Premeditated Murder
New England Brewing Co.

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From:
New England Brewing Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
Style:
Barleywine - American
Ranked #102
ABV:
11.8%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,743
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 9.88%
Ratings:
227
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 08, 2021
Added:
Oct 25, 2012
Wants:
  56
Gots:
  49
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Premeditated MurderPremeditated Murder
Notes: Full-bodied. Rife with ominous portent. Meticulously planned to the last detail.
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4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jan 08, 2021
 
3 by Holderness from Massachusetts on Feb 29, 2020
 
3.99 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jun 24, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

2018 bottling

Pours a heavily clouded burnished caramel-amber body topped with a steady few fingers of light beige foam; solid
retention leaves a spotty cap and heavy collar of froth; some specks of lacing remain spattered around the glass.

Aromas of caramel malt and a dark fruit medley open things up, with prominent secondary tones of stiff pine needle contributing woody and earthy notes to tones of raspberry, cranberry, and dark cherry; some brown sugar on the back end shows a building sweetness to close out the bouquet.

Taste shows cherry and other dark fruits pairing with a generous dose of fudgy toffee and caramel malt accompanied with a consistent backing of earthy hops and dried pine; lightly smoked burnt sugar sets the tone for the finish.

Mouthfeel has a medium body leaning toward the heavier side and accented with a distinct, dry thickness; slightly creamy; quiet hop bittering stays in the background along with a tinge of sticky malt sweetness that holds through the finish.

A really nice standard American barleywine with a good hop/malt balance coming through along the way; maybe too balanced, though, as no element particularly shines, and a weighty mouthfeel further blankets a fuller character from evolving.

Jun 13, 2019
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3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a dark and murky brown color, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like stale hops, alcohol, candied fruit, and caramel.

This is a bit too brash and ugly to be truly top tier. It's quite boozy, with an almost stale taste to it. A touch of oxidation is certainly creeping in, and it's very grainy and harsh. There's a touch of caramel and vanilla, but that's the only bright spot here.

This is medium bodied, and not super drinkable, with a harsh bitterness at the end of each sip.

I think a barrel would smooth out some of the harsher edges of this very raw beer.

May 13, 2019
 
3.77 by Mikexw from New York on Apr 28, 2019
 
4.18 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Jan 27, 2019
 
4.5 by WhackoMillah93 from Massachusetts on Jan 06, 2019
 
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Dec 26, 2018
 
4 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Dec 08, 2017
 
4.25 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Nov 24, 2017
 
3.79 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Oct 15, 2017
 
3.74 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Sep 30, 2017
 
4.06 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts on Jun 07, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by stakem from Pennsylvania

2012 vintage, 500ml bottle into a tulip appears muddy brown with a khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma of minerals, citrus, earth and alcohol. This feels like it might have been quite hoppy at one time but its quite faded leaving a peculiar fruited character that masks the malt a bit.

Taste has some caramel malt sweetness, citrus, herbs and earthy almost musty grain that lingers with a faded hop bitterness mingled with alcohol.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Its an alright brew.

Feb 15, 2017
 
3.63 by tregan_20 from Connecticut on Jan 30, 2017
 
4.25 by fosters9 from New York on Dec 21, 2016
 
4.35 by CayseyW from Connecticut on Dec 14, 2016
 
4.26 by CTaleMan from Connecticut on Aug 19, 2016
 
3.95 by agreenman19 from Connecticut on Jul 15, 2016
 
3.71 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Jul 15, 2016
 
3.83 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Dec 14, 2015
 
4.18 by morebeergood from Massachusetts on Dec 14, 2015
 
4.38 by freshcarl from Connecticut on Sep 01, 2015
 
3.32 by masterofsparks from Ohio on Apr 11, 2015
 
3.79 by Cynic-ale from Texas on Apr 11, 2015
 
4 by Jho3325 from Indiana on Apr 05, 2015
 
4.02 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Mar 09, 2015
 
4.36 by diamondlie from Connecticut on Mar 05, 2015
 
4.12 by jfstilling from South Carolina on Feb 25, 2015
 
3.71 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Feb 21, 2015
 
3.3 by kidzord from Illinois on Feb 01, 2015
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1.5/5  rDev -63%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
by BGsWo22 from Texas

nope not for me and old

Jan 27, 2015
 
4.44 by clay23 from New York on Jan 25, 2015
 
3.85 by paresis from Massachusetts on Jan 24, 2015
 
4 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Jan 06, 2015
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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Amalak from New York

Fruity and smooth. Nice floral taste. Fairly uncarbonated. Lovely.

Dec 31, 2014
 
4.1 by DrinkSlurm from New York on Dec 31, 2014
 
4.25 by ScottieD from Connecticut on Dec 24, 2014
 
4.25 by TJRoar from Connecticut on Dec 15, 2014
Premeditated Murder from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 227 ratings