Pumpkin ales and spiced rum?

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  1. nick0417

    nick0417 Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2014 Illinois

    Long story short, I went through my cellar with Halloween on the horizon and found a lone bottle of Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale, which used to be my go-to pumpkin beer but has really fallen out of favor in recent years. I’m wondering about dropping a shot of dark rum in a pint of it to inject a fresh or interesting flavor?

    Have others tried this? Or, are there other liquors worth adding to pumpkin beers to make them a little more special or complex?
  2. MaximumYuks

    MaximumYuks Devotee (435) Nov 30, 2013 Oregon

  3. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (4,166) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    The bourbon BA pumpkin beers I've had were all good, I've never had the rum variety though. I say go for it, I may try it myself now that you mentioned it.
  4. nick0417

    nick0417 Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2014 Illinois

    Thanks, folks. Yeah, just to clarify: I'm talking about dropping a shot of rum into a pumpkin ale. It sounds sort of interesting, but we all know how 'sounds interesting' sometimes turns out.
  5. ArkansasTraveller

    ArkansasTraveller Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 Arkansas

    Sounds like a really good idea. Gonna be tryin it this weekend.
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  6. stickboy1125

    stickboy1125 Initiate (162) Jan 28, 2012 Virginia

    I'd think a full shot would probably ruin the beer, start with 1/2oz or less and go from there.
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  7. nick0417

    nick0417 Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2014 Illinois

    Good call. I was actually thinking that too. Drop half a shot in the bottom of the glass, then pour the beer, let it warm just a touch and see what happens.
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  8. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (226) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    The only beer you can't ruin with a full shot of liquor is Lindemans Raspberry. It's so goddamn sweet anyway you barely notice it.

    A number of the spices commonly seen in pumpkin beers are already found in spiced rum. I would just add unspiced rum if it was me.
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  9. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Poo-Bah (2,831) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    Funny you start this thread, OP, cuz I saw an ad for Captain Morgan in which they suggest something like "spicing up your pumpkin ale with Captain Morgan." I thought it seemed an interesting idea. Please let me know if you try it and what the result is.

    I sometimes pour a half ounce of cold-brewed coffee into my snifter before pouring a stour or Black IPA with excellent results. Maybe one day I will try it with an IPA to see what results. Homemade Dayman?
  10. SebD

    SebD Meyvn (1,456) Nov 24, 2010 Ontario (Canada)

    A Stour you say? Sour Stout? Sounds like a funky mix. Hahaha!
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  11. MrIncognito

    MrIncognito Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2008 Virginia

    I added about an ounce of aged rum (15 yrs) to the last half of my Devil's Backbone Ichabod Crandall pumpkin ale. It was awesome! I loved it and would do it again. That beer is quite tasty on its own and then the extra rum shot created a nice dessert beer/nightcap

    Thanks for the idea!
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