Bristol Venetucci Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
We propose a toast to Nick and Bambi Venetucci. Over the six decades that they ran their family farm, they gave away literally millions of pumpkins to school children all across the Springs. Just before he died, Nick made plans to donate the farm to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, that it might be preserved forever as a rich community resource. And, yes, so that hundreds of children wouldn't go empty-handed each fall. The Venetuccis taught us to give back. That's why 100% of the profits from this beer will go to support their farm. So enjoy this subtly spiced, malty treat. And here's to Nick and Bambi, and the great legacy of generosity.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1905) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Had this beer on 2/17/2007. Aroma is a rich scent of vanilla, nutmeg and pumpkin, this may be the most interesting scent I have seen in a beer. Color is a deep amber with light carbonation and a tight head. Taste is light and spicy. Starting with a light body it goes down light and crisp. Finish comes on spicy then fades to a creamy nutmeg flavor that reminds me of eggnog. This is an amazing beer and by far the best pumpkin I have ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoucrew102 (1012) - - MAR 7, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2015 Bomber, 2015 vintage. Subtle spice aroma with hints of pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pours orange-amber with a thin white head with poor retention and very little lacing. Starts with sweet pumpkin flavors with the aforementioned spices in the background. Finishes smooth with the spices becoming more prominent especially the nutmeg. Still good, but less pumpkiny than I remembered. 3/7/13: 2011 vintage cellared for about a year. Aroma is pumpkin with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is pumpkin and the previously mentioned spices that are very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2008
bottle. A dark brown color with an orangish hue to it. A subtly sweet aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, and vanilla. A nice thick mouthfeel with subtle earthy pumpkin, strong vanilla and mild nutmeg and other spices. A great beer for a worthy cause.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8853) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks Mark for the bottle! Dark reddish brown pour with nice fluffy white head, dissipates pretty quickly however. Aroma brought nice notes of toasted pumpkin, slight cinnamon, ginger, hints of earth, grain, nice vanilla, cracker, nice smelling brew! Taste is a nice mix of pumpkin, vanilla, cracker, nice caramel, toffee notes in there as well with a slight ginger, cinnamon that balances instead of overtakes. This is some nicely done stuff, probably my favorite out of Bristol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2010
I picked up a 22oz bottle when I went down to Bristol for the XXX Warlock release. Neat story behind this beer and the Venetucci pumpkins. The color was orange with a white head. The smell was spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie. The taste was nearly identical to the smell. Delicious for the style but it should be in 12oz bottles because one is enough. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-12-2007 19:56:03

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skubieco (1) - USA - OCT 30, 2010 does not count
Aroma on this beer is simply amazing. My nose was tickled with nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and earthy raw pumpkin. As close as you can get to fresh pumpkin pie in the in a glass. Poured out clear deep red amber with about one finger off-white head. The taste was a subdued version of the aroma. Nothing is too overpowering or offensive, perhaps a touch light on the palate and hint too much nutmeg. Venetucci is an excellent pumpkin ale even for those who don’t really like pumpkin ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Deep red-brown, light head formation. Rich, intense aroma of vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, general pumpkin pie. Complex and spicy without being overwhelming or raw like so many others. Flavor is sweet, malty and rich, approximately the same level of spice intensity. Slightly earthy, but not bitter finish. This is extremely well done and I see why this is so popular here in town, despite not usually being a big pumpkin beer fan myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4001) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bomber from Doodler, brought out by Ratman in his luggage for me! Nose is heavy nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin. Clear medium rust brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is light bitterness mixed with a very spicy pumpkin pie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (249) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 22, 2007
Thick beige mousse atop a dark red body, blushing with vermilion. The nose is surprisingly enticing, flooded with bright spices, including salient cloves as well as nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and white pepper. Though at times slightly waxy and reminiscent of scented candles, the pumpkin pie blend is apparent and very enjoyable, especially as each spice is easily picked out. Cherries, cranberries and red apples provide a fruity component to which browned butter and salted butter caramel adds a wonderfully complex sweetness. The flavor begins with a burst of carbonation and spice, traversing the prominent ginger, clove and nutmeg. The smooth texture of raw pumpkin and soft butter appears on the mid-palate, but an obvious lack of weight and depth in the body disappoints. Though I found the palate and flavor lacking, this remains a wonderful brew in the style and an excellent QPR for those who can find it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3769) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Draft at the brewpub. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like dry spices, roasted pumpkin, sweet malt, some vanilla, and cinnamon. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, booze, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt.

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