Premeditated Murder Barleywine | New England Brewing Co.

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Premeditated Murder BarleywinePremeditated Murder Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barley Wine Style Ale. Full-bodied. Rife with ominous portent. Meticulously planned to the last detail.

Added by davey101 on 10-25-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
209
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
25.88%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
46
For Trade:
9
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 209
Reviews by davey101:
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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Barley Wine Style Ale. Full-bodied. Rife with ominous portent. Meticulously planned to the last detail" 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. The Raven/Birds-esque label is just badass!

A - Pours a murky dark red/brown body with a three finger light khaki head. The foam is sticky and clingy coating the glass after each sip. Really excellent lacing and retention here.

S - Very inviting aroma. Figs, bourbon soaked raisins, vanilla, toffee and caramel. Has a hop presence in the form of piney and resiney bitterness.

T - Very nice balance of flavors here. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits. Again some piney hops and light bitterness on the finish. The alcohol is very well in check here, no warmth whatsoever.

M - The feel is slick and coating and slightly chewy. Carbonation is low which is nice.

O - A very enjoyable barleywine. It does lack some depth and complexity, but then again it wasn't placed in a barrel. The alcohol is not noticeable and the aroma and flavors have some great dark fruit and toffee notes with a nice hop presence. This beer does need some time to warm up though. Once it got to cellar temperature it really opened up into something fantastic. Well worth the $6 price of entry, and I simply can't wait to try the rum barrel aged version.

Note: I added this as an American Barleywine since the hops are fairly prominent.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon for this one. Had side-by-side with Attempted RedRum. 16oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a creamy, thick 1 finger light cream head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a cloudy, dark mahogany. Very very heavy. Lacing is thick and layered with good stick. A big beer for sure.

Nose is booze, sap hop bitterness, some nuttiness, and a light molasses sweet presence. Not the most aromatic. Pretty pedestrian.

Opens booze, brown sugar, sap hop bitterness, and caramel. Toffee notes mix with more big, bold hop characteristics in the middle. Some maple, more caramel, toffee, and molasses come through. Big malt body fights an even bigger, astringent hop bitterness. End is sweet booze, molasses, some nuttiness, and more caramel and toffee. Aftertaste of astringent sap hoppiness mixed with a bold malt presence. Solid but a bit too bitter for my taste.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and viscous. Messy, boozy finish with a sticky, filmy aftertaste. Real solid for the style.

A solid beer from the look and feel of things but the taste is a bit off. I like my barleywines to have a big malt presence... which this does. But it also carries a huge sap hop bitterness to offset things. I could see this improving with age as the hops start to fall off.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: looks like mahogony. Dark red/brownish. One finger light creamy colored head, which dissipates to a fine film.

S: Smell of sweet malt, a bit of caramel, and a little alcohol.

T: Sweet, caramel, a bit of alcohol, and a little bitterness.

M: Between medium and full bodied. Nice and smooth.

O: Maybe a slight bias because I love NEBCO. I did really enjoy this beer. I think it will do well with a year of age.

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3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
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500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Chunky head, but not a lot of it. A few bubbles in the collar.

Smell - Caramel and a grapefruit hop aroma. Slight oxidation.

Taste - Creamy caramel malt. Muted grapefruit hop. Monotonous, but good. Still a small amount of oxidation here.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation. Slightest boozy kick.

Overall - Never a big fan of this style, but it's pretty good. Just dull.

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This is an interesting beer. Had a bottle a few days ago and thought it was pretty much of a Malt Bomb. The one I have right now is very hoppy. This one is so much better IMHO, there is so much up front hoppiness that is balanced out with a nice creamy caramel and toffee. Was going to give one of the bottles I picked up as a gift...not now! Well done!

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Premeditated Murder Barleywine from New England Brewing Co.
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