njnut (112) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
SalsaBelly (2) - - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deliciously sweet. Male syrup origins definitely show themselves. Balanced sweetness
halfonit (1117) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
radarsock (751) - Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$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.
msnelling09 (111) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
Ed5388 (1598) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber shared by dmac. I showed up a dmacs house and he already had this poured for me. He said hurry and drink this, so we can start rating. The rest of the night was blurry! Im pretty sure he laced this beer with GHB or some other illegal date rape drug. Come to think of it maybe he actually said hurry and drink this, so I can start raping! From what I remember it poured a dirty brownish/amber color with a small khaki head. Aroma was boozy, with lots of caramel malt, and hints of ripe banana, and spices, and rum. Taste of syrupy caramel, roasted malt, sweet spices, oak, raisins, and booze.
dmac (3688) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber from Wine Academy. Poured a thicker body Tootsie Roll brown body with a smaller super tight foamy beige head. Aroma is boozy and sweet, notes of dry maple syrup, hard vanilla csndies, oak barrel, spiced rum, molassess, wet dark toast. Medium to fuller syrupy body with softer to average csrbonation and a syrupy boozy lingering finish. Flavor is the same as the aroma. Sweet and boozy with lots of barrel and maple syrup, some vanilla and wood, dry dark toast and vanilla candy along with rum and dark fruits. Not bad Slumtown not bad.
thornecb (4095) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Maple and booze aromas. Thick with dark pit fruit and molasses front to back. Lasting hot bitter earth finish.
ROBC3366 (308) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark caramel color with no head. Smells of rum and oak and tastes like maple syrup , booze and wood.
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