drowland (8829) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
12/24/13. 750mL bottle from the Milan Hy Vee. Stereotypical pumpkin beer aroma, lots of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc., with touches of oak and sweetness. Stereotypical flavor as well, slightly sweet, barely a touch of oak, lots of pie spices. Not awful, but just another pumpkin beer. cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle shared by drowland at xmas, pours a dark orange kind of brown with an off white head, the aroma was of tons of spice and cinnamon with a little bit of the vanilla from the barrel coming through, the flavor is much of the same with a good kick of spice on the front end and caramel and sweetness in the finish, the spice isn’t overpowering through, nice. travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Backlog bottle thanks to so many good ratebeerians. The smell is pumpkin, spice, leaves, and ok. The taste is pumpkin, sweet, whiskey, big, and spice. The look is orange to amber in color. Brigadier (3700) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
750 ml bottle
Tmoney99 (14625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
A strong entry in the Halloween seasonal department leaves a big mark. This might be the nicest Crooked Line beer I have tried although I have a few more on deck. A heady release is best split with friends or consumed over a long evening thanks to a high gravity.
Aroma / Appearance - The warm hue has the color of melted caramel drizzled under a lush head of ivory. Caramel, honey, cool squash, and a splash of oak brighten the air with the smell of a fall festival or a garden after the morning dew has evaporated.
Flavor / Palate - Spicy pumpkin rolls cling to the tongue after just two sips. Cream cheese and nutmeg follow before it morphs into a warm sweet finish. The barrel aging is evident but does not dominate; this is primarily a squash bomb in liquid form. By the end it becomes sticky. Overall though the strengths outweigh the weaknesses resulting in a very nice seasonal.
Bottle. Poured clear dark orange color with a large off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Solid pumpkin spice aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced pumpkin spice flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good seasonal beer.
AirForceHops (7336) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Got this bottle in a trade last year with Boltz7555, thanks Jason! Bottled on date of 08/24/2012. Dark brown color bordering on mahogany wood color. Very thin head, light lace in the tulip glass. Aroma is mostly barrel oak with traces of pumpkin underneath. Nice light nuances of bourbon and vanilla. Flavor of oak and vanilla upfront with an almost Coke a cola-caramel element. The barrel has totally subdued the pumpkin at this point. Lots of oak notes.The ABV is completely hidden in this right now, it barley displays any alcohol heat after the sip. Extremely light notes of sweet bourbon in the finish. Nice sipper! Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2013
A nose of cinimon and allspice with suggestins of oak. A clear dark amber pour that when held to the light takes on a glowing garnet hue. A foamy tan head with modate retention leaves behind spotty lacing. On the tongue, the spices and woodiness dominate, while hints of alcohol appear briefly in the finish. Medium body and crisp carbonation. Somewhat of a slick mouthfeel. Overall, an enjoyable seasonal brew, but I found it disappointing that the PUMPKIN was lost in the mix of spice, oak, and alcohol. bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2013
750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on 09/18/13. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear reddish/orange color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like pumpkin and pumpkin spices, along with some light vanilla and oak. It tastes like pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), pumpkin, vanilla, oak, and a bit of booze and butterscotch. It’s not an overspiced pumpkin beer, so in this case it helps the brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s chewy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I think it’s a good pumpkin ale, I’d try it again in the future. $11.99 a bottle. Maverick34 (3248) - New York, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Big bouteille. Orange brown clear. Bubbles and lacing. Spiced and pumpkin nose. Pumpkin, spice hints of yeast and hops. Pretty good. ryecatcher (1454) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2013
750mL bottle, cool artwork. Pours a deep amber-brown, medium off-white head with okay retention and nice lacing. Nose is kinda off-putting -- unlike beers such as S.T.’s Pumking and Warlock or Hoppin Frog’s Double Barrel pumpkin ale, the pumpkin and spice notes are overridden by something that reminds me of acrylic lacquer (like the wife’s nail polish). Thankfully, this tastes a whole lot better than the nose indicates... big body, roasted pumpkin and pie spice up front (lotta nutmeg and I think that’s allspice I’m tasting), toasty malt hiding in the background, some cidery notes but covered up by a medium sweetness, slight hint of the barrel and a bit warm on the finish. Overall, not a bad beer, and quite suitable for a raw, late November’s eve with snow in the Chicago forecast.