Gritty McDuff’s Halloween Ale

For the first time in recent memory, I got out of work after 9 hours. Even though I had to do some work from home, it was definitely worth getting out early. Anyways, back to the fall beers…


ABV: 6%

Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Every fall marks the return of our legendary Extra Special Bitter for the season, Halloween Ale – the beer so good, it’s scary! From its humble beginnings in 1990 as a small-batch seasonal in our Portland Brew Pub, Halloween Ale has grown to be one of the year’s most anticipated beer releases. This robust brew has a deep amber color, a bold, malty palate and a well-rounded hop finish. The perfect beer for a crisp autumn day! Halloween Ale is available in ominous six-packs, and on draft at frightening establishments all over the terrifying state of Maine. Be afraid, be very afraid…of running out!”

Random: I’m not a big fan of the label of this brew.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. the body was a clear, dark mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had caramel malt and some gourd notes as well. The taste had caramel malt and a touch of mineral to it as well. Gourd came through as well. Toffee and tea came through as well. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with caramel malt and gourd. At $1.59 a bottle, this isn’t very expensive, but was a bit on the boring side. It’s nothing that I would search out for the fall.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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