Rustyham (1707) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong okay sappy, burnt caramel aroma. Color is deep red, like a red wine. Taste is almost viscioisly sweet. Raisins, caramel, flan, rum. Incredibly sweet, almost like the syrups that are used for soda fountains. Might be hard to finish my glass, we’ll see.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle from my sister-in-law, thanks Alyssa! Pours a cloudy, amber-brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and nutty with lots of rich caramel and toffee. Some vanilla, light wood notes, faded citruses, berry dark fruits, touches of toast, and brown sugar. Flavor is very sweet up front with lots of sugary caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Some toast in the middle as the initial caramel sweetness turns to richness. Light vanilla notes, oak, faded citruses, and berry dark fruits. Finishes with a sugary, cookie malt sweetness and a lightly spiced bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, sticky body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, this was alright, but it was pretty sweet and a bit cloying. Series 1 and 2 were sweet, but this one wasn’t as balanced as the previous two. More fruit notes and not as much oak or vanilla. Okay.
jbruner (1882) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Obviously at this point the beer has been aged a bit, considering there was only a single run. Pours a hazy reddish-brown from the bomber with thin off-white head and light lacing. Aroma is heavy on the vanilla sweetness from the oak, light smoky and roasted malts, and boozy back end. Taste is like wine, fruity and sweet, with good burn from the booze on the way down. Intetesting, good, gets a good buzz going.
bluejacket74 (1177) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle. I know this has some age on it since I bought the bottle about a year ago, but I figured I’d drink it anyway since I had tried the Cuvée Series 1 and 2 in the past. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy ruby red/amber color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like caramel, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla and some oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some dark fruit and a slight medicinal flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s syrupy and sticky with low carbonation. Overall I thought this was a solid brew, but I do wonder what it was like when fresh. $8.99 a bottle.
PhillyCraft (2762) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Annie and on tap w/ annie at Kraftwork. We always think of this beer as a cherry belgian tasting pumking. There is no pumpkin in it but it was that same almost artificial vanilla flavor that the king has. Pours a full bodied bronze color with thick chestnut head and lacing that would not leave my glass. Aromas and taste are sweet malts, caramel, vanilla, cherry booze, oak, toffee, and other dark fruits. Good beer but it borders on cloying. Keep that overly sweet vanilla for the Pumpking ST.
UDBeernut (1408) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Why does beer buddy not work some times? On tap at blue monk pours rich amber hie with small off white head. Nose is full of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and burnt sugar. Taste has these plus the additions of raisin and light oak. This is a treat. Full silky body. Yeah!!!!
alobar (2588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber color with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla,toffee, and oak. Sweet dark fruit flavor with caramel, vanilla, and subtle hints of oak. Big alcohol. Very nice beer.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear deep bronze with a white head that disappears quickly.
At first some vinous acidity comes to the nose, but that leaves as the head subsides. Sweet fruity aroma, candy.
The flavor is very sweet. Vanilla and raisin.
If this were just not so close to being cloying.
kevd193213 (837) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Light caramel pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of hops and yeast with some caramel. Sticky, thick mouthfeel with a lasting alcohol finish.
burg326 (3085) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle that poured an amber color, aromas of biscuit, oak, caramel, dark fruit and toffee. Flavors same as aroma, but some funky alcohol at the end. Struggled to finish this one, big boozy flavors.