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RATINGS: 1091   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3641) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Thanks to firemoose for hooking me up with this beer. I couldnít find a bottle in season, but today will do just fine. This is the aroma that you hope to get from one of these spiced beers. Lots of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and brown sugar. It smells like the zucchini bread my mom makes. Murky deep amber appearance. The spice dominates in the flavor as well. Dusty cinnamon and nutmeg and sharp cloves, with some apple and orange fruit flavors. Cooked brown sugar and dark bread. The flavors jell better as this beer warms. This is not a novelty but a very tastey beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Looks like the Night Owl. Aroma is more subdued, though you can sense more cinnamon, and I got some licorice. Initially in the mouth itís OK, but then as it slides down the throat, "something goes wrong." We couldnít identify the flavor, but itís some spice that seems to float up on the roof of your mouth and just dominates (not in a good way). It was tolerable if you took small sips....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2006
I put off opening this after growing weary of Sara Lee frozen pumpkin pie-in-a-bottle pumpkin ales. This one was delightful homemade baked in a woodfired oven pie. Poured cloudy dark copper, moderate head, no lace. Aromas of orange, apple, raisins, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, tea, piecrust, caramel and brown sugar. Wonderful smoky flavor with pumpkin, spice yeast, apple, orange, and malt. Tastes like the almost-burnt crust edge with a bit of pie filling caramelized on it. Nice mouthfeel. Just delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
Well it does smell a whole lot like pumpkin pie with some toasty malt character notable as well. Clear, deep caramel brown coloured body is topped by a generous, off white head that recedes to a lasting cover with some lacing. Spices are dominant in the overly sweet flavour with some light minty character in the finish. Medium body with moderate, soft bubbled effervescence. Tulip glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle (State Line Liquors, MD, Oct-05).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2006
"Wow this was a great pumpkin ale. Pourd a nice amber color with a tan head. Aroma was of spices and pumpkin. Flavor was little sweet but perfect. "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2006
got this in a trade but I do not know who sent it lost my trading papers. but a big thanks goes to the person who sent this. when I popped the cap to this beer I got a big whiff of cloves. poured an nice honey with a light brown head that didnít last and left no lacing. aroma pumpkin pie, and all the spices that go with it, cinnamon, nutmeg. flavor same as the aroma with malts as a topping and a hint of alcohol thrown in. nice and smooth. one of the better pumpkin beers I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Deep amber body with a fine, dark particulate load and a short-lived, off-white head. Aroma of classic pumpkin spice... nutmeg, cinnamon, and light clove... plus cooked pumpkin and caramel malt. Full flavor has very convincing pumpkin pie qualities. Not overly sweet and the spices are pleasing. A good, fun beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Without a doubt the best pumkin beer Iíve tried. Spicy and sweet nose. Cinnamon and nutmeg are obvious. Pours a coppery orangish with smallish head. Just like liquid pumkin pie. Well balanced so that the spicy/pumpkin flavors arenít too much. Just very well done and a fine example for itís class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Bottle courtesy of kramer17801. Fiery copper/amber color with small off-white head. Initial aroma is all pumpkin, turns to spice through the middle. Cinnamon, nutmeg dominate but something really sweet/flower-like shows up. Iím guessing from the listing on the bottle itís cardamom, whatever it is I like it. Spice really takes over in the flavor but not overdone at all, again nutmeg and cardamom, are the most detectable. Faint pumpkin and cinnamon spice in the background. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Thanks to JohnC for sharing this at my homebrewing session. Nice silty copper color with a smallish head, aroma of sweet, spice and pumpkin pie. Flavors are well blended, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and more, alcohol presence is noticible but not a distraction. Finally a pumpkin ale that really hits the mark, really like this one.

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