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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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550 Ratings
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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.04%


Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  18.53% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 10-09-2010)
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled oct 11, 2011

pours a deep, dark amber tone while yielding a short-lived 3/4" head; a bit of patchy lacing evident. nose is rich, sweet, and malty with notes of rum, spice, and booze. for better or worse you know this one will be something else.

flavor is hugely sweet and malty... and boozy; cloyingly sweet, in fact, all of which in my opinion overshadow it's other characteristics (spice, pumpkin, molasses, a little vanilla - which are discernible, just eclipsed). medium-full on the palate with average carbonation.

overall, just way too sweet and boozy for my taste, although i can see where it might be appealing to others. i like bold pumpkins but this just didn't work for me. disappointing (especially considering it's $12.95 price point).

(originally reviewed: 12-20-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 23:17:13 | More by BostonHops
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brystmar

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Oct 2011.

Copper body, minimal head. Spicy rum, booze, barrels, & pumpkin aroma. Taste brings everything together smoothly with hearty pumpkin, plenty of rum, and strong booze too. The balance here works quite well; I do love this beer.

Rumpkin will age with the best of them; can't wait to see how this develops in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:22:51 | More by brystmar
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Russel's in Amherst. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Very impressive for such a boozy beer. Poured a crystal clear darkish copper with a nice half a finger creamy head that faded to leave nice thin creamy mochaish blanket and very very light side lacing. Very impressive.

S - Some nice cooked veg aromas, definitely some soft pumpkin notes. There are some very boozy rum barrel notes. Light wood, definitely very warm still.

T - Still quite boozy with lots of rum notes. There are some light wood notes and , quite sweet, with very light pumpkin. Lots of rum sweetness and some light malts. Faint pumpkin.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, a bit too sweet, slightly sticky. Definitely a sipper.

O - Overall this isnt a bad beer, it should be expected that this would be super boozy. Glad I have a few extra bottles to try and age to see if things mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 04:16:36 | More by rudzud
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for hooking me up with some bottles of this. Poured into a matching Avery cervoise, the brew appears a hazed amber with a finger of tan head. The cap recedes leaving some spots of lace on the glass and rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin layering atop. This is a mighty attractive looking brew for 15+ abv. I am surprised at the head retention for such high strength. A swirl agitates bubbles from solution that collect to form nearly a finger of yellowish-stained creamy topping and the swirl paints strings of thing lace on the glass.

The smell is big and boozy which is not surprising considering this beast was bottled 7 months to the day tomorrow. It has almost a raisiny alcohol ester about it that is complimented by a spirit reinforced strength (this is the rum playing into the nose here I assume.) There is a bit of spiced quality as expected from the pumpkin aspect, it is mildly reminiscent of an earthy sort of nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a bit of earthiness about this brew suggesting almost a veggie quality that you would expect if a large amount of pumpkin was included in this. There are some complimenting spices here that I just cant put my finger on, I am assuming this is the rum contribution maybe coupled with any spices that they put in to this. Regardless, I am really digging this and it works for me.

The taste hits hard with alcohol. It is mildly fusel but very well accented by a spirited inclusion of rum. The flavor of the alcohol comes across almost like dark fruits and raisins just like the aroma indicated. There is a significant amount of earthy quality here that I assume to be the pumpkin inclusion, it is complimented by some spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. More sips bring out a familiar spice that I just cant put my finger on until I break down and read the label. Ginger it is, and it brings a fresh brightness to the brew that is very enjoyable mixed with the earthy quality and deep pumpkin flavor. There is no avoiding the alcohol though, when you take a deep sip it tingles and burns right up your nose. However, rightfully there is a quite a significant amount of residual sweetness that helps to keep everything in check.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Despite being a huge brew, it is lively in the feel with the bubbles keeping this one from really dragging you down and destroying your palate too easily. The big presence of alcohol also helps to seemingly thin things out a bit by almost evaporating on the tongue. Overall I found this brew to be really good. I know it is met with big variance but I really enjoyed it and will be looking to secure more of this for drinking in October for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 02:56:16 | More by stakem
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PatrickSwayze

California

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber that is clear and bright with little to no head

S: Incredibly bold on the nose with  plenty of spice, a lingering cinnamon from the pumpkin puree, and molasses like sugar.

