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Slumbrew My Better Half - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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85
very good

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 17
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mduncan on 02-09-2012

It’s often said there is a better half responsible for making us whole, and so goes the inspiration for this ale. Its whole is born from a single recipe of 2-row pilsner, caramel, honey malts and cereal grains that balance with Cascade, Mt. Hood and Saaz hops. One half of the fermentation is cold lagered and the remaining half is finished as a warm ale fermentation. The result is a smooth and composed imperial cream ale well suited for contemplating your better half.
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Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 28
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives copper-colored with a creamy, though small head; decent retention and a smattering of lace

Smell: Toasted bread, caramel, vanilla and a hint of stone fruit

Taste: Toasted bread, vanilla and caramel build the sweetness factor, with some booziness arriving in the middle; after the swallow, there is a subtle but distinct herbal citrus peel character that lends some balance; the finish, however, marks a return to the sweetness that is apparent from the outset

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting twist on a much-maligned style; there is definitely a "cream soda" element to this beer; I like some of the subtle touches but, at the end of the day, the sweetness makes this difficult to consume a complete glassful

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rshersnow
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heerboth
1.63/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is simply not my taste. Cream ales are best kept light and crisp. This beer doesn't have enough backbone to handle the booziness. One of the worst craft beers I've had recently, but I tend not to like imperial pale lagers, and this beer is a close cousin to those styles.

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cream ales are notoriously difficult to make complex and tasty. This one accomplishes both. The color is very dark for the style--definitively amber. Served at the beer garden, therefore plastic cup and a small head. Only a couple of small dots for lace.

Nearly no smell. This belies the full flavor.

The taste comes across as if there was actual cream added. Very smooth and rich. Decent carbonation even if the richness makes it seem otherwise.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Tarps68
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ericvillhauer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of blackmathdavey
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Fabiand
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of SuperHop18
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rciroc
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Mark_Robinson
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Syracuse12
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Syraquse
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Raf
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/29/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel and a touch of fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. There are also touches of vanilla and chocolate in the background. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of markgugs
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Meb3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MrDarcy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Chris00710
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours somewhat hazy. Body is a pale orange hue that is quite close to yellow. A thicker, smooth head leaves sheets of lace.

S-Sharp, sweet grains. Some honey and an amorphous fruity aroma.

T-Sweet, grainy bread and honeyed biscuits or dough. Has a 'sharpness' to the flavor. I guess I will add the descriptor 'cream' here.

M-Medium bodied. Softer carbonation. 'Creamy'. A bit of alcohol heat surprisingly dry.

O- A cool idea but I'm not sure how much I enjoyed it. One full pint of those as enough for me.

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Slumbrew My Better Half from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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