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I didn’t plan on posting this week on account of having just returned home from vacation, but a local event caught my attention.  From January 19-21, Somerville Brewing Company is serving up pints of their limited release #ThanksObama Nitro Stout and donating a portion of each sale to the Barack Obama Foundation.  Just their way of doing some good in the world and helping lift spirits in these troubling times.  The beer is available at both the main brewery and the taproom at Assembly Square.

Beer Name: #ThanksObama

Brewery: Somerville Brewing Company (Somerville, MA)

Style: Milk Stout (Nitro)

ABV: 5.5%

Description: A nitro milk stout brewed as a thank you to our former President.  Described by the brewers as creamy with hints of chocolate and coffee.  Available on draft at both Slumbrew locations for $8 per pint.

Appearance: Solid black body with a thick, foamy tan head.

Smell: Sweet cream and dark malts.

Taste: A clean, subtle blend of cream, lactose, and chocolate with a hint of lightly roasted coffee on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth and so light it almost felt like it was floating in my mouth.  Very minimal carbonation.

Hype: After spending a week in a fairly conservative part of central Florida, I was looking forward to this release.  It seems to have been well received in solidly Democratic Somerville as well (predictable Facebook trolls aside).

Overall: I really enjoyed this.  Featuring a superb mouthfeel and a subtly delicious flavor profile, this now ranks among my favorite examples of the style.  Go on and check this out while it’s available!  And, as the event declares, we miss you Barry!

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