Avery Pump[KY]n 2015 (Batch No. 2)
Brewed by: Avery Brewing Co
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Porter
- Variation: Pumpkin, Barrel Aged
- Limited: Yes
- ABV: 15%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: A member of Avery’s “Annual Barrel Series.” This was the second annual batch of Pump[KY]n.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
What’s in a name? Sometimes the simplest can be the most descriptive, and in this case, derisive and divisive! After much internal debate (ad nauseum! Bourb[KY]n, anyone?), we decided a single letter change was the best way to embody the bourbon barrel-aging that adds layers of complexity to an already exquisitely spiced pumpkin porter.
Malts: Coffee Brown, Oats, Special B, Chocolate, Munich, 2-Row
Additional: Pumpkin, Cloves, Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, Bourbon Barrel Aged
More Pump[KY]n Porter Images
Artwork: Follows the Avery “Annual Barrel Series” branding, with pumpkins surrounding a bourbon barrel.
Color: Dark brown, like dark roast coffee.
Aroma: Big time nutmeg and allspice.
Arrived in: 12oz. Bottle
Served in: Snifter
Last fall we reviewed Avery’s other pumpkin themed monstrosity, Rumpkin. After that was released, Pump[KY]n started to hit shelves, but we were already onto winter beer reviews. To make sure we had Pump[KY]n in time for a fall review next year (now), we planned ahead and bought the bottles last fall.
Of course with our luck, Avery got the 2016 batch out sooner this year so we could have just bought the untamed, unrefined, hot boozy version. So these bottles are the 2015, Batch No. 2, which have been properly cellared, and are almost 1 year old.
First off, the aroma to this barrel aged beer was unreal. It smelled like scoops of nutmeg and allspice were spooned into the glass immediately after it was poured. The aromatics were so intense, Pump[KY]n could be smelled from several feet away.
There was a slight hint of pumpkin underneath, but the remainder of the way it was all thick fall seasonings. How this ale retained such intense notes of spices after resting in bourbon barrels, and then aging for a year, we’ll never know. Wow! The aroma did get more bourbony as it warmed though.
Appearance wise, Pump[KY]n was a deep rich brown color, like a dark roast cup of coffee. If you looked close enough, you could tell there was a little bit of un-filteredness in the glass. It poured a minimalistic, cream colored head that didn’t stick around too long.
Up front Pump[KY]n was sweet and pumpkiny, then quickly transitioned to the darker roast porter flavor profile, with the addition of cinnamon and cloves. The finish featured more pumpkin sweetness, where everything was washed over with bourbon. A touch more base porter bitterness came back in again to keep the whiskey notes in check.
Even after laying Pump[KY]n down for a year, the level of bourbon booziness to this ale was impressive. We were worried an aged bottle would have too much of the bourbon fall off, but this beer was positively amazing, in all of its spiced and bourbony glory.
Final Score: 4/5
Avery Pump[KY]n Porter packed a bouquet of fall spices, along with the flavors of sweet pumpkin, dark ale roast, and cloves paired with bourbon. It was like sitting down for a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert, chased with a fine bourbon digestif.