T: Im not to big into pumpkin ales but i had to jump at the opportunity to try this barrel aged attempt. Quite thick with low carbonation and huge flavor explosion reminiscent of  nutmeg. A little all spice with lingering cinnamon and really mild rum characteristics.

M: Pretty thick and syrupy but not overwhelming kind of like mephistopheles. 

O: Soo this is a good offering. Nice and complex but prolly should of split it with a friend to compare notes with. I dig it but wish it was a little drier and wish it i could taste more of the wood and rum

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 04:10:02 | More by PatrickSwayze
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GregSVT

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy dark orange, almost brown, with a small tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very heavy on the pumpkin along with some vanilla, rum, and spices. The alcohol isn't exactly in your face here but you can tell it's lurking in the background.

T: The taste is a huge blast of vanilla, rum, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, and more pumpkin. Much better than the nose led on and everything is very big.

M: The feel is on the thicker side of medium with a decent level of carbonation.

O: The tap version of this was so-so but this bottle is great stuff. I am sad I only have one more of these and definitely plan to get more during the next release.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 02:43:11 | More by GregSVT
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cosmicevan

New York

4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to G311 for hooking this one up...enjoyed out of a darklord inteligensia snifter.

bottled oct 5 2011 / 512 cases / batch 1

a - brew poured a crisp transparent amber with lively carbonation. a small head was present upon pour, but gone quick.

s - really nice cinnamon pumpkin spice. the rum barrels add a really nice elemnt of fruitiness.

t - fantastic. pumpkin cinnamon and rum fiesta. booze is well hidden.

m - smooth and flavorful. sangria like.

o - overall, a winner. i've had the pleasure of having this once before and it is just as amazing as i remembered. as far as pumpkin beers go, this one is at the top of the list. as far as barrel aged beers go, this one is at the top of the list. perpetual ISO.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 02:20:56 | More by cosmicevan
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, the richest pumpkin I have had? I am overwhelmed by booze and rum, did I know and expect 16% abv? Medium brown, with cinnamon and nutmeg. Smooth mouthfeel, a tad above average. No lasting head. Spicy invigorating but yes high abv aroma. Damn I must eat to stay balanced after this amount of booze, but damn worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 22:43:22 | More by Sammy
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CharlieMurphy

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 02:51:47 | More by CharlieMurphy
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AmgineDanus

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy amber/caramel color with thin head that dissipates quickly. Nothing spectacular about the appearance, but I don't tend to place too much empahsis on this aspect of beer -- it's more about nose and flavor for me.

The aroma is pretty delightful: torched sugar, rum, caramel, vanilla, booze, a flutter of dark fruit. A second whiff harkens back to mom's kitchen in late autumn in New England - warm pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon.

Taste for me is delectable - like a sweet and complex, albeit boozy, dessert that galvanizes my palate. Almost like noshing on the butane-torch-caramalized crust of a pumpkin custard that's been aged in oak. A truly sweet, rummy, oaky, caramel raisin sensation. When the tasty flavors mellow I become more aware of the intense booze - this one packs a wallop at 15.9%.

Overall this is an outstanding beer. I can see how it could be a bit too sweet for some, but it's a gustatory homerun for me. The second bottle was a bit overkill, but the first one was amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 01:40:53 | More by AmgineDanus
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a mirky burnt orange/brown color, thin collar.

S - Big boozy rum notes, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, light pumpkin. The note is very sweet and spicy with lots of booze. I think the pumpkin really gets lost in the mix here. That said, it's still a nice nose, just a bit too much going on.

T - Well, I didn't notice until after the first few sips that was beer clocks in at almost 16%! I was wondering why I was tasting a huge booze-bomb, and that's exactly why! The booze really isn't as big as 16%, but I would still have guessed 12% or so. Similar to the nose, lots of spices, rum, light barrel, and perhaps maybe a touch of pumpkin (but not enough).

M - Medium, light carbonation, creamy spice finish.

