Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog’s brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is 21st Amendment Brewery and Elysian Brewing Company He Said Baltic-Style Porter – Lager Brewed with Pumpkins and Spices. I stopped in my tracks when I saw this four pack at the store. I’m a big fan of 21st Amendment Brewery and Elysian Brewing Company beers so a collaboration effort with pumpkin was RIGHT up my alley. With Halloween approaching I am putting this (and other) Halloween seasonal releases ahead of other beers I’ve taken notes and photos of.
From the 21st Amendment Brewery website: “Lager brewed with pumpkin and spices. This box is a collaboration with Dick Cantwell of Elysian Brewing and contains two cans of He Said Baltic-style Porter and two cans of He Said Belgian-style Tripel, both brewed with pumpkin and spices.
That much we know is true.
Here’s what Dick said about the collaboration:
The story starts in 1999 when Shaun O’Sullivan walked into my Seattle pub. He’d heard about my massive pumpkin fest and wanted to get together and brew a pumpkin beer like no other: a Baltic style Porter brewed with pumpkin, caraway and cinnamon. In a light colored can.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brownish red, nearly black with a huge and thick bone colored head and sticky lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, slight pumpkin spice and slighter pumpkin scents.
Taste: Roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, slight coffee, pumpkin and spices. There’s some kind of smoky component to this beer as well.
Overall: Although the pumpkin and spices take a less pronounced roll in 21st Amendment Brewery and Elysian Brewing Company He Said Baltic-Style Porter – Lager Brewed with Pumpkins and Spices, I liked it nonetheless. I would put this in the “interesting” category. At 8.2% ABV this may not be the traditional October beer (Halloween), but it is worth a try. Plus, since you get two of these and two of the He Said Belgian-Style Tripel it is a nice four pack of goodness.
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