I have a few beers to write about (it seems as though I will always have a beer to write about, there are so many different beers out there). I’ll go in reverse (based on the title).
Tonight, I had Haverhill/The Tap’s Haver Ale, a cream ale. It pours a pale amber color with a small head and ample carbonation. It smells light with a little grassiness to it. The taste is light, but somewhat creamy, even with all the carbonation. It has a slight grassy bitter hops aftertaste, but it’s just for balance. The mouthfeel is pretty creamy as well, but light. This is a great warm weather beer and a style you don’t normally see very often. It was very tasty and definitely worth a try.
Last night for dessert, Susan and I split a bottle of Southern Tier’s hot new imperial beer, Crème Brulée. They call it an Imperial Milk Stout. I would call it an imperial vanilla stout. Either way, this is one very different beer. It pours a very dark mahogany brown with no real head. Upon popping open the bottle, the smell is strong. It’s very a very sweet vanilla and heavy cream scent. It’s nothing I would have ever expected from a beer this dark. Upon first sip, you can tell this is a sipping beer. It’s very strong in flavor. To be honest, it tastes just like creme brulee. It’s creamy, it’s sweet, and there’s a lot of vanilla and cream flavors in it. It has an aftertaste of roasted malts that don’t necessarily fit in, but also don’t ruin it. The only issue is that it is slightly boozy (no shock there at 10% ABV). This is not a beer to drink on your own. I split the bottle with Susan and even then it was tough for us to finish (in fact, we ended up pouring a little down the drain not because we didn’t like it, but because it was tough to finish). This is a beer to be split between 2-4 people and have as dessert. It would pair well with anything chocolate, vanilla, or creamy. I have a second bottle that I plan on aging for a year to see if the alcohol will mellow and the roasted bitterness will lighten up a bit. This would be one awesome beer if the sweeter side was more prominent throughout.
Finally, last night with dinner, I had Smuttynose Hanami Ale. The label says it’s an ale brewed with cherry juice and other natural flavors. From what I could tell, it’s an amber ale brewed with cherries. For a fruit beer, it’s a good one. It pours a nice amber color with a small head. It immediately smells like cherries, but not overwhelmingly so. It has a nice cherry flavor, but it tastes like there are some spices mixed in as well. I imagine that’s the “natural flavors”. It’s a very easy drinknig beer, though not overly light. It’s worth a try. I’d buy it again.