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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin AleOak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

425 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%


Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  10.31% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in oak barrels.

39 IBU

(Beer added by: rudzud on 09-05-2011)
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled shared with Sammy and Liam.

Beer is dark brown with a small beige head. Decent retention.

Nose contains spices - a lot of them. Pumpkin, obviously. Smells sweet.

Taste contains pumpkin, spices (nutmeg and cinnamon). Quite hot- very hot, in fact. Sweet.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Chewy.

Overall, pretty good. Too boozy, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:20:25 | More by jrenihan
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BierJager89

California

4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown with a foamy mocha head.

S: Oak, pumpkin, vanilla in the nose.

T: Oak, a spicy bit of alcohol, vanilla, cinnamon, with a nice backbone of malt and pumpkin as well as some pumpkin overtones. Pumpkin is dominant, but not overstated.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: My favorite pumpkin ale. It's delicious! Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:09:38 | More by BierJager89
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - burnt orange, two fingers of light tan head. Plenty of lace, a good looking brew.

Aroma - light pumpkin aroma, some light orange, like Joseph's aspirin. Light oak after some setup time.

Taste - the malts are sweet but the bitterness is more intensive. Playing off the woodiness of the oak, the hoppiness has a slightly harsher approach at first. With some warming, the malts get better balance with the oak. The abv takes on an almost rubbing alcohol heat at first, but smooths out after 20 minutes. The finish still has a bit of a harsh bite and a shot of abv heat. some good flavors but comes across a bit messy.

Mouthfeel - a smooth drink, despite its uppity crispness. Nice body for an imperial style.

Overall - interesting and all, though it's balance takes some time. Always curious as to how a few years would affect a brew like this.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 05:01:24 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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pants678

California

3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Red with a creamy off-white head.

Smells of Belgian yeast and pumpkin.

Pumpkin works well with the Belgian style. Spicy--still, for the style, it's fairly sharp. Nutmeg stands out and is complimented by the oak and, instead of hiding the alcohol, is a decent mix. Reminds me more of DFH than Pumking. A good choice for fall.

Creamy but too dry.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 20:29:06 | More by pants678
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kojevergas

Texas

2.18/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

10.31% ABV confirmed per the label. Bottled 08/28/13. 750ml brown glass bottle with fun label art and branded hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at Davidson's Liquor and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared tulip/snifter hybrid in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery and style. Reviewed as an imperial pumpkin beer because it's identified as such on the label. Reviewed live. "Aged in oak barrels." "Ale brewed with pumpkin an spices."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of light khaki colour. Fairly creamy. Nice thickness and soft fluffy complexion. Head retention is great (especially for the high ABV) - about 9-10 minutes. Smooth even airy consistency.

Body colour is a delightful rich ruby of impressive glowing vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, I'm pretty surprised at the ruby colour given that it's a pumpkin beer, but it's a pleasant surprise; I'd say it looks better than most pumpkin beers. Not unique, but special within the style. There are no obvious flaws here. I'm really looking forward to it; the retention is very impressive.

Sm: Clove, allspice, nutmeg (your usual pumpkin beer spices). Pumpkin gourd/flesh. No pumpkin seed or skin. Caramel. Some toasted malt. Caramelized sugars. Some bready/bread crust malts. I struggle to find any oak notes - there's certainly not the rich refined oak tone of a good imperial stout. Some cream. The spices play well with the pumpkin gourd, and while the pumpkin seems authentic, it isn't particularly deep (at least in the aroma).

No yeast character, overt hop character, or alcohol presence is detectable - an impressive feat at 10.31%. I'm optimistic, but it's far from the best pumpkin aroma I've encountered.

A pleasant, inviting, style-satisfying aroma of moderate strength. The pumpkin is a highlight - as it should be.

T: Too much spiciness - fuck's sake that's intense - to the point that it overwhelms even the pumpkin notes. Clove, allspice, nutmeg, and harsh cinnamon bark/cassia. The nutmeg even approaches the point of bitterness. Obscenely over-spiced. The pumpkin gourd lacks any depth whatsoever, and the booziness makes the pumpkin seem artificial and syrupy even though it isn't (if that makes any sense). Plenty of caramelized sugars. Amber malts. Bready malts. The booziness really drags it down. And where's the oak? I'm not finding it. Sugarcane/light rum. Way too much brown sugar. The maltiness makes it too sweet.

