Slumbrew My Better Half - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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Reviews by Ego:
3.35/5 rDev -11.8%
the first time I heard of an imperial cream ale was some years ago at the 3 floyds brew pub (a friend's brother lives in those parts), since then this is still a reluctant beast for most breweries. so with no further waste of time let's see what this thing is about
practically glowing orange, a nice white cap of about one finger of cream, the head fades quick but there is an ample army of antagonized bubbles boiling toward the surface, lacing is spotty but some legs are in there from the kicked up alcohol presence, put this near the top of a light and it almost looks like the pool that killed the terminator in T2, james cameron ain't got nothing on this...
kind of off color euro skunk smell, dry grains in a burlap sack, faint bitter honey, pretty nice but no blue ribbon
pretty devilish mouth feel, at once creamy and smooth but with just a pin prick of brisk carbonation, a sort of strange sweet-bitterness, definite kick in the north of groin area from the alkeehall, the best part of this brew is definitely the mouth feel... nearly flawless there... but (and you knew that was coming) the flavor is definitely too sweet for this taster, there is a little bitter finish that saves this from utter cloy-dom but this is not something I would reach for.
credit for going for it in a style rarely seen around these parts but the flavor is not my bag.. of chips
09-17-2013 04:49:48 | More by Ego
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):
LOOK: Rich amber, touch of haze, big creamy white head
SMELL: Fresh cereal grain, honey, alcohol, light herbal, clean
TASTE: Firm, semi-viscous, smooth, creamy, toasty, sweet grains, honey, orange peel, bitey alcohol, herbal and earthy linger
Cream Ales, an ale/lager hybrid of sorts, are greatly underrepresented and often misunderstood. Slumbrew reminds us how fun the style can be with their dangerously delicious Imperalized interpretation; a cold lager blended with a warm ale. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but the complexity and sheer drinkability quickly forgives and forgets.
06-29-2013 16:30:59 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.54/5 rDev -6.8%
22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.
Crystal clear copper color, bubbly head on top. Yeast, ripe pears, spicy hop, orange pith and animal feed grain in the nose. Very smooth, creamy with a medium body. Biscuity throughout, bread crust and crackers. Lots of hop flavor; herbal, leafy, spicy, mild tobacco & orange peel. Hint of caramel and ripe fruit in the middle, finishes near astringent. A battle more than balance here, hops and malt don't seem to fully mesh together for me and while it is not a chore to drink it certainly is not a bomber I'd get on my own. I've had batches that were sweeter and a bit more palatable.
02-19-2013 05:49:30 | More by Jason
4.3/5 rDev +13.2%
Poured a deep golden auburn color, off white head with descent retention and lacing but could have been more in a cream ale.
A little lacking on hop aroma for what came in the taste. Just a little weak overall aroma.
Really unique taste and mouthfeel combination here, made it a little hard to judge. I think this attributed to the fact that this is a mix of a lagers and ales same recipe. Big pale sweet maltiness balanced by a distinct hop flavor up front, with sweetness lingering.
Overall a cool concept and really enjoyable beer - I kept wanting more (shared the 22).
03-05-2012 02:15:51 | More by uratowel
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a deep caramel body with a light beige head that last as a thick creamy and a sea of microbubbles support it.
S- The caramel malt is crisp and fresh with a hone malt aroma supporting it
T- The pale malt flavor has some nice caramel malt flavors to it and a touch of sweetness in the finish. There is an alcohol bite with a hop note in the finish while the hops linger a bit after the finish.
M- The light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and an alcohol heat
O- this beer has a nice full fresh clean malt profile with a big alcohol heat and hop bite punch in the finish.
01-30-2013 15:03:20 | More by rhoadsrage
3.51/5 rDev -7.6%
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles quickly leaving a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Hazy amber colored body.
S) Subtle sweet aroma - caramel, brown sugar. Some astringent notes.
T) Bitter up front with malty sweetness mixed in. Hints of vanilla and caramel. Alcohol and hop bitterness in the finish.
M) Creamy. Medium, almost chewy body. Dry, slick tongue feel in the finish.
O) A decent brew. Points for creativity. Not your normal run-of-the-mill brew.
08-30-2013 00:55:37 | More by u2carew
4.65/5 rDev +22.4%
This beer brings back memories of fall apple harvesting with my Dad. Then an afternoon spent making caramel apples and trying not to eat all the caramels before they got to the apples.
Wonderful amber hue and frothy, lacy head. Nice bready notes in the armoma with a slight smell of honey. The caramel flavor predominates with a slight alcohol in the finish. This is a rich, creamy beer that has a sweetness that lingers on the tongue.
Great beer for people you know who aren't into bitter, super hoppy beers. This a nice gateway beer!
04-08-2012 18:55:02 | More by krystensteiner
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere local.
Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head holds on admirably, with very sticky lace. Aroma is sedate but balanced.
Taste starts sweet, citrus in the middle, with a strong bitterness through the close. Alcohol bite lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is good. Just about what I would expect an imperial cream ale to be like.
03-25-2012 23:46:25 | More by ppoitras
Slumbrew My Better Half from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.