Archive for November, 2013

Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet – The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale

IMG_6394[1]In as much as porters and stouts easily lend themselves to the fall and winter seasons, ales also play a role this time of year.  Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet – The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a solid selection for this time of year.  The attractive redish-gold color helps to put you in the mood to watch the colors of the leaves change. The flavor is a little sweet, but not overly so, and the pumpkin flavor is mellow without slapping you in the face.  If you pay attention, you can even taste a bit of bourbon (cha-ching!) and vanilla, as well as the standard pumpkin spices. Not that “standard” is a letdown, you understand. In fact, it’s the tasty initial flavor upon which many of the other flavors are based. If you don’t mind sitting outside in multiple sweaters on a chilly afternoon with your friends, this ale is the perfect choice while sitting around the campfire and forgetting the day’s toil. Cheers!

Southern Tier Warlock

Blog shotFall is just about my favorite time of year, mostly due to the big selection of richly flavored pumpkin beers. This is the first time I’ve tried Warlock and I have to say I’m very impressed. Southern Tier has a list of rotating seasonal beers known as their Black Water Series, and I think these are their flagship effort. There’s no doubt that the ingredients are premium and the brewing methods meticulous. Their efforts pay off in a major way with Warlock. From what I’ve read, this Imperial Stout is meant as a counterpoint to their other fall beer, “Pumking”. (We’ll have to save that one for another blog post.) In brief, Warlock is a little less pumpkin-flavored than others and has a little more spice. Now, that’s not a bad thing. There is indeed subtle pumpkin flavor lurking about, but the taste of roasted malt is more up front here. Actually, I should say malts — 4 types of malts, in fact, which all shine through and provide a nutty finish that really leaves you feeling warm and cozy. This beer is best served when the cold winds are howling outside and the fire is blazing inside. If you haven’t invited your sweetie to cozy up with you and your Warlock yet, now would be a good time. Cheers!