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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A barrel-aged ale brewed with Kentucky-sourced pumpkin, richly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. As the ale is aged in fresh bourbon barrels, the sweetness of caramel and vanilla are imparted upon the brew and complement its spicier base. At 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), this robust, limited release seasonal makes for a flavorful sipping beer to slowly warm up with as the weather cools.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (15870) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Draftt at Scion. Crystal clear deep golden color, bright white head. Aroma of subtle vanilla. Taste has mostly bourbon.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11903) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Tap sample. Poured clear orange color with an average white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Soft doughy pumpkin and small woody alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium soft bourbon sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft for style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10775) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is alcohol, pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon with toast malt and earthy hops. Flavor is sweet pumpkin and toast malt, spices, light hops and bitterness, spicy alcohol and a dry finish. Medium body and light carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (10510) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse. Pours a clear copper with a thin white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of pumpkin, vanilla, bourbon, spice, hints of stone fruit. The taste is pumpkin, spice, vanilla, bourbon, pale malt. Faint bitterness. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle (2013)... Clear dirty-orange pour with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is a luxuriant swirl of caramel, toasted oak, vanilla and bourbon with a rumor of holiday spices. Full-bodied with a heavy mouthfeel and lazy carbonation. The flavor provides smooth, interwoven notes of caramel, bourbon, vanilla and a hint of toasted coconut. There’s absolutely no heat here and any holiday spices are an afterthought. I’m drinking this in late December 2014. Mind-bogglingly good. Not overly sweet. Eight months of room temperature aging, followed by six months in my beer fridge. This is a shelf beer to buy and hang onto for a good while.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Sample at Pint House, brown sugar rimmed glass. Pours a clear orange color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of pumpkins and slight oak. Medium-bodied with flavors of sweet pumpkin spice, oaky vanilla and slight hops. The finish is sweet with a pumpkin and cinnamon aftertaste. Tastes exactly like the Bourbon Barrel Ale with pumpkin thrown in, but decent nonetheless.

0.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
crossovert (9190) - Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Draft. Amber pour. Smell of booze and pumpkin pie. The flavor is just wretched here. Feels like bourbon was dumped into the beer, harsh and boozy, pumpkin spice vomit, ipecac and sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (9004) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and caramel malt aroma with a hint of bourbon. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet cinnamon, orange/pumpkin malt flavor with a light alcohol finish. Decent - a bit light and boozy.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (8556) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2013
Draught at the Shenanigan’s Wine & Spirits, Lexington, KY.
Clear golden colour with a small white head. Mild sweetness, malt and mild spices in an aroma. Sweet fruits, malt and mild spices in the flavour. Sticky.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (8547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12oz bottle. Totally clear golden orange color. Thin somewhat bubbly white head. Fades to a minimal amount quickly. Some loose bits of lace. Very nice deep pumpkin and bourbon in the nose. Bigger body. Soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Nice pumpkin pie, spice, and light bourbon in the flavor. Taste is moderate sweet, with alcohol warmth, and a lot of spice. As it warms up, booze is much more pronounced than in similar beers. Also, the body is not nearly as full as other 8.5%+ pumpkin beers, texture is maybe a little watery. Gets kind of hot even, towards the end, really. Pumpkin and bourbon aroma was nice, but this is just too damn rough to pull it off.


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