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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin AleOak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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very good

171 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 171
Hads: 693
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 75
Gots: 147 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  10.31% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 09-05-2011

Aged in oak barrels.

39 IBU
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Reviews: 171 | Hads: 693
Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.09/5  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.

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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of StuporJew
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.


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Photo of mitch3114
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Sampled again from same batch, one year later on 10/4/14 at annual pumpkin tasting party...

Much smoother and tame as I suspected. Warm vanilla and brown sugar came through. Tasted much like a strong English Barleywine. This could still go a couple more years and probably be even better. Still, the booziness (although still there) was much less than when it was fresh. I enjoyed this...but back to my original review from a year ago. It's lacking on the pumpkin!

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/6/2012. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, toast, brown sugar, gingerbread, oak, vanilla, bourbon, light chocolate, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, spice, pumpkin, and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, toast, brown sugar, gingerbread, oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, brown sugar, gingerbread, oak, bourbon, vanilla, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of malt, pumpkin, spice, and barrel flavors; with a near perfect balance of all flavors and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged pumpkin ale! All around awesome balance and complexity of malt, spice, pumpkin, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle from last year had in my cellar.
I poured it into a glass, it has a dark red color body with a thick tan head that hangs out for a while. The smell has a strong malt aroma with some spice coming through. The taste is very sweet and malty up front, strong boozy flavor comes next, i don't get any pumpkin or spice flavor. The mouth feel is a little heavy and overall a ok beer, i don't think i would let it age again. I think it would be better fresh.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottled just under year ago.

A - Pours a deep brown color with serious auburn highlights. A few fingers of head form initially, then recede away quickly to a half finger. Cirrus lace clings to the walls of the glass.

S - Sweet aroma full of pumpkin, vanilla, and molasses. Toasted barley adds a sweet and smokey character to this beer.

T - Begins with a big dosage of caramel, grain, and pumpkin pie spice. There is a fullness to the flavor that I liken to marshmallow fluff. I can't pick out any oak. Some alcohol heat on the finish.

M - Smooth with mild carbonation. Warming.

O - I found this beer in my cellar, leftover from last year's pumpkin season. I had no intention of aging it for a year, I just forgot about it. The emergence of pumpkin beers on the shelf once again jogged my memory. This one was pretty good, but I expected more from an oak aged pumpkin beer retailing for $12-14. The usual pumpkin flavors are there, along with a sweet caramel/marshmallow character, but I don't think this is any better than a lot of the readily available Imperial pumpkin offerings that cost around half as much (Weyerbacher, Schlafly, Pumking, etc.).

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Uinta Brewing Co.
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin

750 ml corked and caged. Pours a light amber color with off white, densely beaded foam. There was a fair amount of sediment. The head leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma of pumpkin pie, vanilla coffee, nuts, sweet caramel malts.

In the taste, more pumpkin flavor with sweet and vegetative notes. Caramel, toast, and nutty sweetness. There is hardly any bitterness left to the hops but there is a touch of citrusy tea. So many flavors one could forget about the spices. Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg are just more layers of flavor here. Dry oak in the finish, and a likely culprit for bringing in the sweet vanilla to the party. Has a medium bodied feel and soft carbonation.

Overall, this is a hell of a beer. Deliciously sweet and complex, and the pumpkin base worked well. A touch sweet. Keep an eye out for this in fall.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper-red color with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, pumpkin, brown sugar, dark fruits, cloves, cinnamon, and some other spices, a bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, pumpkin, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices, raisins and other dark fruits, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, and lightly spicy finish.

D - Great barrel aged pumpkin ale. Nice blend of spices.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a vivid red colour, really quite shiny. Head is cream-coloured, settled out to a thin film with very decent lace left behind. More retention would be a gas, but it still looks pretty damn good.

Smell is quite pleasant indeed. Distinct sourness, in a bacteria way, not a lot of horse blanket to it, but a pleasant sweet spice as well. Largely cinnamon, with a touch of anise as well. Smells like a good Christmas ale, but with a light sourness to freshen up. Like it a lot.

Taste is also very Christmassy - cherry notes soaked in booze, with cinnamon, clove and anise, all with a big vanilla-tinged malt underneath. Toffee, caramel, touch of red wine and some rye whiskey. Macadamias, walnuts and figs as well. Yes, not a lot of pumpkin if truth be told (was served to me blind). It's a big Wintery wonderland. I want more of that sourness I detected on the nose to cleanse it a little, but there is a hint of it just dusting off the sweetness at the end. A very merry celebration of the festive season, but more of that sourness would make this a damn 'Christmas' cracker.

