fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours hazy amber orange color with off white head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and caramel. Lightly carbonated and medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose exactly and finishes with a caramel bourbon note. Well balanced, not hot at all, the spices really mesh well with the bourbon. I really liked this.
j12601 (6453) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of John. Pours a hazed orange with a medium sized white head. Big spicy cinnamon right up front, backed by some nice smooth bourbon, floral pie spice. Nice and spicy, pumpkin and malt. Silky and smooth. Long slow alcohol and wood on the finish. Awesome.
scottw86 (1039) - Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not sure what to expect with a bourbon barrel aged imperial pumpkin ale. Poured a hazy amber/brown with an off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin, bourbon, vegetables, and caramel malts. Strong bourbon taste at first with almost no carbonation. Transitions into a pumpkin/vegetable flavor with some sweet butterscotch. Finish is mostly of pumpkin with a little bourbon. Overall very smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. I think the bourbon flavors are overdone a bit, and a little more carbonation would have been good, but overall itís not a bad experiment!
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours hazy, dark coppery, nearly cider-colored, with a thin beige head. Aromas of pumpkin, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, graham cracker, a little smoky and sweet wood, and estery whiskey. Flavor is sweet brown sugar, cinnamon-covered pumpkin, the cereal Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds, alcohol, and spicy pepper and woody oakiness with a bourbon and vanilla finish. Full-bodied, chewy, and warming. Very nice; sampled back-to-back with "Great Pumpkin," and not as sweet. The barrel aging imparts a subtle vanilla/bourbon oakiness, but itís tasty. Both the original and this beer are pretty good brews.
502F (999) - Time Out, Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
$8 bomber into glass. Pours a really hazy orange with a nice and dense, slightly off-white head. Not sure why its so murky. The aroma is heavy with a bready, cakey, spicy, cinnamony quality with an almost raw dough quality to it. Pleasant for a fall evening. The flavor is definitely dominated by these characters, but there is another quality I cant quite put a finger on. Almost like a sweet lager fruitiness behind the pumpkin and spice quality. Regardless, its pretty complex and transforms in the mouth for about 10 seconds. Its strange, but works pretty well. Not really getting much bourbon the the aroma or flavor, but I think it has certainly mellowed and smoothed the palate. Medium to full body with low carbonation--silky smooth. Overall: Iíd like to try the original version side-by-side with this one, as I donít remember all that much about it. Curious if Iíd find the original to be better than this one.
tastybeer (1492) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, thanks tarheels. Pours brown with a big tan head. Flavor is lots of spice, bourbon, pumpkin, sugar.. However, the body is pretty thin and there isnít enough to justify the bourbon aging. Not a fan.
GT2 (7122) - Riverslime, California, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Pours a clear golden amber with a thick, dense, yellowish head that has very good retention and webby lace. Excellent buttery bourbon aroma atop pumpkin pie but as it warms it devolves into artificial banana candies. Definitely hitting all the right notes in the nose. Taste is fairly spicy bourbon up front moving to astringent and grainy lager notes inherent in these pumpkin beers. Too sharp of a palate, not enough creaminess. But still the sugar content here is high creating a false sense of "richness" in the body, the alcohol is pretty much cloying, and you end up with an instant headache. Itís hard to imagine how to improve the pumpkin beer niche, but one thing would be to not focus on just a massive amount of nutmeg and cinnamon that is all over the nose and body. The palate could be more chewy, the carbonation could be a little less spritzy. The body could be darker and more hazy. There could be more pumpkin taste than just pumpkin pie.
TheBeerGod (4915) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cloudy orange-amber with a short white head. Strong pumpkin and spices int he aroma along with light oak and vanilla notes. Taste is strong pumpkin and spices, vanilla, bourbon, light oak, candied notes, and sweet potatoes. This is delicious! Body is medium with a strong bubbly carbonation and soft alcohol warmth. Finishes with more vanilla, pumpkin, brown sugar, light bourbon oak, spices and candyish notes.
unclemattie (3917) - Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ the Fred. Hazy orange, tan foam. Looks like a glass of liquid pumpkin pie. Light spice scent, nice squash. Hint of vanilla bourbon. Flavor is a creamy textured squash. Light spice. Good alcohol burn. Light bourbon in the finish. Best of the imperial pumpkins.
mixmasterob (872) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Hop City, poured a hazy orange color with no head. Aroma was big time spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove etc.... Aside from Pumking, this smelled with the best of em. A bit of booze and maybe a touch of bourbon. Lots of spicy pumpkin flavors throughout, some bourbon but was somewhat subtle til the finish. Big time boozy bourbon barrel finish. Mouthfeel was almost creamy, decent carbonation, nice. Another good pumpkin brew with a twist.