tillmac62 (735) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2015
BOD 7/14/15. Pours dark as a starless night. When held to intense light it becomes a rich deep dried blood garnet - suitable this close to All Hallows Eve. The head volume is normal as is retention. Lacing is above normal.
The nose is a touch light, but delivers a fairly strong pumpkin over hints of chocolate and roast.
Light medium body with a smooth texture that lacks any creamy characteristics. Barely normal carbonation with a hint of effervescence in the middle and a slightly stronger finish.
The flavor profile is good primarily due to its balance and complexity. Intensity is lacking, being more like a very light version of a porter. It begins with a pleasant blend of flavors that slowly separate. It delivers only hints however, rather than bold flavor assertions. Chocolate, roast and pumpkin wander over a subtle spice note. Unfortunately, the spices are so light they are indistinguishable from each other. Bitterness is very subtle and has more of a roast quality. The finish is a slow fade of the aforementioned light flavors with pumpkin leading the fading pack.
This one, sadly, is more of a trick than a treat.
Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Enjoyed a bottle of this beer poured into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a very dark amber-brown color with a huge creamy-foamy tan head with long retention and good cling and lacing. Its aroma featured nutmeg and spices along with a prominent pumpkin scent and some malty components. The beer was somewhat sweet with spices and a pumpkin effect, but also a bit of bitter earthiness and a touch sour. It was a fairly full and thicker beer with a watery body and average carbonation. IndianaRed (4630) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2015
On Tap pretty dang black even for a porter with a fine light tan head. LIght rasty aroma. Nutty soft roast flavors. A little campfire and some biter chocolate. Easy on the bitterness bite at the end. Some dark pitted fruit. Not particularly heavy or big. Very mild trailer. The clamed spices are very light and only a faint accent. cblado (298) - Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a thick dark brown color. Tan head, some lacing. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Some malt. Flavor is heavily spiced. Overall it’s an okay seasonal. Tastes pretty sugary and artificial to me, though. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2015
12oz bottle, from my local Kroger. Bottled Jul 15 15. Dark brown color, kind of clear around the edges. Thin off-white head, kind of bubbly, quickly fades to a minimal ring. Looks like cola, pretty much. Touch of dark chocolate, some watery pumpkin if you’re thinking on it, bigger spice, and some cola. Licorice. Medium-plus body, kind of thin, lighter kind of soft prickly carbonation. Touch of cocoa in the finish. Some roast malt, but a kind of watery flavor overall. Moderate-plus sweet taste, light bitter, mild bite. Kind of spicy, sweet, thin, with the porter/pumpkin flavors taking a backseat to spice/cola.
KansaiBeerLvrs (5156) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2015
Red Hook’s 2014 Out of your Gourd Pumpkin Porter 5.8% Bottle served in a shaker pint.
This was picked up on Rakuten from Yamaichi. It pours a deep cola black with a thin brown head of foam that dissipated fast.
The aroma is really nice, light cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of ginger in a chocolate bun. Yum.
Medium to light bodied, the initial flavor is pumpkin pie spices, then roasty dark malts, a dab of chocolate and pumpkin flesh in the finish. I am digging this beer, solid - then again it’s a year old so fresh it may have been a spice bomb... drjay44 (3713) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2015
12 oz bottle. Bottle July 15 2015. Pours a medium, well retained, light beige head, with minimal lacing, over a clear, dark brown body.....nose is cocoa, light chocolate, no coffee, from the roasted malts, light cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg from the spices, no esters or hops, balance to the spices......taste is slightly sweet, with moderate cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, light cocoa, hints of chocolate from the roasted malts, light earthiness, finishing dry with mild herbal hops spice bitterness.....mouth feel, light body, no alcohol, low carbonation. This is an interesting beer. The pumpkin was used with a light hand, and is hidden under the spices and the roasted malts. As such, it is more of a spiced Porter than a pumpkin beer many of which are overly dominated by the squash taste. This really is a Spice/Herb/Vegetable, rather than a Porter. BJCP 6/3/10/4/5 sharkbcr (160) - Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Dark brown color with a modest tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts. Taste is slightly sweet with a hint of cinnamon. Overall a decent pumpkin porter that isn’t overwhelmed by the pumpkin. ordybill (1759) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass in a pub in Gettysburg, PA. This beer has a black color with a tan colored head. the aroma is full of malt and yeasty bread with a hint of pumpkin. The flavor is very malty with a slight pumpkin flavor, very nice. I found this to be one of the most interesting takes on pumpkin beers and I would definitely drink this again. bubbleflubber (2227) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Pours a chocolate-mahogany hue into the glass, with an initial frothy choco-tan head that reduces to a thin ring of suds that leaves no lacing of which to speak. The nose is of chocolate and pie spices, focusing on clove. Flavors of sweet processed pumpkin, black cherries and dark chocolate, finishing with Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and light clove and ginger notes. The mouthfeel is smooth with semi-active carbonation. The medium body is easily quaffable on the palate. The best Red Hook offering I’ve had so far, and tries to stick to the qualities of a porter as best possible for the marketed masses. Decent.