Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: If I didnít know this was a pumpkin beer, I might have never guessed it. Not a bad beer, just not the best pumpkin beer. It was almost like a doppelbock and a Belgian dubbel had a baby. The little bit of smoked malt blended well with both of those styles. Hid alcohol fairly well. I was kind of surprised that I didnít like this more. Way too much going on. Definitely interesting, just not pumpkin-beerish enough for me.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark reed that was nearly blood-red in the glass with an average, creamy, off-white head that mostly diminished but left excellent lacing. The aroma was overly sweet and contained heavy caramel malt; moderate to heavy musty yeast, fruity pumpkin sweetness, smoke, toffee, brown sugar, hints of pumpkin pie spices, bacon, wet do and dog shampoo. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately bitter and lightly sour with an average to long duration. There was caramel malt, molasses, smoked malt, burnt caramel, maybe pumpkin spices (but it comes across more as spicy yeast), fruity pumpkin, dark candy sugar, maple syrup and bacon. The medium body was sort of creamy with soft but very tingly carbonation and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.
Slubgob (140) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber into water glass. Sweet pumpkin and typical lyre slice nose. Very nice dark orange. Inn the mouth pleasantly pumpkin with food and not overwhelming spice. A bit of sweetness.Finishes with more prominent pumpkin and a bit of spice. Good version of a style thatís too often over spiced.
brewballs (111) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this at the Big Hops Growler a few months back and didnít think too much of it. I bought a bottle of it before I went to that even and thought maybe when I popped it open for Thanksgiving Day it would be a waste of money. I was wrong. It has a dark hue, unlike other pumpkin brews I have seen. Smooth head. Notes of cinnamon and other sweet spices. The pumpkin is more stark in this one. It contrasts the bitterness of the pumpkin with a sweet, molasses flavor. Mellow wash down. Actually quite a good brew. Excellent seasonal beer!
trujahwarrior (394) - Monroe, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours a brownish dark amber color with a medium tan head that leaves good lacing. Smells of pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and smoked malt. Tastes of the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with good carbonation. Pretty good Imperial pumpkin ale nice pumpkin pie flavor with a touch of smokiness. Will be having some again next year for sure.
WilleLW (154) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red/amber colour with a tan head. Aroma of hops, alcohol, spices, burnt caramel and pumpkin. Cosy spicy taste of pumpkin, some ginger, caramel and spices. A nice "just enough" sweetness and a smooth body. Some taste of syrup with a light finishing bitterness.
thorongil2 (914) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tap) clear orange amber colour with a small tan head; aromas of pumpkin, stewed fruit, spice; balanced flavour
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liquid black cherry with garnet and ruby highlights under a voluminous woodsy head of fluff which fades slowly and with lots of lace. The head eventually settles into a thick blanket that lingers from first quaff to last.
Massive notes of pumpkin, spice, graham cracker, and golden brown pie crust with cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled on top. The pumpkin is heaviest in the middle. Essence of the forest in the middle of Autumn as the leaves crunch underfoot and the trees are brilliant shades of amber, orange, gold, yellow, and more. Slightly charred pie crust underneath.
Meaty pumpkin and spice in the middle with the sides and finish are dry and thirst inducing. Slightly singed pie crust in the finish lead into a pile of Autumn leaves crackling under the flame of a cozy outdoor Autumn fire. Cinnamon and nutmeg along the sides. More pumpkin joins the already robust creamy pumpkin notes in the middle.
Of the at least 3 or 4 different pumpkin beers I have had from Samuel Adams over the years, the Fat Jack has been by far the best. Not too sweet, not too dry, not too artificial and it captures the essence of this season very well. Hopefully Samuel Adams will do the right thing and make Fat Jack a permanent seasonal.
Longmorn (4) - SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The head is light and delicous. This one offers many flavours, ginger, herbs, nuts, almond and a lot of sweetness as well...perhaps gingerbreadcookies with a pumkin touch in a bottle.
Beergeek23322 (1685) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/10/2012. 22 oz. bottle. Copper color with a tan head. Spicy aromas with your typical Winter holiday spices. The pumpkin is very present and nicely balanced with the malt and spices. The high alcohol content never overwhelms. Overall one of the better pumpkin ales out there.
ROBC3366 (202) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear medium ruby brown pour with frothy head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin, and alcohol. Sweet booze and brown sugar with an oily carbonated finish. Overall good pumpkin but a bit heavy on the alcohol notes throughout.
AndySnow (1765) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, spices, cinnamon, pumpkin.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, spices, pumpkin, malt.