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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 261
Hads: 1,234
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 31.08%
Wants: 333
Gots: 476 | FT: 49
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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale | 16.73% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 10-09-2010

We wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, were aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Rumpkin is what happened! This first member of the Annual Barrel-Aged Series was brewed with roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm, and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.
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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Capones in a 5.5oz glass

Purposely poured w/short head over an opaque dark orange body

Aromas are full of spices and lots of rum barrel with apple juice

Wow. Where to start? Super sweet, featuring caramelized pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, apple pie, molasses, and some rum sweetness. Tasty but almost over-the-top sweetness

Mouthfeel is obviously rich, yet juicy (as if that makes sense). Goes down WAY too easily.

Dangerously drinkable beer. Good thing for 5.5 oz pours!

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Photo of larryi86
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thank you JBMSH for sending me both batch 1 and 2

2012-Batch 2 poured into a snifter 4.2
A- A nice deep ruby red with a very small off-white head that fade very quickly. 4

S- Rum, pumpkin, sweet caramel malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar. 3.75

T- Holy shit! Pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, oak, rum, think pumpkin pie made with rum, nice earthiness to balance the sweetness. Alcohol is present but it is not too hot or too much for 18.1%. ABV. 4.5

M- Full body, good carbonation, but the alcohol does get hot going down. 3.75

O- This is a great sipper and a lot more drinkable than I thought it was going to be. Rum adds a great flavor. Can't wait to try the 2011 bottle I have, really hope the alcohol has calmed down. 4.25

2011 Batch 1 poured into a snifter 4.14

A- A hazy dark ruby red with a two finger off-white that doesn't fade to nothing. 4

S- Sweet pumpkin, caramel malts, rum, some dark fruits, brown sugar, cinnamon, less alcohol than the 2012. 4

T- Pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, dark fruits, some rum, oak, nutmeg, very sweet,really not much alcohol. 4.25

M- Smooth, full body, nice carbonation, almost no alcohol burn 4.25

O- Comprared to the 2012 this a look less boozy and easier to drink, it is sweeter which which I don't see as an improvement in taste. 4

Both years are great beers and enjoyable. I liked the earthiness of the fresher bottle and I feel it gave it better balance. I wish I could combine the flavor of the 2012 with the lack of booziness of the 2011.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-Rum barrel aged 18% Halloween night treat.

A: Beautiful murky ice tea coloring, slight bready beige capping. Minimal lacing speckle.

S: Strong rum-molasses notes on the nose with some brown sugar, and pumpkin spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. Surprisingly not much alcohol is detected here.

T: Nice spicy boozy rum-molasses and caramel sweetness combines with cinnamon spicing, nutmeg and deeply toasted malt. Nice abv%, with a big spicy bite and balance of spices, rum influence, and alcohol which never tastes near its 18%.

M: Sicky, syrupy mouthful. Thick, viscose and warming of pumpkin spice and glow on the inner cheeks. Nice hold.

O: One of the best pumpkin beers i can remember having. A real natural feel of pumpkin puree and balance of spicing which is not over done or obnoxious like pumpkin pie beers. Spicy rum influence but still drinks like a 7-8% rather an 18%. At $14 a bottle i would say this was worth it.

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Photo of agwalters
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Just need to weigh in on this beer. Poured from a bottle in to a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter. I tried to be patient and let this bad boy warm on the cabinet for a while before cracking open. Should have waited a tad more, but wow. Even at a colder temp you could tell it was going places. As it warmed it began revealing amazing, boozy pumpkin pie flavors. I paired it with some extremely dark chocolate and was in heaven.

I first had this beer at FOBAB in 2012 and recalled adoring it. This was my first chance to revisit it and I'm hoping it becomes an annual thing. I can't recommend this beer enough if you're a fan of big, spicy-sweet yam and pumpkin beers. I do wish I'd enjoyed one at the height of the Autumn months. This would be an absolute gem on a crisp Autumn day.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'11

A: Orange dark amber with dusk finish. Little white head from a gentle pour.

