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Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 184
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 27.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 32 | FT: 4
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: trxxpaxxs on 09-23-2012

Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin pie spices, wood, and whisky. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and one of the better pumpkin beers I have had so far.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All pumpkin in the engine, but all bourbon in the caboose! With the enticement of rich and savory pumpkin pie, its aromas grip the nose and pull you in, then BAM! -that smack of unmistakable Kentucky bourbon kicks you right in the teeth!

As the ale opens up, its bright, brazen pumpkin color is golden, amber and a little on the tawny brownish side. Near-perfect brilliance in clarity is achieved and shows off its bubbly nature very well. With a short-statured bone-white lather that builds, it seems to fold back into the ale a little quicker than is desired and does so with a spritzy fashion. Light on lace, scant traces remains as the beer fades.

The sultry, butterscotch and praline-type sweetness greets the nose with caramel, toffee, graham crackers and good 'ole pumpkin pie. Equipped with nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and clove the nose rounds out in a similar was to the original Frog's Hollow. But heading into that next sip- wait, it that....

...bourbon! As the taste backs away from the strict "pumpkin pie" flavor that the nose promised, its hard to tell if its a bourbon flavored beer or a pumpkin sweetened bourbon. Flavors of caramel and honey drizzle backsweeten the whisky flavor of wood sugars, weathered oak, vanilla, cherry, spicy char and sweet Kentucky bourbon. Those finesse elements of pumpkin, butterscotch and graham crackers take a far-reaching backseat to the barrel influences.

Sweet and savory to taste its praline character is thinned with the utter boozy spice to accompany it early and often. The booze and wood tannin dries the palate to a semi-sweet finish with bright bourbon heat and pie-type spices.

Barrel-Aged Frog's Hollow is high on bourbon influence- so much so that it looses a bit too much of its pumpkin ale pleasantries. Though decadent and delicious in its own right, even this Kentucky Bourbon fan would suggest less time in the barrel and more time in the cellar.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

What better to follow a glass of Rum Chata than a barrel-aged pumpkin beer? Especially when the original version is so damn good? Let's dance: It pours a clear dark orange-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises the usual pumpkin pie spice array (you know: cinnamon, brown sugar, mace, clove, etc), some light maple syrup, some light oak, and a peck-on-the-cheek-from-your-friend-who-you-may-or-may-not-have-feelings-for-and-right-now-she's-just-thanking-you-in-her-own-affectionate-way-which-is-just-making-things-all-the-worse-in-your-head-now of whiskey. The barrel seems to keep the spices in check, ensuring that they don't go all batty and whatnot, but they're still pretty friggin' strong, as is to be expected. The taste mirrors things, with the barrel doing an even better job of balancing things out. A stronger vein of maple syrup climbs through as well, and the barrel comes across as a touch charred. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a damn tasty pumpkin beer, though, despite the balance and complexity added by the barrel, I think I still prefer the power of the naked version, personally.

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Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, Fall 2012 bottling. Pours fairly hazy orange amber color with a small foamy off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, oak, light bourbon, gingerbread, and light vanilla. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of pumpkin and spices, with light-moderate barrel notes; doesn’t smell too sweet either. Taste of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light bourbon, gingerbread, oak, and light vanilla. Lingering notes of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread, oak, light bourbon, and light vanilla on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; with moderate barrel presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged pumpkin ale. Good balance and complexity of malt/spice flavors with light-moderate barrel notes; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear amber body. A fleeting off white head.

Smell - Super pumpkin pie spiciness. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Light barrel character.

Taste - Dominated by spice. Nutmeg bomb. Sweet and a bit of bourbon.

Mouthfeel - Way too spicy. Boozy. Astringent and dry.

