Drake (9939) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, VA. Opened 6/29/11. Pours a hazy orange color with a medium creamy tan head. Below average head retention and lacing. Lots of floating particles. Aroma of pumpkin, spices, bourbon, vanilla. The taste is bourbon, pumpkin spice, pumpkin, vanilla, cola, vegetal finish. Medium bodied. Decent.
alexsdad06 (6426) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma has huge pumpkin with all of the usual spices, bourbon, vanilla and sweet malts. The flavor has more big pumpkin with allspice and nutmeg, bourbon, vanilla, and sweet malts. This did get a touch boozy as it warmed. Although slightly sticky and sweet, I did enjoy this more than most pumpkin beers.
holdenn (2086) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to adam. Clear orange with a thin head. Sweet pumpkin spice with cardamom, clove, sweet aromas. Too much spice pumpkin syrupy spicy cardamom Cinamon bitter and hard to drink. 6/3/5/3/10
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a hazy amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of bourbon, pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and clove. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of pumpkin, bourbon, carmel, cinnamon, allspice and clove with a smooth dry lingering spiced finish.
Brigadier (3170) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle
I wanted to like this beer more but it was far too similar to the regular pumpkin version. If there was any bourbon present it was so toned down as to make little impact in the final experience. It may have mellowed out a bit. Overall though this is less enhanced by the aging than just changed slightly. Even so the price wasn’t ridiculous and for that it gets some credit.
Aroma / Appearance - Mandarin orange fluid flowed into the glass carelessly. A clean white head was warm and bright. Coriander, nutmeg, and other spices reminded me of a cooling pumpkin pie. Only the medicinal bourbon that peeked out from time to time was evidence of a difference to the normal version.
Flavor / Palate - Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg filter to the top on the first sip. Later impressions introduce some bourbon, vanilla, and basic oak but it is not as strong as I was expecting. Instead it sits back and is light on the senses. I don’t know how long this was on barrels but clearly it didn’t affect the base beer much. Given the choice I think I would prefer the original which is a few dollars cheaper.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a thick amber orange color with a creamy, white head. The nose is potent with notes of pumpkin, pie spice, vanilla, bourbon, and maybe a bit of oak. The flavor actually does a nice job of blending the bourbon notes with the pumpkin. There is a decent sweetness that pairs well, but no one component is overwhelming. The alcohol is warming but not obvious to the palate. Medium to rich body with lower carbonation leading to a warming, pumpkin-bourbon pie finish. Quite tasty. I need to get another one of these.
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a glowing golden orange with a frothy fine dense head. Aroma is floral, some buttery sweet vegetables, bit of paper, no real distinguishable spices, balanced. Flavor follows, creamy and full with warming alcohol, really has more of an egg-nog taste rather than pumpkin, some of the gourd taste in the finish, but pretty hot, not in a boozy undrinkable way but it certainly doesn’t let you forget, almost more like a butternut squash soup, pepper, vanilla, interesting bourbon on the finish combined with the sweetness, like Kan says kind of tripel-like, similar to Allagash Curieux . Medium bodied, full and creamy carbonation, bit hot.
JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Duffmansw. Poured a hazy holden with bubbly white outer head. Aroma was funky, oak, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Taste is very oaky with mild bourbon, pumpkin puree and spices. Lower carb. Very tasty surprisingly.
hopscotch (9894) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Hazy amber/orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is of vanilla, pumpkin meat and clove – essentially, pumpkin pie. Full-bodied and sticky with feather-soft carbonation. Nice pumpkin pie and vanilla flavors, but a bit too alcoholic for the pumpkin and spices to really shine. Finishes boozy and raw. Less noticeable alcohol and you’ve got Southern Tier’s Pumking – a real winner. Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94!
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured into my large brandy snifter.
A- Body is a uniformly translucent pumpkin hue-its pretty cloudy. Pours with a 2 finger or so smooth, creamy white head. This slowly, eventually fades to a nice thick collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar stand out the most initially. Behind this is a distinct boozy astrigency. A slight bourbon sweetness can also be detected.
T-There is a very good balance initially of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet bourbon, and dry oak. Its quite complex. The finish is more astrigent-with some alcohol bitterness coming through-but the spices and pumpkin have almost equal strength. What lingers is a good bit of nutmeg and cinnamon, a hint of pumpkin-and a big alcohol warmth.
M- Medium to low carbonation with a slightly dry, spicy body with medium weight.
D- This is a very good, different pumpkin ale. The bourbon barrels add a different character-and certainly a big kick. This is clearly a strong pumkin ale that doesn’t hide its booziness. Job well done by Clipper City here- one of my favorites from them.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-07-2010 03:23:06