Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear autumn amber, with a modest off white head into this glass - retention is average / below average, with sticky lacing presence into this glass. The nose is heavy pumpkin pie spice , as expected. Muted bready malts, cinnamon spice, with the nutmeg presence revealing itself as well. The flavor profile reveals the generic malt bomb that I was expecting, I suppose. Initial bittering notes reveal that graham cracker, vanillin, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel brew that lacks real barrel presence, heft, or anything else, really... as it fades to oblivion.
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a murky, deep orange with some fluffy, white head. Nose is quite seasonal, spice, booze, brown sugar, plenty of vanilla. Flavor is the same, brown sugar, vanilla, booze, spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Full bodied, sticky, boozy finish.
Iphonephan (6274) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Dominion Wine and Beer. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Pumpkin pie spice aroma. Flavors of vanilla. Smooth finish.
arn8897 (329) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear copper color with an off white head. Aromas of pumpkin spice. Taste the same with some pumpkin pie flavor and alcohol warmth at the end. Not bad flavor if you like bourbon beers.
UDBeernut (2702) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Granslucent orange amber, pumpkin spices, oak. Slight booze burn, medium body.
Dacrza (863) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DATE TASTED: November 13, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: Friday night in--a good feeling on a cold, wet night... APPEARANCE: a beautiful amber orange body with translucence revealing balanced bubbles throughout; slightly creamy, slightly soapy white head that holds reasonably well... AROMA: cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin, and some vanilla; definite alcohol heat.... PALATE: warming, full-bodied and resilient in its finish; with the considerable ABV, this is a victory... TASTE: goodness, the bourbon--a strong, confident impact that rounds with a flowery hop aspect--the aspects of caramel are considerable, and the vanilla is pleasant; the spices are equally dominant and ambitious; this basically takes a nice whiskey and adds a more drinkable nuance to the profile... OVERALL: this could be lethal, with the ABV is subtle as the flavor is robust; far and away the best pumpkin I’ve had this season, with the sipability factor on high...
TXBadger (2565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear orange amber color with off-white head. Pumpkin pie spice, bourbon, vanilla and oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with much of the same, maybe a little sweetness on the finish. Pretty much the same beer beginning to finish.
obguthr (5725) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cinnamon, oak, allspice, and pumpkin nose. Clear orange, medium yellow head, minimal lacing. Pumpkin and bourbon in the forefront, with only subtle allspice and vanilla notes. Slightly sweet. Medium body, easy carbonation, alcohol well concealed. Very tastefully done, both with the measured spice addition and the bourbon. In particular, the oak really compliments the pumpkin, which begs the question why most pumpkin ales aren’t conditioned on wood. This is as high a score as I am likely to give for either a pumpkin or bourbon aged beer.
Ratman197 (13438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of caramel, cinnamon, clove and light bourbon. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, cinnamon, clove and light bourbon with a smooth lingering spiced finish.
Pumpkin87 (235) - - OCT 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours attractive clear orange with small off-white head that goes quickly but does leave slight lacing.
Nose is caramel, spice, pumpkin and significant bourbon. The palate is similarly dominated by the whiskey note, as well as vanilla from the barrels. Nutmeg and pumpkin provide nice accents, but this is an alcoholic ale with a bit of seasonal flavor.
This works all right as a sipper, since the alcohol is more noticeable as heat/flavor than strictly as wooziness. With a little more work on the pumpkin, it could be a winner.