Bricks (1148) - Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2017 Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Wow. That’s a lot of bourbon and wood. It was almost a little too much. It might need to age a bit longer. There was definitely some pumpkin beer flavors and aromas, but the wood and bourbon were dominant. It was better the warmer it got. It could have done a better job hiding the alcohol.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium amber with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was a bit hot and contained moderate caramel malt; sweet pumpkin; a little apple; vanilla; alcohol; a little spice cookie; slightly fruity pumpkin; a little pumpkin pie spice was there but underlying), but mostly it smelled like bourbon and wood. The flavor was also a bit hot. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter and sour; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet with a long duration. There was mostly bourbon and wood, sweet and fruity pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spices, alcohol, caramel, and a sort of butterscotch and molasses thing. The medium to full body was a little syrupy with tingly carbonation and a moderate to heavily alcoholic finish.
Great amber/brown color. Smell is strong of pumpkin, fall spices, malt, sugar, bourbon. Taste of pepper, fall spices.. with a hint of pumpkin. Not the smoothest selection. zgaier (1962) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2016
Bomber. Pours a hazy copper orange with an off white head and strong pumpkin pie and fall spice aroma. Taste is full of pumpkin pie throughout, with nutmeg and cinnamon coming into the strong pumpkin finish. Delicious pumpkin brew jjgmd (2227) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2016
Back home from Argentina and Chile with Josh and Zach. Pour is amber brown with a beige head . Nose is alcohol and pumpkin spice . Taste is a rich pumpkin pie flavor , blended nicely and sweet ! Finishes on the same fall spices....cinnamon, nutmeg and rich pumpkin flavors . Spot on ! Quaff Score 8 / 10 altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2016
On tap at The Pony Bar - 10th Ave. Hazy orange body with big head. Nose is malts, caramel, spices and pumpkin of course. Taste is brown sugar, malts, subdued pumpkin notes, vanilla and sweet flavors. Warm finish. slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 1, 2016
Bomber. Was really looking forward to this, as Great Pumpkin was one of the better pumpkin beers of yesterday. It was, however, a 2015, and the spices and balance didn’t hold up. Boozy with faded pie flavors, more bourbon than anything else. Not unpleasant, but easily least favorite on the night.
Clarkdvm (527) - Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Draft at ale & witch, st pete fl. Tastes damn good, even from plastic cup. Bourbon aroma is faint. Not too much bourbon flavor, just right. Pumpkin is not strong. Cloves, slice but not necessarily pumpkin hershiser2 (3597) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2016
$8.79 bomber. Wine warehouse. Hazy Amber with a small off white head. Aroma of pumpkin spice, vegetation, copper. Flavor is cinnamon, nutmeg, vegetation, metal, pepper, alcohol.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Poured into a snifter. Nothing better than a pumpkin beer and football.
3.25 A: Clear orange amber color. I didn’t get much of a head on this. Quickly falling frothy beige with a wisp or two of lacing.
3.5 S: Pumpkin spiciness with ginger and cinnamon leading the way. Allspice and a touch of pepper. The bourbon barrel is pretty weak in this. You really have to look for it to find it. Just a light earthiness and a hint of oak.
3.0 T: The bourbon is much, much more apparent in the taste to the point where it almost controls the beer. Big earthiness, leather, mineral, and melon. Oak, vanilla, and a touch of tannic astringency. Again some pumpkin spiciness as mentioned above. Not a lot of sweet maltiness.
3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and smooth.
3.0 D: Ehhh, it’s nothing special. The bourbon is too weak in the nose and too strong in the taste. This needs a bigger malty backbone to do well in a barrel.
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DavoleBomb, Oct 26, 2014 corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.
Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and two finger, white foam head that slowly fades into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.
Subtle aroma with some caraway seed and toasted oak along with subtle pumpkin and autumnal spices. Hints of cinnamon and brown sugar compliment the dry, toasted oak. Was expecting more pumpkin. Not really much bourbon in the nose either.
Medium bodied with a nice barrel presence that’s decently integrated into the pumpkin and spice flavors. Dry oak, vanilla and subtle bourbon sweetness followed by pumpkin purée, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice, clove and ginger. Nice warmth in finish but the ABV is well hidden. drfabulous (8486) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Draught at The Beer Trappe. Orange color with pumpkin flavors but not overwhelming cut by some bourbon.