The Crooked Line Series Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company in Salt Lake City, Utah pours out a dark ruby in color with good clarity and is topped with a three finger, light tan head that slowly reduces down to thin film with a quarter inch collar. On the nose, a ton of bourbon barrel scents with a dollop of pumpkin and spice. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, pumpkin, sweet potato, fall spice and toffee. In the mouth, packed with flavor, rich and luxurious. Flavors of roast pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, nutmeg, a pinch of pepper and a lingering toffee sweetness. Medium to full bodied. Good carbonation. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass. Slight syrup in a chewy mouthfeel. The finish is long with sweet bourbon and baked pumpkin lasting the longest.
What an incredible pumpkin ale that has taken a good pumpkin ale and kicked it up several notches adding layer upon layer of flavor that meld together harmoniously. Complex, big, intriguing and a delight to drink. If you like oak aged brews or want to see what a pumpkin ale can become this is a must try. You will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.
750ml bottle corked and caged, 10.3% ABV, Bottled on 09/04/12
Beer 270 of 366 for 2012