Friday, August 23, 2013
'tis the season for autumn beers to start making their way into our midst. With impeccable timing, Two Roads Brewery introduced it's new seasonal creation. Roadsmary's Baby - a pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels - on Friday, August 23rd.
Of course, I had to be in attendance for this momentous occasion. I arrived to a packed parking lot and made my way into the midst of a happy crowd beer drinkers. The bartenders where jammin' and I had to wait for an agonizingly long minute to get my beer. But it was worth the nearly insufferable wait!
I love the tap handle, by the way.
From the tap, Roadsmary's aby (6.8% ABV) poured a deep ruby red with a finger of off white foam that quickly dissipates into wisps of swirls on top of the brew.
The aroma was thick with spices - nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon - and pumpkin. It smells just like a pumpkin beer should smell; like pie only better because it's beer!
The taste was clean and bold with a good helping of pumpkin but far less spice than I had anticipated. The rum is subtly evident, although it is more "smelled" in the back of the mouth than actually tasted. The alcohol is dangerously well concealed. The finish is dry and leaves behind the essence of pumpkin spice.
The mouth feel is medium-ish with just the right amount of carbonation. Very tasty and way too drinkable.
Roadsmary's Baby is a fine addition to Two Roads line up of regular and limited brews. Spicy, pumpkiny - not quite pumpkin pie, but that's okay because I don't like pumpkin pie! Good stuff! ☜(ﾟヮﾟ☜)
Available at the brewery or wherever Two Roads beer is sold. Get some!