Overall - Too much spice and not enough barrel.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed orange color with white soapy froth. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice with a hint of sweet bourbon. In the taste, nice pumpkin pie flavor of pumpkin, spice and vanilla. The bourbon contributes a vanilla sweetness to the brew. Nice blend of spices. Medium bodied brew with a smooth medium carbonation. Overall, this was a treat.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy dark orange with a really small white head, quick to a poor lingering string of foam.
A really rich baked pumpkin smell, really pulpy, with the expected pie spices (nutmeg, faint cinnamon, vanilla powder, faint ginger), with caster sugar on top. A really nice dry alcoholic whisky scent creeping up the nostrils too.
The same whisky note greets in the taste, with caramel and booze right from the get-go, pretty strong. Not a lot of sweetness, a nice natural pumpkin feel with a moderate amount of spices (not as spiced as other pumpkin ales), with some clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, faint black pepper and a nice vanilla note that's also partly induced by the whiskey. Finishes with some light woody notes and an unwanted earthiness, hinting at dry tobacco and walnut, splashed in a generous amount of warm whisky (initially). Lightly bitter.
Medium body, medium prickly carbonation. Aftertaste of caramel and pumpkin, clove, light nutmeg, mouth-numbing whisky. Booze piles up as you drink this bomber, so sipping it helps, even it it doesn't justify its abv.
Still, a manageable big beer, tasty, fragrant, a bit inelegant and rugged and heart-warming.

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Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I left this bottle of Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow to age a little longer yet. Opening it in the spring hasn't affected its distinctively fall-time orange tone but it may have soiled the complexion a little; floating bits of sediment make the second pour look thick as actual pie filling.

The beer certainly isn't shy about the fact it's aged in whiskey barrels; banana esters, burnt sugar, and butterscotch are apparent from the first sniff. There's a lot going on here. Still, it doesn't smell nearly as intimidating or intoxicating as other barrel-aged offerings.

Alcohol isn't a huge factor on the palate either; this tastes about its strength, which, at 8.4%, is incredibly reasonable for something that spent time in a whiskey barrel. In fact, I'm a little surprised the pie spices are able to stand up so well to the wood spices. Likewise the malts which offer as much toffee, biscuit, and graham cracker as ever.

Complimenting - rather than competing - with these pumpkin pie elements are the vanilla and honeyed influences of the whiskey barrels. That extra little bit of spice also props up existing cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes and combines with the malt to make incredible, overarching candy apple and caramelized banana flavours.

It's official: dessert has been decided for every Thanksgiving from now until eternity. Blending the sweet and spicy of pumpkin ales with the ultra-sweet and ultra-spicy qualities of whiskey makes an ultimate after dinner autumn treat. Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow is a beer of outstanding depth. I've already carved out a space in the cellar for next year's batch.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly hazy dark brownish color with orange hues and an off-white head that quickly turns into a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is dominated by the whiskey barrels from the barrel aging with some pumpkin spices in the background.

T- The taste like the aroma is mostly whiskey and oak flavors from the barrel aging with a sourness in the finish and just a hint of spices.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad offering from Hoppin Frog. This one got better as it warmed in the glass.

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Photo of rudzud
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy light copper hue with a fizzy half finger head that faded almost immediately to leave no lacing and an almost nonexistant halo. Meh.

S - Aroma is nice with good roasted pumpkin notes, faint spices (nutmeg, cloves, etc.), and some soft whiskey/oak notes. Not nearly as strong as I was expecting.

T - Taste isnt bad. Fairly standard pumpkin ale flavours. Not fake tasting but nice pumpkin and spices. The whiskey is not nearly as boozy, but, its definitely there. Lingering vanilla/oak aftertaste is pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty food. Lighter carbonation but still quite noticeable. Keeps it from feeling slick/syrupy.

O - Overall, this isnt a bad beer. Its just..ehhh. I havent really found a Hoppin' Frog beer that I really liked yet. Something that made me want to seek this brewery out. Its not a bad beer, its just, there are other breweries I would spend my money on. Many others.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that didn't stay around for very long. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and spicy, it smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin, and a little bit of whiskey. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the flavor doesn't seem quite as strong in comparison. The whiskey isn't strong in either the aroma or flavor, I would be surprised if this was barrel aged for very long. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a solid pumpkin ale, but it's nowhere near worth the price at all. $14.99 a bottle.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours an orange amber color. Some good white froth and lace.

(S)- A really nice deep pumpkin pie-like aroma. The graham cracker crust, pumpkin, and nutmeg and cinnamon-like spice. Really nice.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. All the same great pumpkin pie spice, but a nice subtle dry oaky finish.

