ben4321 (4024) - 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.
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Crooked Stave. Pour is hazy orange with a small white head and decent lacing. Big pumpkin, sweet potatoes, pepper, oaky notes, light alcohol, and brown sugar in the aroma. Taste is sweet potato cake, toffee, caramel, bread, light spice, and wood with a small amount of heat on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Good.
nimbleprop (4979) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange with a ring of white head. Nose of booze, spice, nail polish, clove, cinnamon. Flavor is sweet and boozy, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, sweet caramelized root veg, booze. Rummy, sweet finish.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Dull caramel, a touch brownish, also a bit orange, thin to moderate off-white foamy head, little lacing.   Soft pumpkin spiced nose, a little citrus zest and also some Rum.   Warming on the tongue, spicy, zesty, with some Rum, molasses, and brown sugar to round it out.   Feels fairly moderate on the tongue.   Soft Rum finish, along with that Imperial Pumpkin flair.   Pretty solid, warming but not alcoholic, spicy with some extra added notes of the barrel aging and molasses.   Pretty darn good!   Thanks Mike!
baraciisch (1919) - USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brilliant reddish-tan orange in color... Aroma of pumpkin spices, caramel... Flavor is rich caramel, pumpkin spice up front... Gives way to a rum burn on the finish, like taking a shot of rum... Potent, but good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Beergeek23322 (2340) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/22/2013. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours dark amber with a small white head. The aromas have lots of pumpkin with spices and malt. Hints of oak too. The spiced rum really shows through in the flavors with warm alcohol following. The sweet pumpkin flavors are a bit muted by the rum, but this is an interesting brew.
radagast83 (4753) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got a nice pour from a 750ml bottle thanks to my buddy Bruce. Thanks! Poured a nice, dark orange color with a small white head. Aroma was plenty of rum, oak, vanilla notes, with a solid base of their pumpkin beer - nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon. Flavor was pretty smooth - with a touch of booze from the rum that permeates the mouth. The rum is a nice touch, and a little strange since most people would have just tossed this into a whiskey or bourbon barrel instead.
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a fairly clear medium copper, slight white head. Aroma is a shot of pumpkin pie spice, primarily cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, with a bit of booziness. Flavor is a match essentially. The more it warms, the more the boozy rum notes come to the front. At the end, it was almost like sipping on a couple of shots of spiced rum with some club soda mixed into it. Pumpkin not evident. I found it rather spritzy on the carbonation as well, and definitely much lighter bodied than I remember - almost as if the higher alcohol came from just sucking down more sugar, and whatever it sucked out of the rum barrels. Farmhouse character is gone. I know a lot of people are really digging this, but I greatly prefer the original. But still happy to see the experiment.
phaleslu (6608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from RABinVA- thanks, BROsmer! Pours a deep orange color; my wife’s glass, which I poured first, was much clearer. I guess I interrupted some sediment at the bottom because my pour was hazier. Left about a half ounce in there, though. Small, barely off-white ring with a few spots of lace. Aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, vanilla, rum, oak, cinnamon, toast, brown sugar- mellow and balanced. Flavor of rum, oak, cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, caramel, and mixed fruits. Finishes with some warming rum booziness. Medium-full bodied, with modest carbonation and a warm, coating mouthfeel. I’d give a slight edge to the Farmhouse Pumpkin, but this is a nice barrel treatment. I might let it wait a few more months before opening next time around.
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by jack. Thanks! Deep orange amber with a thin white head, fairly sticky lacing. Nose of banana, light fresh plastic, some spicy rum notes, some gourd, brown sugar. Flavor is similar. The plastic thing in the nose is a bit distracting, but other than that this a pretty impressive ba pumpkin beer.