Gave this bad boy an A. Glad it’s run by BK Brewery now. Following goes the BA review and a crappy picture!
Had with some incredible mac n cheese at Amity Hall, Village, NYC about an hour ago. Not on my Top100, but definitely part of the season and definitely stamping the passport. What’s up, Mike!
Appearance I liked. Standard pumpkin copper, but a bit darker than some others, and a nice head retention. A little cloudy, or else points would be higher. Smell is probably its best strength. Sweet and full aroma, and spices are present too, with a hint of hops. The taste follows the nose at first, starting off with a sugary burnt caramel type feel, then transitioning to malt in the middle, with pumpkin spices and hops in the finish. It’s not a clean finish, and there’s a bit of an overly malty taste that lingers – but to be fair, that’s what I like about it going down.
It might not be highly drinkable just because you might get a bit too much pumpkin in the medium-bodied and carbonated taste, but I could see myself doing at least a 6’er, especially at the pleasing 5% abv.
This is easily the highest rating I’ve given to a BB beer yet, so maybe now I can finally be called a homer.
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I love pumpkin pie. Seriously. And this beer does it big. In my mind, it’s really this vs. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin. I’m drinking it presently.
That said, its appearance isn’t all that – a standard pumpkin ale look with a finger width head that has a peachy hue. The beer seems a little bit light, and slightly hazy/yeasty. The smell is exceptional though. Strong burnt caramel, pumpkin, malt aromas waft up. I want to dive in.
Taste is the same, burnt caramel and almost… kettle corn? There’s pumpkin spices present and even a bite of hops midway through. By halfway down the pint, there’s a definite hint of alcohol. Something’s in there too that’s also in ST’s Choklat, and I’m going to try to figure it out in a future review. While the alcohol is consistent with the abv, it lowers the taste and drinkability just a tad. It’s still highly drinkable, and feels great on its way through.
This isn’t one for the spice-only crowd. It’s big and sweet. That said – it’s right up my alley.
UPDATE: Thanks, ktrillionaire. The commonality between this and Choklat is a syrupy taste.
UPDATE 2: Apparently – per the picture – this brew gives me an “Asian Glow”. So there’s that.
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