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Black O' Lantern Pumpkin Stout

November, 2015
Judges Rating: 
87
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
35 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

The aroma greets the drinker with moderate pumpkin pie spices of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg that dominate. The stout characteristics take a backseat to the spices with a suggestion of coffee, chocolate and very light bready base malt. The spice character increases in intensity in the flavor and leans toward the nutmeg. A hint of chocolate lingers through to a pleasurable residual sweetness and medium hop bitterness and a medium-dry finish. A light creaminess on the palate creates a very pleasant mouthfeel. The roasted malt character needs to be a bit more in the forefront to allow the stout characteristics to shine through, but overall, this is a very enjoyable winter ale.

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