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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin (Crooked Line Series) – Uinta Brewing Company

Halloween is only a scant 15 days away, and if you’re like us, you’ve probably got a few ragers to hit in the next weekend or two.  To help accommodate your proclivities to rotten gourd punch, we’re going to be amping up our reviews to get as many halloween themed brews to ya before the holiday hits. Stay tuned, and if you haven’t already, subscribe to our updates by email, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Name:  Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin (Crooked Line Series)

Place of Origin / Brewer: Utah, USA / Uinta Brewing

Beer style / ABV%:  Imperial Pumpkin Ale / 10/31%

Specialty Prep / Individuality:  Oak Jacked is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with Pumpkin and traditional spices (no specifics appear on the label). It’s then rested on Oak barrels to add bourbon and vanilla notes. A particularly cool aspect though, is that, along with all of Uinta’s other brews, it is brewed with 100% renewable power fed from solar and wind. There’s some great other green practices going on with this company as well, and for that, we applaud them.

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Packaging:

My favorite label to date! Finally, let’s get a local artist involved in our beer without it looking like an afterthought. Very clean in its execution, it has all the elements to help sell the beer as an oak aged pumpkin ale. Top notch. – Rick

This sucker is cranked to get you crunk. I mean, he’s pointing to the word “Jacked”. Someone call Jason Statham. – Mike

There is an old fashioned almost Steam Boat Willie-like pumpkin gracing the label on this bottle.  I love the use of the barrel image telling us so much more than just the name of the ale.  It’s cartoony and artistic without being childish. – Brittney

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Color:  8

Color me surprised, this ale pours up a crystal clear with a ruby red glow.  A thick, frothy, long-lasting, cream head provides for excellent retention and stunning lacing. – Tim

I’m loving the color on this one. It has a great color with dark copper notes that help accentuate a deep brown body. The body is pretty much completely opaque, and a vigorous pour will release a beautiful creamy head that settles to ring the glass. – Rick

M- 8.5 / T- 8 / B- 8 / R- 7.5

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Aroma:  8

Tons of oak and wood firstly followed by a smoother caramel sweetness.  Not a lot of spice but just enough to let you know it’s there.  The aroma runs the gamut of earthy, savor, sweet and (a touch) of spice. – Brittney

Roast sugar pumpkins, burnt caramel, and a nice oak tannin. It smells like a reheated pumpkin pie with blackened crust. – Mike

M- 8 / T- 8.5 / B- 7 / R- 8

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Mouth feel:  7.5

A medium bodied but rich brew that warms the mouth with a lower carbonation. – Brittney

I’m definitely reminded of the Imperial status of this ale upon the first sip. As suspected from the aroma I find a strong presence of alcohol on the tongue, but without any harsh burning. It’s a bit bubbly allowing me to explore its sweet medium body. – Rick

M- 8 / T- 8 / B- 7 / R- 7

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Tasting notes:  8

Boozy and opulent with notes of vanilla and oak. Rich and chewy like carrot cake with big, bold spices.  Lots of nutmeg and clove—with dashes of cumin.  The pumpkin is broad and full with a pronounced sweetness that envelops the notable alcohol content, back-end bitterness and a slight metallic touch.  – Tim

There’s a significant alcohol presence here that, combined with oak gives it strong notes of bourbon whiskey. Did I mention I love bourbon? The spice is very subtle, and finishes on floral notes, while a malt pumpkin base provides a nice burnt pie crust character. This tastes like my midnight snack the day after thanksgiving. – Mike

First sip is dominated by alcohol and malt with some spice. This beer goes straight to your head. If it wasn’t for the malt aspect I would question if this was a beer at all.  A few more tastes and the flavors really come alive with natural vanilla, spice and oak roasted pumpkin. – Brittney

The oak barrel introduction is a nice touch, only accenting the flavor of sweet ripe pumpkins without being too woody. There are some nutty notes as well that help round out this well nuanced full bodied ale. – Rick

M- 8 / T- 8.5 / B- 7 / R- 7.5

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Finish:  7.5

The. Longest. Finish. Ever.  Bitter and oaky and surprisingly semi-dry.  I certainly anticipated a sweeter conclusion to this ale, but the oak really shines here and helps balance it out.  But…seriously…I can still taste this beer. – Tim

It stings going down, that’s for sure. I like how the dryness on the back end helps it go down smooth. Here’s where it gets spicy and woody, but I can’t wait to take another sip. – Rick

