Review: Phillips Crookeder Tooth Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale
Appearance: Pours a fairly clear (only slight haze) caramel brown, good amount of carbonation, a good amount of beige head popping on top.
Aroma: Lots of brown sugar, good amount of nutmeg, some cinnamon, a touch of vanilla, light notes of pumpkin and only a hint of oak. When I've sampled this previously, I never realized this was a barrel aged beer as it is because it doesn't pop out in the aroma.
Taste: Pumpkin is first and foremost in the taste.. unfortunately.. buuuuut the barrel pops out here, thankfully. I get a bit of an oaky wood flavour to it, some whisky, notes of vanilla and a hint of cream. Very reminiscent of gingerbread in this case and there's a good deal of brown sugar and nutmeg making a presence again.. and just a touch of cinnamon.
Overall Thoughts: The flavours are certainly more present in the taste than the aroma, so it's not a write-off of a pumpkin ale. Good amount of oakiness in there which I appreciate when the nights get longer, and the temperature drops. Has a light Innis & Gunn-like syrupiness, but I'm able to get past that as the brown sugar and nutmeg certainly compliment the beer. 7.3% ABV