Premeditated Murder Barleywine | New England Brewing Co.

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Premeditated Murder BarleywinePremeditated Murder Barleywine

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

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

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive had this bottle for about a year. Poured at cellar temp into a snifter. the beer pours a clear chestnut hue with some garnet highlights.
Fizzy tightly packed beige head foams up 1 cm and fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer. Dense lattice as the foam recedes.
Aroma is rich malt with caramel and brown sugar and a bit of dark fruit, plums. I also have just a bit of fusol alcohol notes and maybe a back drop of citrusy hops, but this is very faint.
First sip reveals an average body with sticky texture and mild carbonation.
Flavor is dark fruit and caramel, molasses and general sweetness. The finish rolls to a lingering bitterness and dry state with some hits of peppery booze.
A very enjoyable and spot on barleywine. I am glad I have another one cellared for the future!

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage
Poured into snifter

A: Pours a hazy, borderline opaque brown-amber showing orange when held to light. Very thin, quickly dissipating khaki-tan head.

S: Orange, honey, dark rum, caramel, cereal grain aromas all very noticeable and all powerful. Hints of earth and funky tones too.

T: Rich, sweet caramel malts mix with fortified wine and mead flavors. Very slight earthy bitterness is lingering in the background. Very strong boozy tone as well with almost impish floral hop notes.

M: Chewy, viscous body with little, but still slightly tingling carbonation.

O: Sweet and heady; a year has been kind to this beer. At 11.8% ABV when bottled, this vintage beer is best as a treat to be sipped and savored. Pair this with blue cheese for one fantastic indulgence.

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Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

Dark brown body with one-finger of tan froth. Brown bread, spice, cherry and sugar to the nose. I didn't order cake, but I'll eat it. Tastes bready with pumpkin spice, cherry sweetness and a strike of alcohol down the middle. Fine notes of vanilla and earth and wood to boot. Has a hard-to-believe softness going down and hitting all the right notes throughout.

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Photo of davey101
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of jaxon53
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at just about cellar temperature, in my Old Guardian glass, from a 500ml bottle. Awesome label!

Appearance: Premeditated Murder pours out a somewhat murky, ruby brown color. A vigorous pour brought on two fingers of creamy, off-white head. Head hangs there nicely, leaving behind thick gods of lace.

Smell: Boozy, but in a really good way. Some dried dark fruit stands out in front. Light cigar tobbacco enters my nose. Hints of yeast and earth. A slight hoppiness shines through in the end.

Taste: Pretty intense flavor here. No shortage of booze in this brew. Just how a barleywine should be. Definitely a huge malt back bone to sweeten things up. Bits of plum and raisin are noticed. Just a touch of toffee or caramel. A short hoppiness comes in near the end, followed by another big boozy blast.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much full bodied mouthfeel that coats the palate nicely. Seems to be just right for the style.

Overall: Great job NEBCO! Would like to see what this does with some age on it, I just couldn't let it sit in the cellar though ...

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Photo of Beericjb
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of NiceFly
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle 10/27/2012

After trying this I have to say drinking this barleywine now does not make any sense. At least if you are a barlewine fan.

Sure try one now, but put the rest away. This brew is really good for a fresh barlewine, alcohol is well hidden and no fermentation off flavors, but if you ever want to see it shine just put it away for a while.

Dark ruby color, chill haze, off white head.
Alot of hop bitterness, which makes sense at this point in its life if you ask me.
Carmel and Toffee and who knows what else will develop.

Very glad I picked up a few bottles of Premeditated Murder. Look forward to enjoying them.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip; enjoyed alongside Attempted RedRum. With this review, I will have ticked every active NEBCO beer listed on BA. Cool beans.

A: Cloudy red-orange body under a finger of fine off-white head that leaves spotty lace. Ok.

S: Smooth, rich balance of toffee malt and citrus/herbal hops. Even with some age the hops still have a nice presence. The real star, though, is the rich-but-not-cloying malt sweetness. Excellent.

T: Caramel, toffee, marzipan, and tobacco up front, with citrus hops and spicy, warming alcohol in the background. The bittersweet finish gives way to a nice, lingering, candied-orange aftertaste. Really tasty, but still a bit of a bitter/boozy beast.

M: Creamy full body. Great carbonation, making it mouth-filling without being sticky. Perfect.

O: I was on the fence about this beer when it first came out, but it's really starting to come into its own. The hops are settling into a supporting role, providing complexity instead of just overwhelming everything else with bitterness. Given the improvement its already shown, I'm really excited to see what it does in another year or two.


