bluejacket74 (1306) - 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, itís a bit syrupy and has low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it improves as the beer warms up. I think itís a good overall brew, Iíd buy this again.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a very hazy, orange-amber with a thin, bubbly, off-white head and light lacing. aroma is damn nice with fresh pumpkin, spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla backed by pie crusts, a touch of orange peel, and very well integrated oaked bourbon notes as it warms. flavor is very nice as well, a bit muted compared to the aroma, with the smooth vanilla and oak notes of the bourbon barrels settling atop notes of pumpkin pie, spiced cider, and crusty malts with just a hint warmth on the finish. palate is medium bodied and very drinkable for an imperial pumpkin ale with smooth carbonation. overall, a very enjoyable barrel aged pumpkin brew.
deyholla (6608) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with others. Poured a clear deep orange with a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of spice that had some pumpkin and a hint of beer coming through. Flavor had more bourbon present and it helped to bite through some strong spice as well as allow the pumpkin to come through. The barrel aging definitely helped this beer.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím a big fan of pumpkin beers and a big fan of bourbon aged beers, so this was a match made in heaven. The aroma has all the ingredients you look for in a pumpkin beer, spice, cinnamon, pumpkin (of course). All that on top of a warm bourbon backing. The bourbon isnít too too prevalent but it makes itís presence known. An incredibly smooth and drinkable pumpkin beer. It kept me interested and entertained the whole time.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange with a hint of amber. Lively white head that doesnít last, nor the lace. Smells of pumpkin pie, booze, nutmeg, and oak. Taste of caramel and booze with pumpkin and spice. Very hot taste that lasts.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours hazy orange with nice head and lacing. nose is obvious, pumpkin, bourbon, maybe a little vanilla. body is light with noticeable carbonation. taste is heavy booze up front but settles with pumpkin and spice at the end. excellent pumpkin beer and one of the first iíve tried that was aged in bourbon barrels. would definately buy this beer again.
fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy amber with a thin, creamy, white head that has good retention. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice, toasted oak, light pumpkin, caramel, a little vanilla and floral hops. Flavor is straight up bourbon up front followed by caramel, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla-y bourbon, light nutty notes and a touch of bourbon. Palate is medium bodied, slightly syrupy and has a light, but quite sharp carbonation. Pretty good stuff overall, the bourbon notes are a little too strong though, and seem more like somebody just dumped some bourbon in the beer, rather than subtle notes from barrel aging.
kopher (592) - New York, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is bursting with spices: cloves, nutmeg, allspice and matched with some malt and oak, a lot of alcohol, a bit of vegetable, and nothing artificial.
pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with wispy beige head.
flavor is heavy and alcoholic, sweet in front, bitter in the middle, and spicy at the back.
medium-heavy body, very light and soft carbonation, long warming alcohol nutmeg finish. best pumpkin iíve had, almost a barley wine though.
as it warms some fresh leafy hops come through in the nose.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bright, completely opaque orange with a soapy white head that recedes to a small swirl along the top.
The smell starts with the spices, nutmeg and cinnamon especially, balanced by the vanilla sweetness from the bourbon barrels. There is a sweet sugary pumpkin aroma that floats underneath the alcohol.
The taste is more of the same but probably a bit sweeter with the vanilla and pumpkin up front, giving way to the light spices. The spices donít last long before the bourbon barrel knocks them out of the way and dominates the finish with a definite burn going down.
The mouthfeel is smooth and boozy with a nice tingle on the palette from the combination of alcohol and pumpkin spices.
The bourbon mellows the spices from the base beer pretty well and gives the impression of a well-balanced pumpkin beer. Not bad.
Tmoney99 (10584) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear hazy orange copper color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid doughy pumpkin and small woody alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Standout seasonal beer.