Travlr (9833) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Deep amber color, small white edge head. Aroma of acetone, booze, spice. Taste is boozy spice. Not my cup of tea.
Butters (3579) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the shockoe craft festival. Pours a clear Orange with decent near white head. Very nicely spiced and well balanced. Not over the top, and hits all the right pumpkin pie spice notes, and not too sweet either. But the farmhouse funk takes it too the next level. Also refined, and not too sour or tart, but lightly pleasant and makes it have a fairly dry finish on the palate. Great pumpkin beer. Iíd say its even better than the jolly pumpkin one.
Foxbush (1145) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was the second beer tasted at the new brewery in Richmond. This is a great story about living out your dream. The brewery is named after an Australian sheep farm. The beer had nice aroma of spices and pumpkin. These are not normally my favorite beers. The beer was sweeter than I like. The medium body beer had taste of cinnimon, nutmeg and pumpkin. I did not notice the higher alcohol. They used 100 sugar pumkins to brew this beer.
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First sample from the new local, love the way they sourced the ingredients for this beer. Corked and caged bottle. Unfortunately, I usually donít like pumpkin beers. But, there are exceptions, and this happily was one. Poured a medium orange, clear, nice head faded quickly and completely. Aroma was pure pumpkin pie, with cinnamon, clove and ginger all right there. But the flavor is where this thing rocked. A really nice Belgian ale emerged, with a spicy yeast finish, definitely in the farmhouse vein. The pumpkin spice melded in beautifully. This was a solid Belgian ale with pumpkin accents, not an out of balance pumpkin spice bomb. Very well done, this portends of awesome things from these guys if they can do this well with a style I usually donít even care for.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy burnt copper with a nice light tan head and some lace. Aroma is of pumpkin spice, sweet malts, cloves and spice. Sweet malts, yeast, pumpkin, spices and some farmhouse notes with clean, light hop finish.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled a few times at the brewery. Pours a hazy orange color with not much head. Tart aroma with notes of pumpkin, spice and some phenolic notes. Nutmeg comes through. The taste is lightly tart with notes of pumpkin, faint butter, stone fruits and a spicy finish. Medium bodied. Lingering spiciness but nicely balanced.