AirForceHops (4802) - 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 (504) - 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 (1585) - 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 (4881) - 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 (3485) - 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 (6160) - 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 (6500) - 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 (2393) - California, 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 (2602) - 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 (5953) - 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.