Red Hook’s Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter is the next pumpkin beer of 2014.
This pumpkin porter is certainly more porter than pumpkin. Unlike the superlative Alaskan Pumpkin Porter written about earlier, this is very much a big, roast-forward porter. It’s good, and there are some detectable spice notes right before a huge, black sledgehammer of coffee-roasted grain falls into place with all the delicacy of an anvil tumbling from the bucket of a steam shovel. The carbonation is aggressive, the color is black, the pumpkin is unnoticeable. The coffee flavor lingers long after the last swallow.
This is a good beer to have after you’ve gone through your more balanced, nuanced brews as it will color your palate long after you’ve finished it.