Coaster Critique: Slumbrew Yankee Swap

On the Ninth day of Beermas….

Name: Yankee SwapGlass

Brewed By: Slumbrew (Somerville Beer Company)

Style: Strong Ale Brewed with maple syrup, aged in oak rum barrels

ABV: 12%


Yankee Swap poured a dark amber color with gold and red highlights and a frothy white head that settled slowly.

There’s a lot going on in the aroma of this beer, the alcohol presents itself up front, slightly boozy with distinct notes of rum and oak, followed by notes of toffee and raisins.


The start of the sip has some dark fruit notes, raisins and dates, slightly sugary with a distinct kiss of maple syrup. Mid sip the maple flavors meld into a soft rum flavor with a hint of oak, the alcohol is hidden quite well in the flavor and shows up with a soft warming in your belly after the sip.

Wow, I’m a fan; the maple syrup in this beer plays perfectly with the oak rum barrels and leaves you with a slightly boozy, belly warmer of a beer that is full of flavor and perfect for sharing by the fire on a cold winter evening. If you are a good sport and bring a bottle of Yankee Swap to a Yankee swap I wouldn’t blame you one bit if you traded to get the bottle back.



12 Days of Beermas

Day 1: Harpoon Brewing Co. Winter Warmer

Day 2: Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company, Christmas Ale

Day 3: Schneider Weisse, Aventinus Eisbock

Day 4: Rogue Ales, Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

Day 5: Shipyard Brewing Company, Mint Chocolate Stout

Day 6: Gouden Carolus, Noel

Day 7: De Struise Brouwers, Tjseeses

Day 8: Friars Brewhouse, Whoopie Pie Porter

Day 9: Slumbrew, Yankee Swap

Day 10: Ridgeway Brewing, Criminally Bad Elf

Day 11: Sierra Nevada, Celebration 2013

Day 12: Anchor Brewing, Our Special Ale



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Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.