Dreadfully imbalanced. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. I'm really not a big fan of this one.

Mf: Sickly sticky and syrupy. Ugh. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and boozy/hot. Even a bit gushed. Wow, I did not expect the texture to be this off-putting. Chewy. Poor presence on the palate. Too thick. Full-bodied. Somewhat harsh. Doesn't complement the flavour profile or suit it well at all, but it isn't terrible.

Not oily or astringent. Poorly executed.

Dr: I'm going to have trouble finishing this bottle. I never would have expected a pumpkin beer this disappointing from Uinta. I definitely wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. I could really use someone to help me finish it; it's really not that drinkable at all given its low quality. I'm all for brewing an imperial pumpkin ale if it's warranted, but the lack of oak and depth of pumpkin flavour coupled with the severely misguided overspicing and poorly executed mouthfeel really makes this hard to like.

I've had good pumpkin beers, but this ain't one of 'em.

D

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 06:16:36 | More by kojevergas
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a medium brown/red color with a tan head that lingered. There was a good amount of lace. Visually, a pretty beer.

Nice pumpkin aroma. Subtle pumpkin pie spice. There was a little vanilla and oak.

Same with the taste. Primarily pumpkin, subtle spice. Vanilla, oak present.

Medium-bodied. An understated beer, not a lot of harsh spice that can be found in some pumpkin beers.

Would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 15:18:51 | More by lordofthewiens
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:38:52 | More by bluejacket74
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TruePerception

California

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uinta's Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin, aged in oak barrels. 10.31% ABV.

Appearance: Nice pop from the cork, and a nice haze from the bottle. Damn! TONS of foam. Atleast three fingers, but I got some pour over and had to suck some up, so probably more in the range of 4-5 fingers. Thick head. Nice lacing. Red-amber. Plenty of tiny rising bubbles inside the glass.

Smell: Slight creamy pumpkin scent. Very slight nutmeg note.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice blend of pumpkin and deeply caramelized malt/sappy molasses, coming out the charred side of toffee. Perhaps charred toast.

A new approach to pumpkin ales, for me, but not among my favorites.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 05:16:25 | More by TruePerception
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, dark, ruby-orange coloring with a tall, frothy, creamy, off-white head. Aromas of pumpkin, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and booze. Heavy nose. Flavors are rich and spiced forward, with pumpkin heaviness and boozy highlights. Wow, this is rich and robust. After the blast of heaping pumpkin, there is a spice blend build that cuts all the rich layers to provide some levity. The palate actually lightens rapidly after all that initial massiveness, leading into a mostly balanced sweet, rich, and spicy pumpkin bread aftertaste, with booze and vanilla overtones. The body is robust, slick, and heavy. Slick, lingering spice finish. This beer is massive.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 02:25:05 | More by GarthDanielson
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 8, 2013.

It is a handsome looking beer with its slightly cloudy, dark amber tone that also glistens slightly red in the light. Decent beige head that fades to a ring.

Loads of aroma but not necessarily the pumpkin spice kind. I get dark malts, licorice, some nutmeg and cinnamon, black licorice, butterscotch, and a little booze or perhaps that's the oak barrel ester.

The body is medium to bold.

The taste is definitely strong with more of a pumpkin spice character than the nose implies with a definite dark malt and licorice feel too. It does make my head spin a little so take this one easy. One I will remember.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 22:26:49 | More by puboflyons
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Roland45s

Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Good looking beer, poured dark with a thick head.

S - Heavy on the oak and smokeyness as well a hint of pumpkin and spice

T - I tasted heavy oak and smoke, the pumpking was there, but not like a schlafly.

M - For the alcohol content, the mouthfeel was pleasant, not something to have multiple of, something to relax over.

