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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (1975) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 17, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopher (592) - New York, USA - OCT 17, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10811) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2010
(cask @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Clear copper color with a soapy white head. Spice and pumpkin in the aroma with a nice undertone of vanilla and oak from the barrel. Flavor starts off with a big bourbon note along with a ton of vanilla. The pumpkin and spices make their way through the bourbon near the finish, but itís mostly bourbon in the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3560) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Bomber thanks to largradear. Pours hazy orange with a one-finger white head that leaves a thick foam layer on the beer. Aroma is big pumpkin and spice along with nice bourbon -bal notes. Mmm -bals... The flavor is big on barrel, very oaky and rather bourbony, sort of putting pumpkin in the background. The pumpkin and spice is still there though, along with vanilla, and itís pretty tasty. Medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation and slight tannicity. Pretty solid pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Heavy Seas The Greatíer Pumpkin is a cloudy orange/amber beer with an off white head that fades quickly and leaves nice lacing. Thereís lots of oak in the nose. Thatís pretty much the aroma: bourbon barrel. Itís full bodied and bubbly. It leaves the tongue a little silty. Charred oak dominates the taste. There is possible nutmeg detected, but no pumpkin. This is a bourbon flavored beer. Fortunately, I like bourbon. This is some heavy stuff, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines, though I saw one at Kellerís IGA right after I bought it. They had the regular Great Pumpkin last year, but I didnít see that one around or I probably would have picked one up for comparison. Anyway, this one pours a cloudy orange color with a finger-thick off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie, vanilla, bourbon, nutmeg, toast, caramel malts, and brown sugar. The flavor is way more pumpkin than barrel, and a really straightforward pumpkin at that. However, there is plenty of heat from the alcohol, which comes across more like rum than bourbon; also notes of nutmeg, caramel malts, cinnamon, bread, vegetal notes, and yeast. Medium-full bodied, with mild carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Interesting pumpkin beer, and certainly worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Really really good pumpkin beer, and great well balanced flavor. Full body and very smooth to the palate, great pumpkin flavor. Good nutmeg and cloves, really a great fall spice ale. Bourbon is present but not dominant, gives a nice balance and smoothness. Strongly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1559) - Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle shared with Dave during GB @ Washington game. Nice pumpkin aroma, kind of "husky". Nice dark orange/brown appearance. Taste has pumpkin, some malt, and hint of bourbon. Palate is decent. One of the better pumpkin beers Iíve had.

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