O - Well, it's a nice take on a pumpkin ale, but a bit too boozy for me to enjoy more then 4-6oz. I couldn't finish the 12oz bottle by myself without fear of passing out, so I just gave the rest to my sink. That said, I would easily drink my first pour and did enjoy it. It's "different", but not near excellent or world-class. Give it a try and see for yourself!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 16:57:21 | More by Sean9689
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark orangey color ale with a sizeable foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of rums and cinnamon is quite intense with loads of sweet notes. Taste is a complex mix of cinnamon, light pumpkin and rums layered with a solid but extremely sweet malt backbone. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. This is a complex one for sure though it was too sweet (a 12 ounces bottle can easily be shared) to drink repeatedly.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 18:13:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So this is something I've wanted to try for awhile now.

The bottle has an interesting label and describes the beer adequately. It's easy to observe a thin layer of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. An unexpectedly rich hazelnut brown pours from the bottle leaving almost no head. It smells like a caramel apple mixed with fall spices...intoxicating. There is something slightly vegetal smelling and almost none of the alcohol bite can be detected in the nose. The taste follows through with syrupy brown sugar and intense rum which is followed by an interesting contrast from the potent alcohol. This beer defines "Fall," but doesn't highlight the pumpkin. The mouthfeel is sweet and spicy with a medium-full body and ample carbonation. It's definitely a sipping beer. Overall this beer is too expensive and too hard to get. However, I'd be excited to have this beer once a year to celebrate the fall season and pumpkin harvest!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 00:33:19 | More by ThePorterSorter
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rumpkin. Rum and pumpkin. The idea sounds absurd, which is why I'm so happy to try it. Several thanks to jl28r1 for a chance to try it. Poured into a snifter. Bottled Oct. 5th, 2011.

3.0 A: Transluscent darker amber color. Just one finger of fizzy off white head that fell in an instant. I'll cut Avery a break since this has a monster ABV.

4.0 S: Definitely unlike anything I've ever smelled before. Pumpkin (as in the real stuff) is explosively present in this. The spices have apparently died down a bit, but there's there's hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Only mildly boozy, which is impressive for the ABV. Caramel maltiness. Rum adds a nice underlayer of complexity

4.5 T: I must say I like this quite a bit. Rum and pumpkin work together. It's as simple as that. Like the nose, pithy pumpkin is abundant. Spices are a bit more apparent with nutmeg and cinnamon again leading the charge. Plenty of caramel with a light toastiness. Booze is there, but this seems more like a 10% brew than a 15.9% one. Rum gives a sweet molasses.

4.5 M: Heavy body. Rich creaminess with a sticky molasses component. Very nice.

4.5 D: I like this beer a lot. I think pumpkin beers are a great thing, but sooo many breweries bitch out and make weak, tasteless base beers and throw pumpkin spices in. Avery gets all the credit in the world for bucking that trend.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 01:43:55 | More by DavoleBomb
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abrand

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled in October, 2011. Not sure if I'm ready for this.

Pours a deep copper/brown color with good clarity. A small tan head fades and leaves some lacing. Smell is FULL of alcohol with lots of spices, pumpkins, grains, and caramel. Aroma is strong. Taste is decent. So much booze and pumpkin. Not much going on in the taste. Leaves a sticky coating on the tongue. Mouthfeel is pretty full. Overall this is a truly unique beer but just too much for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:02:30 | More by abrand
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -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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mindspin315

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky light brown body. Lots of floaties, carbonation streaming up the glass, alcohol legs (while the beer is still on the cold side, not after it warms), and of course no head whatsoever...wouldn't expect any from such a high ABV beer.

Candied pumpkin aroma upfront along with some of the added spices and caraway seed. Ginger and rum notes come out more in the back end.

The rum barrels don't overtake the beer...I'm am getting the alcohol burn/sweetness though. Flavors of vanilla, pumpkin, ginger towards the middle/finish, nutmeg, and faint taste of cinnamon as the beer drys out. Middle of the mouth the rum and pumpkin flavor springs up in unison. Sweetness coast the mouth and really sits strong on the tongue. Finishes a bit thin also.

Alcohol presence is quite strong, at 16% it is quite understandable, but I've had a few beers at this strength that do a better job of masking it. That's not to say I don't enjoy alcohol heat in certain beers. The only problem is that it really overtakes the taste/feel in the finish which subtracts from some other qualities. The beer finishes very one note. A strong alcohol sweetness coats the palate and what came through in the taste/feel from the start to middle is fazed out. I still find plenty to enjoy here, but taking the alcohol level down a notch and adding some more body could do a lot to this brewski. A very intriguing take on a pumpkin beer.

