Snuffleupagus Imperial Stout and Peated Pumpkin Baltic Porter

I know, I know. You thought the day would never come where Standard Brewing makes a monstrous stout and a porter (with pumpkin!). Well, the day has arrived, and you’ll be getting both at the same time.

First comes Snuffleupagus Imperial Stout on the resurrected 13th tap. A wooly mammoth of a nitro stout at 12% ABV, using flaked oat and rye, this winter warmer is incredibly smooth and complex for being so boozy. It starts with a creamy dark chocolate note and finishes long with a touch of smoke and tobacco. It is only served on premise (no growler fills, sorry) in 10 oz portions. Come and sit by the fireplace and enjoy a pour fit for cold, wet, dark days.

As soon as someone drinks that last 1 or 2 glasses of Bière de Garde (I know, I’m sad to see it go, too), we’ll be tapping the beer we brought to Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, the Peated Baltic Pumpkin Porter (7.5%). I’ve always loved Baltic Porters, which tend to be more complex than other porter styles. They’ve been described as a halfway point between British style porters and Russian Imperial Stouts, due to their higher alcohol content, but restrained roast characteristics. They are unique among porters due to the use of lager, or at least cool fermented ale yeast. We used a Kölsch strain, fermented in a way that brought clean, slightly vinous qualities to the beer. Obviously, we’re not entirely playing by the rules here, what with the peat malt and pumpkin, but we made it for a pumpkin festival, so whatevs. Speaking of pumpkin beers, there are two kinds: those that use pumpkin pie spices (and sometimes no pumpkin!), and those that just use pumpkin. The flavor of pumpkin is subtle and vegetal, and often covered up in a pie, where most people get to taste it once a year. We paired the pumpkin flavor with a light dash of peated malt for a subtle smokiness, and with clean fermenting Kölsch yeast, we’ve made a complex and interesting Baltic Porter with a clean finish. Unlike Snuffleupagus, you can take this guy home in growlers if you want.

Be sure to join us early on Sunday if you like watching the Seahawks. We’ll be open early at 1:00pm with the game on the big screen so we can cheer on our toughest challenge yet!

On tap:

  1. Rye IPA
  2. West Coast IPA
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. Pale Ale
  5. Wheated Red Ale
  6. Cascadian Dark Ale
  7. Imperial Rye IPA (next up: 0 IBU IPA)
  8. Belgian Strong Ale (next up: Belgian Dark Strong Ale)
  9. Single Hop w/Citra Hops (next up: Single Hop w/Simcoe)
  10. Peated Pumpkin Baltic Porter
  11. Auld Alliance
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer
  13. Snuffleupagus Nitro Imperial Stout