Friday, October 05, 2012

Trick or Treat


As a big fan of Halloween I'm especially fond of Halloween cartoons. One of my favorites is the 1952 animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions titled "Trick or Treat". The cartoon takes place on Halloween night and follows a series of pranks between Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie who are assisted by Witch Hazel. The film includes the song "Trick or Treat for Halloween" which was written by Paul J. Smith and performed by The Mellowmen.

I own a copy of Disneyland Records "Trick or Treat", an audio adaptation narrated by Ginny Tyler who voices Witch Hazel. This version is 12 minutes long and includes the song and story from the Haunted Mansion Disneyland attraction.

Happy Haunting!

Mark Harvey

Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial Pumking Ale


With the start of October I’m going to review as many seasonal (Halloween) beers as I can as well as repost old reviews.

Tonight’s featured beer is Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial Pumking Ale. Last year I heard great things about Pumking (the best pumpkin ale out there), but wasn’t able to get any.  I was excited to be able to get a hold of this one from LetsPour. Check them out!

From the Southern Tier Brewing Company website: “bewitched and brewed with pagan spirit” “All Hallows Eve is a time of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world, and when magic is most potent. It is thought that we harness this magic to brew our powerful pumpkin ale. Not so, but it is with great respect to the magic of their trade that our brewers produce this fine beer. Take a whiff of this complex ale and your journey has just begun. At first sip, a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds, yet another victim enraptured by the Pumking."
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a clear orange with the thinnest off-white head and not much lacing.
Aroma: Smells like magic in a glass. Pumpkin pie scents to include maple, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and the slightest malt sweetness. Fall in a glass.
Taste: Now I understand the hype.  Spices are spot on and perfectly blended.  Maple, cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin and everything that makes a good pumpkin pie great.  The perfect sweet malt backend makes this one legendary.
Overall: So far, Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Imperial Pumking Ale is probably the best pumpkin beer I’ve had (although it is a close one with Buffalo Bill’s Imperial Pumpkin which I am hoping will be available soon).  At 8.6% ABV this is one I could easily have a couple bombers of and enjoy Fall festivities, but since getting in California is a treat I’ll treat my bottles like gold.  
Southern Tier Brewing Company is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries.


Mark Harvey
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