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Slumbrew My Better Half - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: mduncan on 02-09-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

preamble...
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

eyes...
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...

nose...
kind of off color euro skunk smell, dry grains in a burlap sack, faint bitter honey, pretty nice but no blue ribbon

taste etc...
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.

verdict?
credit for going for it in a style rarely seen around these parts but the flavor is not my bag.. of chips

Ego, Sep 17, 2013
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a: This was a chill hazed golden orange color. It poured with a thick, sticky, creamy head.

s: Grassy, spicy hops; grainy cereal; some cream as well.

t: Lightly sweet grains then some stronger honey sweetness. Faint grassy bitterness at the end.

m: Big creamy body with very active carbonation.

o: Very different; not bad but not something I'd want often.

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Slumbrew My Better Half from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.