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RATINGS: 1090   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices(Cinnamon,Nutmeg,Cardamom,Cloves). This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is heartier, spicier, and more caramelly and pumpkiny than its faint brethren! Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night, or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream. If you don't agree this is the mother of all pumpkin ales, then you just don't like mothers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1392) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, deep amber with a thick and creamy sandy head that leaves webs of lace. Cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg and cloves in the aroma. Like a fresh slice of pumpkin pie! Vanilla and alcohol poke their heads out as it warms. Definitely more body than other pumpkin beers Iíve had. Carbonation is a little light. Not quite as flavorful as I expected from the aroma, though still quite tasty. A sweet pumpkiny and malty base with tingly cinnamon throughout. There is more pumpkin crust than the actual pie filling in the flavor. Hints of nutmeg and clove in there too. Unlike other pumpkin beers, this one manages to capture the essence of a whole pumpkin pie rather than just the spices. Probably the best pumpkin beer out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Bottle. Clear amber-red body under a light tan head. Sort of metallic banana bread aroma with nutmeg and cardomon. The aroma is nice and strong but thereís nothing really compelling about it. The flavor is sharp spice (cardomon/nutmeg) wrapped in sweet pumpkin pie and light cyrstal malt. Dry, grainy/pumpkin finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Very nice and clear ruby/copper color. Creamy and sparse light tan head. Full pumpkin aroma, nice sweet and spicey malt, and a some carefully hidden hops. Certainly seems imperial in taste. Full flavor, a bit grainy/bready. Some spiciness is tingling the tongue... maybe too much spice? Actually, it may be the caradmom specifically that is turning me off. Some grassy pumpkin seeds too. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Pours to a reddish brown body with a off-white creamy head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is pumpkin and pie spices. Very smooth aroma. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Cloves. The flavor is pumpkin, spices, smooth and mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
reddish brown hugh.. large frothy tan head. Smells like pumpkin pie filling, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon.. Well coated full lightly creamy palate. Flavor is nicely sweet a carmel then the pumkin pie taste a nice amount of cinamon and nutmeg w/ some other spice as well as a warm finish. One great pumkin beer. Thanks to Jason for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2552) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Medium sized tan head, retention is good with a fair amount of lace. Orange/amber hued brew, good clarity. Body is light/medium. Nice enough pumpkin spice nose. Good spicey flavor with a touch of bready malts. Flavors thin as it warms, ABV showing up. Finish is thinly spicey. A solid enough effort from Weyerbacher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Pours kind of a pumpkiny orange color as a matter of fact. Small beige head. Arom is very spicy with a little carmel. Flavors are very spicy with very pumpkiny finish. Definately my favorite pumpkin ale to date. Very smooth. Alcohol also well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Bottle. Deep amber in color with a nice white fluffy head. Malty and spicey aroma. Nutmeg. cinnamon, clove and pumpkin. Malty and spicey flavor. Clove and cinnamon. Spicey. Just like Pumpkin Pie.Smooth tasting if you like pumpkin pie. Finish is pumpinky. Decent beer, Well made. Low alchohol burn. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Very spicy, but not as much ummph as I was suspecting from the way it was hyped. The alcohol was masked pretty well, and it was very smooth for a spiced ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear, deep amber color with a frothy pale tan colored head. The aroma is strongly of pumpkin spice, it jumps out of my glass as I pour this beer; a mix of nutmeg (which dominates), cinnamon, all spice, ginger and a bit of white pepper. The aroma is quite sweet as well. The taste is fairly sweet, yet still remains light on the palate, but finishes with a spicy dryness. The beer actually finishes with a bit of pumpkin meat flavor as well; a sort of vegetal note that also adds to the perceived dryness in the finish. The beer is definitely spicy with notes of nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon. There is a slight acidity here as well, which is interesting, sort of a mix between tart plum and squash character.

I definitely like this better than Buffalo Billís Pumpkin beer, but it really does not seem like anything more than a supped up version of that beer, a tad more spice, more malt sweetness (which gives this a much better balance), and perhaps a bit of actual pumpkin character. All these go to making this a better beer than Buffalo Billís, but I would like to see more focus on the actual pumpkin character.

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