Time for something a little different from the denizens of doing beers that are a little different Schadenfreude from Parallel 49 Brewing Company. Before I get into the details of this one I have to say I love these little bottles and I am a big fan of the beer name, shameful joy, a prefect fit!
Schadenfreude pours a very clear orange with a little white head. There is sweet malt on the nose and this rich sweet character continues through to the finish. Flavour wise this one reminds me of marzipan; there is a slight density almost chewiness to the mouthfeel and the malt has a carmelized quality. Schadenfreude is pretty light bodied but the flavours make this seem more substantive. The finish is also sweet with a roasted or burnt caramel/toffee taste. How the pumpkin factors in is not immediately apparent to me but style wise I like their take on an Oktoberfest and I think it could complement other pumpkin ales quite well.
So for those of you looking for something else this Halloween I can’t recommend Schadenfreude enough. Overall I give this one nine candy corns out of a possible ten.