Patrick o’Pumpkin Barrel aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Central City Brewing (Surrey, BC, Canada)

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Patrick o’Pumpkin (bourbon) Barrel aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Central City Brewing, 8.0% ABV, 650ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local craft beer*)

Ingredients: water, munich malt, pale malt, specialty malts, german magnum hops, yeast, pumpkin & spices, barrel aged.

  • Style: (bourbon barrel-aged, pumpkin) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Root beer bourbon caramel vanilla malt stealth ABV
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7 – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50, forgettable

Visual: Pours dark cola brown without much head, ringed retention, scatted steady streams throughout.

Nose: bourbon, caramel malt, oak, root beer. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: initial cola malts, thin-slick, fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) roasted pumpkin, root beer, vanilla, nutmeg, caramel malts

Finish: soft bitter mostly pumpkin malty sweet finish.

Summary: Certainly better than their canned Red Racer Pumpkin and bottled Spiced Pumpkin, this one is rather drinkable with a nice stealth ABV. Not a whole lot of spice but plenty of bourbon.