Roads Brewing has been one of my favorite new breweries to debut in the
last few years. They make pretty much every style under the sun and all
have been good at worst and excellent at best. With their pumpkin beer –
Roadsmary’s Baby – they’ve made a pretty standard, no-frills pumpkin
brew despite the fact it’s aged in rum barrels.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a flared snifter. It was bottled on 7/22/15 and cost $3.20 ($0.27 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark mahogany/brown hue. Translucent, but not visible
carbonation. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head which mostly
dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of mint. More of a
potpourri scent than any kind of sweet, pie-like aroma. Not rum or
Taste: I had high hopes for this beer when I saw on the label that it
was aged in rum barrels with vanilla beans. That seems to be a winning
combination. However, I was a tad disappointed that this drank like most
other pumpkin beers. Just like the nose, cinnamon and nutmeg definitely
dominate the palette. There’s a light, consistent spicy flavor in the
first half and it becomes stronger, danker and more earthy on the
finish. I also find there to be a slight minty character on the backend.
I would not consider this an especially sweet brew, though. The only
point I notice any rum barrel character is very briefly in the
aftertaste as it’s accentuated by a slight alcohol presence. I think
this would work wonders as an imperial brew at a 50-100% increase in
strength; as it stands it’s a fine pumpkin beer though.
Drinkability: Two Roads Roadsmary’s Baby is relatively strong at 6.8%
ABV. Though the mouthfeel is a little lighter and crisper than I’d
prefer. I detect a bit of alcohol warmth as it goes down. However, there
is absolutely not challenge in drinking this at all. It’s smooth and
leaves a fairly clean aftertaste. This is strong enough to stand up to a
meal, but too spicy to complement dessert.