Tonight I’m posting a review of two beers I had over the weekend: Merrimack Maple Cream Porter and Merrimack Honey White. I drank these over the weekend, but picked them up a number of weeks back when Melissa and I made a trip to the brewery. During the trip I got a chance to meet Adam Pearson, owner of Merrimack Ales. Adam has a deep background in home brewing, which led to launching Merrimack Ales last year. The Lowell-based brewery now has a series of year-round beers, as well as seasonals and limited availability special brews. The taproom provides access to beer samples, growler fills, and swag for purchase. Check out the gallery at the end of the post for all the pictures from our visit!
The Maple Cream Porter is heavy and sweet, more akin to a stout than a porter. It packs some roasted malt bitterness, which helps even it out a bit, however at the end of the day, it’s a dessert beer, through and through. Highly recommended in a 10 ounce pour, but not more unless you really have a sweet-tooth.
The Honey White is brewed with chamomile, giving it a unique character. It’s earthy, herbal and floral. If you’re into herbal beers, this one would be a great choice. And although I loved the unique twist, it all came across a bit strange for me.