When Joseph James had their brand relaunch at Khoury’s earlier this month, I was able to snag a bottle of their Roasted Coconut Pumpkin Porter. This is part of their “Rough Draft” series. These beers are in progress and are not available for sale.
This beer had an incredible smell. Neither the coconut or pumpkin overwhelmed the other. This was also evident in the taste as well. The two main ingredients went together incredibly well. This was more of a brown porter style, so the sweetness in the malts also brought out the sweetness in the pumpkin flavors.
The aspects that were lacking in this beer were body and carbonation. It was a bit thin and flat for a porter. It is important to remember that this is a rough draft beer, and as such is a work in progress. These are very easy issues to fix and the fact that these are the only issues in an in-progress beer is nothing to hold against it.
I really hope they make this beer again and release it as a seasonal. This would be a great fall/winter beer to drink by the fire. Or even better, as an ice cream float!