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Spooky - Blue Mountain Brewery

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dbrauneis on 09-01-2013

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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 13
Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good pumpkin beer. Plenty of oakiness with a decent amount of pumpkin spices. I will look for this again next year.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, pumpkin, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light cocoa, and herbal/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, pumpkin/spices, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, pumpkin, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light cocoa, and herbal/oak earthiness. Light oak/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pumpkin, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light cocoa, and herbal/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, pumpkin/spices, and bourbon barrel flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged imperial pumpkin ale style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, pumpkin/spices, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Balance between sweet pumpkin, spice and some oak, vanilla, and bourbon flavors is a welcome flavor, and nice complexity, still its just ok when it boils down to it.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Not a bad pumpkin beer. A little light on spice, but that is welcome. Huge carbonation. Very effervescent.

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours a thick creamy colored head (granted I poured a little too rough) with good retention and nice lacing. Clear reddish brown color, reminds me of the color of sweet tea. carbonation looks medium to light.

Some raw pumpkin smells, roasted malts, some of the cocoa, a little bit of the bourbon, a little of alcohol, some spices.

Flavors of raw pumpkin with light pumpkin spices. Bourbon flavors hit me more on the back end of the sip and then carry into the after taste, overpowering many of the other flavors. Not tasting much of the cocoa nibs or roasted goodness that I got in the nose.

Overall, pretty good. Almost think the bourbon aging could have worked better with a stout or porter, or at least with little more pumpkin kick, as the flavors kind of overpower that here. However I am a big fan of bourbon aged beers, so I still like it.


Second pour from this bottle is much different from the first. Color is similar but very cloudy. smells and taste of much more pumpkin spices. Much more balance, very good.

Photo of Treyliff
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Halloween beer!

A- poured into a snifter. Pours a dark and hazy amber color with some orange hues, nice frothy white head has good retention and leaves a small layer floating on top as it settles

S- some raw pumpkin guts up front with some faint underlying cinnamon and ginger, there's some barrel character but it's very hard to find. Faint aromas overall

T- In terms of a pumpkin ale, the pumpkin flavors are of raw pumpkin, rather than the pumpkin spices. Bourbon flavors kick in mid-palate with a hint of vanilla, they aren't very strong but do overpower and flavor of pumpkin. Some sweet brown sugar at the end with a touch of lingering vanilla barrel flavor

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a moderate and silky mouthfeel with with a smooth finish, ABV is barely noticeable

O- I was hoping for a little more assertive pumpkin flavor to match up with the bourbon. Glad to try it but not one I would go back to

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork and cage bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a muddled, hazy, orange-brown coloring with a sparse, filmy, off-white head that coats the glass as you drink. Aromas of subtle pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla, woody characteristics, and very subtle spices. The bourbon barrel aging seems to have overpowered the other aromas. Flavors are heavy bourbon forward, with all the vanilla notes and warmth that comes along with it. The pumpkin becomes a highlight, and there are only trace hints of cinnamon throughout. Mid-bodied, with a slight effervescence that helps lighten up the robust flavors and building warmth. Boozy and bourbon aftertaste, leading to a warming, booze lingering, slick finish. This beer is a bit off the map for the style, but a flavor bomb nonetheless.

Photo of n2185
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear, dark orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: oak, vanilla, bourbon, and sweet chocolate dominate the nose with some pumpkin spices underneath.

T: bourbon and oak are forerunners here as well with pumpkin spices and cocoa coming through afterward. Sweet breads, vanilla, and caramel bring up a lightly boozy finish.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is pretty drinkable for being barrel-aged, though is a little on the watery side.

O: an enjoyable beer overall. I wish there were more pumpkin and spice flavors and aromas, but what's there is far from bad.

Photo of obywan59
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky orange to amber with a 3 finger thick head that becomes chunky as it recedes leaving a bit of thick lacing.

Oak, bourbon and spice with an occasional whiff of pumpkin and chocolate. Very nice.

