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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3843) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Shared 2015 750 ml. bottle poured to a snifter displaying a hazed, orangey gold color, with soft white froth to the head, and spots & strands of lacing. The nose was pie spices, more of a dried fruit scent than pumpkin, a touch of sweetness, vanilla & barrel induced coconut. Medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste was similar notes, continued the spice & sweetness, contributed some tartness & tanginess, and a little warmth from the mildly hidden alcohol. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4860) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2016
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2016 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper/light reddish color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, brown sugar, honey, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon, pie crust, light apple pie/cider, herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of pumpkin/spices, bourbon barrel, dark/bready malt, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, brown sugar, honey, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon, pie crust, light apple pie/cider, herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/woody/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, brown sugar, honey, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon, pie crust, light apple pie/cider, herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices, bourbon barrel, dark/bready malt, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish; with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged pumpkin ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices, bourbon barrel, dark/bready malt, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. The fruity apple yeast notes made it really unique, and complimented the pumpkin ale style flavors extremely well. A very delicious offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5897) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Hazed Amber pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is large pie spice, BB and vanilla. Flavor is pie spices heavy on cinnamon and a vanilla kicker. Not much pumpkin with a perfume finish. Medium light body and a touch fizzy. still solid beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
Pours a dark golden amber with fluffy head. Aromas of dark fruits, spice, and cinnamon. Flavors of pumpkin, caramel, all spice, nutmeg.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (5784) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Orange with white head. Pumpkin and spices all over the place. Alcohol hidden well here. Rich and tasty overall. Nice beer

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
keepersj12 (3070) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Oh my, this was awful. I must have had a bad bottle. This was very sour and fizzy. Like soda pop. I'll have to try another. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersexual (1) - Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2015 does not count
Amazing pumpkin beer. Mice pumpkin spice aroma. Hardy pumpkin backbone with a sweet bourbon note

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1203) - Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Pours clear orange with small beige fizz. Smells strongly of pumpkin and bourbon and hints of barrel. Taste is pumpkin with oak and vanilla and some bourbon sweetness. Full-bodied with a silky texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin finishes with a sweet, vanilla, pumpkin, hints of caramel.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
radarsock (1152) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Purchased from New England Wine & Spirits, February 20th. $12.99 ($12.94 + $0.05 container deposit) for the 750 mL bottle.

To Oversized snifter, it pours a an auburn nutmeg orange with which a floral white-ringed head 1 finger in length stood.

Aromas of mildew, molded apricot, pottery clay, squash, smoked pumpkin seeds, and the lightest hint of sea salt. The liquid in my glass could very well have been described as a Houdini variety of its twisting, multiplexed flavors, but that would be roughly unbelievable. Possible, but unlikely.

Tastes the same with the addition of cinnamon/baking spices (heavy and distracting), American ale yeast, and mashed pears. Vaguely minty by swallow. Im deeply unimpressed. Stop me at any time, but I feel like this is in the same category as Dogfish Heads Punkin Ale, which also was hard to drink. Let the pumpkin shine and bury all the other notes in the sand. This isnt necessarily a "harsh" offering, but I get very little pumpkin and much more spice than I wouldve liked to.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (2325) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
$2.95 bottle from Wine Warehouse, CHO. Pours orange-amber with a tiny white head. Smells of vegetation, leaves, light spice. Taste is heavy cinnamon, other spice, pumpkin.


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