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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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 pubís 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!


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Berard (558) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours burgundy brown with thin white head that lingers. Spicy and malty aroma over medium carbonation. This is one of the better pumpkin beers out there. Pumpkin tasty with toasted malt backbone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4236) - Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2016
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice notes; with great strength. Taste of huge pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/slick, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial pumpkin ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. On initial tasting the spices felt a bit subdued; but once it warmed up there was a really great balance between the malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1728) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2015
12.7 ounce bottle, 2015 vintage. Served in a Jackie Oís snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/copper/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger), along with some caramel and a bit of vanilla. For the most part I think the flavor is similar to the aroma, but thereís also some booze and a slight earthy hoppy bitterness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this, but maybe I should have aged it a little longer before I tried it. If you like pumpkin beers that arenít overly spiced, then this is one for you!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Barking Pumpkin enjoyed on tap from Winking Lizard October 23, 2015. Look - Dark hazy pumpkin for lack of better deScription. Off white head goes to nothing. Lacing only where head was. Smell - Sweet pumpkin. Ginger. Cinnamon. Taste - Pumpkin and ginger. Feel - Subdued spice makes it more drinkable than other pumpkin beers. Sits better in stomach. Overall - The best non dark pumpkin beer Iíve had. Drinkable and smooth. Still pumpkin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2062) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Bottle pour copper with amber hue and rapidly dissipating tan head. Nose spicy, clove, nutmeg, pumpkin. Taste slightly bitter initially, then ginger, clove, green cinnamon. Slightly woody or weedy. Spicy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (500) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2015
My first Barking Pumpkin, and it is very good. Big, bold with a spicy, subtle vanilla finish. The pour is a deep orange with an aroma consisting of malt, pumpkin, and spices. A very good pumpkin ale.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drjohnrock (677) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Draft at Neonís 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.

2.5
   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 arenít my thing.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2014
On tap in Cleveland (OH)
The final sample before heading home introduced me to Jackie Oís 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3984) - 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.


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