Welcome back to another installment in the Fall beer series! Today, I’m fortunate enough to deliver a double-whammy! Not only is this next beer a pumpkin seasonal ale, it’s also the first brew from Parallel 49 that I have ever tried. A Vancouver based operation, this craft brewery has been making waves of late with such items as its “Seed Spitter” Watermelon Ale, and their variety pack that includes samples all of their regular lineup.
And when it comes down to it, Lost Souls was a pretty creative addition. Combining the elements of a seasonal pumpkin with a chocolate porter, they essentially created a beer that is both Halloween and Thanksgiving desert in a glass. Smooth, toasty, and slightly sweet, it is a well rounded beer with plenty of appeal.
Appearance: Deep, dark brown, thick, high gravity, low foam
Nose: Rich notes of coffee and cocoa
Taste: Immediate burst of toasted, tawny malts, slight sweetness of pumpkin
Aftertaste: Mild bitterness, lingering notes of espresso and chocolate
In truth, this beer really didn’t possess that much of a pumpkin flavor to it. Nevertheless, the balance it struck between coffee, chocolate and sweet malts was quite pleasing. In addition, I can see it going well as a final course in a Thanksgiving meal, accompanying pie and/or a range of chocolate desserts. Check it out while it’s still available.