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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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For our first year of our Yankee Swap beer series, we selected rum barrels from our friends at Turkey Shore Distilleries and dark maple syrup from North Hadley Sugar Shack. This Strong Ale is a big beer with hints of maple and complex notes of oak and rum from the Old Ipswich rum barrels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (3667) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Poured an amber color with aromas of booze, rum, oak, light maple syrup, grain, and some light vanilla. Flavors match the aromas, deep alcohol burn, booze, and subtle dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4809) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2014
22oz bottle pours a lightly hazy, caramel brown with a ring of lacing, white head. Nose has some caramel, some booze, maple, birch, a little vanilla, turbinado sugar, some candied apple. Flavor is sweet, maple candies, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, a little woody. Creamy finish. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3113) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2014
22 oz. bottle purchased at One Stop Market. Deep ruby color with lasting head retention. Served just slightly chilled. Aroma is a faint note of rum nothing else.

Flavor is dark fruit, anise, brown sugar and cola with Captain Morgan. Texture is thin maple syrup and lightly spicy finish. When I used to drink sprits I liked rum! So overall I kind of like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2014
Pours out an almost cola color with a small lacing off white head. Aroma is of sweet fruits, caramel, molasses and light boozy notes. Taste is of caramel, toffee, molasses, some sweet fruity notes, light syrup, dry alcohol, oak, simple syrup, light earth. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8214) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of maple syrup, rum, oak, vanilla, candied dark fruit, cocoa and earth. Full bodied. A bit sweet, but not overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
njnut (228) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
In a tasting glass. Pours a nice brown with an off white head. Aroma is complex. Rum, oak, vanilla, raisins, maple syrup, and toast. Soft carbonation. This is a sweet one. Taste is rummy, maple syrup. The oak barrels come through. Med body with a syrup mouth feel. Very interesting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SalsaBelly (2) - - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
Deliciously sweet. Male syrup origins definitely show themselves. Balanced sweetness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2014
On tap at Battleship. Pours a very dark brown, almost black color. Aroma is of oak, malts, slight rum, some booze and something sweet (probably maple). Full bodied, almost like a nitro. Favors are of malts, maple, oak, booze, and vanilla. Leaves a strong oak and sweeter malt finish. Not sure what I think about it. It tastes decent but is a little too unbalanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (896) - Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2014
$2.50 for the 4oz. serving ordered at the Grog. Pours a murky yellow-tinted varnished brown with an almost nonexistent off-white ringed head. Tastes and smells of molasses, aged hops, DME, and peppercorn. Vanillin, sawdust, sage, and roasted corn by swallow. Oaken barrel notes hit hard by its mid-palate accompanied with lemongrass and toast crumbs. WTF is this? Too much, of everything. Sorry, Eric. You might like this, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
msnelling09 (153) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2014
The beer pours like dark maple syrup; rich, dark brown with amber highlights. It sits in the glass as deep mahogany with a little head of creamy white bubbles that fade into a nice scrim around the glass. In body, the beer appears thick and nearly opaque, with just hints of ruby/amber light escaping from the sides. When washed against the sides of the glass, the beer leaves a very slick and quick pair of legs that drizzle and dissolve. On the nose, this beer is an awesome boozy beast. Rich rum coats the nose beautifully with a wisp of maple syrup, and a healthy dose of toffee-like malts. The boozy rum in this beer is not hot, per-se, and is really quite inviting, suggesting a thick slow sipping delight in the glass. Molasses and rich oak can also be sensed as you shove your nose into the glass, adding further complexity to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes sticky sweet, but never cloying, with a quick, strong alcoholic heat just at the close of the throat, but little to none in the finish. Very gentle herbal, hop bitters can be sensed, blending with the tannin from the oak to bring a nice balance to this rich and decadent beer. Alcohol presence is surprisingly middling, and while definitely there, it blends with the rich sweetness of the beer to create quite a decadent treat. In flavor, the beer begins as fresh oak, quickly moving into boozy rum with a touch of cola and lots of toffee malt. Herbal bitterness and oak tannin balance the sides of the mouth, giving a light grassy sense as the rich malt steamrolls over the middle of the palate. Warm maple syrup candy comes into play on the finish along with just a touch of roast malt, smoked oak, and a good batch of bready malts that morph into toffee. Herbal grass and rum balance out the aftertaste, though a very faint sense of maple syrup can also be sensed. As the beer warms, more rich oak, toffee, and rum (not booze) flavors can be sensed on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels full bodied with a flatter carbonation and a nearly syrupy mouthfeel that still slides down the tongue nicely, but grabs on as it goes and lets the mouth know that this beer has some body and should be contemplated, not chugged. The mouth is left a little sticky with a faint sheen of saliva on the mouth, and a boozy dryness that lingers over the middle of the tongue. Overall, this is a decadent holiday delight that I intend to buy more of, and to age for years to come. The Yankee Swap is planned as a yearly beer that changes up its barrel by the year, which will surely make for an interesting tasting down the road! The rum barrel blends beautifully with the maple syrup and the beer and makes for a great in-front-of-a-fire beer to contemplate the holiday season. The beer also makes a perfect yankee swap gift!

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