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Roadsmary's Baby | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Roadsmary's BabyRoadsmary's Baby
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
tworoadsbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Roadsmary’s Baby is a traditional pumpkin ale with a Two Roads spin, its aged in rum barrels for added complexity and depth of flavor. The result is a smooth drinking ale with notes of pumpkin, spices, vanilla, oak and a touch of rum.

Added by CTJman on 08-23-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
524
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
153
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 524
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am currently unemployed with a lot of time on my hands & as such, I am a) not motivated to go out like I do when I have a job & b) trying to reduce the backlog of beer here at Chez Woody. The Bottle Backlog is annoying, but it takes a backseat to The CANQuest (tm). I am amused by a) the fact that the approved pic is a bottle, while I have a CAN & b) I was just in Bridgeport a few weeks ago & Two Roads BC has a huge presence at the hockey arena.

From the CAN: "Scary-Good Pumpkin Ale"; "Here's to taking the road less traveled, in life and in beer!"; "Seasonal Collection"; "A natural, harmless sediment may appear"; "Ale Brewed with Pumpkin and Spics Aged in Rum Barrels with Vanilla Beans".

My 3,400th beer/review began with a scary-loud Crack! Knowing that sediment/lees was a possibility, the Glug was so gentle that the beer seemed timid about coming out to play. I gave it a good, healthy slap on the bottom, I mean, a swirl in the glass, to raise a finger of foamy, tawny head that also got scared & went back into hiding. Aw! Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity, proving that it CAN be important to deCANt properly. It has been an afternoon of CANned Pumpkin Beers, but the nose on this one was unique! The rum scent really led the way and it was easy to pick out vanilla amongst the spices, which were actually more in check than some of the other beers today. Here's an idea for you Pumpkin Ale brewers: you CAN stop the addition of spices BEFORE the beer reaches saturation! Sheesh. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not as pronounced in terms of its rum & vanilla as it had been on the nose, suggesting that it might need to be aged a bit longer. Still, I was breaking out in a jack-o'-lantern-like grin at my happiness with this beer. Finish was dry, thanks to the spices, but the rum was the flavor of the moment.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a fresh growler into a tulip glass.

A: Dark copper/mahogany color with a small cap of white foam that quickly fades to a thin collar. No lacing at all.

S: Aromas of cinnamon and allspice initially with a touch of rum. A good amount of what seems like clove. Brown sugar with more rum coming out as the beer warms. Not much pumpkin detectable on the nose.

T: Flavors of rum and allspice followed by cinnamon and a hint of brown sugar. Good pumpkin aftertaste, but the pumpkin flavor itself seems a bit lacking to me.

M: Light-medium body with a high amount of carbonation. Personally I would of preferred if this beer was fuller bodied and less carbonated.

O: The thought of a rum barrel aged pumpkin beer had me very excited. The spices in a pumpkin beer along with the cinnamon/brown sugar flavors of rum seem to go hand in hand. However it failed to meet my expectations, and I was a bit disappointed. It wasn't bad, it just didn't blow me away how I thought it would. There is a good rum presence but the only time I really noticed pumpkin was in the aftertaste. Although I wasn't a fan, I can appreciate the fact that this brewery has put a unique spin on the standard pumpkin beer. I just wish it tasted as good as it sounded on paper.

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Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/3/16, nice and fresh

A: Pours a nice dark red with an enormous fluffy and fizzy light orange head. Decent head retention but no sign of lacing.

S: Smells great. Some spicy rum mixed with pumpkin and pumpkin spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon I'd say.

T: Tastes more subtle than the aroma. Some rum with very mild pumpkin flavor. Nutmeg, allspice and cloves follow. Pretty sweet in general with some vanilla on the back end.

M: Medium-heavy, smooth.

O: Pretty mellow and easy drinking pumpkin beer. Not a ton of barrel flavor, just some mild rum to kick it up. Not a lot of pumpkin in the flavor either, it's mostly spices. On the sweeter side to boot. Not bad but nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of braugon
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of Tiernan
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodchipper
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber color with a small tan head.
Aroma of vanilla, pumpkin, and a little rum.
The taste followed the nose. Vanilla up front, pumpkin, and a late hint of rum.
Medium-bodied. A beer for those who like pumpkin but not pumpkin spice.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

This beer has the best aftertaste of any pumpkin beer I have tried, level spicing and barrel aging did the trick here. Seriously, Roadsmany's Baby is fun to drink let alone the name which is a hoot. This beer is not just for Halloween, if you can still grab a bottle or few save it for early winter.

LOOK: Nice froth, elegant lacing, hazed dark chestnut hue

SMELL: Well rounded; spice, toasted grain, malty, subtle alcohol, wood, brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon

TASTE: Incredibly smooth, dried grassy, toasted bread crust, pie spice, pumpkin flesh, mild wood tannin, kiss of alcohol, earthy, drying tannic wood finish

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Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, BTLD 7/29/15 etched on the bottle.

Pour is quite clear, darker amber with a dark pumpkin hue. Moderate khaki cap stays a while and leaves some low strands of lacing.

Surprise....some pumpkin on the nose with some fall spicing.

Malty, some pumpkin, more pumpkin pie spicing and a back note of mellow rum. Nice. Full bodied and packing a punch at 6.8%...nice fall sipper

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Very good pumpkin beer that manages to have a unique taste in the myriad of pumpkin beers I have tried. Pumpkin spice is there and so is the pie crust. The oaking is subtle until the beer warms. It adds a nice dry flavor to a tasty beer.

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Photo of asuburbanman
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JC333
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrianBeers1030
3.72/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wattoclone
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clever name but the aroma and taste is just average for a pumpkin beer; not one of the best. Everything about this beer is subdued except the alcohol and finish. For a higher ABV pumpkin I expect a lot more flavor.

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Photo of Nfiorini513
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark caramel colored with a beige head that settles out slowly and leaves a low fine cap of wispy bubbles. Aroma of faint vegetal notes, some cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.

Squashy flavor upfront, followed quickly by malty goodness, then some spices, and then a wash of vanilla. Vanilla extract and spikey nutmeg emerge in the finish, which detracts from the overall.

Good mouthfeel, round and creamy. Not a bad beer overall, but the vanilla finish detracts.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BranfordBound
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Still doesn't beat my favorite pumpkin ale (Punkin by DFH), but this one comes in at a close second for sure. The taste is really good on this, nice bready malts with a delicious mix of spice. Not too heavy and nothing is really artificial like feeling I get when I drink Pumking from ST. I hear they have a barrel-aged version of this stuff, too.

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Photo of tappangordo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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Roadsmary's Baby from Two Roads Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 524 ratings.
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