Halloween’s Darkest Night… in a Bottle

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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.

Final Impressions:

Hops:                    mug rating .5

Malts:                   mug rating 3.5

Pumpkin:             mug rating 3

Spices:                  mug rating 2

Flavor:                  mug rating 3.5

Overall:                mug rating 3.5

Label:                    mug rating 4.5

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