M- 9 / T- 7.5 / B- 7 / R- 6

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Flavor balance:  7.5

–         Pumpkin to Spice balance: 7.5

This malty pumpkin approach combined with the ABV lends itself to dunkel / dubbel territory, while the barrel aging tones the spice down to a pleasant detail. – Mike

Since this beer has such impressive complexity, it goes without saying (but I will) that the pumpkin to spice balance is pretty amazing.  What you miss from the pumpkin in the nose, you get in the body, but the ale is so imbued overall with the barrage of other components that had the brew master not been on top of his game, it might have ended up a muddled mess.  – Tim

M- 8.5 / T- 8.5 / B- 8 / R- 5.5

–         Sweet / Dry balance: 8

This ale has a great malty sweetness and a great dry finish so the cloying aftertaste isn’t too noticeable. – Rick

This is a very well leveled bottle, and the giant ABV hides superbly in its character. There’s touches of bourbon sweetness, and the dry wood finish on the back end, that’s a bit like sucking the beer right from the oak stave. – Mike

M- 9 / T- 6.5 / B- 8 / R- 7.5

–         Multiple Drinkability?  7

The richness of the oak and malt are very tasty for one round but, at 10 + %, I’m probably not going for another. – Brittney

This beer is strong and tasty, but could I have more than one of these per sitting? Probably not. I would definitely revisit it though, because it’s a great pumpkin ale. – Rick

At a 10.31% ABV I don’t think I could drink another one of these in a sitting.  However, the ale is fascinating and intricate that I would be really interested to see what buying a few bottles and cellaring them would do. – Tim

M- 10 / T- 6.5 / B- 6 / R- 6.5

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Overall:  7.67

M- 8.42 / T- 7.92 / B- 7.25 / R- 7.08

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Pumpkin Eater Imperial Pumpkin Ale (John Mitchell Series) – Howe Sounds Brewing

Today’s selection is another international pumpkin ale from our neighbors up north. In 1980 John Mitchell and Frank Appleton pioneered North America’s first modern craft brewery at Horseshoe Bay on British Columbia’s spectacular Howe Sound, beginning the craft brewing renaissance.

Fast forward to 1996, and John Mitchell helped design the Howe Sound Brewery, even developing some of their original recipes. He has since gone on to be referred to as “The Grandfather of Canadian Micro-brewing”. This beer is part of the John Mitchell Series, in tribute to his achievements in helping resurrect craft beer in alpine Squamish, BC. If you’re a beer tourist, you’re going to want to drop by Howe Sound. Not only is it a brewery, but a lodge situated in one of the prettiest parts of Canada’s adventure capital.

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Name:  Pumpkin Eater Imperial Pumpkin Ale (John Mitchell Series)

Place of Origin / Brewer: British Columbia, Canada / Howe Sound Brewing

Beer style / ABV%: Imperial Pumpkin Ale / 8%

Specialty Prep / Individuality:  A high gravity pumpkin ale brewed with barley, fresh roasted pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anise. It is produced in very limited quantities as part of the John Mitchell Series.

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Packaging:

This bottle is awesome. At a whopping liter of volume, it’s definitely not messing around, and the cool Canadian fall could certainly justify this much warming ale. Of course, there’s a reseal cap for those of you not up to the task. The folk art jack o’lantern is styled impressively in wood cut print block style, and seriously pops on the dreary gray scale, replete with the man’s signature himself, John Mitchell. – Mike

This is definitely the largest pumpkin beer we’ve had so far. A Sleepy Hallowesque 1 liter bottle provides a ton of information about the story of the brewery and enough information to have a pretty good idea of what you are about to taste. – Brittney

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Color:  6.5

Pumpkineater is one of those brews that has just a great copper color that emphasizes it’s style and prepares the palette for a delicious treat. The body appears nice and clean with a decent transparency, and pours a thin to non existent white head that is more like a ring around the glass than head. – Rick

Antique copper and crystal clear in appearance, Pumpkineater sports a fizzy cream soda head from a fairly aggressive pour that vanishes almost immediate and leaves very little lacing. – Tim

M- 7.5 / T- 5.5 / B- 7 / R- 6

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Aroma:  7

This brew provides a very light aroma of sugary sweetness and a delicate touch of spice.  The smell of the spices is hard to differentiate; it’s more of what you would get from a fresh batch of “pumpkin pie spice” with an anise kick than any one or two of the spices standing out. – Brittney

