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 acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving some wispy bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts, fruity yeast and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit and toasted malts along with some notes of grassy and spicy hops towards the finish, the latter of which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Faint amounts of alcohol are noticeable.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied, very smooth, and somewhat creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice balance between the malts and hops. The smooth, somewhat full-bodied, and creaminess/smoothness of the mouthfeel its its strongest quality.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives copper-colored with a creamy, though small head; decent retention and a smattering of lace

Smell: Toasted bread, caramel, vanilla and a hint of stone fruit

Taste: Toasted bread, vanilla and caramel build the sweetness factor, with some booziness arriving in the middle; after the swallow, there is a subtle but distinct herbal citrus peel character that lends some balance; the finish, however, marks a return to the sweetness that is apparent from the outset

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting twist on a much-maligned style; there is definitely a "cream soda" element to this beer; I like some of the subtle touches but, at the end of the day, the sweetness makes this difficult to consume a complete glassful

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger slightly off-white fluffy head that fades fairly slowly with nice lacing, over pretty clear slightly rosy orange colored beer.

Nose has lots of light malts, but plenty of them, creamy malts, a hint of sweetness that almost presents a slight booze, a hint of a bready toasty malt, and the slightest hint of floral fruity hops.

Taste starts with toasty malts, plenty of caramel and toffee sweet flavors, toasty reddish malts, copper malts, a bit bready, and some creamy malts. A fairly big dose of sweetness brings a nice malty feel and hint of what seems like it would be booze but it doesn't come. A hint of fruity hops rounds it a bit but barely. Finish is drier but still a bit sweet, light creamy toasty malts, hint of floral bitterness and some sticky malts.

Mouth is med bodied, somewhat creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, but nothing special. Not creamy as I expected, tastes like it's boozier than it is, although nice malts, and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/29/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel and a touch of fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. There are also touches of vanilla and chocolate in the background. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cream ales are notoriously difficult to make complex and tasty. This one accomplishes both. The color is very dark for the style--definitively amber. Served at the beer garden, therefore plastic cup and a small head. Only a couple of small dots for lace.

Nearly no smell. This belies the full flavor.

The taste comes across as if there was actual cream added. Very smooth and rich. Decent carbonation even if the richness makes it seem otherwise.

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Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Gkruszewski
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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 JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am not a huge fan of this style, I will point out at first, but please don't think that fact figured into my scoring as I found this to be a pleasing but not too great beer.
The look and smell are pretty good - seethrough orangeish body with two-finger head that dies quick with lace patches on glass and a mix of some bitter, grainy hops and malts along with a sugary, caramel edge. The taste and mouthfeel of the beer just didn't come through as well for me though(who knows - bad tap line? old keg?) . There is a creaminess and smoothness to the beer, goes down easy but not watery, mind you, and there is some sweet caramel malt but it's either not enough or there are just too much hops because overall I found this beer to be grainy, sharp and a little bitter with a very dry finish. Maybe the ABV bled in a little or my beer had a touch of metallic taste but overall I'd say the sweetness was overpowered for a good but not great beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
bottle 2-12
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.

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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 costanzo_mike
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ppoitras
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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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