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From the HopPress: Halloween Beer

From the HopPress: Halloween Beer

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, October 30th.

Like most modern American holidays, Halloween is more than a little over-commercialized and (I am at risk here of sounding like an old fogey) it seems to have lost some of the “mystique” and fun that it had when I was much younger. The once simple act of dressing up like a ghost (my favorite) and merrily going house to house gathering “treats” has been severely tainted with the risks and the potential dangers that type of behavior now carries. Wither the innocence of days gone by…

Lamenting aside, for me there are still some significant benefits to be gained from the celebration of Halloween, even if those do not much resemble the days of my youth. I am not talking about dressing up and going out to party it up all night with friends, although that can definitely still be enjoyable. I am, instead, talking about sampling some of the Halloween “themed” beers that are available these days. I am going to steer clear of the pumpkin beers, since those are focused more on the autumn season and there is plenty in the media about those beers these days. Instead I am going to hit some of the beers that either because of their name or what they taste like could be associated with Halloween.

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From the HopPress: Halloween Beer

800th Ratebeer Rating – North Coast Old Stock Ale 2008

Bottle (2008 Vintage) – Poured a dark reddish brown in color with a medium thick tan head that hung in and produced some good lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet with elements of caramel, toffee, lightly roasted malts and some alcohol. Flavor was very complex… caramel malt, some hops and some dark fruitiness (raisins, dates, prunes). Alcohol definitely apparent, but not overpowering (until I finished). Quite thick palate. An excellent barley wine… I really enjoyed this one.