slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THIS is what pumpkin beers should aspire to be. THIS is what i wanted from Pumking! Dark hazy orange pour. Good God this smells nice. Spices yes, but there’s something unique in there as well. You can taste and smell the natural pumpkin as much as the spices, which are done just right. That would be good enough, but the added ridiculous creaminess in the flavor and feel as you swallow, making this as a whole like creamy thick liquified pumpkin pie a-la-mode, gives this the nod as THE best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had...and it’ll be hard to ever top."
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Tasted on 6/30/12 at the 1st Annual Chimipalooza, from a 750mL bottle courtesy rustyham. Pours hazy burnt orange with a thin white head that completely disappears. The nose is full of pumpkin baking spice, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, and plenty of caramel malt. The flavor is just like a pumpkin pie that has too much cinnamon, and the caramel malt. The body is full with light carbonation and a long spiced finish.
b3shine (6149) - Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks newcigarz). Looks good for the style; a fairly transparent darker amberish brown with foamy off-white head. Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, and mild clove and nutmeg. Tastes like it smells with a fuller but smooth mouthfeel. A good pumpkin ale.
vtafro (4215) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Backlog) Draft at blind tiger for eyedrinkale’s birthday 9/14/2011. Brown hazy pour with tan head. Spice, pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla aromas. Very strong vanilla, pumpkin and spice flavors.
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love pumpkin pie and I adore pumpkin beer, and this might be the best one. The thick pour and rich aroma caught me right away. The pumpkin really sticks with you throughout and it’s smoothness can’t be exaggerated.
GreatDane1632 (673) - USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vertical Tasting of 2011, 2012, 2013; Thanks to PaulUnwin for providing me with the ability to do this tasting -- All of these beers are great pumpkin beers. The 2011 is the most subtle, perhaps the spices have mellowed to give it the most "blended" flavor. The 2012 has a great pumpkin, brown sugar, carmel flavor. Really great. The 2013 is by far the brightest beer with the spices shining through very nicely. 2012 was the concensus favorite by me and my buddies that tried this. All together these beers were all nicely done.
BBB63 (6343) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Horizontal" Tasting: Cigar City Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale (GG), Cigar City Good Gourd Almighty (ALM) and Cigar City Brewpub Gourds of Thunder (GoT), via Hopscotch, thanks buddy!
APP: (GG) Muddy coppery brown, fading head, minimal lace (3). (ALM) Slightly darker, longer lasting head and better lacing (4), (GoT) Unlike the others as it is a black ale (I did not know that until I poured it), quickly fading head and almost no lace (2)
NOSE: (GG) The expected pumpkin pie spices readily available along with good caramel and herbal esters (8). (ALM) Boozy barrel vapours along with lots of sweet malts. Oaky and sort of leathery too. Hint of an oncoming infection, sourness and lactic acidic roams about (6). (GoT) Roast, charred wood, leather, light spices and honestly underwhelming. (5) A clear win for the more traditional Good Gourd Impy.
TASTE: (GG) Much like the aroma, the taste is quite as expected. Sweet malts, light pumpkin flesh and a good amount of spices but not too much. Light alcohol presence along with some finishing earthiness. Quite enjoyable (8). (ALM) Much like the aroma, lots of barrel influence, quite noticeable rum and oak notes. Spice are there too add roundness but it seems a tad flushed out. Does taste far better than it smells (7). (GoT) Much like the aroma it is heavy on the roast, nutty and charred character with faint spices and little to no squash notes. Some dirty earthy coffee tones as well... and just like the aroma it is underwhelming on the palate( 6). Yet another victory for the more traditional brew!
Mouth Feel The GG is just where I expected, smooth and slick, right amount of heft (4). The ALM is sharper and still oily, yeah I like this palate slightly better (5). More disappointment for the GoT, ashy and thin, minimal carbonation makes it worse (1).
OVERALL: A clear win for the straight forward Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale (15) over the rum barreled GG Almighty (14) and the distant inbred cousin Gourd of Thunder (9) which before this I would have figured would have been my favorite but alas was a huge letdown.
WillRunForBeer (1086) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade. Pours a slightly murky amber brown with a scant off white head. Smells like pumpkin bread there’s cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, candied sugar. Taste follows nose, this is good homemade pumpkin bread in a glass.
GenDV138 (2580) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared, poured into a tulip. Pours a dark caramel/honey orange brown with off-white head. Smells of pumpkin, squash, cinnamon and spices. Tastes of pumpkin, cinnamon, spices, caramel, light vanilla. Medium body, semi-dry finish.
nimbleprop (5413) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full disclosure, if you had told me Cigar City was making a pumpkin beer, I would have been my house that it would be a train wreck. If I had done that, I would be homeless. 750ml bottle pours a clear copper amber with some white head. Nose of chai tea, vanilla, a little cardamom, nutmeg. Flavor is very sweet, roasted sweet potato with marshmellow, vanilla, chai. Finishes sweet with some spice. Really good.