Skallish (20) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2016 TheMaha (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured to shaker. I’m relatively new on the pumpkin beer bandwagon. They seem to be all the rage so I’m giving them a shot. I am a traditional porter lover however. The nose is intriguing and for me somewhat unexpected. The spices associated with pumpkin pie are present and jump to the fore. Cardamon/ cinnamon nutmeg some ginger and especially clove Yet I was left wanting in finding the strong coffee or bittersweet chocolate notes I love in a good porter. The taste follows the nose. There are nice savory spice flavors but not nearly enough pumpkin oomph! The bitterness from the dark roasted malts and hops offer a nice bite. But the mouthfeel is a bit thin and not as rounded as it could be. The maple syrup does make a cameo appearance at the end of the swallow. I would have liked a touch more. Overall an interesting effort not fully realized. I wouldn’t put this on the Thanksgiving table but it would be quite serviceable kicking back on the couch with Friday’s turkey sandwiches and leftovers.
This is a good pumpkin brew, but lets start with the bottle first... Ugh! Come on Red Hook, appearance is everything. It looks like a medicine bottle, or a bottle of molasses, not beer. Otherwise, the brew,"Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter" is good for a pumkin beer and a porter. It pours a dark brown color with a healthy head. Little to no lacing. Its got a mild porter aroma and taste. I definitely taste the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. I think its the ginger flavor that masks some of the more traditionally rich porter characteristics. The taste finishes with the maple syrup flavor, but not too sweet. Although I never saw much lacing or bubbles, the feel was that of a mild, fizzy stout and enjoyable. Overall, I’d say this is a smooth, mild-moderate full-bodied, porter with really good holiday spice flavors. Very drinkable and it goes well with any Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah meal. Good job Red Hook (just find a more attractive bottle!)! hershiser2 (3667) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2016
Bottle from Total Wine, Gainesville. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroms of cinnamon and nutmeg, some vegetation as well... whether that’s pumpkin or not I cannot tell. Flavor is cinnamon and nutmeg, light maple notes at first (which linger). More of a spiced Chirstmas tea flavor than pumpkin, but not bad. kidobutai (698) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Cloudy dark, slight head, a little weak for a porter. Can’t really taste the pumpkin though. rdixon77 (3037) - Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2016
Not a bad pumpkin porter. Smoky body with the fall spices. Which are just a bit sweet for the beer. Decent fall six pack beer KY_Beerhead (22) - - OCT 19, 2016
Big fan of Porters, just not Pumpkin Porters. Literally poured it out. I’ll stick to pies and Jack O Lanterns.
JFGrind (2071) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2016
Redhook Out of Your Gourd has parts of a Pumpkin Beer with spice and Porter with chocolate malts. Yet it doesn’t really seem to sum up both styles in a cohesive Fall seasonal. Light bodied and the chocolate malts dominate the palate. johnnymusky (1004) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle from gary...900th beer tried...semi-milestone...lots of pumpkin on the nose....taste is good but lots of spiceyness...nice cold weather beer. ehaak26 (710) - - OCT 9, 2016
Poured into a tulip glass. Black with a khaki head. Aroma of pumpkin and molasses. Taste is sweet. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Bottle. Dark pour with some head. Mostly spice, cinnamon, lighter pumpkin and dark roasted areas. Flavors are dark, spice, cinnamon, and malty flavors. Spice beer before porter, but still has porter notes. Jow (4091) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2016
One of the few non-NY or new England breweries at Troy brewfest. Dark pour nose is light pumpkin spice and chcolatey porter. Tastes of dark chocolate, cola, earthy, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Spices are subdued and touch of wood tones on finish.pretty good.