Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter
Red Hook, Seattle, WA
This is one of those brews that you will always remember. You give it a whiff, and pumpkin assaults the senses. It comes from a deep, dark beer, completely opposite of what most people see as a typical pumpkin beer. However, you are looking at an amazing pumpkin porter that tops in at 5.8% abv, the strongest measured brew we are reviewing (this week).
Aroma: Strong scent of pumpkin with a hint of pumpkin spice and a strong backbone of smoky roasted malts.
Appearance: Very dark brown with hints of red when held in front of a light. It put up a toffee-colored head of small to large bubbles. The head lingers well, leaving a good film over the top of the beer. It leaves a light lattice on the glass.
Flavor: Strong, smoky porter, with very slight hints of pumpkin. Not much in the way of the spices, just a bit on the side of the tongue. The maple syrup presents itself as a strong, oaky woodiness. It reminds Jess of a tour through the Haunted Graveyard (where I worked for a couple Halloween seasons).
Mouthfeel: As typical of a porter, this is a fairly heavy bodied brew, but a good carbonation lifts it up a bit and leaves it feeling lighter than it probably should.
Overall Impression: Since so many pumpkin beers are renditions of pales, ambers or reds, having a pumpkin porter is a real eye-opener. We both enjoy this beer, and think it should have a place on every beer lover’s autumnal beer shelf.