I’ve grown to love this time of year, at least for beer. I wasn’t much of a pumpkin beer fan, but having options like Good Gourd, Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin, and now TREAT, I’m coming around. This one is a sort of a cross between a pumpkin ale and a chocolate porter (I know, you probably already knew that from the damned label).
Lots of pumpkin pie spice in the nose, not much in the way of chocolate. But the chocolate comes through in the flavor, and not in that shitty metallic way that I get from a lot of cheap chocolate stouts. More of a milk chocolate covered pumpkin candy way. Plenty of fall spices in the finish; nutmeg, cinnamon, some clove. It’s a bit thinner than I remember from last year, but still solid.
If this was cheaper (and if I didn’t have to get it from the other side of the country) I’d probably get this by the case. I think I like Good Gourd more, but this is a nice change of pace.
Really nice barrel-aged porter from Caldera. I’ve not been a huge fan of their IPAs, so this was a bit of a surprise. Good toasted coconut and marshmallow in the aroma. The barrel is subtle, but it’s more upfront as it warms up. I like it; seek this out.
Lucky enough to snag an early taste last night since I can’t make it to the restaurant today. This stuff is fantastic. Big nutty aroma and flavor, a touch of bourbon, and a short, although somewhat bitter, finish. I could drink it all day. Truly wish I was heading up there right now for the formal tapping, but sadly I’ll be out of town doing family stuff. *sniff*
I’m not sure why people are bitching about the price of Maine’s beers. They’re tasty as hell, and the cost isn’t all that out of line with anything else sold in singles. Good stuff, and it certainly helps that Mrs. Asshole really likes them.