mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear, ruby color with a tight bubbly cap of foam. The nose is of vanilla, pumpkin, wood, nutmeg and cinnamon. The pumpkin is apparent but not overwhelming and dominating the taste. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and spices help to downplay the pumpkin sweetness. The taste is semi-sweet. The malts add a bread character and the aftertaste is of spent cloves and vanilla. The oak character adds a nice lingering dimension to push it into a snifter and truly make it imperial.
This is a really solid beer. It’s not the normal take on a pumpkin beer. The oak aging really did something unique to this brew. It’s well balanced and frankly, brilliant.
biznizness (1070) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, first sip was very boozy, showing the 10% abv. Dark reddish amber, good flavor but mostly spice. Oak flavor is mild, which I like. This one grew on me as I worked through the bottle.
JaBier (4528) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell. Clear copper pour with a huge tan head. Aroma of malt, cinnamon, ginger and oak. Malty flavor with big cinnamon and ginger before a warming finish with slight oak.
Howlader (422) - - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4oz taster somewhere, either Churchkey in Washington or Rustico in Ballston.
Emeister84 (753) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heavy aromas of allspice - nutmeg, cinnamon -, notes of alcoholic ginger beer, and subtle pumpkin. Cherry-bronze with a fully lasting puffy off-white head. Off-dry, very vegetative, savory, with notes redolent of a damp forest. Full bodied, smooth, warming but not over the top.
zickbeer_ye (221) - Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong scents of spices especially cinnamon and ginger and malty oakness. Strong light beige head and hazy brown orange body. Tastes of cinnamon minor fruits and some oak shoe notes. Smooth and a little tart.
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is pumpkins, spices, barrel aging/fruit and slight mustiness. The flavor is pumpkins, spices, fruit/berries, very slight heat and a mix of alcohol and tangy in the finish.
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red to brownish. Very oaky jack Daniels flavor with caramel notes. Somewhat light carbonation. Pretty enjoyable brew....
dfinney23 (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A big pumpkin and spice beer. The bourbon notes blend in pretty nicely but the oakiness seems a little out of place.
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A big beer, with a pumpkin finish. Dark coloured malt liquour. Cinammon and umpkin spices. Lacy. Some sourness in the finish, and carbonation still there.
swanmann (568) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany color, burgundy tones with tan head, moderate retention. Bourbon, vanilla, pumpkin.. The flavor is deep, dark sugar and pumpkin. The spice seems fairly muted, or at least blends well with the high abv. Reminiscent of a dubbel, but with a bit of vegetal tone. Fairly syrupy. Big brew.