Merrimack Maple Cream Porter and Honey White

Merrimack Maple Cream Porter

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!

Merrimack Honey White

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.

-Lost

Brewmaster Jack Total Eclipse

Brewmaster Jack Total Eclipse

Tonight we’re off to play trivia. When Melissa was working her last job, the retail hours killed our ability to make trivia. Now that she’s done work, we’re back to a weekly cadence. Tonight will be extra fun, as my little brother Nick and his girlfriend will be joining us. This weekend Nick is house sitting for us, as we are going to Vermont to celebrate a late Christmas with my family.

On a completely unrelated note, I’m super stoked about the above photo…one of my better faces.

Before we shoot off to trivia, I’m banging out a quick review of Brewmaster Jack Total Eclipse. The beer, an American Porter, is light and super smooth. It’s brewed with rye, which I only pick up minor notes of. More prevalent is a smokey character, which caught me by surprise, but I like. It’s more of a cigar smoke than a campfire smoke…perhaps ever-so-slightly similar to a smokey scotch. An interesting brew if nothing else.

-Lost