Slumbrew My Better Half - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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Reviews by Damian:
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Drank on-tap at Picco Restaurant, Boston, MA
Served in a pint glass
Slightly hazed, copper-amber appearance. The liquid was capped by a small, khaki colored head that deposited a thin sheet of patchy lacework along the glass.
The nose was sweet and fruity initially. Berry notes were apparent. Touch of caramel and biscuity malt sweetness. Surprisingly, as the beer warmed, the nose faded and all that was left was a dull maltiness.
Lots of interesting things happening in the flavor profile. Like the nose, it was sweet and fruity. Strong peach notes. Hints of orange zest. There was a robust caramel malt presence. Some discernible berry-like flavors. I thought I picked up strawberry notes. Moderately hoppy finish. The hops were crisp, piney and earthy. Overall, quite flavorful and remarkably well balanced. At 7.2% ABV, this drank remarkably well.
The mouthfeel was incredibly plush and smooth on the palate. Full bodied for the style.
Calling this beer a cream ale (or even an imperial cream ale) is a bit misleading, as it bares absolutely no resemblance to other versions of the style that I have sampled. Regardless, My Better Half really impressed me. If you appreciate unique beers that push boundaries, then definitely give this a shot.
Serving type: on-tap
04-07-2013 03:52:07 | More by Damian
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-03-2014 01:12:14 | More by VelvetExtract
Slumbrew My Better Half from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
86 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.