Slumbrew My Better Half | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

Slumbrew My Better HalfSlumbrew My Better Half
BA SCORE
3.77/5
127 Ratings
Slumbrew My Better HalfSlumbrew My Better Half
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Massachusetts, United States
slumbrew.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by mduncan on 02-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,076
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
127
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
3.69
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of krystensteiner
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of gwalson
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slumbrew usually makes interesting takes on typical beer styles. In this case, they made a style that very few of us have ever tried; the cream stout. This beer is a mix of a cereal wort recipe that was half lager fermented and half ale fermented. It's a smooth, tasty beer that probably won't taste like anything you've tried before. There is a smoothness from the lager half, while the ale half gives a sweetness that is not common outside of beers with more malty characteristics.

I want more! Sadly, it's a limited release and probably won't be around for a while, so get it while you can!

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of uratowel
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

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Photo of EighthElement
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can. Pours a hazy reddish gold, an inch of foam, respectable lacing. Smells malty; caramel, biscuit, almost no bitterness, notes of vanilla and toffee. Taste is heavy on the caramel and vanilla, lighter on the toffee, light bitterness that seems to lean on the grassy side. Mostly sweetish finish. Tasty and enjoyable. A treat.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can

Pours hazy amber orange with a creamy white foam head. Smells like floral grapefruit marmalade, orange citrus, creamy cereal grains, some toasty caramel, amber honey, juicy fruit gum, melons, apple skin, mild spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like floral grapefruit marmalade, orange citrus peel, creamy cereal grains, toasted caramel, amber honey, juicy fruit gum, melons, apple skin, mild spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice imperial cream ale.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by BigSexy410. Thanks Ben.

The beer is bright orange and mostly clear, sporting a small white head that leaves some good lacing on the tulip. The aroma brings floral notes, malt, cream. Wow, the cream character really comes through in the flavor. Vanilla and cream soda notes. Soft and smooth on the palate. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 05/06/12 notes. Big thanks to jslot38 for this one and BigSexy410 with the assist. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a murky reddish amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, cream, vanilla, fruity malts, and bready malts. Not too sweet, and lots of cream.

t - Tastes like cream soda. Tons of cream and vanilla, as well as some fruity malts, toasted malts, bready malts. Very nice, even more cream then the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy body. Awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a great cream ale. Just a ton of vanill and cream, and super smooth and cream and easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of Damian
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Slumbrew My Better Half from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 127 ratings
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