O - Decent use of pumpkin and oak together, probably my favorite oak pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 14:00:58 | More by Roland45s
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TheElbow

California

3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle, poured into teku style glassware. Not too sweet for a pumpkin beer, which was nice, but a bit too much oak for my taste. Color was surprisingly red for the style. Glad I tried it but it wasn't my favorite pumpkin for sure.

Would have again, but perhaps in a small quantity.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 17:35:15 | More by TheElbow
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, bottled on 9/18/13. Pours a dark brownish amber with s two inch off white head that, leaves behind traces of lace. Smell is pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla. Taste is largely alcoholic, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon vanilla in the finish. Body is maybe medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and a sipper for sure. This is a huge imperial pumpkin ale, that drinks as you would expect, like a fine pumpkin ale that really leaves it mark!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:46:06 | More by SawDog505
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Mohogeny Rust with a four finger tan head. This beer has outstanding rentention and excellent lacing. Good looking beer.

S - I picked up vanilla right off the bat. Pumpkin is present but not overpowering. Oak, bourbon, chocolate. Nice complex aroma

T - Great tasting beer. Slight pumpkin pie with a nice vanilla background. You can taste the oak. Slight bourbon taste as well. Lots going on

M - Medium to heavy beer. Definately a sipper. Has a pleasant bourbon type burn. You can taste the alcohol!

O - Nicely done beer. Very complex. Good use of pumpkin and oak together. Looking foward to getting this one again enxt year!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 17:27:13 | More by Goosehunter75
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown (mahogny, leather couch brown) with solid one finger head that left lace ring down glass. Aroma and taste seem to have the same charateristics: pumpkin and nutmeg, hint of cinnamon, oaky/woodiness, touch of caramel malt and booze. I liked how smooth the beer is, how heavy the pumpkin and other spices come into play and the sweetness I get on some sips. The only thing with this beer is at times the alcohol really came into play and I don't think the booziness mixed well with the pumpkin spices or the sweetness so at times it was disjointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 11:37:09 | More by clayrock81
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On 09/18/13. Enjoyed on 10/31/13

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Pumpkin spices, oak, vanilla, caramel, and a light hint of alcohol. Spices are fairly complex

T: Starts off with some brown sugar, spices (cinnamon and nutmeg are most prevalent), and a bit of light fruitiness. Oak and vanilla come through mid-way along with a light sweetness. Alcohol almost undetectable

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing on heavy

O: The base beer is nice and not too spiced, and then the oak barrels add a nice bit of complexity. Doesn't go overboard on either aspect, which is quite an accomplishment. A great sipper for Halloween and the fall season, if I do say so myself

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 05:17:10 | More by BEERMILER12
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle (from notes)

I wonder how technical they got to get the abv to exactly 10.31? If it's true, that's incredible. Deep amber hue with an off white head. This is quite complex and just a touch too boozy for me, but it somehow fits the style. A lot of cinnamon, booze, vanilla, pumpkin flesh, caramel malt and oak in that order from most prominent.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 19:13:24 | More by KVNBGRY
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IAmAPenguin

California

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Definitely carbonated pumpkin, pumpkin puree, Vanilla, aged oak, cinnamon and citrus.
Appearance - Very brownish black with a big tan foam and nice lacing.
Taste - Massive fruity overtones of plums and dates. Strong pumpkin puree, oak, vanilla, slight pines and a continuous juicy pumpkin cream flavor throughout the palate. The finish brings a resinous creamy, milk, sweet yeast and sugar, slick syrupy pumpkin molasses. Overall, this beer is massively complex. There is the vanilla/oak overtones from the barrels and the strong pumpkin overtones work well with that. This is a really fantastic imperial pumpkin ales. Among the best of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 08:32:36 | More by IAmAPenguin
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged brown bottle with a freshness date.

Clear mahogany, great lacing all over the glass. Spice, booze, caramel, oak, pumpkin meat, & esters in the aroma. Huge maltiness, big creaminess, and very smooth. Lighter hopping but even and very noticeable spicing. Pumpkin is a bit vague but is there. Maltiness is sweet and bready with undertones of caramel and treacle. Dark fruitiness meets more spice in the semi-dry finish.

