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Spooky | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by dbrauneis on 09-01-2013

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 142
Reviews by obywan59:
Photo of obywan59
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orangish-brown color with one inch head. Very good pumpkin beer. Plenty of oakiness with a decent amount of pumpkin spices. I will look for this again next year.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2014 vintage, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with orange highlights and two fingers of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much of an aroma, but I do get some faint notes of toasted malt, some boozy bourbon notes, and chocolate.

Taste: Wow! What this beer lacks in aroma, it much more than makes up for in flavor!! There’s delicious flavors of toasted malt up front, followed by pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, clove, all-spice and ginger, as well as chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of strong bourbon. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated. With an ABV of 8.2%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Delicious beer! I really like all of the spices, chocolate and bourbon. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Bierleichen
1.25/5  rDev -65.9%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of woodchip
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Highbury09
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mozim
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ConradKenney
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of GFish
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Kmlund
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Treyliff
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rating this is tough because I enjoyed it quite a bit but I thought this was a pumpkin beer. I got tons of toffee, caramel and light vanilla. Some spice, maybe, but no pumpkin at all. It's good but seemed to lack it's supposed style.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of zp6167a
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boozecamel
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pleasant deep brown/orange. Copious white head and fine effervescence . Smells of wood, bourbon, some sweet gourdy smell (pumpkin) , no pumpkin spice or cocoa on the nose. Tastes of bourbon, non-descript sweet malts, dark fruit, very little pumpkin or cocoa notes. Medium body , pleasant effervescence and clean finish.
Ovearll – Not bad for the genre – but very little of the flavors that I expected – very little pumpkin or cocoa and a bit cloying in its sweetness. Not terrible – but I wouldn’t purchase again.

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Photo of Rutager
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of n2185
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of DavidHume
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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Spooky from Blue Mountain Brewery
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