Saturday, August 25, 2012

Doughnut Beer and Pumpkin Beer

So, I totally took notes on this beer, and can't find them. No mattter. A couple of weeks ago, I randomly went to a beer store in Lansing and there were cases of these bright pink bottles at the front of the store drawing me in. I knew what they were instantly, and I got excited. VERY excited. Rogue's Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale. Right?? Not thinking I would be able to get one, I asked my sister who lives in Oregon to hook me up. Luckily I found this first. On their website (I had checked previously) they listed stores you could buy this beer by the bottle - in Oregon, Washington, California. I had NO idea they would come to Michigan.
I enjoyed this with a friend who described it as, "Homer Simpson's Fantasy." Spot on. This is good. Sweet, but not overly so. Really a surprisingly balanced beer with subtle cinnamon, maple, doughnut, and smokey bacon flavors. Definitely one to try! A
It's been unseasonably chilly lately, almost feeling autumnal. Not to mention the stores are already stocking up on Halloween goodies and...Octoberfests and Pumpkin Ale. I'm enjoying Samuel Adam's Limited Release series and cannot turn down a new pumpkin beer. I'm less of a pumpkin beer now than I used to be. Mainly becacuse I've had more bad ones than good ones. But every year I absolutely MUST have a Pumking. I do not see a ton of Southern Tier's beers in Michigan, but I hope I can find one this year.
Anyhow, Fat Jack is a "double pumpkin" ale with plenty of booze and pumpkins. 28 lbs of pumpkin in each barrell to be precise, and 8.5% alcohol. It poured a fairly attractive deep reddish amber with a thick solid foam head. The nose was mild, just a touch sweet. It tasted of caramel malts, pumpkin, subtle spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), but not sweet. There was a bitter edge and a slight smokey flavor as well. A rather full body and enough alcohol to make this a slow-drinking beer. It's still one of the better pumpkin beers I've tried, but my beloved Pumking still reigns supreme. B+

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