Hardywood Rye Whiskey Barrel Pumpkin

I saw this one on the shelf at Trader Joe’s and had to grab it. I love pumpkin beer and I love barrel aged beer too. What could go wrong? Nothing at all in this case. This beer pours a nice golden copper color with a medium white foamy head. The rye hits you in the aroma, along with some pumpkin pie spice. The flavor has a nice malt backbone with just a hint of resiny hops. Strong notes of both pumpkin pie spice and rye whiskey. I forgot how distinct rye is from other kinds of whiskey. You can really taste the difference in this beer. I wouldn’t say it’s overpowering, but it is a dominant flavor, along with the pumpkin pie spice. It comes in a bomber and carries a 10.5% ABV. It tastes boozy because of the rye too. Don’t plan on driving anywhere right after drinking this one! It packs a punch. Five out of five proper pints.

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