TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The Heavy Seas (from Clipper City) already produces one of my favorite pumpkin beers, "The Great Pumpkin." They then take that awesome brew, age it in spent bourbon barrels, and call it "The Greatíer Pumpkin." Iíve heard about this one for a few years now, but never had the opportunity to pick one up. This year it was released in the CT market, and we made sure to get some!
The Greatíer Pumpkin pours a slightly hazy, burnt-orange, almost rusty color. Itís a little darker than I remember the Great Pumpkin being, but I doubt Iíd be able to tell them apart just by looking at them. The foam is pretty thick at first, but fades pretty quickly. Iím surprised at how much white foam there is at first, because this Greatíer Pumpkin checks in at 9% abv, making it one of the stronger pumpkin beers this year.
The nose is awesome; filled with all kinds of pumpkin pie spices, Iím getting cinnamon, nutmeg, and I canít help but think of ginger for some reason. Thereís a mild amount of pumpkin aromas too, but itís hidden behind a substantial amount of alcohol esters.
Wow, once I take a sip, I am impressed! This is gorgeously spicy, a bit malty sweet, a little pumpkiny, and quite boozy. Itís pretty much everything I like in a beer. Now, itís not nearly as heavy in the pumpkin as some others out there, but the spice is great, and I honestly love that little bit of a boozy nature. The alcohol isnít over-powering, but thereís enough of it that you definitely notice it. I think Iíd like to see a touch more pumpkin, but otherwise, I love this beer!
Well Iím getting down to the last few pumpkin beers to try this year, and the Heavy Seas "The Greatíer Pumpkin" has really set the bar high. I think tomorrow night might be the time for the Pumking, and weíll see if it holds itís own again this year.
Braudog (5359) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Iíve never been a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but if you gotta have one, this is it. Rich, thick. Spicy. Nice head. Big time clove and nutmeg spice piling on the gourd. Delicious on a cold fall evening. (#5301, 10/20/2013)
snoworsummer (1025) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer. Smells like brown sugar and bourbon. Tastes like delicious pumpkin and spices.
Parrothead (287) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. My first "oak barrel aged" beer. Poured a cloudy orange/amber with a white head of small bubbles that doesnít last long. Nose all over the place - malt ,spices, and pumpkin, not much in the way of hops. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Taste of malt, pumpkin, spices...and OMG that oak barrel aging! FANTASTIC. At 9% AVB, get a designated driver. This is a GREAT specialty beer for a cold night after dinner. Another great Maryland beer!
Goodgrief (1733) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange pour, good head. Pumpkin aroma. About a perfect blend of bourbon and pumpkin. I usually donít like bourbon aged and I usually hate pumpkin ales, bit I really liked this. Sweet, but balanced by the bourbon burn. Damned good.
S_Side_Smitty (333) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice copper color with a medium off white head. Aroma is a buttery, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, molasses, bourbonesque kinda thing. Taste is initially a lightly sweet, mildly spicy pumpkin. Those flavors lead to some malt flavors laced with the pumpkin pie spices and mild oaky bourbon. Finish is a spicy bitterness. Well made, not over the top, and definitely not cloying.
wnoble (1089) - 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!
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy iced tea colored pour with a frothy white head. Lots of baked pumpkin aroma with a big dose of warm vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. The oak and bourbon ads a nice spiked cider like layer too. The flavor is warm, spicy pumpkin and vanilla with a nice oaky finish. Creamy medium full body with lots of soft carbonation.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from jrob21. Pours a lightly hazed amber with a frothy off white head. Great nose of pumpkin spice, vanilla, toffee, and faint bourbon notes. Fairly light on the palate for being a barrel aged beer but not watery by any means. A damn tasty brew, cheers to you Clipper City!!
AxlLives (281) - Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle - pours slightly clear red-caramel-crimson with a small-medium foamy white-tan head, diminishing. Sweet candied apple nose with fragrant bourbon notes of sweet malt and something familiar I canít quite place. Medium-full bodied with hints of dark pumpkin, no pie, and a pleasing sweet bourbon finish. Really good for the fall when the weather starts to turn and football is raging.