dfearnley (1165) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Aroma of pumpkin, vanilla, oak, and cherry. A deep red colour with a creamy yellowish tan head with nice lacing. The taste is heavy pumpkin, toasted malt, nutmeg, mace, and alcohol. This is full bodied, creamy, well balanced with a nice alcohol burn.
obxdude10 (2107) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I wasn’t too thrilled with this beer at first, but the more I kept taking sips, the more I was liking it. I was expecting a lot of pumpkin flavor in this beer, but I don’t really taste it all that much. I find the flavors from the oak barrel aging dominates the profile. I taste a lot of oak, alcohol, sweet malts and even a touch of vanilla. The beer leaves an autumn/winter-like feeling of warmness. The nose is quite rich, as well, with notes of sweet malt, alcohol, pumpkin, cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg. The beer finishes warm and a little spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg and some floral hops.
Mora2000 (5927) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this at bu11zeye’s 10,000th tasting in April 2012. Orange with a tan head. The aroma has a ton of oak, pumpkin and spice notes in it. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg notes with some pumpkin and oak thrown in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
crossovert (8910) - Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 year old almost bottle shared the other night. Not too boozy, very much like pumkin pie, far less sweet than otehr examples.
jkwalking05 (4157) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated in April 2012 (Backlog) - Amber orange in color with an average sized off-white head. Aroma is of pumpkin, squash and earth. Taste is of eart, leaves, pumpkin and malt.
magsinva (952) - Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brusin ales aged at least a year - pours a dark clear ruby red with a tan head. Aroma is pumpkin pie, nutmeg, vanilla, malt, booze. Taste is sweet from the pumpkin with a dry sourness in the finish. Nice!
monk191 (1241) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice pumpkin ale. Pours a dark maroon color with a thick tan head. Smells awesome, like spicy pumpkin pie. Taste is smokey, spicy and a little boozy. Sweet finish. Had in the bottle.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
skoisirius (1823) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Have had a few times. Always remember enjoying this one as well, wishing there was more. Lots of spiced flavors here: nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla...blending well with a bourbony pumpkin note. Caramel and oak for a lovely finish. Great beer.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark copper-red color with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, pumpkin, brown sugar, dark fruits, cloves, cinnamon, and some other spices, a bit of booze.
T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, pumpkin, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices, raisins and other dark fruits, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, and lightly spicy finish.
D - Great barrel aged pumpkin ale. Nice blend of spices.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: A very different take on a pumpkin beer. Very elegant. And rare for a pumpkin beer, it’ll probably age well. Lots of bourbon and wood with just enough pumpkin and spice. Sour flavors also popped up from time to time to make it even more interesting. Hid alcohol fairly well. Bonus point for the Halloween marketing.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark amber with an average to large, off-white head that kept a thin sheet and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel; wood; oak; bourbon; and pumpkin pie spices. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, lightly sour and slightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, slightly sour and lightly bitter and acidic with an average duration. There was caramel, fruity pumpkin, slightly sour pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, bourbon, wood, oak, alcohol, and pumpkin pie. The medium body was fairly creamy, but sticky on the lips and then dry with fizzy carbonation and lightly alcoholic and ever so slightly chalky finish.