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Photo of Durge
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is a cloudy brown-maple syrup color with a scrappy off-white head and decent lacing. The nose-hit conjures up a medley of boozy orange citrus, maple-malt, and some nutty peat. The flavor brings many of the same ideas and is a serious, woodsy, toffee concoction that makes you pay attention. The alcohol presence seems a little more prominent than I would like but it's worth it. The body is close to full with a lightly carbonated, fairly thick and slick feel. A very outdoorsy concoction that delivers the proper barleywine theme with a goodly kick. Quality stuff delivered once again from the New England Brewing Company!

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky copper to amber body beneath the thick, off white head which leaves a sticky, dense lacing grabbing the glass throughout the beer.

Very diverse aromas featuring both intense hops and more moderate malts. Hops offer some combination of earthy, spicy, and a touch fruity while the malts are nutty or toffee, maybe even maple or molasses.

The flavor is even more pronounced and aggressive with biting earthy hops with sweet toffee or molasses malt similar to the aroma. Other hints of sweet nuts and dark fruit qualities as well.

Offers a thicker, chewy body and generous carbonation with an oily, yet semi fruity sweet finish.

Tons of flavor and character in this brew with a massive palate and generous hops oils to coat the palate.

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Photo of alexgash
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Served at cellar temp.

Pours a clear, bloody, ruby, crimson. Two fingers of thick, creamy, marshmallowy, light sandy brown head. Great lacing. Beautiful. Lots of caramel, toffee, and rich rummy fruit on the nose. Has a slightly singed edge, with notes of herbal hops and vanilla.

Toasted marshmallow up front, followed quickly by rich toffee, caramel, and rummy, tropical fruits. Woody, herbal hop bitterness creeps in. Vanilla and banana around the edges. Woody bitterness into the finish. Warming, but not too hot. Lots of lingering fruit and caramel malts. The malt definitely wins out in this barley wine, but there is enough hop presence to avoid Cloy City. Full-bodied, with a thick, creamy feel. Very nicely done!

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a very unexpected share from DaveHack. Thank you sir!

This poured out as a slightly hazy amber color with a cream colored head on top. The retention is minimal with a very light lacing. The smell of the beer has a big malt profile with plenty of hops on the nose as well. The taste of the beer is sweet up front, with a really healthy hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was heavy, nicely carbonated and oily. Overall this beer was good, glad I got to try it!

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Photo of alaimoa
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage poured into a snifter
A: brown with a ruby hint in the light with surprising lots of light brown/off white head and a sticky cloud lace
S: orange peel, currants, booze soaked berry
T: Sweet upfront dark fruit with boozy undertones but not too hot
M: creamy feel and very smooth
Overall one of the best barleywines around

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

On tap at New York Pizza. Pours a murky brown with an inch of head. Tons of lacing. Aromas is boozey with some dark fruits, malt, earth and hints of pine. Taste is booze, dark fruit and raisins upfront with some malts and earth. Some bitter piney hops at the end. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice warming alcohol presence but this thing is extremely drinkable. I've been waiting a long time for NebCo to make a barleywine and it has been worth the wait. Overall, really good Barleywine that I look forward to trying with some age on it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is mildly hazy and copper hued with a small off white head. The aroma offers malt, light butterscotch, caramels, toffee. The flavor follows suit. Sweetness is pretty tame and abv is well hidden. Easy drinking with a smooth feel. Moderate carbonation. Tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank to Baloss for sharing this bottle str8 from the brewery.

Premeditated Murder pours into the glass a deep dark mahagony red plum looking color, looking like many other darker barleywine offerings. A nice beige head up top with life and able to stick to the glass. Smell is very hoppy with malt trailing at this point in the game. The hops have a spicy aspect to them in the nose. Sweet candi with sugars in the nose with some deep caramel and toffee. Some English malt is noted along with a faint hit of alcohol. Taste is pretty good. Looking for any hops, I get them upfront, after the blast, the malt and yeast shows off their English ingredients. Candi, light chocolate, and grain from all dat der barley. Sadly alcohol comes into play and I can taste it which detracts a bit. Feel is above medium and is a bit sryupy, carb is light, but the ride is pretty smooth, except for the burn. All in all a nice B-Wine to go to on the cheap. I need to find a bottle and keep it down for a while

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy caramel/copper hue. Head is marvelous. Head is thick and dense; it slowly recedes leaving full sheets of lacing. The best part of the head is its orange coloring. An easily noticeable orange tint really makes the head look way-cool. Really pretty. Never seen a head that color before.

S-The nose is rich but not as intense as I was expecting. There lies much complexity with the aroma however. Robust notes of pure caramel really set the tone. Brown sugar and sweet dough malt are also present. Fruit cake too. This Barleywine is clearly well hopped. Piney and grassy with a secondary layer of tangerine and ruby red grapefruit hops. Balanced and big enough. The nose is full but it doesn't jump out of the glass.

