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RATINGS: 1046   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Hazy bronze color with a thick creamy beige head. Aroma of spices-cinamon and nutmeg. Flavor of the the same spices, pumpkin and caramel. I found it hard to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2005
22oz bomber - Pours a very clear, medium amber color, with virtually no head at all. There is no lacing either. Aroma is mostly clove and all spice, with hints of hop. Flavor is on the complex side, with nuances of clove, hops, nutmeg, all spice and alcohol. Itís was hard for me to find the light hints of pumpkin, but they are there. Mouthfeel is light and soft and the alcohol is noticeable but not up front. Aftertaste is on the bitter side but mildly so and some lingering spiciness. This is actually a nice easy drinking beer. I like it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Ok. Didnít seem much different than the other pumpkin beers I had but whatever. Here we go... pours a clear dark amber body with a moderate head. Aroma is the usual spices and pumpkin. Flavor is the same with caramel. Thatís about it. This style feels pretty limited and this didnít make me change my mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2005
12oz bottle. Poured a dark and somewhat hazy amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves (none overpowering and blended well). Tastes of roasted pumpkins, caramel, nuts, and lighter spices. Alcohol content well hidden. One of the best Pumpkin beers Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours a clear orange color with a thin white head. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and alcohol. The body is light with an oily texture and low carbonation. This beer is big and brash, definitely lacks finesse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Clear, amber body with a fluffy, off-white head. Sweet, spicy aroma showing all the elements of pumpkin beer and pumkin pie. Pumpkin is evident, as is caramel, cinnamon, clove and allspice. Not extremely thick or velvety, but smooth and easy drinking, especially for an 8% beer. The flavors really show the sweetness and the spicy character of the beer. I think the alcohol is well hidden. The sweetness and spice are strong and dominate, but donít manhandle you and ask for mercy. The sweetness really drops of and gives way to the spice and a mild dryness. Iím not a pumpkin ale kind of person, but if you were going to tie me down and force me to drink one, this is easily my choice. Thanks Steve!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
The Lure:
Bold nutmeg spiciness lathers the pumpkin pith. Spicy sweetness and carbonation levels resemble soft drinks when warming up. Well-done for its intent, but it is this particular intent which does not reach me.

The Festivities:
Roasted pumpkin seeds and the frail mouthfeel in which they dwell first evoke a pumpkin wine, if such a spicy derivative existed. Nutmeg is the spice I perceive the most, but it is obviously not alone in its duties. The tiny but pugnacious bubbles and high levels of sweetness bring the pumpkin wine down to pumpkin soda after a while. Alcohol is well-hidden, but ultimately I still donít see the point of making an "imperial" pumpkin ale. Those who love pumpkin ales in general will probably love this though.

Those weird candies you never ate after trick or treating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Orangey in appearance with even white head. Spicy smell and taste with prominent cinnamon and concentrated pumpkiny flavor. Perhaps a tad too bitter for my liking, but a fine seasonal product nonetheless. $5/22oz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2005
22 oz bomber, thanks to my man slob for the trade! Pours hazy dark orangey amber with a small beige head. Aroma is definitely sweet and spicy, brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. Flavor is actually good - especially compared to most other pumpkin ales Iíve tried. Again sweet and spicy, with flavors very much like the aroma and a pleasant astringent finish. Medium body and gentle carbonation. Another nice one from Weyerbacher and Bert!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1834) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Sure there is nutmeg, but cloves and cinnamon spices are evident from the initial aroma and first sip. This offering from Weyerbacher had a pumpkin spiced flavor that overall had a malt creamniess to it. Light on the bitterness this is a well made beer.

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