There are some nice sweet elements in this aroma that are very appealing. I like the ripe pumpkin elements that are at play here. The bouquet is definitely full bodied, balancing pumpkin and sweet spices really well. There does tend to be a slight sting from the spicing, but that could be attributed to the alcohol content which has a strong presence throughout this beer. – Rick

M- 7 / T- 7.5 / B- 7 / R- 6

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Mouth feel:  6

Light to mid-bodied, pretty straightforward as an ale goes, with bouncy carbonation. Serviceable by all means, but a hint too light to love it. – Tim

Nicely textured interplay and a slight sting that helps give lien to the spice and hop profile. Fairly light end of medium bodied with a crisp bite. – Mike

M- 6 / T- 6 / B- 6 / R- 7

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Tasting notes:  7.5

I’m getting a huge pumpkin bread vibe complete with caramel glaze. There’s a great balance of spices here, one of the best approaches I’ve had to a fairly spicy beer that really congeals to a “pumpkin spice” approach, rather than a particular dominance. Extremely subtle hopping, and nice aged rum notes to boot. – Mike

Big alcohol flavor bomb, actually reminds me a lot of a Belgian ale at this point, and the Banana that was in the nose is on full display here (I’d almost liken it to Wells Banana Bread Beer). Subtle notes of Melon along with nutmeg, clove and molasses-y malty sweetness round it out.  The pumpkin is here, and it’s added a nice roasted vibe to it, but it takes a back seat to the spices, which is a shame. – Tim

Nothing really stands out to me. I can’t tell if it’s because my palette is being over blown by all of the spices or if it’s just so well blended that I can’t pick anything out. The higher amount of alcohol is present in the taste and combined with what are considered to be “warming” spices this would probably bode well for a cold winter night. – Brittney

What we have here is a nice caramelized, brown sugar infused pumpkin flavor with an interesting spicy cinnamon and clove profile. – Rick

M- 8 / T- 6.5 / B- 7 / R- 7.5

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Finish:  6.5

The anise is primarily regulated to here, and compliments the slightly banana- malty body to give a very tight, clean wash, leaving little spice on the palate. There’s also a touch of burn in the back of the throat on swallow, reminding you this is an imperial ale. – Mike

A little too hot on the finish for my taste buds. The alcohol burn is slightly noticeable, but it does seem to mask some of the flavor by the end of the pint. A bit over powering, but it does not ruin the experience. The syrupy finish irks me as well. – Rick

M- 8 / T- 6.5 / B- 7 / R- 5.5

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Flavor balance:  6

–         Pumpkin to Spice balance: 6.5

The spice really ties itself to the higher alcohol content and dominates this one. – Brittney

The nose has such great pumpkin and spice profiles that it’s a shame the brew more-or-less sidelines the pumpkin in the body.  Still considering how unbalanced most seasonal ales are, I’d put this in the category of a success. – Tim

M- 7 / T- 6.5 / B- 6 / R- 6

–         Sweet / Dry balance: 6.5

Bold and malty with a richness that finishes dry—it’s hard to argue the balancing act here is deftly handled.  It’s not perfect but Imperial Ales can often be too impetuous in the sweets department leaving a chewy mess.  This one avoids that fate. – Tim

Pleasantly sweet up front with a dry biting finish coming primarily from the alcohol presence. – Mike

M- 7 / T- 8 / B- 7 / R- 6.5

–         Multiple Drinkability?  5.5

It has a really good flavor, but it’s too hot on the tongue for me. I’m also not the biggest fan of the syrupy finish either. – Rick

This is a big ass bottle, and I’d drink every drop (if you’re driving). – Mike

M- 7 / T- 5 / B- 5 / R- 4.5

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Overall:  6.58

M- 7.25 / T- 6.42 / B- 6.67 / R- 6.17

Redhook Pumpkin Porter – Redhook Brewery

Name:  Redhook Pumpkin Porter

Place of Origin / Brewer: New Hampshire, USA / Redhook Brewery

Beer style / ABV%:  Pumpkin Porter / 5.8%

Specialty Prep / Individuality:  Pureed pumpkin, light chocolate, munich, and caramel malts, roasted wheat, oats, and local malted barley come together in this dark draught, before it is light hopped with northern brewers hops. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are added during brewing, and maple syrup is added during fermentation.  It’s also worth noting that this is the fifth entry in their Brewery Backyard series.

