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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1.5/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

nope not for me and old

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Photo of Kooz
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was a disappointment. Poured an opaque brown with slight head that dissipated quickly. Smelled like alcohol--unpleasant, but only slightly. Tasted bitter--this beer is over-hopped. This bitterness continues and bites at the tongue long after sipping. Also, the beer is watery and has very little body. Overall, the bitterness is too much and the beer doesn't recover from it.

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Photo of audioserf
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crimosn color with a khaki cap. Not much head retention to speak of, nor does the lacing really wow me.

S: A blend of dark fruits, sharp booze sting on the nose, some caramel and toffee also present

T: The dominant flavors are noticed right upfront: Toffee, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits. A dose of piney bittering hops is noted providing a pseudo bitterness mid taste to finish.

M: Medium bodied, low on the carbonation spectrum, a sweet and somewhat sticky.

O: A decent barleywine.

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Photo of mmulebarn
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of kidzord
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of masterofsparks
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cpetrone84
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour is murky brown with red hues and tan head with large bubbles. Nose has rich dark malt up front with a light grain immediately behind. A bit of root beer and a touch seltzery in back. Taste has a lot of the rich malt up front, caramel and chocolate, a bit sugary and burnt sugar, a note of root beer behind, not as thin as I thought through the finish. Well carbonated and full body, a bit grainy on the palate.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by theTomG. Thanks man! Served in a Half Acre taster pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, spotty lace, and a few wispy patches on top. Hazed orange body with a brownish tinge to it.

S - Smells like grape juice. Well, perhaps vinous raisins mixed with other dark fruits, caramel, a bit of red licorice and cotton candy, bread, and some obvious alcohol. Not my favorite balance of flavors for the style, and a bit boozy, but solid enough.

T - The taste is a bit less sweet and more bready, with lightly burnt sugars, some citrus and earthy hops, and moderate-to-low bitterness. Finish is strange and oddly unpleasant.

M - Medium body, with a surprisingly toasty and dry texture. Lower carbonation, conspiring with the flaccid body to make this a tad watery. Not much alcohol warmth, which is appreciated.

D - Not really what I want in a barleywine. I really dislike the hop character and the corresponding bitterness and alcohol combo in the finish. American barleywines tend to be hit and miss for me, and this is a definite miss, particularly at the awkward phase where the hop aroma has faded, but the bitterness hasn't. Perhaps this will be good in 12-18 months.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish brown, with a finger of white head that quickly dissipates. Settles as a toasted caramel with lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Toffee and caramel notes. Mild hop bitterness. Lingering sweetness with a touch of vanilla. Alcohol astringency.

T: Caramel and a sweet, sticky malt backbone. Some hop bitterness. Exceptionally sweet with a moderate alcohol burn. A bit bland, but not bad.

M: A bit thin and light on carbonation. Sticky, cloying with heat on the back palate.

O: A decent American Barleywine. A bit light on the hop presence. I could almost mistake this for an English-style Barleywine. Not bad... just not a lot going on.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Houser
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of emottram
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of unclejazz
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of tylergoov
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mquartuccio87
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of MacQ32
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of tregan_20
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thads324
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No date but I believe it's a little over a year now.

Pours a weird reddish orageish brownish color. Thin tan head that fizzes to an outer ring.

Heavy aroma of leather, a bit of wood oil finish, tart cherry, nail polish remover and crap tons of booze. Interesting and indicitive of a beer that's warming.

Taste is pleasantly malty. Thin in the first half with a malt flavor of caramel and a bit of hearty bread. A little hop bitterness gives way to a smooth hint of toffee and sultana. Big booze towards the end that is sharp yet manageable.

Thin mouthfeel at first. Hefty at the end. Good balance and booze is apparent but not lingering

Overall a pretty nice beer. Kinda wish I had waited another year.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to pete27lax for the hookup and sweet 668 tulip glass that i enjoyed this from.

a - brew poured a soft caramel that settled into the glass as a deep plum mahogany with two plus fingers of beige creamy head that hung out for the party and left thick milkshake like lacing coating the glass.

s - nice mix of plums, grapes, grain, barley, and some soft spicing. many folks talk of intense hoppiness on the nose, but i just am not getting it. that being said, smells pretty awesome and as it warmed got way more complex with big grapejuice smells.

t - flavor is also big and bold and complex, but fairly boozy. the booziness is fairly intense and almost takes over all flavor. behind the booze is the same wonderful grapejuice flavoring that the nose boasted.

m - in a word...HOT.

o - overall a nice barleywine, but a bit overdone in the booziness. if the booze was better integrated (and this coming from me), this would be a homerun.

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Premeditated Murder Barleywine from New England Brewing Co.
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