Tonight I’m going to be headed off to be a good groomsman: hanging out with the groom to while his wife try on the wedding dress. I figured he and I can grab a beer somewhere nearby. After that, we’re all headed out for some Mexican food – I see a giant Dos Equis and a monster burrito in my future!
Last night I was drinking pumpkin beer, Shock Top Pumpkin to be exact. I wasn’t a huge fan as it was too light for me. Tonight I’m flipping to the absolute opposite side of the pumpkin spectrum – Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout.
This stuff smells like stout; roasted malts all up in my face. There is plenty of the same roasted flavor by taste, but it’s not overwhelming. In fact, this is light drinking for a stout. It’s missing one major thing in that it lacks much of that spiciness that comes with a pumpkin ale. If you let the beer warm WAY up, you only get a little bit of what I’m talking about.
If you gave this brew to me in a blind taste test (without telling me style), I might say I really enjoy it. However, as far as pumpkin ales go…I don’t think this stands up to it’s spicier, pumpkinier counterparts out there.