Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November 25th, 2015 - Rocking And Representing With Some Humble Imperial Pumpkin Pie For Thanksgiving!

Good evening!  The Meista here pairing Humble Pie's "Rock On" with a Fermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Epic Brewing Company!  This one goes out to my buddy Mike Sargent... cheers my friend!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Humble Pie
  • Title: "Rock On"
  • Recorded: January 1971 at Olympic Studios, London, England
    Release date: March 1971 (4th studio album by Humble Pie)
  • Record company: A&M
  • Production: Glyn Johns and Humble Pie
  • Album cover art: John Kelly
  • Personnel: B.J. Cole (pedal steel guitar), Peter Frampton (guitar, vocals, and keyboards), Bobby Keyes (saxophone), Alexis Korner (vocals), Steve Marriott (guitar, vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Greg Ridley (bass, guitar, and vocals), Jerry Shirley (drums and piano), and the Soul Sisters (backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy blues rock with elements of R&B and soul
  • Sound: Raw, ballsy, raunchy, heavy, and bold, "Rock On" by Humble Pie is a monster of an album!  The guitar work alone on "Stone Cold Fever" will melt your face!  Combine that with Marriott's amazing vocals, the swinging drums of Shirley, and the soulful backing vocals... man this album just grooves!!
  • Major themes: Rock and roll, sex, lust, love, loss, booze, hard-living, etc.
  • Tracks:  
  1. "Shine On"
  2. "Sour Grain"
  3. "79th And Sunset"
  4. "Stone Cold Fever"
  5. "Rollin' Stone"
  6. "A Song For Jenny"
  7. "The Light"
  8. "Big George"
  9. "Strange Days"
  10. "Red Neck Jump"
Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Epic Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Fermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter
  • Style: Pumpkin Porter
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 8.2%
  • Ingredients: Maris Otter, 2-Row Brewers Malt, Crystal, Munic Malt Type I (light), 2-Row Chocolate Malt, and Carafa III malts; Nugget, Perle, and Tettnang hops; Pumpkin Puree; and Vanilla Bean, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ginger, and Cloves
  • Pour: An opaque, deep mahogany
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, spicy, earthy, and chocolaty.  There are notes of fresh pumpkin, holiday spices (nutmeg, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice), baker's bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, burnt toffee, light vanilla, and roasty and toasty malts.
  • Taste: The flavor is big pumpkin, big spices, and big malts.  There are big notes of clove right up front along with nutmeg, which I love!  The organic and almost floral pumpkin flavor follows, which the mellows into lingering bittersweet chocolate notes and a nice vanilla bean finish.   
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with lower carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Fermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter is sticky, thick, smooth, and velvety with a dry and boozy finish.
Overall pairing:  The bold rockin' power of Humble Pie's amazing "Rock On" deserves nothing less than a big, bold, and complex brew... and the Fermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Epic Brewing Company has just the right depth and spicy punch to make an afternoon/evening of rockin' with Marriott and the boys just about perfect!  Through in some turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, yella turnip, and stuffing and you've got yourself maybe the best damned holiday meal you could ever want!!

Cheers!! And Happy Thanksgiving!!

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