AmBunni (18) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I prefer this beer without the barrel aging. Pumpkin flavors seem subdued although there is added complexity. Would have liked for this to have a more solid mouthfeel given the wood, smoke, and pumpkin notes. Tasted substantial but didn’t feel that way. All in all a good beer from Hardywood however, I think I am biased to liking the unoaked version better because I had it first. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Butters (3766) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On Draft at Mekong for the Anniversary party 2012. Clear amber pour with very small, almost non existent offwhite head ring. Aroma is clean and cidery, almost sweet cider, but not fake sweetness like a woodchuck, but the natural sweetness of fresh apples. Sweet flavor, and more vanilla than bourbon, and very smooth and soft on the palate. Very woody. The effervescence (and a lot of the pumpkin character) of the base beer seems to have faded off from this. Maybe pumpkin beers just aren’t meant for aging? Not the best example of how good these guys can barrel age stuff.