S: Barrel Warmth.

All in subtle tertiary aromas - Roses, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and even a minute amount of clove.

T: Sweet, which masks alcohol, and even some barrel. Still titloads of barrel warmth. Sweet smooth, balanced pumpkin pie (cookie) extract flavor. Has a note of beer bread flavor too. 15.9%? I wouldn't know. This has a slight candied yam flavor on the finish as this approaches room temp.

M: Smooth. Carbonation is not noticeable and it doesn't matter. A significant amount of residual sugar, but appropriate and enjoyable.

O: A wee hot after its gone down and sat a while but this is very enjoyable. Definitely one to split, sip, and savor.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Deep ruby in color with lighter orange hues. The head sputters out very quickly, but that isn't surprising given the muscular abv and time in the barrel.

S: Loads or gourdy pumpkin with a toasty and caramelized facet. Toasted pumpkin seed and a light smokey aroma blend seamlessly with toasty oak. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger flit about playfully on the nose. Sweet and buttery rum. All of this plays off of a huge, sweet malt body of dark caramel and brown molasses.

T: Candied sweetness, lots of chewy caramel, brown molasses, brown sugar. Gourdy and sugary sweet pumpkin. Big estery component brings berry and cherry with it. Seasoned oak brings a speck of woody dryness, but doesn't some close to countering the sweetness offered by the malts. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger spiciness are present throughout as a sort of baseline. Buttery and caramelly rum flavors, spicy alcohol heat. Lingering boozy sweet finish of caramel and candy apple coating.

M: Thick, viscous, and loaded with dextrins. Slick and very syrupy. Little to no carbonation. Peppery alcohol heat is present too, and warming in the chest. It never feels hot though.

O: Ridiculously huge and over the top. I love it. An easy sipper, like a fine cognac or cordial. It really is sweet to the point of being cloying, but it just works here. This is the biggest pumpkin beer I've ever come across, and one of the most unique. I look forward to its release every year. Makes for a nice, slow dessert sipper.

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Photo of Rutager
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another thank you to Mrbubbler for this high-test treat. Bottled Oct 5, 2011. 15.90% abv

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep amber-orange with a very thin off-white head that quickly fades to a collar.

Smell. Rum, pumpkin spice, pumpkin, sweet caramel malts and molasses, and some old wood.

Taste. Pumpkin pie filling! Nice amount of spice, sweet and loads of pumpkin flavour. Some nice woody vanilla and a bit of rum. Not as boozy as I would have thought but the age may have helped in this department.

Mouthfeel. Full body, just a bit sticky. Low carbonation.

Overall. One of the better pumpkin beers I've tried. Love the drinkability considering the very high abv.

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Photo of zeff80
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with almost no head to speak of. No lacing.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, rum and booziness.

T - Very sweet with pumpkin flavors. Nice rum flavors come through. It almost tastes like pecan pie. Big boozy flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a strong alcohol warmth.

O - This is a really unqiue and tasty beer. Glad I was able to get my hands on a bottle.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Little to no head. No lacing. Head that swirls in is a creamy-beige color. Brew is cloudy amber with tons of orange and brown.

S - Big brown sugar scent. Very oakey and vanilla. Slight booze burn. Some nice deep spice is buried inside. Lots of ginger and nutmeg. Smells like a strong rummed-eggnog.

T - Very spicy and elegant vanilla. Some nice strong rum notes along with banana and brown sugar. Tastes like bananas foster. yum yums. Not much in the way of pumpkin, but spice is still nice.

M - Perfect (light) carbonation. Hidden heat, but you can feel the burn.

O - Tastes like a shot of Captain Morgan's with a slight beer kick. Not the most impressive, but still a nice brew. This doesn't fit the style, but it's enjoyable. I will recommend this one, but I won't be buying any more.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle of the 2011 vintage pours a murky brown with very little head and no retention.

