Inspired by Jim’s posts, I decided to review something from my cellar, a 2011 Rock Art Extreme Imperial Pumpkin Spruce Stout. Rock Art is a northern VT brewery not far from some of our favorites, While I haven’t visted it yet, it’s only a matter of time.
I suppose I can talk about the beer. It poured with a single finger of capachunio like head, which lingers brieftly. The aroma is piney, and bitter. It’s hard to say if the pine is hops or spruce, as I’ve never had one. As the bottle says, don’t expect pumpkin pie in a glass, and they are right. I admit that I’m not the biggest stout fan, even though I am a big fan of pumpkin beers and there is not enough of that in this beer. Hard to tell if there was more there before aging, or if it was just never there. It also lacks some of the thick smoothness you might get from some other imperial stouts. I’ve only had one other pumpkin stout, which was on the sweeter side, more to my perference. I’ll say the beer held up well, even if it’s not my perfered style. It does hide it’s 8% and 50 IBUs well.
I’ll also note that I generally don’t like to review ‘cellar’ beers because I find it hard for others to replicate the expierence.
Vital Stats: Served at 40F in Covered Bridge 5k Shaker. 8% ABV 50IBU
Taste: C+. Piney, bitter, roasty.
Drinkability: B. 8%, and a bit powerful, and woodsy.
Packaging: B. Plain, but all the details are there. I do like the food pairing suggestions. Only missing Bottled on date.
Others like it: Fishermans Imperial Pumpkin stout