the style . Does it need to age? Probably, but it's pretty damned delicious right now. The bottle design wins bonus points for Danny's finger and the carpet pattern, hilarious and tasty all at the same time. Love the creative spirit.

This is the best beer I've ever had.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 350/850. Had side-by-side with Premeditated Murder. 12oz. bottle into Torst stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Very much like the base beer but without the head. Beer is a cloudy, dark mahogany. Very very heavy. Lacing is thick and layered with good stick. The lack of head really hurts though.

Nose is completely different. Dominated by the rum barrels. Sweet candied brown sugar notes. Some woodiness. Fresh purple and green fruit sweetness. Very aromatic. Real enticing.

Opens sweet rum booziness. Fresh green raisin, pineapple, brown sugar, honey, and molasses. A slight hint of woodiness lingers in the back. Hot. End is rum and molasses sweetness. Finishes brown sugar and more molasses and syrup. Much sweeter than the base with a much bigger malt body and almost no hop presence. I love it!

Feel is almost identical to the base beer. Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and viscous. Messy finish that is even heavier on the booze with a sticky, filmy aftertaste. Big alcohol bite right at the end. Real solid for the style.

Not all beers benefit from barrel aging but this one certainly has. The rum barrels give the beer more presence and really serve to fade out the (to me) unpleasant hop presence. A very solid beer and I can only seeing this one getting even better with age as it smooths out and reveals even more complexities.

Photo of jimmy82063
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 49/150 poured into a snifter. There is ano head to this beer and pretty much zero in the way of lacing. Colour is a light brown. The nose belies rum, caramel and vanilla..following if up with the taste you get the same thing with maybe a bit of raisin. The rum presence is very high and it is not overly sweet, and actually there is a slight bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is slick with pretty much zero carbonation. I hope they do this again!

Photo of philbe311
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Edition (1264/1400)... A standard pour yields a fingers worth of lush khaki colored froth that displays minimal retention... Once receded there is an uneven splotchy veil of lacing with a thin collar... A few carbonation bubbles can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a medium to dark flat brown that allows some light to leak in around the edges... A light to moderate bit of carbonation streaks can be seen towards the top of the glass... The aroma is huge and be detected without bring one's nose anywhere near the glass... Brown sugar... Dark fruits... Warm dark breads... Toffee... Butterscotch... A touch of tobacco... A light spiced rum character adds some nice complexity... Good depth and complexity... Full bodied... Ultra sleek... Ultra smooth... Sticky... Chewy... A wee bit of carbonation... All the expected characters are present on the palate... The ebb and flow creating layer upon layer of complexity... The warmth of the rum barrels rises on the finish... Quite sophisticated... A definite sipper of a barrel aged barley wine... A bit less than the sum of its parts... Certainly worth a try if you're able to procure a bottle... Very very good, but a bit shy of world class... The rum isn't overpowering, but the barrel aging doesn't quite work in perfect tandem with the beer itself... Still a rather satisfying brew with lots of redeeming qualities... A few small tweaks or some more time in the bottle could co a long way...

Photo of gtermi
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer pours a dark burnt caramel red, with a thin white head that quickly fades to nothing but a ring around the glass.

S:Really sweet, with a nice amount of booze. I am getting a fruitiness to this beer too.

T: This is where the beer truly shines to me. First thing I notice is the Sailor Jerry rum flavor with a banana type flavor that lingers after it sits for a bit.

M: The mouth feel is absolutely perfect to me. There is a perfect amount of carbonation with a very slight tingle on the back of the throat. It just goes down so easy.

O: This, to me, is up there on the same level as King Henry. just every aspect of this beer shines in its own way and I can't find one thing about it that I would change. Thanks again Dave for sending me a bottle of this!

Photo of yamar68
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to davey101 for this allusive motherfucker! Bottle 98 of 850:

Swampy tobacco brown with a creamy khaki cap that laces perfectly, with slow soft beading beneath.

The nose on this is surprisingly tame. Caramel and toffee with earthy oak notes... hardly any indication of rum, but it smells nice for what it is.

