In this episode I review an Oak Aged Imperial Pumpkin Stout courtesy of Harvest Moon’s (New Brunswick, NJ) head brewer, Kyle McDonald. For a more in depth look into Harvest Moon and the man behind the beers, check out Whosisbrew’s interview with Kyle.
When Harvest Moon’s original Imperial Pumpkin Stout was brewed back in late Summer/early Fall, Kyle added a few oak spirals to a small keg and set it out of sight for a few months. Fast forward to March’s Ferment The World meeting when he decided it was time to sample the rare treat. Kyle tapped the keg for everyone in the homebrew meeting and ended up putting the remainder of the keg on tap at the brewpub until it ran out about 24 hours later.
This beer wasn’t noticeably oaky and was quite smooth and quaffable. The upfront spiced notes reminisent of pumpkin pie really come through when the beer warms up a bit and what you end up with is a dark, smooth, oaked beer with a well hidden ABV that really blends together the roasted notes of a stout and the sweet/spicy notes typical of some pumpkin beers. Overall: (A)
If you’re in New Jersey, definitely swing by Harvest Moon and check out their beers, stay for dinner and give a shout out to Kyle if you see him! Be sure to look for Kyle and Harvest Moon at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado and as always, drink local, support your local breweries and brewpubs and stay tuned for more from RunsOnBeer!