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Packaging: Non-applicable. This sucker is only available on draft at the breweries Cataqua Pub in Portsmouth, NH and a few select north-eastern bars. (Unless you have a sweet blog and get a special bottling. Ba-zing!)

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Color:  7.5

Stout black, but if I hold it to the light it glows a ghostly amber. I have to say, the bold appearance of this brew makes me suspect that it has a bold character to it’s body. A vigorous pour will allow for a thick frothy cream colored head, and the lacing is pretty impressive, clinging to the glass the whole time. – Rick

As I poured it was almost like pouring a cola.  As the glass filled the color settled to a touch deeper chestnut with a slight beige head.  It’s a dark porter by color but you can still catch a glimpse of a trail or two of carbonation escaping to the top – Brittney

M- 8 / T- 7 / B- 8 / R- 7.5

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Aroma:  7.5

Earthy and robust with nutmeg and cinnamon in the nose, the spices are fairly pronounced giving me the feeling that looks had best not deceive me, and this better be a pretty rich beer if it’s going to hold up to the fragrance wafting off the head. – Tim

The smell is promising.  In a season that has been shall we say ‘unique’ in our usual definition of pumpkin beer, I really get the pumpkin and spices.  The only thing that sticks out as slightly different is a touch of a maple and caramel.  So far Red Hook is staying with the autumn spirit and I’m a fan. – Brittney

M- 7.5 / T- 7.5 / B- 8 / R- 6

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Mouth feel:  6

A sizzling fizzy tingle that wraps the tongue in tiny bubbles. Medium bodied and avoiding any syrupy plaguing aspects.  I do wish we could have tried this one on tap, if only to get a bit more of a creamy nitro smoothness. – Mike

Lush and smooth, it coats the tongue.  Not so full bodied that I feel like have to think hard before I can swallow it, but definitely high on the fullness scale. It’s such a smooth beer, with just a hint of carbonation, that I fondly recall youthful efforts to drink certain other stouts/porters by leaving as few rings as possible on the glass. – Tim

M- 5.5 / T- 7 / B- 7 / R- 5

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Tasting notes:  7

An immense burst of pumpkin and cherry cola, the cinnamon becomes much more noticeable here. The maple sweetness is very much subdued, and to it’s credit, keeps this beer firmly in the porter category, allowing it to be a bit of passing sweet, rather than liquid pie spice. – Mike

There are a lot of flavors going on here all at once.  This makes a great tasting beer but it is sort of hard to grasp them all. The pumpkin and nutmeg are the front-runners, the caramel provides a smooth base and the cinnamon is sprinkled throughout.  I was worried that the maple could be an overly dominant flavor when brought into the equation but it just subtle enough to not overshadow. – Brittney

This beverage has a good pumpkin presence with a nice cinnamon spicing. Further inspection reveals a nice smoky body with a hint of clove and cocoa mingling about. About half way through the glass something strange happens to the flavor, kind of developing a cola flavor on the finish. Very strange, but not awful. – Rick

Concentrated notes of dark, caramel malts and a chocolate hit right off the bat. Roasted (almost caramelized) pumpkin accents a breath of cinnamon which is given the most prominent spice position in the body.  Just a hit of hoppy bitterness comes out on the end—making for a very complex overall experience. – Tim

M- 7 / T- 8 / B- 7 / R- 6.5

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Finish:  7

Roasted nuts in a brown sugar glaze gives way to a slightly bitter wash that leaves the tongue feeling a bit dry, and begging for that next sip. – Mike

It’s got a great clean finish (I would have anticipated something much longer) with outstanding notes of coffee and ginger.  – Tim

I like the smoothness of this beer, but it tends to have a watery body that is lighter than expected. The finish is also where this bizarre hint of Dr. Pepper reveals itself, which wasn’t apparent in the beginning of the tasting. It just kind of developed about half way through. – Rick

M- 7 / T- 8 / B- 7 / R- 5.5

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Flavor balance:  7.5

–         Pumpkin to Spice balance: 7.5

Very well balanced, almost too balanced for my liking.  I’m more of a frolic through the autumn fields grabbing one flavor at a time and appreciating it for all of its nuances before moving on to the next. This one puts you on the Autobahn and wishes you well. – Brittney

