Cape Ann Pumpkin Stout

Pumpkin Stout

Something different this Halloween

 

Brewery: Cape Ann Brewing Co.             Origin: Massachusetts, USA

Style: Munich Helles Lager                       ABV: 6.8%

Glassware: Flute, Pilsener Glass

Pair with: Cuisine (German), Cheese (buttery), Meat (pork), Seafood

Appearance: 7/10     Smell: 6/10     Taste/Mouthfeel: 7/10     Drinkability: 8/10

Overall Score: 71%

APPEARANCE

It’s a stout, so it’s appears to be black but when held to a light it is a actually a deep red. The head was almost non-existent, and even the little amount that did appear didn’t linger long.

SMELL

Roasted malts and a deep breadiness dominate this one. There is a small hint of pumpkin and spices.

TASTE/MOUTHFEEL

The pumpkin is there immediately without being overbearing. The spices follow up along with the roasted malt bitterness, which dumbs down the spices to an enjoyable point. Finely carbonated this one feels almost flat. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, as it adds a hint of familiarity with the biggest name in the stout game, Guinness.

DRINKABILITY

Higher ABV than is standard for this style makes this less drinkable than it should be. This one should be closer to pilsners in their drinkability and resemblance to session beers. This one again is disappointing in this category.