Nose is oxidized malts, light pie spice and a well integrated alcohol. Im surprised at how much oxidation the malts are showing and the smoothness of the alcohol. I dont really get much in the way of rum or barrel character.

Taste is really smooth, unbelievably so actually. Cinnamon dusted pumpkin pie with a floater of Meyers Dark rum. Damn...I didnt realize this beer was as good as it is...fantastic! More like a liqueur than a beer, but the dark fruits know no bounds. This is one of those beers I need to get more of for sure and kicking myself for waiting so long to try it. Well done Avery.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt! 2011 vintage I believe.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Looks kind of flat, but it is 18% after all. Some minimal white froth did form.

(S)- Quite sweet with caramel and pumpkin components. Some subtle spice. On the backend, you can really get that rum barrel coming through.

(T)- Again, quite sweet but some nice pumpkin and caramel-like spice. The rum barrel really brought out some interesting complex malt components behind the pumpkin base.

(M)- It is very rich and sweet but some nice autumn themed maltiness alongside of the pumpkin and spice. A mellow carbonation level helped this as well. And quite surprising that this had little burn to it despite its massive 18% ABV level.

(O)- Its a big ABV beer, but has some very great sweet flavors that fit this time of the year well.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks and smells great, Taste for the first few sips is incredible but its just too sweet to drink in large quantities,if shared ad a sipper then great, but drinking a whole bottle is out of the question.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened this with friends.

A: Reddish brown look with some lacing, very little head at all. It looks like a nice dark spirit.

S: I get a lot of fruity notes up front and then some sugary rum barrel certainly to back it up. Grape, caramel, coconut, brown sugar, some cinnamon or nutmeg like spices. Some wet barley in there too.

T: I like this, but it;s quite sweet, I attribute that to the rum barrel mostly: Grape-cherry juice cocktail, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, just a little alcohol sweetness. No pumpkin to speak of, just some nice kitchen spice and general spice you would expect in pumpkin pie or beer. Has a nice cognac taste to it, sweet and complex, not hot and interesting in spice.

M: Pretty nice feel, not as thick as hoped but it rolls over the palate nicely. Kind of like a hard candy melted.

Overall, I dig this beer, one of the best rum barrel beers I;ve had. Would I buy another for $10? Probably not, but it is good.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark orange to amber color with no head. Aroma is huge alcohol, almost mediciny. Also get some fruity esters and vanilla, along with just a slight rum hint. The taste is super sweet, like dark molasses on the front end, with some nice lingering pumpkin and spice notes. Alcohol is very present. The mouthfeel was hot and a little oily feeling, but in a nice way. Super tasty beer- I haven't had a bad barrel-aged beer from Avery yet.

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Photo of barczar
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper/amber with minimal khaki head that dissipates to nothing.

Rum and pumpkin dominate the aroma, with strong accents of booze, vanilla, and alcohol esters adding complexity. There's a note of sherry contrasting the rummy sweetness.

Extremely sweet, reminiscent of pumpkin pie initially. Underpinnings of rum, clove, and vanilla are not subtle! There's a muted dark fruit character that adds complexity to the sugary pumpkin onslaught. The finish is surprisingly dry and a touch oaky, exposing a squash backbone. Alcohol esters are a bit fusel and solventy.

Body is thick and syrupy, with modest carbonation and significant alcohol burn.

Definitely sweet, the sugary pumpkin and rum mingle well together. Esters balance nicely, keeping the beer drinkable.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.11/5  rDev +3%