I'll admit, most pumpkin beers in the past never lived up to my expectations but with a bigger push for the Imperial Pumpkin ales I am all over it. Of course they still have to be balanced and the spicing can't be out of control the least bit. Uinta does a stellar job with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 02:21:30 | More by Jason
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StuporJew

Texas

4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my DFH Tulip.

A - Pours a rich mahogany/orange, with a huge, fluffy off-white head,
that lingers on forever. Easily 3-fingers of head, for a slow, light pour.
The lacing left behind after each sip is sticky, thick, and velvety.

S - Vanilla, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon are the (Usual) offenders here.
I'm almost certain that the vanilla is taken more from the barrel aging than it is the actual use of vanilla, as it is more subdued than most pumpkin ales.
There ARE light vegetal notes of pumpkin, and a bit of sweetness. There is no hint of the fact that this beer is over 10% ABV on the nose. Sneaky, sneaky beer....

T - Once again, alcohol isn't even a factor, as well hidden as it is on the palate. You get more of it as the beer warms. Creamy, and just a tiny bit sweet, with the vanilla and oak leading the way, only to be rounded out by kisses of pie spice. I could drink this all day, but if I did, I'd never get anything done. Damn! The hops are an afterthought, which is okay since this beer, flavor-wise, delivers in so many ways that they aren't needed. The malt makes a big enough appearance to buoy up all the spice and lactose flavors presented.

M - Again, Creamy, smooth, and round. The carbonation isn't overwhelming, but only serves to push the plethora of fall-friendly flavors across your palate, making it far too easy to knock this high-ABV monster back quickly.

O - Being the first Uinta beer I've had (They just made it to Texas) I am more than impressed. SO many breweries do such disservice to the pumpkin beer category that a large amount of folks discount the style as "Gross", or "Sweet". Here is a beer to prove the uneducated masses wrong. I don't get all the cats who have previously reviewed this beer who said that it didn't taste anything like a "Pumpkin beer"... All the characteristics are there, and more. It's friggin' delicious! And as an aside, it is even better with Pumpkin-pie cheesecake. (Don't judge. I'm an adult, and I do what I want!)
If you come across it, grab it. It's worth the time, money, and brain-cells.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 04:19:57 | More by StuporJew
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mitch3114

New York

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ML corked and caged bottle poured into snifter, while watching World War Z...

A- Very nice looking beer. The color is a deep dark amber with a ruby red hue. An off-white head that seems to fall just as fast as it rises. The bubbly lacey film sticks around for days.

S- Smells like a deeply complex brew. I can maybe smell some wood from the barrel, the alcohol is there, I smell faint mandarin oranges, burnt toffee, some vanilla, some hops. I'm not smelling any pumpkin or spices however. After getting halfway through the bottle, a small amount of pumpkin scent was picked up.

T- Hot, boozy, alcohol, a small amount of hops...not what I expected. It tastes more like a really strong, fresh barley wine, although it's not hoppy or really malty either. When agitated in my mouth there is a very small hint of of what may be an artificial pumpkin taste...absolutely no spices. I would have never guessed this was a pumpkin beer.

M- The mouthfeel is a little chewy. Thank god for some body in this brew. It is so hot that it needs to be this thick. Its not syrupy. I think the mouthfeel matches up well.

O- I have had over 25 different pumpkin beers so far this fall. This was the number one beer on my list to try and I waited and waited for it to hit the shelves here. I have to say I am slightly disappointed. I love barley-wines (especially Cockeyed Cooper, another offering in Uinta's "Crooked" line-up) so I didn't really dislike this beer. However, there were no aspects of a pumpkin beer. This beer was not true to the style. I think this is one of the rare cases of pumpkin ales that can actually be aged for a year+ and be better since there arent any subtle flavors one might be concerned about losing over time. If anything a year or two would take the edge off and mellow it out. I think the concern with aging pumpkin ales is that the delicate pumpkin flavor and spices start to fade over time. I suspect that's why the majority of the "imperial" pumpkin ales you see are in the 8% range. At 8% ABV you can still create a well balanced, complex pumpkin ale with all the typical flavors and spices, but still have that extra kick without being over the top. This beer unfortunately is just a boozy mess. But, with some age, I could see this ending up as a very enjoyable and drinkable treat...just don't expect any pumpkin flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:36:08 | More by mitch3114
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- 750ml bottle split into a goblet and a tulip. Dark crimson body with light just piercing the edges to bring out nice red hues. Foamy off-white head forms to a finger or two high with nice retention. Cap falls to a fuzzy, thick ring and cloud atop the beer leaving a lot of lace webs down the glass.

