Even though we’ve had a warm week (and it’s still technically summer), it is September and there are still pumpkin beers to be had. My next pumpkin beer of the season is Fat Jack from Samuel Adams. This is an 8.5% ABV pumpkin ale boasting plenty of malt and spices. The label says “Double Pumpkin” which I assume means it should have a bit more oomph to it.
A new holiday beer for us this year, Southern Tier’s 2XMAS is categorized on BeerAdvocate as an “Herbed/Spiced Beer” coming in at 8% ABV. 2XMAS has an interesting flavor profile that has characteristics from both the spiced Witbier holiday style, and the classic Winter Warmer style.
The Boston Beer Company, makers of the Samuel Adams beer brand, may be be one of the grandfathers of the craft beer moment but they still try to innovate producing new and interesting beers. One such beer is The Vixen, a bock brewed with chilies, cocoa nibs, and cinnamon. Adding chilies and cinnamon to a beer can be a dangerous affair; too much and it bombs the palate, too little and you don’t get the favors. Hopefully with The Vixen some balance has been achieved.
This Halloween Shane and Nick open two different vintages of Southern Tier’s Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Both 2010 and 2011 vintages are opened side by side and evaluated. How does the great Pumking stand up to the test of time? Tune in to check out what we thought and Happy Halloween!