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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
In the most worthy of pumpkin patches and during the silence of the midnight hour, the Greater Pumpkin raises up and pours a rich deep and burnished orange color. Heady aromas of bourbon, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and clove linger seductively over the thick white head of this tremendous brew. Its love at first sip as the full malt body, dominated by British crystal malt, brown sugar and pumpkin, slowly washes over your tongue. Bourbon barrel aging rounds out the flavors with notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Pairs well with crisp autumn weather, crunchy fallen leaves, and the knowledge that your kids will be asleep soon so you can raid their Halloween candy bags.

Previously 9% abv under the Mutiny Fleet series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2095) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Cloudy brown orange pour with off white head. Nose of pumpkin, spice, some bourbon sweetness. Taste is the strongest pumpkin beer I’ve had yet from the bourbon blast. Still the nutmeg and cinnamon shine as well. The flavors were nice, but there was something slightly off with this. I guess I am trying to over think a pumpkin beer. On that note it compares very highly to other pump offerings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Nose of spiced pumpkin ale notes, light vanilla, some bourbon. Nice nose. Hazy orange pour, nice bubbles, thin head. Sweet pumpkin spice, cinamon, vanilla, bourbon, pumpkin pie in the finish. Somewhat sweet, somewhat full, bourbon is lighter and more complimentary than others. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (10689) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7078) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11352) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1169) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
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.

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