S- A decent amount of pumpkin pie spice above a nice strong, toasted malty ale. A pretty strong dark fruit like cherry comes to mind, probably from the yeast's high ABV ferment. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, nutty grains, bread and pumpkin.

T- Strong yeast dark fruit notes are toned down a bit here and more balance and depth of flavor is achieved. Fresh oak hints. Overall the brew is malty and spicy with the grains contributing nutty, toasted biscuit, brown sugar sweets and some caramel notes. Pumpkin pie spices like nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon contribute a balance to the malts without being overpowering. As far as actual pumpkin goes, just a hint of squash comes to mind, not like a pie as some offerings can be.

MF- Moderately high carbonation is a medium bodied ale with a nice silky, creamy texture. It really foams up nicely like a whipped cream. Alcohol is quite warm and the beer ends warm with some spiciness on the palate.

I like the complexity in the flavor and I think the strength of the beer works nicely with the flavors they present. The pumpkin aspect is a bit overshadowed by this strength but all in all a brew I would recommend trying to anyone. Spices are also in check which is key, too many abuse that.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:24:47 | More by cbutova
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Whoa, big beer! Poured slightly warm with a giant tan, slow to settle, thick, foamy head and good lacing. Color is a clear, deep amber with few bubble trails. Aroma is oaked pumpkin, malt, spice, hops. Flavor's like nose with everything much more bold. Sweet and tang are out front and bitter brings up a strong, long lasting end. Body is full round, alcohol warm with just enough bitter to keep it interesting. Finish is like flavor and as stated above. Rich, so one big bottle is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 23:33:56 | More by drpimento
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MadScientist

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A fairly dark copper with a deep red hue. The cream, tan head is long lasting and leaves some light lacing.

S: A medium aroma of cherries and ginger with a bit of cloves. Moderate oak with some malt sweetness. It sort of smells like a Flanders Brown with some real spice.

T: The spice and fruity esters dominates at first with a moderate cinnamon and vanilla oak character. There is a moderate hops bitterness and no flavor. A medium caramel candy-like sweetness in the mild that dries out to a little less than off dry finish. The pumpkin comes through as it warms, so maybe to drink it really cold like I did.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation and a good amount of alcohol heat.

O: A beer pumpkin with the spice and oak notes giving a sort of Belgian Ale impression. There is a noticeable amount of alcohol but it's kept in check with by a fair amount of malt sweetness and body.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:10:59 | More by MadScientist
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BB1313

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/27/13. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy auburn; huge fluffy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves very nice lacing and retention. The aromas are extremely subtle and have hints of wood/oak. There are also subtle hints of caramel malts and spices. It doesn't smell bad, it just lacks aromatics. The flavors are extremely bold, especially when compared to the lackluster nose. There is a ton of harsh wood/oak in the flavors and they basically dominate. Hints of caramel and vanilla are there as well. Of course it has your typical spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. There's also some ginger root in the mix. There's a very solid bitterness. I'm not saying it's boozy or hot, but it definitely has a little kick to it. It's also pretty spicy. Maybe even some peppers in the mix? Finishes warm. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and pretty syrupy and slick; creamy and fluffy; moderate carbonaton. This makes a nice sipper. It's very filling. It's definitely one that would be good to share with someone.

The wood/oak characteristics definitely dominate, so if you're a fan of that then you'll definitely love this. The oak barrels definitely take this beer to the next level. Without them, this would just be your average Imperial Pumpkin Ale. It's ultimately an interesting take on the style. I guess I don't like it as much as I wanted to, but it's not bad at all and I can totally appreciate it and see the appeal. It is complex too. I probably should've let this one age a bit. Some age would definitely turn this beer into something else, most likely for the better.

Serving type: bottle

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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