The Somerville Brewing Company, branded as Slumbrew, has carved out a noticeable niche since bursting onto the Boston brewing scene in 2011. Founders Caitlin Jewell and Jeff Leiter smartly introduced three very different beers right off the bat, and Flagraiser IPA, Porter Square Porter, and Hoppy Sol are local staples. Seasonal offerings keep things fresh.
Slumbrew's latest seasonal offering is Attic & Eves, a toasted brown ale. I've had the pleasure of talking beer with Jewell and Leiter many times, and they're excited about this one. It's a cold-weather beer, so it's appropriate that snow is spackling the window as I write this.
Poured from a bomber, Attic & Eves appears more black than brown in the glass. A thick, white head forms an aromatic peak that smells like chocolate and toasted almonds.
The beer is brewed with toasted buckwheat, maris otter, victory, brown, and chocolate malts. While that sounds like a lot of malt, Cascade and Fuggles hops lighten things up. The vital stats for Attic & Eves: 7.5 percent alcohol by volume and 38 IBUs (international bitterness units).
The first sip is nutty and bright. Cereal, pecans, and cocoa nibs slip and slide around my tongue. The mouthfeel is medium, and the ingredients blend together beautifully. This is dangerous for a beer of 7.5 percent alcohol by volume, but it's a nice change of pace from the slick stouts that dominate the season.