Full and pretty boozey. Gets a large, quite hot note late-mid which overpowers a bit. Could otherwise have been good.

Nice, sweet Winter ale - warm and pleasant and comforting.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark amber in color with some ruby red highlights and moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet caramel malts with some slightly lesser notes of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg). There is a light undertone of pumpkin with some light notes of vanilla, oak, and alcohol.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of sweet caramel malts with some slightly lighter flavors of roasted pumpkin, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, clover, ginger, and nutmeg). There are light to moderate flavors of oak and vanilla. Very light hints of alcohol towards the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light to moderate amounts of alcohol heat and just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: This is very enjoyable brew and is a little different (in a positive way) from the other pumpkin beers that I have experienced...really like the contribution of the oak and what it imparted to the flavor and aroma. I wish that the alcohol had been a little subtle in this one, it made the beer very much a slow sipper.

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Photo of beagle75
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with over one finger of dense parchment-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright vinous fruit, baking spices, balsamic vinegar, earthy cereal, and restrained oak combine for a decadent and interesting array of scents. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with early cloves and layered crystal and aromatic malts that are soon joined by honest pumpkin fruit against a mildly acidic (carbonic; not sour) backdrop. Flavors become mellow and earthy in the middle, with aromatic vanilla replacing the baking spice. The finish is clean, short, and lacking in bitterness; a phantom sensation of cola lingers on the palate. Spirituous vapors are encountered throughout the flavor profile, but are never outright boozy.

M: Medium viscosity, smooth and slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This strong pumpkin ale is a pleasure to behold; it strikes a near-perfect stance incorporating attention to the signature ingredient, a mature application of wood-aging, and enduring awareness that this is a beer. It remains capable of being enjoyed as beer, with a clear attention to details exhibited by the brewer. Hard to find fault with; perhaps its greatest transgression is that it remains a beer brewed with pumpkin...

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Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful pour. Towering off-white khaki cap of foam hangs around with great retention and leaves excellent lace. Crystal clear pomegranate black tea body. A stellar looking beer.

S - Caramel, touch of wood, root beer, raw pie dough, pumpkin pie filling.

T - Nutmeg, oak, cinnamon, light booze, almond extract, great pumpkin pie filling center, mashed sweet potatoes, vanilla.

M - Medium body, with a thick and smooth finish.

O - A awesome pumpkin beer. Gorgeous looks, great flavor profile with an excellent pumpkin character front and center, and stellar balance.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 09/04/12

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep, dark amber-hued body with a tall, foamy, yellowed head. Thin blips of sticky lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweet-scented (but doesn't imply as much sweetness as comes across in the flavor) caramel, brown sugar, and coagulated dark amber honey. Toasty, crusty remnants. Squashy vegetal tones. Moderate spiciness. Vanilla, oak, and all the bourbon aromas you'd hope for.

Taste: Sweet, sugary tastes of caramel, cooked honey, light-colored brown sugar and plenty of toasted pumpkin. Also, toasted pie crust accents. Pumpkin pie spicing that's exacerbated by the punchy alcohol. Vanilla and stern, angry-faced oak wood along with the strong bourbony flavor (I know, it says only oak, but it feels bourbony to me) letting loose a strong wave of alcohol warmth. Speaking of warmth, giving it some time to open up helps this one, either that or the alcohol is just kicking in and making me a bit more agreeable. Candyish, spicy, boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I decided to take on this 750ml all by myself, just to make sure I had enough. WAIT I RAN OUT ALREADY. It's fairly good, but I would still lean toward Pumking, as this came across as a wee bit hot for me.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this beer is #10 on the "Top Beers - Pumpkin Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. Served from a corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is dark amber / brown and ruby at the corners, big tan head of small bubbles. moderate to low retention, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Looks good.

Smells malty and sweet with a nice finish, some spice, a little booze / oak in there, mild vanilla. Smell is pretty big.

Medium in body, sweet throughout the palate, surprisingly a lot of pumpkin comes through in the flavor. Mildly enjoyable beer, good oakiness and barrel notes, minimal spice. It is a decent beer and I'd consider having it again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark ruby orange color with a one fingered, creamy head and light carbonation.