2014 batch, fridge temp into a snifter and allowed to warm. This is an extremely—bordering on obscenely—sweet beer. Like, it should carry a warning for diabetics. There's very minimal alcohol heat, and the rum is quite muted (except for the degree to which it contributes to the, again, extraordinary sweetness). As it warms, a bit of complexity begins to emerge, most notably in the form of an almost bacon-y aftertaste (which is a good thing). Overall, this is very tasty, but it's a bit one-dimensional and lacking the complexity I get from the truly world-class barrel-aged offerings.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 3, bottled Sept 6, 2013. Poured into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, muddled, opaque, amber-brown coloring, with no head whatsoever. Aromas of booze, pumpkin sweetness, brown sugar, woody notes, tangy caramel, and a subtle spice blend of cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavors are very layered, with a rich pumpkin bread characteristic of sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, leading the way, followed by an immediate blast of booze, both in strength and warmth. Woody and vanilla notes come through in highlights, as well as some brown sugar and heavy molasses characteristics. This thing is a beast. Slick, oily, robust bodied, with a huge warming factor as you drink. The aftertaste is surprisingly light on booze, and more of a sit down and chat with the pumpkin and spice blend. Very pleasant surprise. The finish is slick, quick, and surprisingly clean, with only the slightest candi sugar linger. Great beer!

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Photo of AltBock
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a gold seal around the cap and the neck of the bottle. The label looks like the side of a barrel. The main picture is that of a moonshine jug with Batch 2 and skull and crossbones on it sitting next to a plump pumpkin. Right on the front is where you'll find the vintage date and the cases produced number. This bottle is the 2012 version. To the far sides of the label is where you'll find all the mandatory US info, a description of the beer, and the beer's ingredients. Served in a Cycle Brewing Snifter. 

This Pumpkin Ale poured a unique color. It was a cross between a reddish amber and an light orange color. As for the clarity of the beer, it was a little hazy. It's not as hazy as my memory will be after I finish this 18% beer. For the head of foam, don't expect much of anything. It was just a fizzy head of bubbles. These bubbles had no color to them. These fizzy bubbles quickly faded into oblivion. If I had a magnifying glass, I might have been able to spot some spots along the side of the beer. Even though the head of foam was on the weak side (that's what you get when dealing with a high proof beer), the beer still had a nice hue to it.

This beer was definitely aged in rum barrels. It had a strong aroma of rum and more rum. It didn't burn my nostrils with rum, but it was close. Behind the thick rum wall was some oak, a drop of pumpkin purée, burnt sugar, burnt molasses, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a subtle whiff of vanilla. It would have smelled like pumpkin pie if it wasn't for the rum. Pumpkin pie dipped in rum. That doesn't sound like a bad idea.

This beer is deceiving at first. It comes on smooth, but then it realizes its a high proof beer and in comes the alcohol. The taste kicks off with the pumpkin ale aspect of the beer first. Unlike the aroma where the rum came first. The first part was filled with pumpkin purée, toasted malt, a touch of burnt sugar, a drop of molasses, and a few spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and ginger. After all that, in comes the taste of rum and oak like a typhoon. At this point, the rum completely takes over the beer. It doesn't ruin the taste. It adds uniqueness.

I'm sure you know what the mouthfeel is going to be like from a beer like this. It was full bodied with a strong aftertaste of rum and oak. Besides the rum in the aftertaste, I also found some pumpkin, molasses, and a little cinnamon and nutmeg. The rum will stick around for a long time in the back of your mouth. You will feel this beer go to work on you.

This is definitely a sipper. Take your time with this beer. You're not going anywhere any time soon when you're drinking this beer. This is one of my more unique beers that I've had lately. Is it worth a shot? Oh yeah! Even if you're not a fan of pumpkin ales. It's still worth a shot. 

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Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brewvival 2011.

Pours a dark orange with a creamy head. Smells and tastes of pumpkin, rum and brown sugar, with a good amount of spices. The rum really enhances the pumpkin, this tastes like the best pumpkin pie or casserole you've ever had. Very sweet, with a nice mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. As a pumpkin beer fan I was really looking forward to this, and I wasn't disappointed. Avery needs to bottle this!

