“Filled with mingled cream and amber I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber through the chamber of my brain – Quaintest thoughts – queerest fancies come to life and fade away. What care I how time advances? I am drinking ale today.”
— Edgar Allen Poe
Baltimore is more than just a scary defense, a creepy-looking writer, and the home of American sea trading. It’s becoming a craft beer haven. Here’s one of the more low-key beers to come out of the Charm City.
What happens when the creator of Europe’s first Beer Of The Month club comes home to start a brewery? Well, you get a beer that can be accepted by both lager and ale drinkers, as well as the masses (one hopes).
This is how The Raven Special Lager came into existence. Combining the wheaty and bready nose of a lager with the roundedness and character of an ale, this beer does indeed have mass appeal.
(UPDATE: it’s now 6-2, Bruins. I wish I had a case of The Raven.)
Taste is not the only hybrid feature of this beer. This Aleger (Lagale?) presents a rich dark gold/light amber color. The nose is mild but familiar, and the finish lacks the normal bitterness of an ale that tricks one into thinking it’s sweet.
Available year-round, this brew is worth the hunt and worth the curiosity. The taste is poetic? Absolutely.
ABV – 5.5%
Color – 6.5
Smell – 6.5
Taste – 6.5
Overall – 6.5
Price – $9.99