Oak and alcohol are dominant at first. Very boozy. Bourbon and vanilla and a bit of spice show up when the beer warms. A hint of chocolate. Tart and bitter qualities that both seem out of balance. Borderline cloying. Green.

Thick bodied and sticky, accentuated by the booziness. Peppery carbonation and a substantial burn of alcohol.

This beer certainly has character, but it's boozy and a bit harsh at this stage. However, I think it has great potential as it ages. I intend to sample it again in a few weeks.

Photo of VincentFrey
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

From the bottle: Ale brewed with pumpkin flavor and cocoa nibs and Aged in Bourbon Barrels. Stats: 8.2% ABV, 22 IBUs. Poured from 750ml cork / caged bottle into a Nepenthe Homebrew tulip.

Blue Mountain has been hit or miss for me; they’ve had some fantastic stouts and Local Species is a nice little brew, but they also had a terrible, terrible sour I can’t believe I spent money on. That said, they’re small and learning barrels, so let’s keep supporting them

Pours a very cloudy orange, with some reddish tints. Bottle conditioned, so unsure what’s filtration and what’s being kicked up in the pour. Either way, not a bad sight and certainly not what I expected to see from the description. Nice “pumpkin” appearance though.

Aroma is actually somewhat unpleasant. There is a hint of bourbon, but it mostly smells artificial and, in an odd turn of phrase, wounded. Like there was something here but it got displaced by the aging, or the pumpkin, or the cocoa, or something.

Taste is…strange. Very, very strange. The barrel is incredibly present, and most welcome. However the pumpkin is only a small part, tasting more like a spice or additive than actual pumpkin. Perhaps that’s because it uses “Pumpkin Flavor” rather than pumpkin, sort of like souring a berliner with lactic acid after of a real infection. Cocoa nibs come through a good bit as the beer warms up, which is nice. It’s very drinkable though, with some residual sugars sweetening up the process for winter drinking. I don’t super care for it, but it makes sense with the style and especially if live yeast is in the bottle.

Overall, this is a pumpkin beer that is really a strong winter warmer. It’s certainly not unpleasant, but not worth the $13.49 price paid at Urban Cellars in Baltimore. Try it if you consider pumpkin beers a necessity or enjoy a different sort of barreled beer, but otherwise, avoid.

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull lightly hazed pumpkin color with a thinner but well sustained off white head atop.Aromas of pumpkin pie spice and heavy bourbon tinged oak and vanilla,it smells boozy and sweet.Thankfully it's not overly boozy and/or sweet with the barrel playing a big role giving off the bourbon and toasted oak notes,cinnamon and nutmeg stand out most on the pumpkin side of things.I didn't pick up the chocolate nibs the beer sat on but all the other parts of the beer came together pretty well,the feel was a little fizzy but not bad.It's a headache inducer I think.

Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orangish yellow with two finger head thanks to lively carbonation but dies quickly and there's no lace. First thing I pick up is pumpkin, possible yams, then some woodiness and a little bit of booze. A somewhat muddled and not so easy beer to drink but for the most part a light body that passes over the tongue with ease. You'll get the pumpkin (possible yams) taste, along with some other sweetness. A little boozy or else just overly hopped because there's a bitterness that bleeds, not balances, into the beer. Other than that there isn't much going on as it seems there's too much alcohol and hops that don't complement the pumpkin too much (a touch of cinnamon wouldn't of hurt). Good attempt, though.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some faint hints of orangish brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a two finger tall medium to large cap in the center of the beer with a finger tall thick foam covering the remainder of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bourbon, oak, and vanilla with lighter aromas of pumpkin and just a touch of cocoa.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted malts with some moderate flavors of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. There is a light hint of pumpkin and cocoa towards the finish. Moderate amounts of residual alcohol in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish. Light alcohol warming.

O: I really like the concept of this beer but I wish it had a little stronger a flavor/aroma of pumpkin with some hints of pumpkin pie spices added to the cocoa nibs and bourbon barrel aging. A little too strong in the barrel flavors to be great but definitely worth grabbing.

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Spooky from Blue Mountain Brewery
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