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 12-10-11

Appearance: Burnt orange, light brown - an interesting color for a pumpkin ale - minimal head, minimal lacing

Smell: Simply put, wow - a ton of spiced rum and a ton of spicy pumpkin - very rich - boozy, woody - lots of pumpkin flesh, and all of the usual pumpkin pie spices - molasses, sugar, brown sugar - tons of depth, complexity

Taste: It's like pumpkin pie coated with rum - did someone get drunk in the kitchen? - woody, boozy, sugary - molasses and brown sugar, but somehow not in a cloying way - caramelized pumpkin flesh - cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves are most obvious - malts are highly cooked, caramelized - very boozy - ultimately ridiculous, but I approve

Mouthfeel: Medium body, adequate carbonation, mostly smooth but a little sticky

Overall: Over the top, but in a good way

Rum and pumpkin. I did not know that they could be friends. This beer is as surprising as it is good. Boozy, heavy, sugary - it should be a mess, but it's actually tasty.

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Photo of stumac
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just watched I Heart Huckabees. Epic movie yet so humble in its honest and easy truth. Easy truth about the complexities of life. Any fart, this beer started out huge. Big pumpkin aroma and flavor. Some molasses. Spicy alcohol. Little hop profile. Then it immediately became a Dogfish 120. Not quite a Mephistopheles but almost a Samael. Dusty profile. Huge alcohol taste. One dimensional. Just heavy booze. Then it hit me. The complexities in this brew are buried beneath the dominate alcohol. So subtle but very real. Just like I Heart Huckabees, this beer is real life. Great at first, redundant inbetween, and a real eye opener in the end. Oh and it is crimson in color. Just like the other rum beer I've had in this series (The Black Tot) I think it's waaayyyy too boozy. Go fudge yourself Avery. Fudge away...

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Photo of birchstick
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a brownish orange color without much of a head; pretty standard pumpkin ale color

S - the nose has sugary vanilla rum with some nice pumpkin spicing playing around it

T - boozy and hot with vanilla run up front. These fade to pumpkin spices and some cookie malts. Really nice complexity and huge booziness that works really well for this.

M - medium bodied, dry finish

D - boozy but in the right ways. The only barrel aged pumpkin ale I have tried so far, and I would say rum was a solid choice as it played nicely with spicing. Recommended if you can get your hands on one!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing this bottle recently. I really appreciate it buddy. At the time of this review, this beer is the #16 beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - Pumpkin Ale" list.

Beer is amber, clear, lazy nearly non-existent head, low carbonation, no lacing. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, mild spice, a little allspice maybe, lots of rum, very sweet.

Beer is a little like syrup, very strong, very sweet, some pumpkin sneaks through but the rum wins on this one. As I suspected, if you like rum, you'd like this beer, if you don't like rum avoid this beer. I for one liked this beer but it gets a little cloying after a while. Probably couldn't drink a whole bottle alone but definitely worth the look.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #3 bottle that I picked up in San Diego for $13.99. Better be good. Part of a 2-man tasting alongside Good Gourd Almighty and Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin. Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange without much head. Aroma of spiced rum, pumpkins, a little cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is sweet caramel and light butterscotch, a little pumpkin fruit, light cinnamon and nutmeg spice, brown sugar, a bit of marshmallow cream. The sweetness is very nice here. Alcohol warmth is like whoah, as expected. Sweet, not quite syrupy mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. Overall I like this a lot, and it is a huge improvement over the disappointment that was Good Gourd Almighty that we had right before this one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, listed as 15.9%,

A: Pours a ruddy red brown with a light off-white head. Good retention, no lace.

S: Pumpkins, rum and brown sugar. Notes of ginger as well. Very fragrant.

T: Malt heavy, lots of residual sugar. The rum barrel is clear, the pumpkin is a bit harder to find, the high gravity really takes over.

M: Very full-bodied and viscous, quite smooth with only a slight alcohol burn in the finish, but nothing I'd consider hot. Still really a sipper, and nothing I'd drink fast.

O: An interesting beer. At almost 16% ABV the ethanol is a player and the high final gravity defines the beer. Fun beer to drink, does remind me of Olde School Barleywine a bit, but with pumpkins.

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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.