I was a bit hesitant to take my first sip, after reading such mixed reviews. I'm happy to report that if there are indeed bad bottles out there, this surely isn't one of them. Chewy chocolate and molasses, sweet heat from the rum contribution... loads of vanilla... red licorice... plum... leafy tobacco... wave after wave of flavors. You would never guess this is as dynamic as it is judging by the nose alone. Complex. Delicious.

Fuckin... wow. Thanks so much Dave!

Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml into a wine glass. Bottle #765/850. Thanks Krebsy!

A: Pours a murky burnt amber with a slight orange hue. Nice cap of dark khaki head on top.

S: Floral rum, brown sugar, prominent oak, a bit of spice, mild citric hop note, tannic vanilla and coconut, hot toffee. Sweet and quite smooth - smells divine.

T: Taste brings molasses, heavy rum and wood, mild hop bitterness, caramel, sharp note of alcohol, prune and raisin, dark bread, honey.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This is a very good barleywine with a lot of rum barrel character. The only noticeable flaw that comes to mind is the heaviness of the booze and oak in the taste, which mellows out a bit as it warms.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle acquired on trade from my CT brethren (thanks, Greg Radawich!), 2012 vintage & #, 610/850, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 9/28/13 over an hours (nice sipping distractor reward for transferring my English barleywine into secondary and assembling a new bed):

A: 2/3 - dark red-brown depending on the lighting, minimal clarity, pours thickly into a subtle glass lacing (to be expected for its high ABVer)

S: 10/12 - rich malt character, alcohol (rum in particular) outstanding as it is, I was expecting something a little more intense and in-your-face

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, the rich malt and rum complexity is intense but silky smooth; in the middle of the mouth, the flavors continue to envelope with an intense malt complexity (figs and caramel especially) and alcohol notes; rum-notes continuing to linger 10-15 seconds past the swallow

M: 5/5 - high bodied but silky smooth; appropriate carbonation; booze coats the tongue like a parka

O: 9/10 - I have never tasted the base beer (Premeditated Murder) but, I'd imagine, the rum-barrel aging only improves on it; as great of a beer this is, I must admit that I was expecting something Maybe along the lines of FW's Parabola or (what I'd imagine) GI's King Henry, which isn't really fair to NEBCO; anyway, this is highly recommend if you can get your hands on it in CT or via trade

TOTAL = 46/50

Photo of Mikefriedman90
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers to date. Strong beer but very drinkable and tasty. Dark brown pour with a nice carbonation and not too much head. Bottle #306/850. Malty rum flavor is a home run. Thanks Eric, this and the Gandhi bot are my two favorites !

Photo of Cvescalante
4.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

After having Premeditated Murder, I'm so excited to try this one!

Murky reddish brown color (brownish red?) Nice lacing, very thick, head is minimal though.

So much going on in the nose that it was confusing at first! Lots of toffee, caramel, vanilla, super fruity, a little boozy heat.

Same kind of depth when tasting this one. Just so much going on! Marshmellow, vanilla, toffee, caramel, sweet, ripe, tropical fruit, fig newtons, rum.. It's quite an experience!

This beer is so full bodied, so thick, creamy and smooth as can be. Coats your mouth leaving all those great flavors lingering with you after each sip.

I can't believe I got lucky enough to try this one, and to have one of the good bottles out there! With such mixed reviews, I gotta say that I'd have a hard time believing that someone who rated this poorly had the same beer that I got to experience. This is, without a doubt, one of the most flavorful, complex beers I've yet to try, and it's made a lasting impression that sets the bar for excellence. Absolutely incredible.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle. Bottle #814/1400. Pours a murky dark brownish black with very little head. Some lacing. Not much of a nose. The aroma is rum, dark fruits, and toffee. The taste is a big swig of rum upfront followed by toffee, malts, caramel, vanilla and some earth. Toffee and more rum flavor towards the finish. Very boozey, as expected. Lightly carbonated. More vanilla flavor as it warms. I missed out on this beer last year so I'm glad I got a chance to buy it this year. I really dig Premeditated Murder and this is a good twist on the beer. Overall, really good Barleywine that I look forward to trying with some age on it.

