Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wasatch Black O'Lantern Pumpkin Stout

This 6.5% ABV seasonal pumpkin stout is from Wasatch Beers, from the Utah Brewers Cooperative of Salt Lake City, Utah. It is brewed with pumpkin and spices.

The beer pours pitch black, no light comes through even when held up. There is about a half-inch of creamy beige head. The aroma is primarily pumpkin and spices, but a bit richer than non-stout pumpkin ales due to the dark roasted malt. The taste is rich pumpkin pie, sweet, but not too sweet, tempered by the spices, and the dark roasted malts cause a moderately bitter and dry finish. This is like eating a rich pumpkin pie after having taken a sip of good dark coffee. This is really good.

2017, now in a can:  The beer pours black, very dark brown around the edges. There is a short-lived head of tan foam. The aroma is sweet, pumpkiny, spices, with some dark roast malt notes. The taste follows the aromas directly, hitting the same notes. This is like a liquid pumpkin, spice, and dark chocolate cake. There is sweetness, but the finish is dry and moderately bitter. The beer drinks fairly smooth and soft, with a substantial, but not too full body. 

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