The Bruery Preservation Series: Ignis Fatuus

This was sitting on the shelves at Joe Canal’s. I’ve never gotten anything from the Preservation series, so I was quite excited. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8.3%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ignis Fatuus is a special brew created just in time for Autumn activities. The base is a rich, robust porter that was brewed with an addition of puréed pumpkins. Like all great pumpkin recipes, we then added a subtle addition of seasonal spices to balance with the roasty character. We invite you to enjoy the nuanced flavors while telling ghost stories around an illuminating jack-o’-lantern.”

Random: I am not all about this snow. I guess it’s pretty?

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black and impossible to see through, so ascertaining the carbonation was impossible. The nose was not like the typical pumpkin beer. It was more porter than anything. There was roasted malts, chocolate, light Autumn spice and then a slight sour note. The taste had more spice notes to it, with cinnamon and nutmeg and gourd flavors, but quickly went into roasted malts and coffee. Although I picked up a lot of typical pumpkin spices, this was a peculiar beer and had the same tart note that I picked up in the nose. The body was thin with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with roasted malts and tartness and light gourd. This beer was alright, but for $33.99 a bomber, I would definitely not have this again. This price broke down to $1.55 an ounce, which is insanity, especially for the fact that this was just an alright beer. This was definitely a disappointment.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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