Attempted RedRum | New England Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Premeditated Murder Barley Wine aged in rum barrels. You'll want to enjoy it forever, and ever, and ever.

Added by davey101 on 03-22-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
169
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
16.87%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
41
For Trade:
3
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Reviews by davey101:
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4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml red waxxed bottle into the new Gandhi Bot tulip glass. Served at cellar temperature. Bottle #99/850.

A - Pours a deep and murky red/brown body. Two fingers of light tan foam forms from the pour. Really creamy and dense looking with some large bubbles. Settles down slowly into a thick cap. Sticky lacing with long lasting retention and some noticeable alcohol legs. Swirling it just recreates that epic creamy foam. Looks to kill! Zing...

S - Woah. I have never had a rum barrel aged beer before, but I am loving what is going on in the glass. The rum barrels and the base beer are just so well integrated. Raisins and figs, rich dark rum, chewy toffee and caramel, molasses, oak, vanilla and lingering spices. Super boozy and strong, the rum is not subtle in this beer at all. And the spices on the end, god damn does that work in a barleywine!

T - An interesting departure from the nose. Kind of simplistic and basic. Starts off with loads of toffee and chewy caramel, then what builds around that is some subtle vanilla and spice. The aftertaste is that of a high quality sipping rum. A bit of an alcohol bite, but otherwise this is very smooth. Tasty, but lacking compared to that killer nose.

M - Creamy and dense with low to medium carbonation. A bit of an alcohol bite, but otherwise the finish is very smooth.

O - The base beer was a brash and boozy thing, but man did I love it. I'm really glad they went with rum barrels for this as that spice and extra vanilla kick that the rum provides really makes this one unique. Also it makes for one hell of a pun. This has one of the best noses I have ever smelt on a barrel aged barleywine, however the taste left something to be desired. Some age did mellow the flavor out a bit though, which is a good thing. NEBCO has been doing some pretty amazing things within the last year or so. This is mighty impressive.

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Photo of braugon
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vanilla on the nose, butterscotch on the way down. Ridiculously lush. Still has a hop presence. I enjoyed this more than others in the style . Does it need to age? Probably, but it's pretty damned delicious right now. The bottle design wins bonus points for Danny's finger and the carpet pattern, hilarious and tasty all at the same time. Love the creative spirit.

PS.
This is the best beer I've ever had.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 350/850. Had side-by-side with Premeditated Murder. 12oz. bottle into Torst stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Very much like the base beer but without the head. Beer is a cloudy, dark mahogany. Very very heavy. Lacing is thick and layered with good stick. The lack of head really hurts though.

Nose is completely different. Dominated by the rum barrels. Sweet candied brown sugar notes. Some woodiness. Fresh purple and green fruit sweetness. Very aromatic. Real enticing.

Opens sweet rum booziness. Fresh green raisin, pineapple, brown sugar, honey, and molasses. A slight hint of woodiness lingers in the back. Hot. End is rum and molasses sweetness. Finishes brown sugar and more molasses and syrup. Much sweeter than the base with a much bigger malt body and almost no hop presence. I love it!

Feel is almost identical to the base beer. Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and viscous. Messy finish that is even heavier on the booze with a sticky, filmy aftertaste. Big alcohol bite right at the end. Real solid for the style.

Not all beers benefit from barrel aging but this one certainly has. The rum barrels give the beer more presence and really serve to fade out the (to me) unpleasant hop presence. A very solid beer and I can only seeing this one getting even better with age as it smooths out and reveals even more complexities.

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Photo of CraigMack61
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of richloma
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jimmy82063
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 49/150 poured into a snifter. There is ano head to this beer and pretty much zero in the way of lacing. Colour is a light brown. The nose belies rum, caramel and vanilla..following if up with the taste you get the same thing with maybe a bit of raisin. The rum presence is very high and it is not overly sweet, and actually there is a slight bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is slick with pretty much zero carbonation. I hope they do this again!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of philbe311
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Edition (1264/1400)... A standard pour yields a fingers worth of lush khaki colored froth that displays minimal retention... Once receded there is an uneven splotchy veil of lacing with a thin collar... A few carbonation bubbles can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a medium to dark flat brown that allows some light to leak in around the edges... A light to moderate bit of carbonation streaks can be seen towards the top of the glass... The aroma is huge and be detected without bring one's nose anywhere near the glass... Brown sugar... Dark fruits... Warm dark breads... Toffee... Butterscotch... A touch of tobacco... A light spiced rum character adds some nice complexity... Good depth and complexity... Full bodied... Ultra sleek... Ultra smooth... Sticky... Chewy... A wee bit of carbonation... All the expected characters are present on the palate... The ebb and flow creating layer upon layer of complexity... The warmth of the rum barrels rises on the finish... Quite sophisticated... A definite sipper of a barrel aged barley wine... A bit less than the sum of its parts... Certainly worth a try if you're able to procure a bottle... Very very good, but a bit shy of world class... The rum isn't overpowering, but the barrel aging doesn't quite work in perfect tandem with the beer itself... Still a rather satisfying brew with lots of redeeming qualities... A few small tweaks or some more time in the bottle could co a long way...

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of gtermi
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer pours a dark burnt caramel red, with a thin white head that quickly fades to nothing but a ring around the glass.

S:Really sweet, with a nice amount of booze. I am getting a fruitiness to this beer too.

T: This is where the beer truly shines to me. First thing I notice is the Sailor Jerry rum flavor with a banana type flavor that lingers after it sits for a bit.

M: The mouth feel is absolutely perfect to me. There is a perfect amount of carbonation with a very slight tingle on the back of the throat. It just goes down so easy.

O: This, to me, is up there on the same level as King Henry. just every aspect of this beer shines in its own way and I can't find one thing about it that I would change. Thanks again Dave for sending me a bottle of this!

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Photo of yamar68
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to davey101 for this allusive motherfucker! Bottle 98 of 850:

Swampy tobacco brown with a creamy khaki cap that laces perfectly, with slow soft beading beneath.

The nose on this is surprisingly tame. Caramel and toffee with earthy oak notes... hardly any indication of rum, but it smells nice for what it is.

I was a bit hesitant to take my first sip, after reading such mixed reviews. I'm happy to report that if there are indeed bad bottles out there, this surely isn't one of them. Chewy chocolate and molasses, sweet heat from the rum contribution... loads of vanilla... red licorice... plum... leafy tobacco... wave after wave of flavors. You would never guess this is as dynamic as it is judging by the nose alone. Complex. Delicious.

Fuckin... wow. Thanks so much Dave!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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