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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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The secret is in the 2.5 pounds of spice per barrel for this fall brew. We add the pumpkin during the mash at precisely the right time to create just the perfect balance of malt, hops, pumpkin and spice.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
22oz bomber. Pours a cloudy glowing orange with old gold and tan highlights and a medium-sized light tan head that leaves a few thin wisps of lace on the glass. The aroma is rich with cakey malts, brown sugar, and lots of pumpkin spice - ginger, allspice, clove... The flavor starts cakey and toasty with a decent bit of malt sweetness. There is also a strong pumpkin spice note up front that lasts throughout. The maltiness turns to caramel and toffee towards mid-palate. A growing balancing neutral bitterness emerges towards mid-palate as well, along with a modest bitterness from the soft taste of ethanol (that is actually quite well-hidden until you realize that the bitterness tastes more like alcohol than hops). The finish is dry, bready malty, and spicy (cinnamon emerges as a strong contender, unlike in the nose). It is also mildly warming with a soft booziness (again, well-hidden at first -- gets stronger after a few sips). The mouthfeel is crisp and full-bodied with a slight astringency from the combination of spices and alcohol. Overall, a decent pumpkin beer that is surprisingly strong in all aspects. I think a little more age would do it nicely (the alcohol becomes more apparent after you drink a bit - and age would mellow out both the alcohol and the strong spiciness which is a bit strong on some spots of the tongue).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7578) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2009
This brew pours a hazy golden orange color with a medium off-white head that dissipates slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Pumpkin spices in the nose along with some malt and vanilla. Medium body with flavors of pumpkins and nutmeg on top of hops and malt. The finish is a concoction of nutmeg, clove and pumpkins with a moderately bitter hops aftertaste. Decent beer overall that doesn’t delve very far into the pumpkin patch.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2009
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a medium and hazy orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices. Tastes of the same pumpkin, spices, and pumpkin pie. This one definitely has the spices in it. Spicy and medium alcohol finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4626) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Deep orange coloured body with a nice sized thinnish tan head. Aroma of potent pumpkin, some spices, alcohol and a good caramel scent. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong assertive pumpkin and squash flavours with nutmeg and cinnamon coming through too. Aftertaste shows a lot of pumpkin, good caramel and a touch of yeast - not much spiciness, but way more pumpkin and malt. Overall, a good pumpkin beer - definitely worth trying if you can find it, but the high alcohol and the minimal spices make it not the best overall beer for the season. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 02-October-2009, sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 24-October-2009.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
eaglefan538 (2843) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Bottle from SL. The pour was amber to copper, weak head. The aroma was strong spices, nutmeg indeed, some cinammon, faint pumpkin. The flavor followed, too much spice, strong malts, sweet, this being a bit underwhelming from a brewer whose Heavy Seas brews I thought I liked more. Mouthfeel moderate for the abv and style. Meh.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2740) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Cask Ale @ Chelsea Pier, NYC. The appearance is a translucent, relatively clear orange, white head. The aroma is awesome, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, pumpkin, bread. The flvor follows the aroma, with the flavor being slightly more spicy and sweet. The finish is spicy, sweet pumpkin, sugar. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good overall.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
bottle shared by pampdogg. thanks dude! pours a clear amber with a small beige head. aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, toffee, cinn. and a bunch of spices. flavor is quite spicy, pumpkin bread, toast. good beer.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Goodgrief (1762) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2010 If this beer were a cookie or maybe coffee, it would be good. Nutmeg....lots of nutmeg. Not all that good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScoWRee (374) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Pours a merky golden color with a small tan head. Aroma of cinamon, nutmeg pumpkin. Taste of hops pumpkin and spice. Comercial description is accurate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2009
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of pumpkin, spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Poured orange/amber in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and spiced. Tastes of pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Pumpkin and spice finish is lightly dry. 8%ABV is undetectable.


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