S - Pumpkin, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, oak, and bourbon.

T - Up front, pumpkin, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ending with oak, spices, and bourbon. Bourbon/oak presence is moderate but never overpowering.

M - Heavy medium body, lightly syrupy, gentle carbonation is light and prickly at first but finishes almost creamy.

O - It's a good pumpkin ale that has just the right amount of oak and bourbon without being overly boozy, this one works well.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours clear reddish amber with a medium orange-tan head that slowly dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma has that telltale pumpkin ale note, with allspice, cinnamon, bit of clove. Flavor is the same, lightly sweet, lightly bitter, notes of wood. Body is medium, carbonation is medium. Light astringence in the mouth, but that fades after a few minutes of sitting. Well balanced, not overpowering in the spice notes like so many pumpkin ales. Overall, a solid pumpkin ale for the oak aged lover.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on date reads 09/10/2012 so this is a nice fresh beer, chillin at only three months in the bottle.

A - Dark clear copper color, a lot darker than I was expecting from this, and I guess also a lot smoother looking.

S - Initial blast of pumpkin and spices hits the nose, followed by subtle vanilla oak and hot booze smells coming in. Maybe a little dark fruit sweetness in there, also.

T - Wow, this hits you hard. Wonderful blast of pumpkin and spices again, and then a nice tingly flash of oaked boozey finish in the end. Strange to say that I am also reminded somewhat of the Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine which I just had a few days ago. This beer definitely does also have a strong dark fruit sweetness buried in there somewhere. Little bit of a hot booze flavor, but no where near overwhelming. This beer's 10.31% abv is masked very nicely.

M - Nice clean mouth, this beer goes down smooth. The malts and especially the spices chill out for a while, teasing your palate for another sip. The vanilla notes seem to slowly creep out the more this beer sits around at room temperature.

Overall, definitely glad I was able to pick this brew up, the first pumpkin beer I was able to review on Beer Advocate, although I have had probably about 20 of them this year, and 2012 was the first year I have ever tried a pumpkin beer. Definitely a winner.

Uinta Brewing Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a teku
bottled 9/6/12

A- This beer pours a dark deep toffee brown body that is clear but dense. There is a bubbly thick cream of light tan on top and sluggish strands of microbubbles working their way to the top.

S- The deep caramel aroma is rich and blends with vanilla oak notes and some pumpkin spice hints in the finish.

T- The rich caramel malt has nice character that mirrors the aroma with some vanilla oak notes and a nice spice warmth in the finish. As it opens up there is a little bit of a bitter flavor that lingers and some ginger notes come through aswell.

M- The nice medium-full mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol warmth that is only show as the beer warms up.

D- The rich malt blends well with barrel and spice. There are nice barleywine characters, barrel characters and some spice notes that are all well balanced to work together to battle the winter chill.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a bright chestnut with ruby hues, small creamy light tan head that subdues to a small layer, minimal lacing

S- vanilla and oak up front, the woodsy oak is pronounced. Sweet brown sugar with some nutmeg, a bit of raw pumpkin, quite complex

T- flavors of oak and sweet vanilla on first sip, notes of brown sugar with some nutmeg and pumpkin meat, finishes sweet with some oaky notes. Flavors become much more complex as it warms. Overall it's a warming drink, but not overpowering, the ABV is hidden very well

M- medium body, barely traceable carbonation, finishes a bit velvety and smooth

O- beyond different that's any other pumpkin ale that I've had, very complex and surprisingly drinkable at 10.31%. It is quite sweet, so this bottle would be great to share. Overall very good.

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4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 08/29/12. Poured in to tulip.

A - Very dark amber colour; only slightly translucent. Two fingers of creamy tan coloured head. Good lacing.

S -A great mix of oak, sweet caramel malts and pumpkin with a big spice presence. Brown sugar and some bready malt aromas are present.

T - Very sweet without being cloying. A big brown sugar presence with dark caramel created a big sweet malt base. The oak presence is huge, adding woody character and some char. The pumpkin pie flavours show up as well, adding yet another layer to the complexity of this beer along with pumpkin, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg flavours. The ABV is slightly warming and perfectly cuts through the sweet malt presence. Very complex and very well done.

M - Medium, almost full body. Creamy and thick. Light carbonation. An absolutely perfect mouth feel.

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