This is such a complex porter—with big bold flavors competing— it’s a testament that nothing really overpowers the beer. The spices in the nose are echoed to a lesser degree in the body and change up on the finish—while the overall essence of roasted pumpkins stays in harmony throughout.  It’s really a very nicely balanced beer. – Tim

Well in check, I’d go as far to say the real achievement in this brew is that nothing hides. Each element described is definitive, and unmasked by it’s other components. It’s like surround sound for your tongue. – Mike

M- 8.5 / T- 8 / B- 7 / R- 6.5

–         Sweet / Dry balance: 8

I like the light smoky body of this beer. The cocoa presence along with cinnamon and a little pumpkin really build upon the smokiness and create a nice balance. – Rick

I enjoyed the touch of sweet and finish of bitter in this beer a lot. Very polarized in it’s approach, it offers a unique experience that reminds me a bit of a pumpkin cola up front, and like a pumpkin coffee — black– on the backend. – Mike

M- 8.5 / T- 7.5 / B- 8 / R- 8

–         Multiple Drinkability?  7.5

I’m not going bananas over this beer, but it is up my alley. It definitely has some unique flavorings happening which makes it a little more interesting. – Rick

There are a lot of beers that I’d pair with food, but not a ton that I think would rock against a big bad Thanksgiving feast.  With the swagger on display here, I’d put this bad boy up against my mama’s gut buster spread any day.  And, you can imagine it’d take at least 2 or 3 of theses to get though all those carbs. – Tim

M- 8.5 / T- 7.5 / B- 7 / R- 7.5

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Overall:  7.08

M- 7.25 / T- 7.50 / B- 7.42 / R- 6.33

Rumpkin (October 5, 2011) Annual Barrel Series – Avery Brewing Company

Every once in awhile, a beer comes along that separates the boys from the men. Well, actually no. With Avery, that’s pretty much every day. Known for their unusual brewing practices, and some intense high ABV beers, Avery doesn’t think inside the box, they punch their way out while watching Old Spice commercials on infinite repeat. So if you’re in a climate that’s a little on the chilly side this Thanksgiving, and you just need something to break down all the Tryptophan in your gullet, grab one of these bad boys and don’t be a turkey.

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Name:  Rumpkin (October 5, 2011) Annual Barrel Series

Place of Origin / Brewer: Colorado, USA / Avery Brewing Company

Beer style / ABV%:  Pumpkin Triple Ale / 15.90%

Specialty Prep / Individuality:  Limited to 512 cases (of which we’re sampling batch one) Rumpkin is brewed with Rocky mountain water, malted barley, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, hops, and yeast, then rested in oak rum barrels to yield spicy gourd, delicate oak, and candied molasses notes.

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Packaging:

Avery really impressed here, complete with gold foil neck and cap, and a specialty label reflecting the barrel slats, and woodcut pumpkin and rum jug with skull and crossbones adorning. They’ve also nicely incorporated a significant number of details to the labeling, including batch, cases production and bottling date, as well as the concept of the beer. Nicely done. – Mike

I love this pseudo-pirate styled label with the rum barrel branded with skulls and growlers and pumpkins and proclaiming the batch numbers (ours was No. 1) and the number of cases in the production (512) all of it speaks to Avery’s continued tradition of being a rebellious brewer. – Tim

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Color:  6.5

Cloudy molasses brown giving great credence to it’s rum referenced conception, and just a hint of burnt umber to give it an aging pumpkin feel. A mild fizzy head crowns it, and quickly becomes a menacing ring, hinting that this may be too hardcore for any frilly accoutrement. – Mike

Murky and swamp like.  I’m expecting Swamp Thing to crawl from its depths any moment now.  Even what little remains of the head and the lacing have a slight mud tinge to them. – Brittney

M- 8.5 / T- 5.5 / B- 4.5 / R- 7.5

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Aroma:  6

Shiver me timbers with your burnt caramel sticky sweetness.  This beer is packing a seriously complex nose, with spiced rum, prunes and molasses kicking you square in the face with a ferociousness that actually frightens me a little (but in a good way).  However, I’m also a bit concerned that I haven’t found the pumpkin, or the pumpkin spices yet. – Tim

Just the smell of this is giving me a hangover.  It’s heavy on the alcohol right away.  Next is a blast of heavy dark molasses and raw oak.  Separately I love the smell of molasses and oak but this aroma is totally off putting for me.  I don’t even want to taste this. – Brittney