T-The flavor starts off with a huge piney blast of bitter hop flavor. Pine, pine and pine. Hops are also a bit sudsy and even slightly herbaceous. Dank and resinous. Lighter tropical fruit hoppiness also dances along the palate. The malt is equally as noble. Sticky, chewy caramel coats my mouth. Boozey fruit cake and doughy pastry maltiness. Balanced and boisterous.

M-Full bodied and incredibly creamy and chewy. Feels like honey in my mouth. Mammoth body. Booze is prevalent. Alcohol heats my face and cheeks. Hops lends a muscular and lengthy bitterness. A sipper for sure (although it goes down with disturbing ease).

O/D-This was pretty tasty. I guess I have been a bit spoiled by NEBO recently. This is a serious Barleywine with flavor for days, but it falls short of greatness for me. Don't get me wrong, its a growler semi-well spent ($25 is steep), but it just lacks that "holy mother of Christ" quality that most of NEBCO's recent brews have left me with. Another well done brew by one of the countries best breweries in my opinion. Cannot wait for when they release this brew next year after sitting in rum barrels.

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Photo of yamar68
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to davey101 for sending me this one! Excited to try the base beer for Attempted RedRum:

Looks identical to its barrel aged counterpart, except for a thick two fingers of carb that retain pretty well before forming a thin cap.

Again, the nose is subtle... vanilla/caramel dessert presence with a touch of red fruit.

Tobacco flavors seem to hold the reigns on the palate. There's caramel, white sugar, some alcohol warmth, licorice. What a unique beer... and an absolutely stellar contestant for bourbon barrel aging. Well done, NEBCO!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and almost antiquated-looking. Looks of a lightly reddish, chestnut brown with some light passing through. Head is well-managed at a cropped half-an-inch--even in this tulip glass. Holds its own pretty well, for now. The lacing might have impressed me more if the glass I used were completely dry upon the pour. 4

Roasted grain with a toffee delight. Dry raisin and muffled notes of dried berry, dark caramel, and trail mix bag. Peeking out is the booze with an almost hidden backdrop of piney and earthy hops. Maybe a touch of vanilla. Very malty, still, in the nose; all things considered. 3.75

Drinks with smacks of pine hop bitterness, dry toffee, crisped rice, and raisin. Very boozy, in fact. Lots of warmth in the swallow, alongside more crushing bitterness. The bitterness keeps it crispy. A few sugars still remain. Some nuttiness, too. Reminds me of flaky baklava crust. Earthy in the middle with more hops pushing forward. Cleans up a bit after the vibrant finish. Medium body isn't too much to handle, nor too little to work with. The carbonation is great; sips want to gush out on the tongue in this barleywine. Aside from the heat, the feel is pretty darn good. 4, 4

A barleywine that I can enjoy, but it's definitely a sipper. Proceed slowly and you'll be smiling all the way to the bottom of the glass. 4

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Photo of jrstamp
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle into a snifter.
A - Pours a ruby red mahoganey with a med/low carbonation and a quickly disappating head that lingers as a light tan film thoughout the whole glass.

S - Get a big upfront wiff of piney hops and some alcohol. I am not thrown off by this figuring this is something I wanted to sit on for a while. As it warms up I am getting a sweet smell that could be some type of candi sugar or something similar.

T - As expected the alcohol comes through, as well as a decent dose of bitterness. I feel like its not that balanced right now, with the malt sweetness coming up a little on the smell but too overpowered on the taste.

M - Drier than I expected from the smell of it. Also feel like the carbination is deceiving. At first it looked like it was a very low carb, but it stayed throughout the entire glass and helped cut through the blast of hops you get with this one.

O - I'm happy I picked up a couple of these. Look forward to giving it another taste in a couple of years. New England has been doing a decent job with their bottle released stuff the past couple of years. I tend to grab new stuff from them without hesitation.

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Photo of mltobin
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a bottle of this into a NEBCO tulip glass.

The appearance of this barleywine is a deep red-brown tone with one finger of off-white head. Its` aroma has toffee, raisins, vanilla and pine. Sipping on this big beer and I taste caramel , dark fruits, resin, more of the toffee. It does taste very nice, which is great, after anticipating this release. Mouthfeel is getting towards thick, kinda oily, but fairly easy to enjoy at 12%. All in all, another nice beer from the good people out of Woodbridge CT.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky caramel, not much head at all, very slight spotty lace.

S - Plums, dark fruits, booze, sweet malt and a little spiciness.

T - Sweet up front, booze very present, some bitterness at the end.

M - Medium to heavy body, balance pretty good considering the size of this thing. Good carb.

D - One is more than enough.

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