RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

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ben4321 (6739) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2015

Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite that’s been chilling in the back of the fridge for quite some time. Today’s as good a day as any to consume this one, 10/8/15

Aroma: The aroma is big, boozy, and sweet, molasses, rum, oak, vanilla, and some maple
Appearance: Murky brownish color with a beige head that sheets and drips down the glass
Flavor: Boozy and sweet, there’s lots going on, but all the components are boozy and sweet
Palate: This is a fairly big, full-bodied beer, with a boozy heat, and a big, sticky finish
Overall Impression: The combination kind of reminds me of dark rum. Very sweet in a way that could potentially come off as one-dimensional, but there’s some complexity here. With this much barrel flavor, it’s hard to tell how well crafted the underlying beer is, but I enjoyed the full version. Even with a couple years, this is bog and boozy, definitely for those that love a lot of barrel in their beer.

anthony850 (473) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Great run taste with a hint of oak. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

burg326 (5607) - 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.

nimbleprop (8761) - 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.

AirForceHops (7815) - 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.

pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, 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

jtclockwork (17284) - , 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.

njnut (486) - 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.

SalsaBelly (2) - - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
Deliciously sweet. Male syrup origins definitely show themselves. Balanced sweetness

halfonit (1398) - 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.

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