Parrothead (291) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. My first "oak barrel aged" beer. Poured a cloudy orange/amber with a white head of small bubbles that doesn’t last long. Nose all over the place - malt ,spices, and pumpkin, not much in the way of hops. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Taste of malt, pumpkin, spices...and OMG that oak barrel aging! FANTASTIC. At 9% AVB, get a designated driver. This is a GREAT specialty beer for a cold night after dinner. Another great Maryland beer!
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin head of off-white bubbles. Interesting aroma. Lots of bananas! No question about it. It is like they sliced a fresh banana and dropped it into the glass. Little bit of sweet caramel and butterscotch which would be coming from the bourbon barrels. Color is a cloudy copper orange. Wow, quite the tasty brew. Definately a bunch of alcohol smacks you up front but it melds nicely with the pumpkin and spices. Malts, spices and butterscotch round out the flavor. This brew is actually quite soft on the palate and pretty damn smooth. If you like pumpkin brews this one is definately a winner. Finishes malty and spicy witha bit of lingering alcohol. I like this one alot!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of pumpkin, vanilla, and slight spice. No Bourbon aroma. Poured orange in color with a tiny, off-white head that lasted throughout only as a film on top of the beer, and around the edges. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of pumpkin, light alcohol, slight caramel, light banana, vanilla, and slight spice. Medium body. Slick texture becomes lightly dry. Average carbonation. Pumpkin, light caramel, light vanilla, and light banana finish is dry. 9%ABV is present in the flavor, but not hot or overwhelming.
JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at the Heavy Seas tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits back in October. Hazy amber pour with a medium tan head. Cinnamon nose with caramel malt and booze. Boozy flavor with cinnamon, malt and a bready, boozy finish. Not bad, but the version without the barrel is better.
BeerBaby (80) - , Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Given to me served from a bottle. This had a bit heavier alcohol taste than I prefer otherwise I would have rated it higher. A medium body beer. Hazey amber with a creamy head.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from jrob21. Pours a lightly hazed amber with a frothy off white head. Great nose of pumpkin spice, vanilla, toffee, and faint bourbon notes. Fairly light on the palate for being a barrel aged beer but not watery by any means. A damn tasty brew, cheers to you Clipper City!!
thornecb (4168) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber into a trappist glass. White head quickly recedes to hug rim. Pumpkin and oak aromas. Sharply carbonated with nutmeg, clove and a hint of pumkin. Hint of bourbon in the lasting burn.
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2010
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle and served in NB Worthy glass: Bronze hue with a small but lasting head, okay lace. The aroma has notes of vanilla bean, ashy wood, sweet bourbon, booze, nutmeg, clove, cinnamom, caramel and bready malts, and a hint of pumpkin pie. The taste is sweet bourbon, sweet malts, sugary sweet pie and brash booze. Discombobulated and abashed in muddled confusion. This is so hard to drink, too much barrel and spice with not enough pumpkin and cleaner pale malt. I dumped over half the bottle, EVEN WORSE THAN THE ONE NOTE BASE BEER! . arggh goes the pirate, take this Pumpkin on a walk of the plank... on to the smoked porter... please be better!
brokensail (9940) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin ring of tan foam around the outside of the glass.
S: Tons and tons of pie spices such as cinnamon, all spice, and nutmeg. The bourbon aroma is plentiful as well, providing quite a bit of booze along with the usual oak and vanilla.
T: The vanilla flavor is really nice and smooth here. Fairly sweet, but the bourbon flavor helps to mitigate that a bit, and the intense cinnamon and nutmeg flavors do an even better job of this.
M: The body is maybe on the thin side of medium with a low to medium carbonation.
D: I could see this being great, but the bourbon and spices are just overdone at this point.
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy orange/copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is sweet and spicy, it smells like pumpkins, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), vanilla and bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with some alcohol/booze being noticable but not overpowering. The bourbon flavor is a bit stronger than the others, but the flavors all mesh well together. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit syrupy and has low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it improves as the beer warms up. I think it’s a good overall brew, I’d buy this again.