Sunday, September 13, 2015

Two Roads Roadsmary’s Baby

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1452) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Two 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 barrel character.

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.

RATING: 7/10