Jackie Os Barking Pumpkin
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
A huge malt bill gives this fall seasonal beer its unique canvas. 60 pounds of locally hand picked pumpkin are roasted and glazed with brown sugar and honey in our pubs pizza oven. The pumpkin flesh (no skin, it adds an astringent bitterness) is added to the mash melding with the already complex grist. American hop varieties provide a formidable bitterness and some great flavor and aroma. At the end of the boil the wort is spiced with ginger, coriander, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, and more brown sugar help sculpt this pumpkin beer. After the fermentation the beer spends a little over a week on vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drjohnrock (574) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Draft at Neons on October 30, 2014. Medium to dark amber hue, medium pumpkin/spice/malt nose, strong malty taste--much less pumpkin and spice than the aroma would indicate but still a really fine beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tonypreto (130) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Pint glass from draft. No head at all, pours dark compared to most pumpkin beers. Very herb and spicy. Best pumpkin beer there is for sure...they just arent my thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3295) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2014
On tap in Cleveland (OH)
The final sample before heading home introduced me to Jackie Os pumpkin seasonal. A strong first impression leads to a slight letdown in execution but I would still recommend this to anybody looking for a local / regional fall offering.

Aroma / Appearance - A rich reddish brown base retains little head leaving a flat lifeless body to look at. Nutmeg, cinnamon, whipped cream, and slightly overcooked pie crust bring to mind a pumpkin pie which has just been taken out of the oven. More dessert focused than earthy, this definitely falls to the sweet end of the spectrum.

Flavor / Palate - A full bodied mouthfeel coats the palate with waves of nutmeg, cinnamon, and earthy sweetness. The warm finish radiates canned pumpkin pie throughout the throat. A solid release might not stand out but overall it possesses enough bright spots to deserve at least a short look.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3582) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2014
5oz sample draft from Daily Growler, UA. Clear amber pour with thin light tan head. Aroma of sweet pumpkin and spice. Tastes focus on pumpkin spice - cinnamon, cardamon the most prominent. Not overly sweet, so ok by me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikesaum (670) - Newark, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Tap, mahogany with a small white head. Aroma is pumpkin pie straight up, not overspiced like a lot of pumpkin brews, smooth vanilla aroma and light cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is sweet and malty, brown sugar, a little bitter, pumpkin pie, vanilla, flavors everywhere. pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6924) - Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Draft to taster at Dutchs. Looks good; a cloudy amberish brown with thin foamy head somewhere between off-white and light beige. Smells solid; pumpkin, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spices. Tastes like it smells, only not as robust. Smooth on the palate with a fairly full body. A solid pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7831) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Draft at Dutchs. Pours a hazy fall orange color with a small khaki head that leaves spots and streaks of lace. Aroma of nutmeg, gingerbread, caramel, cinnamon, and herbs. Flavor of nutmeg, graham cracker, brown sugar, earth, pumpkin, and a long, boozy finish. Surprising punch for 7.6%. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and an earthy, warm mouthfeel. Seems like a heavy pumpkin ale but hits the right notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RRistow12 (477) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Tasted from draft at brewery. Pours a cloudy orange with white head. Good lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice. Taste is pumpkin pie with robust taste of pumpkin spice and cinnamon. Fairly sweet overall with faint bitterness at the end. Great pumpkin beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5669) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2012
From the September 2012 3R6P gathering. +++ Sampled from a growler this beer poured a caramel-amber color with a small soapy beige head that faded quickly and left good lacing. The aroma was sweetish pumpkin pie, faint caramel and pie crust. The flavor was tangy and woody with notes of nutmeg, bread, a bitter middle followed by faint pie crust and pepper. Medium length dry and vaguely spicy finish. Medium body. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Growler from pub side. Pours a deep hazy amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is spices and sweet malt with roasty pumpkin. Flavor is rich sweet malt on the front end with a spice note of cinnimon and pumpkin pie spice. Overall this is a nice pumpkin lots of nice spice and clean yeast notes that makes for a very drinkable brew given the alcohol.

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