Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company
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4.21/5 rDev +3.4%
Batch 1 (bottled 10/5/11) and 3 (bottled 9/8/13) tasted side-by-side
Appearance: Pours a clear copper color and, of course, the younger beer has better head retention, at first, but both heads fritter away after about 30 seconds; not surprising, given the ABV
Smell: The rum is much more apparent in the younger version as is the spicing, but the older version has more depth of pumpkin aromatics
Taste: The pie spice, caramel sweetness and rum pounce on the tastebuds in the younger version but the older version is more mellow, bringing a complex melding of the spices, the rum and the pumpkin; a lot of warmth in the gullet from the younger version bursts forward and interrupts the flavor development while the complexity builds in its older sibling, with the warmth in that one settling deep in the belly
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and plenty of boozy warmth
Overall: Not sure why this beer has to have such a high ABV but it was very interesting to sample these two beers side by side; at first, I thought the younger version far superior as it forced itself upon the palate; after a few sips, I found myself returning again and again to the older version as it only revealed its complexity with the passage of time
Thanks, RuckusDu, for the 2013 version and I cannot recall the source of the older bottle but thanks go out to whomever shared it with me if indeed I got it from a trade
05-27-2014 01:44:11 | More by brentk56
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.