- My Rating: B-
Crookeder Tooth Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale – Phillips Brewing, 7.3% ABV, 650ml, (Victoria, BC, Canada)
on the front side label:
“The big barrel-aged brother to Crooked Tooth, this pumpkin ale is king of the patch. ‘Crookeder’ brings a delicious VANILLA BOURBON punch to help light up that smile! Pairs well with tricks & treats of all kinds.”
- Style: (seasonal, pumpkin, barrel-aged) Spiced Ale
- Taste Profile: bourbon depth -> alcohol/toffee/malt/vanilla -> caramel-malty sweet finish.
- Where I got it : 16th (W.Van)
- How much: $6 – 650ml (after 10% off), September 2013
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
Visual: Cool label, although it looks as if it were printed from an HP inkjet and hastily glued on for the Fall season. Nevertheless, I’m up for barrel-aged anything and for a pumpkin ale, this would be my first. Pours clear-as-water light copper brownish-orange with a decent quickly dissipating head, thin ringed retention, lots and lots of CO2 activity.
Nose: roast pumpkin, caramel malts, brown sugar, mild pumpkin spices. (5)-aromatic strength.
Attack: bourbon-alcoholic depth, (6)-sweetness, fizzy-tingly mouthfeel
Mid-palate: (8)alcohol detection, (MAIN) toffee malts, pumpkin saltiness, bourbon (HINT) vanilla
Finish: brown sugar exhale, lingering caramel-malty sweet finish.
Summary: Barrel-aging has added MUCH MORE DEPTH but also taking away the subtle spices that were present in the regular Crooked Tooth. Still, I prefer this incarnation over the plain one. Check my out my 2012 Crooked Tooth review here. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)