solidfunk (6772) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I like rum, I hate pumpkin and I generally don’t like barrels, so this is what it is. Pours hazy golden with ok head and lacing. Some cinnamon, some coriander. Rum’s pretty well hidden here, only a touch of barrel. Bottle shared at tasting.
TheBeerGod (5862) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Pours a murky orange-amber with a medium, frothy tan head. Very sweet, boozy nose with pumpkin pie and whip cream, spices and candyish notes. Taste is pumpkin, spices, lighter booze, candied yams, pumpkin pie, hints of brown sugar and yeast notes. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more pumpkin pie, spices, booze, candied yams, caramel and hints of brown sugar.
Huhzubendah (3327) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Transparent, light orange body with a small white collar. Pumpkin, fall spice, booze. Sweet and spicy. Medium bodied. Best in small doses.
Iphonephan (5610) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at the 2016 Nuplastik is back tasting. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Aroma of pumpkin and spice. Flavors of caramel, toffee and molasses. Warm finish.
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Charlottesville (VA)
While hunting down Trickery I managed to also procure a small sample of this potent fall seasonal. If you like your pumpkin beers big, bold, and boozy then do what you can to trade for a bottle. This is what happens when you crack open the liquor cabinet after hitting the Thanksgiving dessert table.
Aroma / Appearance - Semitransparent body the color of pureed squash warms the bar. A light wispy head accents the contents while filtering the smells of cinnamon, squash, and rum. Warm and boozy, it is tough for the alcohol to take a back seat.
Flavor / Palate - Take one part midshelf spiced rum and one part squash then add a plate of sweet pumpkin pie topped by whipped cream. Put them together and you get the general impact that this heady release unleashes. Chewy and rich, it fills one quickly. A full pour might have been overbearing when paired with Trickery but a couple of ounces fit the lunch bill perfectly.
zizzybalubba (1743) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark orange pour with a short off-white head. Aroma of rum and brown sugar with faint roasted pumpkin. Taste does feature pumpkin but nearly equally showcases dark rum, oak, molasses, and light caramel. Manages to not be too sweet. Very nicely done.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Clear golden brown with a smooth, off-white head. Nose is caramel, rum, allspice, pumpkin and nutmeg. Creamy medium body with a bubbly tang. Taste is quite rummy, a bit hot, squash, blonde brownies and bitter spices.
Travlr (19528) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Bright hazy burnt umber color, goes well with fall, except that it’s 75 degrees today. Aroma of vanilla, mixed pie spice, some booze. Taste has tannins, spice, burnt butterscotch. Tastier than I expected.
Nickls (2228) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Murky rust copper brown. Dark rum, dark fruits, slight spice in the aroma. Flavor is very similar, warming, slight tang, fruity esthers, light rum hiding in the back. Lighter to medium slick body.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Clear orange, large fizzy off-white head, good retention. Aroma of rum, pumpkin, toasted malt, mild spice. The taste is pumpkin, dark fruit, rum, citrus, mild toastiness. Medium bodied, fairly smooth.