Roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash, and extra pumpkin added in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
Appearance: Deep amber in color, orange at the edges. Head is off-white, thin, and falls quickly.
Smell: Nicely balanced nose of spices, caramel sweetness, and a roasty nutty quality that (I imagine) is the seeds. Very nice, not overdone at all.
Taste: First thing that comes to mind is “yum”—sweet (toffee, caramel, malty) and spicy with a big lush creamy nutmeg presence. A touch of heat from the alcohol, and down in there is a deep, roasted squash character, sugary and rich. It’s sweet with every sip but not too cloying—makes you want to come back for more.
Mouthfeel: Nearly full-bodied with a slight warming prickly note from both the spices and the alcohol; finishes sweet and just a touch sticky.
Overall: I think this has vaulted itself to the top of my pumpkin beer list, I really like this.
And finally, that other Great Pumpkin I was talking about: