Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
From 11/23/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip, split with my brother. Batch 11.1, bottled 10/05/11.
a - Pours a hazy dark reddish brown color with one inch of tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Little head retention and no lacing.
s - Smells of pumpkin, gingerbread, nutmeg, rum, alcohol, and light spices. Lots of pumpkin and bread, and not quite as much alcohol as I was expecting.
t - Tastes of pumpkin, very sweet dark fruits, bready malts, rum, alcohol, spice, wood, light toasted notes. Again, actually not quite as much alcohol as I expected, though it was more prevelant than in the nose. A little too sweet, but still good.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warmth, but considering the ABV, not bad at all.
o - Overall I thought this beer was pretty good, and it was better than I was expecting. The taste was a bit sweet and boozy, but I enjoyed the nose quite a bit. Would be interested to see how this is with a year on it; may throw a bottle in the cellar until next Thanksgiving.
11-28-2011 16:47:40 | More by mdfb79
4.03/5 rDev -1%
959th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
2011 Bottling- Oct 5th, 2011
Purchased: Bevmo, Chino Hills, CA
730th Beer of the year. Mission Accomplished!!
App- This is a hard color to describe for me. Imagine a whiskey with orange and the edges are a bit of darker brown with some amber mixed in. Only a 1/2" of mocha colored head formed even with a semi-aggressive pour. Head was very fast receding and very craterous and fell to only about an 1/8" of bubbles.
Smell- On the opening whiff of this one you get a healthy dose of the fresh cut pumpkin. The rum follows to sting the nostrils a tad bit. It smells boozy as well and needs a good bit of time to settle down. The spices are the last to come on the aromatics. More nutmeg and cinnamon overall.
Taste- You can tell what this is. It's big, bold and brash. A beer meant to sip on and not guzzle. It's not a young beer or hot but that whispy booze from the nose comes as more of cloying sweet and rich spirit barrel flavor. Quite enjoyable. The pumpkin is quite upfront on the taste and the barrel treatment really adds a great depth of flavor to this one.
Mouth- It's a pretty full bodied ale with a good bit of medium carbonation behind it. The residual flavors linger for quite a bit and leaves a really spicy boozy rum flavor.
Drink- Very boozy and strong but well tamed. If you've had this beer that sentence makes sense. The pumpkin/rum combo was a smart choice for Avery to go with. One of the other barrel treatments and I fear this beer wouldn't have worked as well. I feel a year for this to sit and mellow would do wonders for it. Now I guess I have to try and find another bottle since Bevmo sold out....What a problem to have.
11-25-2011 05:11:43 | More by FosterJM
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
A- pours a deep garnet deep amber color. Two fingers of almost brown offwhite head crowns the brew. Very good head retention considering the ABV.
S- starts off with big oak and rum aromas at first with a major vanilla and spice note. Aromas of pumpkin flesh and spices( nutmeg, spicy Ginger and savory cinnamon) lay under the rum blanket. Finishes with a warming boozey quality.
T- sweet molasses, oaky rum flavor and major caramel maltiness hits the palate at first. Roasted pumpkin and spice blends in giving some complexity and depth. Warming agressive alchohol gives some warmth and candied characteristics on the finish. Spicy oak and rum lasts long into the lingering aftertaste.
MF- slick full chewy mouthfeel with a full body and low fine unobtrusive carbonation.
D- very smooth and drinkable. High drinkability for the ABV.
Overall a very unique complex brew!
11-25-2011 01:14:10 | More by Viciousknishs
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
Shared with some friends at Whistle Binkies. Poured into some snifters:
A - A nice deep amber with a little bit of golden hues. Hardly any head witha bit of foam around the edges with really no lacing.
S - Loads of nutmeg. Lots o' rum and cinnamon and pumpkin. Little bits of vanilla from the barrel and a bit of candy sugar. That's about it.
T - Oh yeah! Pumpkin pie, cream and rum! The spices are really nice with bits of pepper and a touch of citrus right before the rum blast. Pretty damn good!
M - Huge tingle from the booze and the spices but not too bad at all. Smooth but really no carbonation, only touch from the barrel.
O - Yeah its really good for a pumpkin ale but it is full of booze. Really great smell and flavor, but I'd be suprised if someone could finish one of these by themselves. Great for sharing though, especially around the holidays!
11-23-2011 03:52:45 | More by joshuaseresse
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
I can see where they're trying to go, but to me, they didn't quite arrive. Poured with a small, cream colored head that quickly subsided and no lace. Color is a cloudy, honey amber. Aroma is malt, pumpkin, spice, dark ripe fruit, raisins. Flavor's like nose with sweet malt, pumpkin and rum flavors on top, followed by the carbonic tang, then the other thangs. Body is excellen but carbonation seems a bit light. Finish is like flavor, very long, and surprisingly not up front boozy; it's there, you know it's there, and then, Oh man! is it there!
11-18-2011 02:59:34 | More by drpimento
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
This pours a really dark burgundy color with just the slightest creamy head. It smells really boozy and at 15.8% it’s not out of line, lots of rum and oak, hard to pick up the pumpkin but the spices are there and blend with the oak really well. The flavor is really pleasant, pumpkin hits your tongue with spices but the booze just comes flying in on the tongue. Lots of rum and oak flavors that actually compliment the spices really well making this a surprisingly well rounded beer. The alcohol adds a lot of heat to the mouth and can be felt all the way down.
Verdict: This is a strong sipping beer so I’m actually glad it comes in a 12 oz. bottle. The flavors are really balanced and the rum barrels really make this beer. Easily my new favorite pumpkin beer.
11-17-2011 20:33:25 | More by kevanb
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
A: semi hazy light-medium brown with a yellow/orange almost golden tinge. A good amount of light shines through. retention is not an issue as their was only a thin fleeting film of large light tan bubbles. Not much lacing to speak of and frankly it smells sweet from 2 feet away... uh oh.
S: Upon further inspection the aroma is wonderful. It reminds me a bit of the strong barley wine "Big Worst". A variety of apples ranging from sweet red to tart green comes to mind as well as brown sugar and a slight suggestion of cinnamon strudel rum cake.
T: This is pretty darn great stuff... Flavors of roasted Macintosh and fresh Grannysmith apple sprinkled with autumn spices would suggest they have bathed in Rhum, all forming something not all that dissimilar from very hard cider. Pumpkin flavors find their way into the mix as this warms, but are more of an afterthought. Heat from the alcohol becomes present about halfway through a taste and lingers in a slightly offsetting and slightly appreciated numbing way.
M: Oily, smooth, with a late burn.
O: I'm impressed with this, it's tough to make an outstanding pumpkin beer amongst many others. The complexity of flavor and melding of flavors reminds me of a good belgian triple. While I can pick out a few which are good, they are not so easy to discern as a whole, everything working together harmoniously.
I don't know that pumpkin beers are very good for aging but I have a hunch that this one is going to get better over 2-6 years.
11-17-2011 09:02:29 | More by flannelman808
3.58/5 rDev -12%
12oz Bottle into a wine glass.
A-Dark brown color with minimal head. Super thick and syrupy as seen from the pour.
S-The smell of this is weird, like rum infused pumpkins with old milk. Frankly I could not smell this for long.
T-Tastes like pumpkin pie on crack. There is a lot of molasses, clove, honey, lots of honey, graham cracker and the slightest rum after taste.
M-This is super sweet and sticky. It is smooth for being 16% though.
O-I do not know why but I kept sipping on this beer. It is not that great but for some reasonable enjoyable. Worth a try once. It is like old school barleywine with a pumpkin twist. Super weird beer.
11-17-2011 04:27:33 | More by beerhan
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