Pumpkin Spice Latte (Nitrogen Charged Pumpkin Coffee Stout)

Breckenridge Brewery

Appearance

This pours a dark, nearly black color and produces a thin but super creamy head that sticks around for quite some time. The retention is good and there are signs of some nice lacing to come.

Aroma

I get strong notes of straight coffee and pumpkin followed by an undertone consisting of notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. It smells rich and likely malt-driven.

Taste

The flavor is pretty simple. It’s a marriage of pumpkin and coffee up front. The coffee is rich and roasted while the pumpkin is fairly bright and natural tasting. There isn’t much else in front but as I transition, the back begins to produce a bit of a spiced backbone. Still, though, the spices are mild and sit passenger in the experience. With the finish comes a bit of a heightened focus on a slightly bitter malt. The aftertaste leaves the palate washed with coffee and a light residue of pumpkin.

Mouthfeel

This is a medium-bodied beer with mild carbonation. It feels like any nitro beer  – slick and smooth. It’s very drinkable, wet up front and dry afterwards.

Overall

For the nitro fan, this will certainly do. I love my stouts, but it doesn’t have the heft I prefer. Nevertheless this is a solid take on a pumpkin flavored nitro option. While I would have preferred a more robust flavor all around, it does deliver the necessities while also providing a decent pumpkin infusion. It’s balanced, nothing super complex and is super drinkable. I’d recommend Punkuccino or similar over this merely because of flavor, however I will admit its drinkability and smoothness is quite enjoyable. It delivers what I’d have expected out of a nitro option. It’s worth a try.

3.25