Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to russwbeck for this!!
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a rusted brown color, murky in appearance that's completely opaque. It steadily builds a 1-fingered, rocky head with okay retention.
S - The nose is almost entirely fresh, hot rum mixed with festive spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice run rampant and flutter in between the rum, oak, and vanilla to create a very nice combination of flavors. I'm not getting a ton pumpkin; in fact, I'm hard-pressed to really find any of the pumpkin aromas. Despite this, the barrel and spices more than compensate.
T - The flavor immediately transitions nicely from the the nose delivers, starting first and foremost with the rum. It's actually somewhat amazing how much rum flavors Avery is able to squeeze from the barrel, and with the high amount of alcohol, it really seems as if there is a shot of rum added to this beer. Despite this rather harsh tone, the beer is still pretty smooth and you don't get an offensive alcohol flavor, but rather only the heat of it. Luckily, Avery is able to deliver on the promise of pumpkin in the taste, but it is surprisingly disjointed from the spices. Not in a necessarily bad way, but you don't get the 'pumpkin pie' combination that you do in other pumpkin beers, but rather an earthy, pulpy pumpkin flavor and the spices are all-together separate. The finish is full of the cinnamon and all-spice, along with a touch of oak and a decent amount of vanilla. Of course, at almost 16% abv, the alcohol is ever present.
M - The mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with good carbonation. This is a big, bold, sipper, no doubt about it. It's chock full of flavor and composition of the body definitely reflects this.
D/O - Drinkability is surprisingly high. My prior experience with Avery's high alcohol beers (Mephistopheles) ended in a very alcoholic affair that was a challenge to get this. Rumpkin is almost completely different from that, however, as even though it is still a beer that is gently nursed and sipped, each taste is to be savored as even the smallest sip delivers a rush of flavor. I guess my only qualm is that I wouldn't exactly call this a pumpkin beer as it isn't the focal point of this beer at all. The alcohol is not as off-putting as I was preparing for, but I can easily feel it halfway through the glass. Thankfully this is only bottled in a 12oz format!
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2012 22:51:36 | More by nhindian
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