zizzybalubba (1691) - 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 (3604) - 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 (17672) - 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 (2072) - 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 (11116) - 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.
GenDV138 (4106) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Clear golden amber with off-white head. Aromas of pumpkin, rum, spices. Tastes of light pumpkin, spices, rum, caramel, light saisony notes. Medium body with a dry finish. Saison base takes a backseat in this.
AirForceHops (4994) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by Willrunforbeer. 2013 vintage. A pumpkin beer worth a damn?? Could it be? Amber/ brown color, thin lasting head. Aroma start with light oak and turns into a lightly spiced rum. The pumpkin spice and rum barrel kind of runs together.
Very mild amount of gourd with the spices of rum showing instead of an overly spice fall seasoning. The oak shows a strong character in the finish. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and no signs of oxidation. I’m actually surprised how well this held up for a two year old beer. Impressive.
Chalumeaux (567) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bomber 2013 thanks Willrunforbeer....whalz son! Pours hazy brown orange with a thin lacey head. Aromas of pumpkin spice brown sugar vanilla and oak. Taste is mildly sweet with notes of oak caramel and spice. There is a nice balance between the rum and the spices. A nicely crafted beer worth the wait.
WillRunForBeer (1696) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2 year old bottle opened in honor of Chalumeaux. Pours orange brown with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, fruity esters, mild clove and cinnamon, a hint of oak. Warm and smooth with caramel, molasses, cinnamon, cloves, oak. Nice balance.
ben4321 (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from my Dad,10/10/14
Aroma: The nose is pumpkin spice, cinnamon, some rum, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and dough
Appearance: It pours a lightly hazy orange color with a lasting head and some solid lace work
Flavor: Flavor-wise, the rum barrel comes out more, pumpkin flavors are underneath, but present
Palate: The body is medium-plus, there’s a bit of heat on the finish but it doesn’t overpower
I’ve been sitting on this one for a minute, I figured some age wouldn’t hurt it. I thought it was excellent. The rum is more present in the flavor than the nose, but the vanilla/oak are a little more present in the nose. Really liked how the barrel aging worked here. Another excellent Hardywood offering.