mcberko (10568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL bottle, pours a dark orangey amber with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out cocoa nibs, very light pumpkin and some bourbon. Flavour is robust, with bourbon and vanilla notes, along with cocoa. Not really getting any pumpkin notes. This is mostly cocoa and bourbon, but it has a very light body. Not bad, but not overly interesting.
GothGargoyle (1882) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy light brown with an off-white head. Aroma is raisins, spices, honey, maple, dates, brown sugar. Medium bodied, sweet on the palate, spiced finish. Taste is bourbon, dates, chocolate, brown sugar, hint of pumpkin spices and wood. Nice.
hershiser2 (1570) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
$11.29 bomber, Wine Warehouse. Pop the cork and it comes spilling out. Uhoh. Pours a hazy brown-amber with a huge frothy beige head. Smells of apple spice, crust, and pumpkin. Taste is smooth pumpkin, apple spice... more appley than pumpkiny.
abcfan (857) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Decent brew. Pours orange - brown with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is sweet candy, almost like a Belgian. Rather smooth, more of a sweet pumpkin beer with more Belgian style notes. Finishes sweet; maybe should have let it age a bit?
themaker75 (8) - - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice and full bodied. The bourbon barrel does not overpower the beer. Perfect for a cool night.
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keanex (1640) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by November 2015.
Glass: Firestone Walker reserve tulip.
Appearance: Clear copper body with a head that arises with gusto. Dense and tan with good retention the head hides the body beneath.
Aroma: The aroma leans barrel heavy; coconut, bourbon and oak are noticed primarily. A dash of bitter bakers cocoa is noticed. Overall the aroma is mild and barrel prominent.
Taste: The flavor is rich and palate filling. Hints of bourbon and oak mingle with a mild malt base. The mid-taste add hints of coconut and a moderately thin flavored mid-taste. The finish adds cocoa balanced with sweet malts and light bourbon. The finish is nice, as is the intro, but I find the mid-taste lacking. The finish is soft and has a lingering vanilla presence.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: If they were to beef up the malt base then I think this would be a homerun. As it is I find it hard to recommend, but the bottle is great so there’s that.
tmongoose (1867) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml shared. Poured murky dark orange color with a white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was bourbon and vanilla, mild spice notes as well. Flavor is primarily bourbon and vanilla notes underlined with the pumpkin pie spices. Followed by the cocoa nibs. Very well balanced and flavorful. Worthy of a second bottle.
Beerdedone (3062) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a murky dark golden amber with a creamy white head that left light lacing. Aroma of bourbon, pumpkin and vanilla. Smooth flavor of oaky bourbon, pumpkin pie, vanilla, subtle cocoa and some pumpkin spices. Medium body, light carbonation, dry finish
Leighton (15329) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at RBWG Asheville Opening Night Dinner. Thanks to Jack for this one. Big stuff, lots of bread and sugar. Some wood. Minimal pumpkin character. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, more hefty malt character. So so.
TimsRatings (421) - - FEB 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color. Aroma of spices and bourbon - an odd but interesting pairing. Taste follows suit. Did not notice any chocolate.
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