Photo of zipper8650
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good Beer Sunday #2
snifter, 474/850
A - poured down the middle, little to no head, nice lacing on the side as it drinks down. hazy amber color
S - rum and modeling glue
T - thankfully it tastes a hell of a lot better than it smells. Orange, honey, spiced rum finish. there is definitely a medicinal quality from the rum.
M - great mouthfeel, noticed and appreciated right away, heavy and smooth, really like it
O - its a really interesting nice drinking beer. I am curious what time will do to it. I would not center a trade on it after having it BUT I would definitely be interested in getting more. If this was a shelf beer I would always keep a bottle handy.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a 375 ml bottle at cellar temperature. THis is a 2013 bottle number 329 of 850 and poured into a snifter.
The beer is a bright copper to chestnut color with a creamy beige colored head of only minimal densely packed foam that rests on the edges of the glass. there is some suspended sediment in the glass and a lot of debris in the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma is rich with malt notes of toffee and some vanilla. I do get some boozy alcohol as well, which reminds me this is a 13% beer.
First sip reveals a velvety smooth texture and fine spacious carbonation. Very nice physical properties.
Flavor is similar to the nose, lots of malt, brown sugar, toffee and some vanilla. I also get a little dark fruit and the finish is a little booze flavor but surprisingly not a lot of warmth. Quite a nice beer that I enjoy and Im glad I have another bottle in the cellar.
Well done NEBCO!

Photo of WillCarrera
2.68/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375 ml bottle, number 637/850, red wax, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a murky copper color, white head that recedes to a collar.

S- Christ what happened here? Aroma is all plastic, paint, harsh booze mixed with vanilla and caramel. This was highly unpleasant.

T- Similar to the smell, hot, boozy rum flavors, vanilla, caramel, a load of bitter, piney hops (which I don't understand in a barleywine but anyways), finishes with boozy heat, sugar, and more weird chemical flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, a bit hot but otherwise good.

O- Along with dreadnaught33 and ahalloin, I'm just confused by this and wonder if there was something wrong with our bottle. This was a terrible beer and I can't think of many positive things to say about it. I am utterly mystified by the other (mostly from Connecticut...) reviews this has been getting.

Photo of davey101
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of oregonskibum
1.77/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Tasted with premeditated murder about half way through a dinner/tasting. Notes from memory. Bottle 127. Poured into a mini-snifter.

A: murky, dirty dark amber/brown. Red hues in the light.
S: terrible. Plastic and band-aids dominate. None of the typical rum flavors are present. Just a strong chemical flavor. We couldn't agree on what it smelled like, but band-aid worked for me.
T: liquid band-aid. Almost no sign of the base beer. Sure, some caramel notes typical in a barleywine were present, but it was work to get past the strong chemical flavors.
M: nothing memorable noted.
D/O: there were six people present. Between us, we barely were able to get down half of the 375ml bottle. The rest was a drain pour. I don't know how they took premeditated murder, a decent barleywine, and created this beer. It was uniformly agreed to be the worst beer of the night.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#280 out of #850. Very glad to have landed this brew. Pours a murky amber reddish color with razor thin off-white lacing that barely lasts throughout. Nose of pure rum which overwhelms and side hints of grapefruit and some licorice. This only makes me wish I opened this on a cold and snowy evening but impatience trumps all. Flavors of strong rum, vanilla, coconut, and more booze! Thin mouthfeel. What an interesting and complex beer. Sure glad to have tried this one!

Photo of ahalloin
2.54/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 375ml at a tasting. Bottle provided by dreadnaught33.

Pours a nice looking almost clear ruby highlighted fluid with tight white bubbles.

The smell is somewhat problematic with a high degree of oxidation and plywood smell. Deep caramel malts are present with touches of vanilla and char.

The taste is worse than the smell. Very solventy. I wonder if we got a bad bottle? This beer is extremely hot and full of alcohol.

Buttery and smooth but so much heat.

Overall, I really dislike this beer. Maybe it needs age or maybe we got a bad bottle.

Photo of thebigredone
1.83/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Damn, of the two bottles I traded for the first was one of the bad bottles.

Tastes of metal and chemicals with a finish of what I imagine an electrical fire to taste like. Just awful.

