SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Pours clear orange with a medium white head. Smells of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, with a touch of bourbon. Taste is pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, bourbon, and subtle hints of wood. Medium-bodied with a slick wet texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet The Greater Pumpkin (2013) finishes with a lingering spiciness. TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2012
The Heavy Seas (from Clipper City) already produces one of my favorite pumpkin beers, "The Great Pumpkin." They then take that awesome brew, age it in spent bourbon barrels, and call it "The Great’er Pumpkin." I’ve heard about this one for a few years now, but never had the opportunity to pick one up. This year it was released in the CT market, and we made sure to get some!
The Great’er Pumpkin pours a slightly hazy, burnt-orange, almost rusty color. It’s a little darker than I remember the Great Pumpkin being, but I doubt I’d be able to tell them apart just by looking at them. The foam is pretty thick at first, but fades pretty quickly. I’m surprised at how much white foam there is at first, because this Great’er Pumpkin checks in at 9% abv, making it one of the stronger pumpkin beers this year.
The nose is awesome; filled with all kinds of pumpkin pie spices, I’m getting cinnamon, nutmeg, and I can’t help but think of ginger for some reason. There’s a mild amount of pumpkin aromas too, but it’s hidden behind a substantial amount of alcohol esters.
Wow, once I take a sip, I am impressed! This is gorgeously spicy, a bit malty sweet, a little pumpkiny, and quite boozy. It’s pretty much everything I like in a beer. Now, it’s not nearly as heavy in the pumpkin as some others out there, but the spice is great, and I honestly love that little bit of a boozy nature. The alcohol isn’t over-powering, but there’s enough of it that you definitely notice it. I think I’d like to see a touch more pumpkin, but otherwise, I love this beer!
Well I’m getting down to the last few pumpkin beers to try this year, and the Heavy Seas "The Great’er Pumpkin" has really set the bar high. I think tomorrow night might be the time for the Pumking, and we’ll see if it holds it’s own again this year. Braudog (6793) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. I’ve never been a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but if you gotta have one, this is it. Rich, thick. Spicy. Nice head. Big time clove and nutmeg spice piling on the gourd. Delicious on a cold fall evening. (#5301, 10/20/2013) RSeltzer (12) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Poured from bomber. Perfect copper color with little head and nice fall spice aroma. Those fall spices stick around on the pallette, along with a pumpkin taste, oak flavor and nice strong hit of vanilla. Bourbon burn is a good touch. The only drawback is the high abv sweetness. A very, very nice barrel aged pumpkin. snoworsummer (5917) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Awesome beer. Smells like brown sugar and bourbon. Tastes like delicious pumpkin and spices.
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a big pumpkin smell with cinnamon
Appearance- Pours an amber color with a medium sized white head.
Taste- Tastes like PUMPKIN!!
Palate- A medium bodied brew with mild carbonation.
Overall- A great pumpkin beer! tsd08460 (1210) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Aroma: pumpkin, bourbon, pumpkin pie spices, woody,
Appearance: clear light amber, off-white head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, pumpkin and spices, bourbon
Palate: medium body, sticky feel, average carbonation, long finish,
Delicious Parrothead (294) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2010
22oz bottle. My first "oak barrel aged" beer. Poured a cloudy orange/amber with a white head of small bubbles that doesn’t last long. Nose all over the place - malt ,spices, and pumpkin, not much in the way of hops. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Taste of malt, pumpkin, spices...and OMG that oak barrel aging! FANTASTIC. At 9% AVB, get a designated driver. This is a GREAT specialty beer for a cold night after dinner. Another great Maryland beer! Goodgrief (2053) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Orange pour, good head. Pumpkin aroma. About a perfect blend of bourbon and pumpkin. I usually don’t like bourbon aged and I usually hate pumpkin ales, bit I really liked this. Sweet, but balanced by the bourbon burn. Damned good. S_Side_Smitty (776) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Pours a nice copper color with a medium off white head. Aroma is a buttery, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, molasses, bourbonesque kinda thing. Taste is initially a lightly sweet, mildly spicy pumpkin. Those flavors lead to some malt flavors laced with the pumpkin pie spices and mild oaky bourbon. Finish is a spicy bitterness. Well made, not over the top, and definitely not cloying.