kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, after a few draft samples last month. Pours translucent ruby chestnut, topped with a thin off white head. Beautiful aroma; the barrel characteristics predominate, with plenty of rum and lots of wood, with notes of vanilla, spice, and pumpkin in the background. Brown sugar and spice hit the palate for an instant, and are quickly overcome by rum. Intense finish, with lots of alcohol and dark fruit. I love the aroma, but the flavor doesnít measure up.
snoworsummer (2051) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. 2000th rating! Pours hazy copper with almost no head. Smells like alcohol, fermenting pumpkin, light spice. Tastes like pumpkin vegetable and pie, light alcohol, brown sugar, spice. Very smooth and strong. Light/medium body and low carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3470) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to beerandblues2; thanks! Pours clear copper with a trace of head. Aroma is bready malts, pumpkin, vanilla, rum, light spices, and some woody notes. Flavor is dry with pumpkin and vanilla sweetness blending well with the rum and oak flavors along with some toasted malts and mixed spices; dry, lightly boozy finish. Medium/full body and light carbonation.
vtafro (3224) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Backlog) Draft at avery event at blind tiger. Brune pour with tan head. Pumpkin, rum and a bit of alcohol aromas. Rum barrel dominates flavors, some lighter pumpkin tones.
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks for jercraigs. Deep amber pour. The nose is quite spicy with a bit of soft sweetness and some nice fruitiness. Itís got a bit of light chewiness. A bit of leathery character with some nice boozy character. Has a rummy sort of sweetness and some booziness. Thereís an unusual sort of vegetal bitterness on the back. A bit of lingering sweetness. Decent.
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014-07-23. Lightly hazy dark amber brown body with a small tan head that fades. 3+ Aroma of hot alcohol, sweet dark malt, fruit, pumpkin, light spice. Flavour is rich, sweet dark malt core, alcoholic rum, sweet pumpkin, lingering alcohol on the tongue. Smooth average plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3++ Love it except for the prominence of the alcohol. Bottle via trade with BlackIPA
Palme (3284) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.355l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. Lots of unfiltered floaters going on here! The beer itself is lovely amber in color and the small bubbly head that came on the pour quickly vaporizes. Oh, my thereís lots of nose here! Super woody and barreled we have a lacto sourness in the background. The rum rules this beer, super infused with sour red berries and sweet rum. Damn, it smells a lot, and Iím willingly admitting that I really like this aroma. Super cloying in the taste. Itís rich and almost cut-through thick in the mouth while the carbonation level is below average and prickling. Pumpkin-gingerish taste with red sour berries, wood and lots of rum. The alcohol is most definitely present but not disturbing in any way whatsoever so ever. Peppery stingy pumpkin spicy finish that lingers on into the late hours. A super interesting, flavorful and fun beer! Perhaps the best pumpkin ale Iíve ever had. 18.12.2013
Theydon_Bois (8118) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the Manny G tasting, thanks to Bruce, 28/06/14.
Murky orange amber with a moderate beige swirl and edgeing.
Nose is big old pumpkin fuel, light spice, dark fruit rinds, ginger notes, caramel fudge.
Taste comprises sticky pumpkin pie mix, malty, rich caramel, light spice, touch boozey syrupy.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, smooth on the palate, sweet licks in the close and subtle booze tones in the close.
Solid pumpkin affair, really not getting the 18% which is expertly integrated, thought I was drinking 7 or 8 % worth of autmunal pie filler !
Leighton (10698) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Bruce. Pours unclear amber-copper with a bubbly off-white head. The nose has ripe pumpkin, caramel, some wood, orange. Medium sweet flavor with boozy kick, rich pumpkin syrup, some autumnal spices. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish, caramel, sugar syrup, rich pumpkin, bread. Heavy-hitting stuff but pretty tasty. Not bad.
Scopey (6661) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce? It pours deep mahogany brown with minimal head. The nose is wood, soft fruits, pumpkin, earth, spice, vanilla, butter squash, and candy. The taste is bitter-sweet, wood, squash, pumpkin, spice, vanilla, wood, light alcohol with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation, a big pumpkin bastard, but decent enough.
RobertDale (3399) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Hopfest 2014. Comes reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of spice, pumpkin, and malt. Taste is rum, ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin, and malt. Nice sipper.