Good evening a welcome to part 2 of my Halloween double feature! Having the best name out of my haul for the month, I saved this brew to drink “live” on Halloween night as the second half of my double feature. I think we all know what song is playing while I write-up this review.
Beer Name: Werewolves of Cambridge
Brewery: Lamplighter Brewing Company (Cambridge, MA)
Description: There wasn’t much about this on the company’s official website, so I had to turn to Instagram for some more information. Calling it perfect for fall weather, the brewers promise notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit.
Appearance: Black body, as expected. A thin, light tan bubbly head formed with the pour but very quickly fizzled away.
Smell: Sweet, dark chocolate upfront followed by hints of roasted coffee.
Taste: Started out with sweet malts and then turned towards bitter dark chocolate as it approached the halfway mark. From there it transitioned to lightly roasted coffee with undercurrents of sweetness tasting of malt and dark fruit. The finishing taste was a combination of light sweetness and a mild roasty bitterness. It was an interesting variety of flavors but they came together well into a smooth, subtle, and balanced whole.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly creamy thin to medium body. Very low carbonation.
Hype: I obviously had high hopes for this since I saved it specifically for my Halloween night review. Other than that, I hadn’t really heard a lot about this.
Overall: I don’t always get excited about porters, but I found a lot to like here. While this isn’t my typical go to flavor profile I did enjoy how all the different aspects came together. I would love to find this on tap somewhere for pairing with a nice meal; could see this going great with some barbecue. If you’re into porters (or maybe even if you’re not), give this one a go.
Happy Halloween to all, and to all a good night! Awoooo!