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Old 08-20-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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I've got this crazy idea to do an Imperial Pumpkin Stout, and am thinking that I will just take a recipe for an Imperial Stout and add a verity of spices, and the actual pumpkin of course, to it to add the pumpkin flavoring. I was wondering what would be a good base for this, and hoping some of you had suggestions. I'm also unsure of how much spice/pumpkin to add so any input on that would be awesome.


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Old 08-20-2010, 04:02 PM   #2
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I think it would be hard to get the pumpkin flavor through that dark malt.

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Old 08-20-2010, 04:15 PM   #3
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Start with a robust porter, not a stout. The roasted malts in a stout will ruin the pumpkin, IMO.

<-- I did something similar with a strong scotch ale base (see my recipe pulldown).
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:37 PM   #4
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Not sure if you have access to it, but Cape Ann Brewing Company makes a nice Pumpkin Stout (website here). I emailed the brewery asking about their use of pumpkin and they mentioned they use a puree in the mash (I didn't ask how much, nor did they say)

Based on their beer, I think you can definitely pair the pumpkin with the roastiness of a stout
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:51 PM   #5
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@Jlem That's one of the beers that I saw that convinced me that this was possible. I haven't tried it, but it is well received.

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Old 08-25-2010, 09:12 PM   #6
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Have had it and it is really good. The guy who first made it is a friend of mine and we are doing a batch early Oct. The spruce tips were picked in the spring.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:33 AM   #7
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St Arnolds (in houston tx) did an imperial pumpkin stout for their divine reserve series (#9 in the series).

I know they used pumpkin puree, but not sure where in the process...I would imagine in the mash, but not sure. Also they spiced the heck out of the beer, and in my opinion was too hot alcohol-wise with a nasty spice finish.

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Old 10-14-2011, 02:53 AM   #8
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It is back and all over the news here in Houston. I scored one today, review to follow.

I cannot really review it here, I don't have much experience with Stouts.
What I can say is that it taste like a chocolate stout with a shot of strong scotch poured in it. Pumpkin and spices are covered up by alcohol.
Starts off malty sweet and ends dark chocolate. Very sleepy now.

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