(M)- A really nice carbonation level. Superb pumpkin profile. A nice smooth oaky sweetness to it.

(O)- One of the better pumpkin beers I have had in quite awhile. The subtle barrel aging just blends so well with the pumpkin and spice profile of the beer. My only issue is how expensive a bottle is.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange beer with no head. Some bubbling from the bottom. Decent looking, about what you would expect.

S - Smells of pumpkin beer with traditional pumpkin spices. The smell is a bit muted by the whiskey. The whiskey itself smells a little sour and sweet, but not bad. Bit of barrel.

T - Taste is a lot like the smell. A bit of a muted spice and pumpkin compared to your Pumpkings and others. Whiskey smooths out and some of the barrel becomes more evident as it warms.

M - Smooth, moderate carbonation. Medium bodied.

O - Not a bad beer, actually became a really easy drinker as it warmed. Didn't care for the price tag, and it's nothing spectacular, but I enjoyed this one decently enough and didn't have any trouble getting through the bottle.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent orange gold with about a half finger of pure white head. The foam settles in a decent amount of time and there is some solid lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and barrel aged goodness. The heat from the barrel is there, but it doesn't impart much other sensory difference. It's mainly just heat.

T: This beer starts out sweet, but has quite a bit of boozy alcohol mixed in. I get pumpkin pie right away, but then the alcohol takes over. The finish is hot and astringent. The booze lightens up a bit as it warms, and the sweetness returns to the finish a bit, but it's still super boozy.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to start but finishes with massive alcohol.

O: I don't know what to think of this beer. It's so hot right now. This beer could use a good 6-12 months before being opened again. I don't know whether the brewers just decided to shove the Frog's Hollow into a barrel and straight bottle it, or whether they really think this beer is worth drinking right now. Sit on this beer if you have a bottle. That is my recommendation.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with one finger head. Smell of rotten pumpkin at first, that mellows into heavy nutmeg and connamon flavors. Don't pick up much barrel aging in the smell. Flavor is effervescent with cinnamon shining through. Only slight pumpkin flavors. A little whiskey burn on the finish that lingers a bit. As it warms the bourbon and vanilla comes through. The vanilla really accents the pumpkin well. Lighter mouthfeel than expected, but pretty slick. A nice beer, coming from someone who isn't a huge fan of the overspiced pumpkin style.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Murky orange-tinted brown color. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking, but a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pumpkin spiciness is most noticeable. It's a mix of all the usual suspects - allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe some clove, but nothing stand out among them. A light leathery bourbon component complements the pumpkin well. Caramel maltiness from the base with a faint toastiness. It's good, but it could use some more strength.

3.75 T: Taste is pretty much like the nose. Pumpkin spice, pumpkin, leathery bourbon, mild warming booziness, caramel malt.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Could use more body, but overall it's okay.

3.5 D: Good pumpkin beer, just not a great one. I like big spices, deep rich maltiness, and plenty of body. This doesn't have any of those, but everything else is done well.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear deep amber. One finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Pumpkin, spices, oak and slight bourbon, really well balanced.

T-The balance in the taste is no where near the nose. It starts with pumpkin then spice. The finish is oak and bourbon. But the balance isn't were it should be.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation but watery.

O-First pumpkin beer aged in bourbon barrels. It could work. The balance here was off but it had some potential.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, MarkIntihar!

Barely hazed burnt orange with a fairly large off-white, persisent head, leaving irregular ribbons and spots of stick down the glass. Very pretty pumpkin beer.

Wonderful aroma for a spiced pumpkin beer, though I do wish there was more bourbon/barrel character--it's very minimal. Good amounts of pumpkin, all-spice, nutmeg, and some cinnamon. This is a great Fall aroma, though more bourbon character would really help improve it even more.

The flavor is similarly good as the aroma, though again, I was hoping for more barrel character. Good amounts of pumpkin pie filling and crust, all-spice, nutmeg, and some cinnamon, burnt sugars, and toffee. Unfortunately, I really can't detect much barrel at all.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. This perhaps would be even better with less carbonation?

