AirForceHops (7811) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Draft @ Sunset Grill and Tap. Allston, MA. Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Smells of cinnamon and whiskey. Tastes of pumpkin with all of the usual spices, bourbon, vanilla and malts. This gets real boozy as it warmed. Normally I like bourbon barrel brews, but for me I didn’t really care for this. This spice, pumpkin and bourbon don’t mingle well here. Not the worse brew ever but I wouldn’t not order this again. Cybercat (6147) - Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Malty aroma has firm notes of pumpkin and cinnamon and a bourbon overtone that comes from the barrels in which it was aged. It pours a slightly hazy dark orange amber with a pale orange-tan head that does not stick around for long and leaves minimal lacing. Flavor has a strong bourbon note that dominates the flavor but does not overwhelm it, allowing the malt, pumpkin and cinnamon notes along with the whisper of caramel to have their say. Thick, smooth texture is fairly tingly and has a strong nip thanks to the bourbon. A perfect beer to begin October! dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Poured 22 oz in a pint glass. Of note this is the first beer my wife and I completely disagree on. She thought it was too boozy. I thought it was fall in a glass. It poured amber in color nice pumpkin and spice balance. The oak barrel aging really completes this beer. I enjoyed it more than the great pumpkin ale. radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a transparent dark orange color with a small, white head. Aroma is pumpkins, pumpkin pie spices, heavy notes of vanilla oak. Flavor is... like an pumpkin beer that has been aged in oak barrels. Very warming, Woah. RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle poured into snifter. Attractive pale orange in color with a smooth white head that holds up for a long time. Aroma is surprisingly light on the typical pumpkin pie spices but contains notes of actual pumpkin, oak, vanilla creme, and the bourbon. The spices pop up in the flavor though. A nice balance in the taste of nutmeg, ginger, and clove highlight the beginning before a nice sticky bittersweet finish with a nice vanilla backbone complimented again by the bourbon and oak. The booze is not overdone and the taste is complex. Great finisher! Good overall, but aroma is a little lacking and there’s something missing from the taste that I can’t quite pinpoint.
matthewjk (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Yar Mates, what a bloody awful concoction! Extremely boozy and cloying with very little subtlety. Pirates would probably love this shiznit, but I do not. Damn pumpkin ales! What was I think blowing my loot on this? beerchugger (717) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Pours clear orange with a white head forming. Vanilla, pie, nutmeg, and other spices come through in the aroma as well as a bready dough and slight pumpkin. The flavor didn’t seem to be quite as bright as the aroma with the spices overtaking the show a touch. Light pumpkin, bread, and a touch of vanilla as well. SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 18, 2011
22oz bottle. a clear brownish orange with a large cream colored head. nose is spicy nutmeg and cinnamon with some pumpkin and a sour note. alcohol is warming on the palate. palate is full. the bourbon barrel adds an interesting sweetness and wholeness to the mix. reminds me more of rum and pumpkin. good idea! mikesaum (712) - Newark, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Pours a cloudy orange, appears unfiltered,pumpkin and cinnamon and yeast are quite strong in the aroma,not picking up on any bourbon.bourbon is also quite vaguein taste, but the pumpkin and spices are great and.very noticable drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Pours a nice amber with minimal head. Smells of cinnamon. Fairly light body and taste for that matter. The alcohol is definitely well hidden. Slightly sweet on the way in and a moderate bitterness on the way down. A decent pumpkin but not as good as Pumking or Shipyard’s Imperial Pumpkin this year.