Now I have to decide whether to drink or trade off the other bottle (fortunately they're not numbered sequentially).

Photo of cpetrone84
2.6/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pour is hazy dirty dark copper with tan ring. Nose is sweet, coconut and grape, lots of sweetness. Taste has more chocolate malt, sweet grape, fair bit of booze, heat. Body is chalky and thick, under carbonated and slick. Flavors are rough, lots of booze and heat.

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 453: this poured out as a reddish brown color with a cream colored head on top. Thin retention on top. Some light lacing. The smell of the beer is loaded with spicy boozy rum barrel aromas. Subtle sweetness on the nose also. The taste of the beer is sweet with lots of malt and heavily flavored with plenty of rum spice. There are hints of vanilla in there too and plenty of caramel. The mouthfeel is oily, moderately carbonated and slick. Overall I'm impressed, it's very rum forward so some of the beer elements are hidden a bit, either way it's a power house.

Photo of Hautacam
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a GBot snifter. Nice, dark , dense , opaque brown. Viscous.
Just the smell stopped me from sipping until it warmed; I could tell this was some special elixir . The wonderful vapors of rum, vanilla and bit of ethanol and a hint of hops.
Once warmed a little , the taste opened up even more complexity. There is an excellent balance of vanilla , caramel, booze , butterscotch, dried dark fruits ; sweet , but just about right. The alcohol does cut through but it is just another layer of tastiness. The hops do their job right at the end, not overpowering at all , but a final note to prepare your palate for a rerun of the complex waves of your next sip.
I didn't want this one to end.
This Barleywine on it's own is awesome. This Barleywine aged in rum barrels is amazing.
We NEB locals have high expectations because they make such consistently great specialty releases. Once again they knocked this one out of the park!
And another super clever name and label.
If you are lucky enough to have a bottle , you need to share it! You will bring joy to a worthy geek. Special stuff.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A : Pours a crimson color with good carbonation leaving a small tannish colored head.

S : Smells of big rum, caramel, toffee and dark fruits, very similar to rum cake or a fruit cake dipped in rum

T: An inital rum sweetness and presence , like liquid candy with dark fruits. A hint of spice and vanilla are present. The finish is sweet, a bit sticky with a nice little booze bite.

M: Creamy, sweet and decadent with loads of rum and candy sweetness, borderline to much at times. Medium/medium full body.

O: Pretty good overall. A little less time in the rum barrel but perhaps that was the saving grace for the beer since the base was not so impressive.

Photo of jaasen64
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into Gandhi-Bot snifter. Thanks Dino for the bottle. Bottle #376 out of 850.

A- Pours a dark slightly reddish brown, not much head forms except some white bubbles that recede fairly fast leaving just a ring along the edges, nice consistent carbonation, thin layered lacing.

S- Rum, figs, a hint of butterscotch and caramel, oak, a bit of booze but very well hidden considering the abv. Fairly aromatic and very well balanced.

T- Figs, rum, butterscotch, oak, a bit of warming alcohol, finishes with butterscotch, nicely integrated rum, and a hint of rubbing alcohol (especially when you take a bigger sip). Nice integration of flavors with a balanced approach, overall very tasty and the alcohol is fairly well hidden for the abv.

M- Smooth, not a ton of carbonation but fitting for the style, alcohol burns the tongue just a little bit, finishes fairly smooth for the abv.

O- This was a very good rum barrel-aged barleywine and I'm glad I did not get one of the supposedly infected bottles. I wouldn't say it was the best barleywine I've had but it was very well done integrating the rum nicely with the base flavors while still keep it fairly smooth not too boozey for a massive 13%. I definitely recommend checking this out, but based on the other reviews you may want to use a little bit of caution and hope you don't get an infected bottle.

Photo of kscaldef
1.54/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

A terrible, undrinkable beer. As soon at it comes to your nose, you're assaulted with the sharp smell of antiseptic wipes. The flavor of the beer just brings the medicinal phenols harder. This is an unquestionable drain-pour, how anyone could drink more than a sip of this beer is unfathomable.

Clearly, something is amiss with this beer as the reviews suggest substantial bottle variation. Caveat emptor!

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Attempted RedRum from New England Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.