Great pumpkin beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is a shade of orange lighter than the non barrel-aged version. It also is less cloudy. The amber highlights seem more prominent. The head is about the same. I got less than an inch of tan head on top.

S - The bourbon is quite noticeable. The pumpkin spices have faded but perceptible. I am left with a vanilla, oak, alcohol aroma.

T - It tastes like I would expect it to taste, a barrel-aged version of the Frog's hollow. The spices are faint. The bourbon dominates.

M - Medium

O - I had this on tap at the tasting room and did not think it was this good. I just had the regular Frog's Hollow right before this, so the differences are glaring. I am very impressed by the aging of this beer. I have never had a barrel-aged pumpkin beer other than this one. I am glad I did a side by side with the original to see the contrast and similarities.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden amber color with pretty much no head at all. Fairly clear brew. A few bubbles and that's about it. The bubbles that are left leave a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Smells like just about every other pumpkin ale, except that the spices aren't so over the top and pretty mellow. A bit of wood, vanilla and the whiskey adds a nice element to this one.

T- Follows the nose really well. A pumpkin ale that is tamed down. The whiskey is really nice to this one and checks the spices.

M- Medium in body and lighter side of medium in carbonation.

O- One of the few pumpkins ale that is not over the top. The barrel helps this brew out a lot. Fairly easy to drink, but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 8.4% abv. Cloudy orange color. White head disappears almost immediately, leaving no lace at all.

Pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg up front. Hints of bourbon, oak and vanilla. A few other earthy notes.

A bit of sweetness first before the spices are noticed. Again, cinnamon, nutmeg and other earthy flavors. Barrel flavor is a bit muted, except for some drying tannins and a flash of vanilla.

Medium body, carbonation is light making it seem a bit thin. A bit of warmth felt after a few minutes. Not bad, but not as much character as I expected.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Luekens (Dunedin, FL). 16.99. No bottling date. Served in a Southern Tier Pumpking goblet.

Pours hazy orange amber with a half finger of pale, off white head. Retains a nice thin cap that leave nice islands of lace.

Aromas of spiced pumpkin pie and whiskey. Enticing.

Big whiskey and barrel flavors up front followed by raw pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, brown sugar, vanilla and oak with a spicy booze bite. Strong, vibrant whiskey-glazed pumpkin pie.

Soft medium body with moderate carbonation. Spirits and spiced gourd linger in the finish.

I like the added complexity of the whiskey barrels to an already well above average brew. The barrel character is ever present without masking the base beer. An easily drinkable, enjoyable variant that I'm really glad to have tried. Unfortunately, much like Hoppin Frog's other barreled offerings, price will most likely prevent many repeat performances.

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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- transparent copper with 1 finger off-white head. Some trails of lacing on the glass.

S- nice pumpkins and spice aromas. No barrel is apparent.

T- sweet malts, pumpkin, spices, slight vanilla and again no barrel notes.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight alcohol burn near end.

O- good pumpkin beer but the barrel aging is unnoticeable and a waste of barrels.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of radio2525 in the Barrel Aged BIF. It was poured into my Dogfish Head signature glass.

Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow pours a nearly opaque orange, it's really the perfect hue for a pumpkin ale. There's just shy of two fingers in white head, and it sticks around for a quick minute before fading. Not much lacing is left in its wake. I get more straight oak than whiskey from the barrels in the nose, and it blends nicely with the pumpkin pie spices almost present. The resulting spicy, woodsy aroma is very evocative of the fall. The flavor profile, while complex, just isn't quite as enjoyable. The barrels yield more whiskey than wood here, and the cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices are just a bit more muted. The finish is caramel, but it borders on being buttery/diacetyl. The body is nice, not as heavy as a barleywine or imperial stout, but certainly not dry either. The carbonation could stand to sparkle just a touch more though. BA Frog's Hollow is a decent beer, but it's a bit overshadowed both by the other barrel aged Hoppin Frog offerings and the oak aged Uinta pumpkin beer I received.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A very good pumpkin ale in my opinion. Pumpkin pie flavors (nutmeg, pumpkin, whipped cream) dominate the flavor profile of this beer. I don't notice any bourbon taste from the barrel aging, but it did seem slightly smoother or silkier than the non bba version.

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Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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