Slumbrew My Better Half | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

BA SCORE
85
very good
126 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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
Ratings:
126
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of heerboth
1.63/5  rDev -57.2%
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.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.12/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Spicy, thin, horrible, do not drink!

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.14/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of 2ellas
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Colosdog
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Fabiand
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ego
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Slumbrew My Better Half from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
3.81 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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