fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aged in rum barrels, with spices added, plus some vanilla extract. It’s very rich and would be a good choice for a cold late-autumn night. There is really a lot of vanilla flavor, everything else takes more of a secondary role, IMO. The rum barrels give it a burnt sugar flavor reminiscent of Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee Stout. A nice innovative take on a pumpkin ale.
Idiosynkrasie (6981) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 1, 2017
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle. Minimally cloudy, copper-ish, dark amber colour with average, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Spicy pumpkin aroma, lots of clove, a touch of ginger, orange juice and cola. Taste is moderately sweet, has notes of pumpkin and clove, ginger, a mixture of orange juice and cola reminds of ’Spezi’ or ’Mezzo Mix’; a cautious touch of rum is present as well; lively and refreshing, likewise smooth and muted carbonation.
hopbag (159) - - JAN 9, 2017
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite drinkable for a pumpkin ale. Sort of an American strong ale with some spice and pumpkin notes. The barrel aging is subtle and helpful. Nice to have a pumpkin beer that’s not extreme.
muzzlehatch (4911) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2016
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce bottle from Our Daily Bread in Chatham, NY, consumed a little below cellar temp from a pint measuring glass. Yup it’s exactly 12 ounces...anyway, it’s a murky deep chestnut-brown, with a small-to-moderate diminishing head that leaves a tiny ring eventually, little to no lace...typical pumpkin spice aroma - ginger, clove, allspice, etc, and yep, the rum barrel is evident and does add something else, a raisiny and lightly alcoholic note that makes for at least a slightly different profile than the typical pumpkin stuff; could be a bit stronger and more expressive though...on the tongue alas it’s a muddle, an unfortunate prominent soapy note mixing with a morass of weird tartness, sourdough yeastiness, alcohol, brown sugar...it really doesn’t work at all though I will admit it’s kind of interesting, can’t say I’ve ever tasted anything quite like it...a bit watery, sour at the finish, carbonation feels forced and a bit like 7Up. Overall I have to call this a trainwreck, though it is one I couldn’t help looking at or in this case tasting.
jgb9348 (5980) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crisp amber and copper coloured body with a thinnish, two centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of light squash, spices, grain and a bit of caramelised sugars. Medium-bodied; Strong rich squash flavours that show some light spicey flavours, a touch of grain and a little yeast flavours - but no real flavours of any barrel aging nor vanilla. Aftertaste shows some thinner malt flavours with no real squash finish, a touch of spices and sugars, but fairly mild, especially for the style. Overall, a pretty mediocre beer for the style, definitely less hearty and flavourful than expected. Not worth buying unless you like lightly spiced brown ales - since this didn’t have any real complexities from the squash or the aging process. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, Vermont on 19-September-2016 for US$2,30 sampled at home in Upstate (New Paltz), New York on 24-November-2016 - Thanksgiving!
tfontana (857) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 7, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can pour into shaker pint glass from Greg & Jane’s Beer and Wine. Appearance is cloudy dark orange-brown with effervescent sparkle at the edges of the glass, finger-width beige fizzy head with fair retention and some nice sudsy, leggy lacing. Aroma is sweet pumpkin spices. Taste is lightly sour initially with middle strong burst of sweet pumpkin spice, faintest notes of oak. Sadly, not getting vanilla or rum. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with slippery texture, lively carbonation and mostly sweet finish. Overall, this is a pretty standard pumpkin brew, despite all of the extras that could have made it really something.
Fin (10041) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Wine Rack at Yarnton Nurseries, Yarnton, Oxon. Consumed down Merton Village Hall at Shocktober Fest Saturday 29th October 2016 Pours copper with an white head, reasonable clarity, just a bit of haze. Quite the opposite from the Beavertown Stingy Jack in that this has a tart, light sour edge, ok it is a little spicy in the mouth. Its ok but not my favourite. A6 A3 T6 P3 Ov12 3.0
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a half finger white head with just a little lacing. Aroma and is of toasted bready malts, pumpkin, pie spices, vanilla, rum, sweet malts, and caramel. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a mostly sweet, medium-long finish. Overall, a decently tasty, interesting pumpkin ale with some nice rum notes.
matthewmarkelon (9) - - OCT 23, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. Impressive dark orange pumpkin color with a nice white head. Very subtle pumpkin flavor. Other spice and rum flavors noticeable . Even wife enjoyed . Would purchase again.
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JStax (5823) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample. The beer is a clear copper with a white head of foam. The adoma has cinnamon, graham crackers, light clove. Sweet and spicy. Big body and thick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
Pumpkin87 (245) - - OCT 9, 2016
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours an attractive orange amber with thin off-white head that leaves slight skim.
Aroma is subdued, a bit of malt, a bit of spice. Palate is vegetal without being particularly pumpkin, spices with an occasional fizz but without differentiation. Other than a molasses note here and there, the rum barrels contribute wood and alcohol.
The overall effect is not helped by the thin body and some slickness to the mouthfeel. It’s like a diluted Manhattan with an astringent finish.