Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company
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2.18/5 rDev -45.2%
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.
12-08-2013 06:16:36 | More by kojevergas
2.73/5 rDev -31.4%
Poured into tulip glass.
Appearance: Deep amber. Pours slight head that slowly fades. Moderate lacing.
Smell: Boozy, subtle spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, oak.
Taste: Lots of oak, nutmeg, subtle cinnamon, pumpkin, vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, a bit boozy.
Overall: The spices are too subdued for my liking. The alcohol is fairly well hidded. I liked the oak character.
10-17-2011 15:55:43 | More by phichifiji00
2.75/5 rDev -30.9%
Poured from 750 into globe...
A- Very dark, almost blackish maroon in color. No head at all.
S- Smells like a sweetly spiced belgian quad. No oak, not much pumpkin. A few warm spices and kiss of vanilla. Not too impressed here.
T/M- Dear god, this is woody. I feel like i'm rubbing my tongue on a 2x4. Not much pumpkin here, more spicy if anything, and finishes with some dark fruits. Alcohol is warming and adds a slight sweetness to the front of the palate. Carbonation is too low, leaving mouth and bit heavy and on the verge of cloying.
O- It was decent, but I wasn't too impressed overall. There just want enough of a pumpkin profile at any stage in consuming this beer. Oak was also pretty damn offensive which was offputting. I wouldn't purchase this at price over $7ish... Just mediocre
11-07-2011 19:38:24 | More by TheGordianKnot
2.78/5 rDev -30.2%
A: Poured a maroon color with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty white cap
S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted pumpkin but lacking on pumpkin
T: This beer leans more toward herbed/spiced beer than an oak aged pumpkin beer. I picked up primary nutmeg, cinnamon, a little toasted pumpkin but not much, oak was way to light for it to boast as an Imperial Oaked Pumpkin beer. It was sweet but the booze was masked very well
M: Medium to big body, sordove unflavorful on the palate
O: Less than stellar.
09-25-2011 16:17:24 | More by barleywinefiend
3.18/5 rDev -20.1%
Poured into my Delirium snifter, Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin is copper with a tan head leaving foamy lace.
Smell is sweet, phenolic, like mildly scented pumpkin candle wax. Nice graham cracker notes.
Taste is rich, sweet. The pumpkin flavor is clearly there, high-lighted but not overwhelmed by the spices. The oak brings some really nice vanilla and coconut. The alcohol is spicy, and notably robust, a touch astringent. The spice really builds, more so from the alcohol than anything else, but it accentuates the adjuncts in a negative manner. There's very little maltiness here, which is missing from such a strong beer, with all the adjuncts.
Mouthfeel is bone dry. Medium bodied.
Drinkability isn't too high. It's a hot, fairly thin spicy beer. The oak is nice, and the ethanol is relatively clean, so it's not really flawed, it's just in need a of redesign - more malt, maybe some esters.
11-03-2012 06:35:57 | More by ccrida
3.2/5 rDev -19.6%
A: Ruby red brown and very clear. A tan head fizzles away pretty quickly leaving behind pretty solid lacing.
S: Subtle autumn spices and clove honey.
T: Malty sweet pastry with soft flavors of clove and nutmeg and a very subtle sweet red apple. I'm not getting a whole lot out of this. Just an afterthought of oak which adds just a little astringency.
M: Sticky sweet.
O: Pretty disappointing stuff sadly as much of their other stuff has impressed. It's flavors are muddy and sweet finishing.
09-27-2011 03:52:49 | More by flannelman808
3.23/5 rDev -18.8%
Poured from a 750ml bottle, bottled on 8/26/11. Poured into my Deschutes tulip...
A - Very clear dark amber color, with a 1 finger light tan head thatleaves a little lacing when it slowly fades.
S - This one actually smells like pumpkin pie! Slightly sweet pumpkin aroma, some nutmeg, cinnamon and warming clove.
T/M - Unfortunately the smell doesn't carry over to the taste. I get more booze and oakey taste than I do pumpkin. The great smells are almost an after thought in the taste. Medium mouthfeel, slightly undercarbonated.
O - Sadly disappointed with this one. It just falls very short in the taste. I just personally think the oak is too aggressive in this one. It totally over powers the great pumpkin flavors that I think are in there.... or are they?
10-02-2011 04:57:36 | More by Rizalini
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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