And the pumpkin beer keeps flowing. This time, I had two 500 ml bottles of Black Creek Pumpkin Ale, one from the wife and one from Eric when he came down a while ago. I was a little hesitant to share them with Mark and Julie because Mark has stated that he doesn’t like pumpkin beer. He did, however, like Mill Street’s, so there is a chance, right?
I poured the two bottles into three glasses and immediately noticed the sediment. There was a lot. But as I was pouring it out, the kitchen seemed to fill up with pumpkin spices, just like when mom used to bake pies for Thanksgiving. What a smell! The first taste is pretty much nothing. It is basically watery, then the sweetness and spices show up to the party.
Mark loved this beer. So much so, that he was the first one done…and quickly! It took Julie and I a little longer. I found it sweet in the middle (when Mark was done) and as it warmed up, it got malty, as if they used too much molasses in the pie. At that point, it tasted kinda like a porter, which I guess is ok, but not what I was looking for.
You do have to keep in mind though that Black Creek makes beer the way it was done way back in the day. No fancy equipment, not digital readouts or anything. So when you look at it like that, this is a really good beer.