5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2017
Bottle:   Deep reddish in color, moderate frothy off-white head, fairly decent lacing.   Nose has a fragrant apple-cinnamon aspect, a touch soapy in that fragrant sense, with minor cinnamon and nutmeg.   Thought it would be a bit thicker but it seems to be a little light.   Mild spiciness on the tongue.   Seems a bit artificial on the tongue, but on the backside it seems more traditional.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Starts a little artificial, but ends in a more standard sense.   I was thinking it would be brighter and more interesting for Jackie O's, but that nose detracts a bit.   The BA version must cover that up.   Tiz OK overall, but not as good as I was hoping. Shot (575) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark copper with a creamy off-white head that dissipates to a lacy film. Sticky lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet pumpkin, spice and bread. Flavors are ripe pumpkin, spices, toasted grain, dark fruit, toffee, and bready notes. Medium carbonation. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Malty and rich. Really nice. rondphoto (4526) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2016
bottle @ Chief Market / Lima OH --- Hazy amber brown color, beige head that reduces to a full cover, hanging lace strands. Taste is malt and straight pumpkin, without sweetness or spices. Itactually compliments the malt, but is an acquired taste. Mild fizz on the swallow, hops not really needed. I’m also baffled by the 9.2%abv - if it’s there, it is well-disguised. Decent brew, I suppose, just not a good one for me. Berard (639) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours burgundy brown with thin white head that lingers. Spicy and malty aroma over medium carbonation. This is one of the better pumpkin beers out there. Pumpkin tasty with toasted malt backbone.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone superspak (6359) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2016
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice notes; with great strength. Taste of huge pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/slick, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial pumpkin ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. On initial tasting the spices felt a bit subdued; but once it warmed up there was a really great balance between the malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors. A very enjoyable offering.
bluejacket74 (1996) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2015
12.7 ounce bottle, 2015 vintage. Served in a Jackie O’s snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/copper/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger), along with some caramel and a bit of vanilla. For the most part I think the flavor is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some booze and a slight earthy hoppy bitterness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this, but maybe I should have aged it a little longer before I tried it. If you like pumpkin beers that aren’t overly spiced, then this is one for you! madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Barking Pumpkin enjoyed on tap from Winking Lizard October 23, 2015.
Look - Dark hazy pumpkin for lack of better deScription. Off white head goes to nothing. Lacing only where head was.
Smell - Sweet pumpkin. Ginger. Cinnamon.
Taste - Pumpkin and ginger.
Feel - Subdued spice makes it more drinkable than other pumpkin beers. Sits better in stomach.
Overall - The best non dark pumpkin beer I’ve had. Drinkable and smooth. Still pumpkin. drsordr (2969) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Bottle pour copper with amber hue and rapidly dissipating tan head. Nose spicy, clove, nutmeg, pumpkin. Taste slightly bitter initially, then ginger, clove, green cinnamon. Slightly woody or weedy. Spicy finish. Maddog (528) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2015
My first Barking Pumpkin, and it is very good. Big, bold with a spicy, subtle vanilla finish. The pour is a deep orange with an aroma consisting of malt, pumpkin, and spices. A very good pumpkin ale. Drjohnrock (841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Draft at Neon’s on October 30, 2014. Medium to dark amber hue, medium pumpkin/spice/malt nose, strong malty taste--much less pumpkin and spice than the aroma would indicate but still a really fine beer.