Premeditated Murder
New England Brewing Co.

Premeditated MurderPremeditated Murder
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New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
American Barleywine
Ranked #103
Ranked #8,710
4.05 | pDev: 9.88%
Jan 08, 2021
Oct 25, 2012
Premeditated MurderPremeditated Murder
Notes: Full-bodied. Rife with ominous portent. Meticulously planned to the last detail.
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Ratings by stakem:
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Reviewed by stakem from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jan 08, 2021
Rated: 3 by Holderness from Massachusetts

Feb 29, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jun 24, 2019
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
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
Rated: 3.77 by Mikexw from New York

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Jan 27, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by WhackoMillah93 from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from Washington

Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 4 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Dec 08, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Nov 24, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Oct 15, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Sep 30, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts

Jun 07, 2017
Rated: 3.63 by tregan_20 from Connecticut

Jan 30, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by fosters9 from New York

Dec 21, 2016
Rated: 4.35 by CayseyW from Connecticut

Dec 14, 2016
Rated: 4.26 by CTaleMan from Connecticut

Aug 19, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by agreenman19 from Connecticut

Jul 15, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Jul 15, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Dec 14, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by morebeergood from Massachusetts

Dec 14, 2015
Rated: 4.38 by freshcarl from Connecticut

Sep 01, 2015
Rated: 3.32 by masterofsparks from Ohio

Apr 11, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by Cynic-ale from Texas

Apr 11, 2015
Rated: 4 by Jho3325 from Indiana

Apr 05, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Mar 09, 2015
Rated: 4.36 by diamondlie from Connecticut

Mar 05, 2015
Rated: 4.12 by jfstilling from South Carolina

Feb 25, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Feb 21, 2015
Rated: 3.3 by kidzord from Illinois

Feb 01, 2015
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Rated by BGsWo22 from Texas

1.5/5  rDev -63%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
nope not for me and old
Jan 27, 2015
Rated: 4.44 by clay23 from New York

Jan 25, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by paresis from Massachusetts

Jan 24, 2015
Rated: 4 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Jan 06, 2015
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Rated by Amalak from New York

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Fruity and smooth. Nice floral taste. Fairly uncarbonated. Lovely.
Dec 31, 2014
Rated: 4.1 by DrinkSlurm from New York

Dec 31, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by ScottieD from Connecticut

Dec 24, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by TJRoar from Connecticut

Dec 15, 2014
Premeditated Murder from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 227 ratings