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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin



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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
radarsock (1082) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Purchased from New England Wine & Spirits, February 20th. $12.99 ($12.94 + $0.05 container deposit) for the 750 mL bottle.

To Oversized snifter, it pours a an auburn nutmeg orange with which a floral white-ringed head 1 finger in length stood.

Aromas of mildew, molded apricot, pottery clay, squash, smoked pumpkin seeds, and the lightest hint of sea salt. The liquid in my glass could very well have been described as a Houdini variety of its twisting, multiplexed flavors, but that would be roughly unbelievable. Possible, but unlikely.

Tastes the same with the addition of cinnamon/baking spices (heavy and distracting), American ale yeast, and mashed pears. Vaguely minty by swallow. I’m deeply unimpressed. Stop me at any time, but I feel like this is in the same category as Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale, which also was hard to drink. Let the pumpkin shine and bury all the other notes in the sand. This isn’t necessarily a "harsh" offering, but I get very little pumpkin and much more spice than I would’ve liked to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1289) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
$2.95 bottle from Wine Warehouse, CHO. Pours orange-amber with a tiny white head. Smells of vegetation, leaves, light spice. Taste is heavy cinnamon, other spice, pumpkin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (754) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2014
750 bottle. Cloudy chestnut. Some legs in the lacing. Boozy nose followed by underlying malts pumpkin spices and vanilla. Upfront Bourbon and caramel flavors with pumpkin pie spices. Syrupy with heavy palate. Alcohol bite in the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ejh8 (105) - - DEC 2, 2014
Spicy heavy amber pumpkin ale with a strong taste and rich texture. Dark orange color with a strong smell that reeks of autumn. Great fall beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2014
A pleasant surprise. Aroma of fresh baked pumpkin cookies: vanilla, oak, pumpkin spice, and cookie dough. Pours hazy orange with a big frothy head. Taste is dominantly spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with nice vanilla oak, caramel, and malt. Some lingering bourbon and pumpkin spice. Nice warm and smooth mouthfeel. This is far better than their normal pumpkin offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
baraciisch (2193) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Had side by side with non-BBA version... Actually liked this less... Color is deep burnt copper... Aroma is strongly cedarwood, spices, bourbon, with decent amount of cinnamon, nutmeg spice notes...flavor is bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, light pumpkin spices and lots of cedar... Very spicy finish... Decent at best ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1959) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2014
2014 bottle from the local wine and moar.cork pops off with nary a pffft. pours slighly muddy looking orange amber, quick fizz from a off white head. bourbon, vanillla, oak, cinnamon in nose. taste adds some nutmeg, vanilla is not as noticable. light bourbon and oak finish. medim body, light carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (872) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle. Dark hazy amber, no head. Aroma is oak barrel and bourbon with cinnamon, vanilla and pumpkin spice. The taste follows adding somewhat heavy sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Full bodied with a creamy texture, very low carbonation, and a long warm boozy finish. Overall, this is much better than I expected with huge bourbon barrel notes and subtle fall spiced pumpkin flavors. This is what I look for in a big fall beer. I’m very glad I randomly grabbed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Slight improvement over the non-BA version. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and minimal pumpkin spice in the nose. Improves as it warms. Flavor is heavier on the nutmeg, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, bourbon, pumpkin meat, brown sugar, and alcohol. Thick and chewy. Get every bit of the 11.4%. Might need to pick up another bottle for Halloween!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DMLINAZ (309) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Last beer of Thursday’s Total Wine Autumn beer tasting. So good, much better than the regular one. Aroma has qualities of a sour, with hints of pumpkin and bourbon. Flavor is rich, complex, some sourness but also qualities of a barley wine, with pumpkin and bourbon in the mix. Warm in the back of the mouth..

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