badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy orange with small white head. Awesome nose: vanilla beans and clean oak tannins, nutmeg, sweet bread and pumpkin. Flavor of pumpkin pie, heavy on the cinnamon. Huge oak finish. Very nice. Very rich. Excellent, but in small doses like a dessert. Probably the best pumpkin ale to date.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear orange, with a fingerís worth of frothy head. Aroma is very heavy on spices like ginger and nutmeg, almost makes one think of an early christmas. Taste definitely tastes like a mixture of holiday spices and a nice pumpkin pie. The body is a bit weaker than some of the other imperial pumpkin beers. The bourbon barrels combine with the spices to create a light and well balanced feeling of a nice burn in the back of the throat. Quite enjoyable.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has its ABV (9%) and a short description but no freshness or born on date.
Appearance: The body has a deep reddish orange amber color with fine yeast sediment floating around giving it a hazy look. From the pour I got a small off white head that quickly fades to fine layer of foam with a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is good.
Smell: Right away there is a noticeable whiskey presence. Notes of the booze, the vanilla, and some oak notes mingle with honey sweet malt notes and pie spice in the nose.
Taste/Palate: Right up front I get the bourbon whiskey notes with hints of vanilla, caramel and a slight touch of oak. This plays well with the base malt which has some honey like sweetness, pie spice and a hint of pumpkin squash flavor. The finish has some sweet boozy warmth from the 9% ABV that adds to the bourbon character. It also carries some of the pie spice and some mellow hop bitterness deep into the finish.
Notes: The bourbon barrel notes were a nice touch to base pumpkin beer. I liked the lighter balance of spice here in The Greater Pumpkin Ale vs. the regular The Great Pumpkin Ale.
AskForJenny (1012) - Ontario, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz - Tasted to me like a glass of egg nog, creamy nutmeg and whack of bourbon. Itís amazing the brewer can coax these flavors out, but for me this is nothing more than a once a year diversion.
wnoble (1207) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange and amber and hazy. Smells of bourbon, oak, blended with spices, malts, and a little pumpkin pie. Taste is full of spices dominated by whiskey and oak barrels. Awesome!
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 (6585) - 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 (1055) - 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.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - 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.