Pumpkin Chucker Chocolate Stout | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by jampics2 on 11-23-2010

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 32
Photo of Sabtos
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with a minimal tan head, a bit more ginger here than Spooky Tooth, which maybe gives off a slight hint of Belgian yeast. It otherwise didn't seem all that much more chocolately or stout-like compared to Spooky Tooth, as opposed to what I was expecting, like maybe the Elysian or St. Arnold pumpkin stouts. I'm not quite sure what the Belgian white chocolate adds to the beer, aside from a touch of sweetness, as the body wasn't thick, waxy or heavy like I guessed it might be.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as expected. Aroma was a little light, and is mostly nutmeg & cinnamon - any stout notes are minimal. Taste has a better balance but the spices still definitely take pole position, so much so that it tastes more just like a slightly darker pumpkin ale instead of a pumpkin stout. There's a little chocolate malt in there but that's it. Fine enough but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap

Pours deep color color with a creamy white head. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and chocolate. Tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate toasted nuts. Medium-light body ad carbonation, slightly creamy finish

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass at Pint House November 5, 2015.

Look - Dark brown. Tan fine bubbled head. Good lacing.

Smell - Pumpkin. Chocolate. Ginger.

Taste - Pumpkin. Chocolate. Ginger. Cinnamon. Spice.

Feel - Sits well but heavy. No alcohol burn.

Overall - Good mix of chocolate and pumpkin. Still a pumpkin beer. Where is my stout?

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Photo of DeFaz
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Those expecting a traditional stout will be disappointed by the thin mouthfeel, but this is a dangerously drinkable beer. Pumpkin flavor is minimal, allowing for a really nice balance of pumpkin and chocolate. Really tasty session (!) autumn beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fat Head's in N. Olmsted, Ohio

Pours black with a small off-white head; decent lacing and retention. The aromas are subtle, but enjoyable. Chocolate malts seem to dominate with hints of cinnamon and spices in the background. Tha flavors are bold and extremely roasty. There's a nice amout of char. The pumpkin spices are definitely there and enjoyable, but seem dominated by the dark chocolates. Slightly smoky. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and has active carbonation. Smooth drinking.

This is a nice stout. It really hits the spot during the autumn season.

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Photo of jampics2
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @ Fat Heads. Served in a 16oz pint glass.

Described as "Jet black in color with rich chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Brewed once a year with Ohio pumpkins,Belgian dark chocolate and delicately spiced."

8.0% ABV, 20 IBU.

This beer looks great in the pint glass. It's a black color with a touch of red at the very bottom edges of the glass. There's a big, fluffy off-wite head and some nice lace is left behind on the glass. A great looking pumpkin stout.

Pumpkin Chucker has a great nose, but it could be a touch more expressive. That being said, there's some great deep, dark Belgian chocolate notes that set the stage with some bittersweet impressions. The best part of this beer is how balanced the chocolate and spices are. There's notes of cinnamon and ginger that add depth but don't overwhelm the chocolate or sweet kiss of malt underneath. I'd love it if both the chocolate and spice were dialed up a bit, but this shows nice balance despite that unnecessary restraint.

The taste is really nice, but again I'd like to see more intensity. What we do have is a great chocolate malt base with just a touch of sweet caramelized malt. The pumpkin flesh doesn't make an impression on my palate, but the cinnamon and ginger add excellent accents to the flavor profile. I'm not sure if more spice would be the answer as I like the fact that this avoids the "pumking" phenomena of over-flavoring, but I still think Midnight Sun's TREAT Chocolate Imperial Porter takes this idea and executes better. Still, a very enjoyable and flavorful beer with the right amount of chocolate, spice, sweetness and just a hint of short-lived bitterness.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for an 8.0% stout, let alone one that proudly claims to have lactose sugar in the mix. The beer is thin and too carbonated. It's a stout that drinks like a lighter porter. I'd like more creaminess and substantiality to the body. That aside, this is an excellent seasonal and one I liked so much I bought a growler for Thanksgiving. Good one, guys, just kick up the body on your stouts!

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Pumpkin Chucker Chocolate Stout from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
3.79 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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