It smells like aged pumpkin might.  It’s musty and carries a thick molasses aroma.  I can tell right away just from the smell that the alcohol content is fairly high on this one. – Rick

M- 7.5 / T- 6 / B- 3 / R- 8

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Mouth feel:  6

It seems light on the tongue, then it burns over the palate smoothly.  This one warms up quickly in the glass, and I think it’s the first pumpkin brew to leave my lips numb after a few sips. – Rick

On the very high end of medium bodied, you might as well tick this off in the heavy column due to the epic levels of sweetness on display.  However that being said, it’s not a tough swallow.  It’s got some carbonation burn and some absolute heat from the super high alcohol content, but I didn’t struggle to get it down.  It’s palatable. – Tim

M- 7 / T- 5.5 / B- 4 / R- 6.5

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Tasting notes:  6

The sweet pumpkin assaults you like a belligerent pirate, and a malty black strap molasses and chocolate cake field quickly follows, with a hint of oak on the backend, that should firmly suggest rum, if my puns and the label fail you. The spices are regulated into the caramel sweetness, reminding me more of spiced dark rum, than holiday cheer. – Mike

Tastes of Dark Brown Sugar, Sorghum, Spiced Rum, Allspice and Ginger, Sweetness that just teeters on cloying with deep chest warmth from the spirits.  The intensity of the beer overpowers any pumpkin that might be in there and the big alcohol content pushes this offering squarely into the Fortified (or Barley) wine category.  In fact, I’d seriously consider serving this ‘sipping’ beer in a Brandy snifter. – Tim

This one has a unique  flavor with an oaky aged-like quality.  It’s sweet like candy with a roasted pumpkin essence, but don’t let it fool you, this beer packs a punch. – Rick

To be fair, I’m not quite certain if I can get past the aroma and mouth feel to get to the taste.  But this is just not pleasant to me.  Nor do I feel that this has anything to do with anything that has to do with being anything like pumpkin ale. – Brittney

M- 8.5 / T- 5 / B- 3 / R-  7

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Finish:  6

Fruity apple and black tea come in here, with just a hint of cinnamon. I’m most impressed with the handling of the significant ABV though, which offers a gentlemanly pound on the back, without offering the acrid burn you could easily come away with. – Mike

Long and defined by the deep malty sweetness and the trailing alcohol vapors—extending the profile for an eternity, which makes sipping this brew over an extended session an even more attractive option. – Tim

Relief. – Brittney

M- 8 / T- 5 / B- 3 / R- 7

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Flavor balance:  4.5

–         Pumpkin to Spice balance:

This ale has the usual spices in it.  Although, it’s heavy with a molasses and caramel flavor, this is the most pumpkin flavored ale so far. – Rick

I’m not sure I’d call it balance since I never found the pumpkin in there but I will give Avery props for attaining some semblance of harmony with the other components in this crazy strong brew they managed to bottle. – Tim

This is a dramatically different approach, with the pumpkin winning the race to the finish, but I particularly enjoy the way the spices are handled by relegating them to an aspect of rum flavor.

M- 6 / T- 3 / B- 3 / R- 5.5

–         Sweet / Dry balance:

It’s sweet, damn sweet in fact, but this is barley wine to the max territory, and it finishes exceptionally well, certainly worthy of acknowledgment as a finer example, rather than a seasonal frivolity. – Mike

It’s very much like melted candy, and it starts off sweet, but finishes dry. – Rick

M- 7 / T- 3 / B- 3 / R- 4

–         Multiple Drinkability?

Avery Brewing Company is based in Boulder, Colorado where the record low once reached -31.  Rumpkin might best be enjoyed as a sipping beer in the tradition of a cognac or as a replacement spirit to help stave off frostbite in a St. Bernard’s rescue barrel.  – Tim

This is 15.90% so lets be honest here, you’re only meant to have one. But on a cold night, this boy will keep you warmer than any of Brian Wilson’s northern girls, and in Boulder, Colorado, you can be damn sure that’s a welcome thing. – Mike

This is a great tasting pumpkin ale to sip on a cold day, maybe more like a frigid day.  The ABV is super strong, but doesn’t keep this ale from exceeding in flavor. – Rick

M- 7 / T- 2 / B- 3/ R- 6

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Overall:  5.83

M- 7.67 / T- 4.92 / B- 3.50 / R- 6.83