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Rum Barrel Golden Ale (Spring Migration) | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Rum Barrel Golden Ale (Spring Migration)Rum Barrel Golden Ale (Spring Migration)

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spring 2014 (bottle 184 of 1500)

Appearance: A pop of the cap and I knew the carbonation was going to be low; a reasonably hard pour raises a bit of head over the hazy honey colored liquid; the head quickly fades and no lacing whatsoever appears

Smell: Butterscotch, rum, honey and hints of spice cake

Taste: Butterscotch and nuts, up front (reminiscent of butter pecan ice cream), with honey and rum flavors building; spicy phenols develop, after the swallow, but the finish is a nice combination of all the flavors previously noted

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Overall: Despite the carbonation issues, this beer has a nice flavor profile; a bit of age has taken what I suspect may have been a harshness out of the box; the alcohol has mellowed and the flavors have coalesced; I suspect the age may have impacted the carbonation, negatively, as well

Thanks, larryi86, for the opportunity

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had on tap the Pickled Pig Pub.

A: Served in a goblet. This beer was a hazy ruby color with a small white head on top. Moderate retention and lacing. Some thin rings of lace remained on the sides of the glass.

S: The rum is apparent right away, some vanilla, deep caramel, and some dark fruit - raisins and figs. There is a little bit of sweetness and certainly a little bit of alcohol.

T: Quite similar to the aroma. Plenty of rum flavor, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, raisins, figs, and a bit of oak. A bit of heat and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth with only a little bit of heat.

O: A good beer, the rum barrels shine through quite a bit, which along with the heat will subside over time. Look forward to tying it again on the future, I expect that it will only get better with age. Another solid beer from Evolution.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of grahuba
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dirty blonde color, with some toasted hues. The tight creamy head was smallish and settled into a solid white ring.

The aroma has a touch of toffee and some tropical fruit notes. Honeyed grains and a light grassy hop. Smells like a beefed up all malt lager.

The taste is quite sweet. The pale malt provides a big dose of honey and cereal flavor. Some pineapple, apricot, and coconut notes. There is a good amount of sugary flavor, not sure if that is from the rum barrel or not. The beer really needs some flavor from either hops, the yeast or even some toasted notes; very one dimensional.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Very sweet on the palate but not quite cloying. A tad sticky in the finish.

I don't really pick up much from the rum barrel and the base beer is fairly boring. The beer needs something else. Nothing off about the brew but just meh.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rizzy17
4.76/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - A rich creamy limited head gives way to a slight splotchy lacing and thin to moderate collar... The color is a deep rich peachy amber... A slight haziness is suspended throughout... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - Belgian yeast notes... Tropical fruits... Candied sugars... Subtle nuances makes for excellent depth and complexity...

T - A aromas from the nose appear on the palate but become a bit more muddled... The rum barrel aging is very subtle and exceedingly sleek and smooth...

F - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Velvety smooth... Limited carbonation... Sleek... Even and consistent... Rather elegant...

O - A very nice brew... It want "wow" you, but it will certainly satisfy you... Evolution doesn't get much notoriety but they turn out quality beer after quality beer...

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Photo of n2185
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy bronze copper with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin ring but with decent lacing.

S: Lots of rum on the nose--smooth alcohol with vanilla, caramel, and oak aromas. There are some sweet malt aromas in there as well and a hearty yeast finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of rum flavors with oak, vanilla, and caramel dominating. It's sweet overall but with a pretty hearty yeast flavor on the finish. There is a slight alcohol burn, but it's remarkably smooth.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is thick and smooth, but avoids being cloyingly sweet.

O: Overall, a good beer. Nice, smooth rum flavors that don't overwhelm or burn. There's a lot of sediment in the bottle, which I don't mind too much, but it definitely contributed to the strong yeast presence. I wish I had access to age.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spring 2012
Bottle 1038 of 1200

A: Into a tulip (appropriate for the spring, eh?) medium amber beer with a slight haze, bubbles moving up from the bottom, off-white head three fingers high settled into a filmy cap with sme arms of lace

S: oak and rum, honeyed malts, ginger candy

T: sweet ripe pale fruit and rummy sugars; spices like ginger, clove, and nutmeg; lots of pineapple and rum with oaky high notes and a honey malt backbone

M: lush and full, soft but with some carbonation spice

O: very sweet, fruity beer (of the pale sort, obviously) - don't know what it tasted like fresh, but I'll assume it mellowed with age - a good strong pale sipper, reminded me of the Bruery's 5 Golden Rings, plus Gnomegang meets Piraat.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of injuredreserve
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL bottle to Great Lakes stemmed pint glass on 8/9/11
*From notes

Thanks for crackin' this one, Johnny Boy. I am extremely thankful you took a chance, a chance that paid off in spades.

It should be noted that the cap on this particular bottle had been fizzing a bit upon the bottle's purchase a few weeks ago. The purchaser had tried to contact Evo multiple times to get a replacement, but to no avail. We decided to open 'er up to see if there was need to worry. Luckily, there wasn't.

A: Cloudy as all hell. It's dirty buttermilk in color. A careful pour yields a 1.25 finger head and minimal lacing.

S: Warm vanilla cakebread and esters of sweet, white rum. It's all very faint though, as it took some serious effort to get a definitive bouquet on this one.

T: So delicate that if you weren't paying attention, you'd miss it entirely. Melted caramel and coconut water mix effortlessly with the crisp and sugary nature of the rum. This isn't sweet in any way, it's merely taken on the best characteristics of the rum and it's barrel. The finish is creamy yet slightly acidic. An absolute stunner. This is complex and delicious beyond compare.

M: Seeing as this had been stored on it's side, I can't say if the way it was served (lees mixed) was the intended method of delivery. Having said that, the feel of this beer is top shelf. Frothy, bubbly and velvety. It's a pleasure to drink.

O: Evolution's Spring Migration continues the brewery's path to the next level. With this Strong Ale, Tommy Knorr and crew have created a masterpiece of American brewing. I am continually impressed with the craftsmanship, respect and expert touch provided to their products. In an evening that featured Bourbon County Rare, Evo's Spring Migration was the sleeper hit of the night.

This is a beautiful beer.

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Rum Barrel Golden Ale (Spring Migration) from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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