This beer does absolutely everything right except for one thing.
You can barely feel the Chilli.
And that’s a big thing to be missing in a beer that is meant to be all about its Chilli.
The pumpkin is there, front and centre, meaty and chewy, sweet and satisfying, and the malting is a deep dark journey into coffee and toffee, honey, bran biscuits and treacle tart.
The hops crackle with crunchy autumnal woodland leaf litter, maple syrup, marmalade and bay leaves, and there’s a deep dark rum booziness that pervades the sticky finish.
But the Chilli is almost apologetic, barely letting you know it’s there save for the lightest of hints of fruity red pepper.
Good but not as good as it could be.