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Rivertown Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale

Rivertown Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Pumpkin Ale aged in a Heaven Hill barrel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Draft: Boozy bourbon flavors meld with the spicy pumpkin pie notes so well. Makes me want a piece of pumpkin pie and a glass of bourbon. Great combination, but the beer needs more body and maybe some more pumpkin flavor to balance it all out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9140) - Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Draft at a Listermann event. Pours a hazy dark golden to amber color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have the usual palyers found in pumpkin beers, spices, fleshy pumpkin, caramel, sweet notes. The bourbon barrel has actually smoothed some of the spices out a bit. My only negative is the body is a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13615) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Tap sample. Poured clear pumpkin orange color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid pumpkin and sweet bourbon aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium pumpkin and soft bourbon flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft seasonal beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9426) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Pours an initially cloudy orange that clears up for the most part as it settles. Small off-white head that is basically just a ring after a few seconds. The aroma hints at some fruits, maybe even tart, suggesting there may be some infection. After it opens up more, spice and bourbon is evident. The flavor has an initial tiny burst of fruit that immediately gives way to spices, bourbon, wood, and some vegetal pumpkin. The body is bigger than a 5.4% bourbon pumpkin ale is expected to be, finishing with a heavy, boozy, coating feeling. Moderate carbonation and most of it is up front. Really unusual beer, possibly a bit infected, and drinks more like 9%. But somehow in spite of it all, it kind of worked for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2378) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Draft sample orangish copper. Nose pumpkin spice and bourbon. Taste surprises me with the pumpkin pie spices and bourbon playing well together. Hints of vanilla as well. Long lasting pumpkin pie aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2013
On tap at Dutch’s. Mostly clear orange color. Thin off-white head. Just a few loose dots of lace, medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, brighter lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. A little thin overall, base beer does not seem to stand up to the bourbon barrel as well as heavier examples do. Much more bourbon barrel than pumpkin, here. Spicy, woody, with a little vanilla. Just a little bit of pumpkin spice flavor. Moderate bitter taste, some tart in the finish, and a inappropriate amount of boozy taste for such a light beer. The light sourness of it is indeed pretty interesting, but I’d much rather have a "traditional" sweet bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin beer that is not sour, and more full-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8194) - Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Draft to taster at Rivertown. Looks good; a transparent copperish-orange with off-white lacing. Smells and tastes solid; bourbon and subtle pumpkin, but with an almost wild-like characteristic. Good on the palate; much more lively than I expected. If this is infected, I hope it gets infected again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Pint at the Rivertown taproom on 10/6/12. Clear orange/copper pour with a thin beige head. Spicy nose quickly giving way to bourbon and slight tartness. Malty flavor with a noticeable bourbon bite. Big spice and slight tartness creep in before a big spicy finish. Good stuff!

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