[88/100]

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 07:37:25 | More by mindspin315
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drewba

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Shimmering ruby and copper, translucent; looks very clean. An aggressive pour gives a tan finger head, but quickly falls down to a sturdy ring around the edge of the glass that has been hanging out for a bit.

S - Lots of barrel character - charred wood, sweet/sugary rum, vanilla, a bit of toasted coconut. Then the pumpkin essence wafts in - nutmeg, cinnamon, hearty bread.

T - A rum barrel can really do nice things to a pumpkin beer. Fact: all pumpkin beers are godawful and need things to make them be less awful. Enter: rum barrel! In this case, all of the characteristics from the barrel found in the nose are right here in the flavor - burnt wood, gobs of vanilla, toasted coconut, supersweet molasses and caramel. This would absolutely be cloyingly sweet if it wasn't for that burnt barrel taste keep the sweetness in balance. The spice comes in shortly thereafter and isn't bad - again, nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe a little anise, but overall the spices aren't overpowering or making me think twice about spending $10 on a 12oz beer...

M - The body is mediumish, perhaps a bit on the thin side and the carbonation is a little high for my liking. The mouthfeel comes off as a little harsh.

O - For a guy that hates pumpkin beers, this is mildly enjoyable. About halfway through the beer I discovered I was drinking a 15.9% beer. Other than a very slight heat i'm getting in my gums, the booze is hidden like a boss.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:07:20 | More by drewba
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fatmcb1

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Russian River snifter

Pours a hazy copper color with a fizzy tan head that dies within seconds.

Huge nose full of pumpkin pie, meshed with rum barrel. There is plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and caramel. Very sweet rum characteristics are also present with lots of vanilla.

Taste follows on the nose, but really highlights the sweetness of the rum and malt. Alcohol warmth is strong throughout.

Very syrupy with a full body and creamy carbonation.

This beer is very original, and a treat for anyone who doesn't mind the intense flavor and noticeable alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 19:08:43 | More by fatmcb1
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep caramel/copper. Head is off-white. Thin head and a small ring grace the top of the beer. Pours on the thick side. Very still. Slight chill haze pervades.

Smell: Vanilla, rum, oak, cinnamon and pumpkin flesh. Real pumpkin flesh carries the vegetable quality I love to see in a pumpkin beer. Sweet caramel and molasses round it all out. Decidedly sweet with a nice depth and complexity. Faint touch of ginger on the back. Oh, did I mention rum?

Taste: Rum with a pumpkin pie chaser. Cinnamon and nutmeg are in abundance. Molasses and caramel coupled with hints of vanilla. Oak adds a nice dimension to the whole thing. Rum really plays through and interacts with the flavors of a beefy pumpkin ale. Spice profile is on point. Malts are pleasantly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full with hints of something syrupy. Dry on the back from the big hit of booze. Carbonation is low.

Overall: Definitely a sipper, but a nice treatment for the pumpkin ale. The rum flavors add a nice depth that compliments the delicious fall spices. A bit too aggressive overall, but a year or two should make this interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 15:29:17 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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gbbass16

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Founders CBS snifter. Pours a dull brown with no head whatsoever. Smell is wet wood with some hint of orange/red fruit. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side but no overly so. Taste is first tangy that gave me a twinge in my jaw (usually means sour/bitter), then a burst of brown sugar sweetness, and then the finish has as darkness to it that is musty that turns too sweet after about 3-5 seconds. Overall this is a decent beer but not sure if I will be buying it again. One thing of note is that there is absolutely no alcohol hint AT ALL, which is really weird. All this being said, I am usually not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, so the review might be slanted as such.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:34:19 | More by gbbass16
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at my local Binny’s. Surprised to see this here in Illinois. I originally thought we were not getting this distributed (granted it did just arrive, a couple months after other markets got it).

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a rather murky brownish red with about a half finger of quickly dissipate tan colored head.

Smell – The aromas are quite strong...my glass is a few feet away from me and I can still smell the beer. Heavy nutmeg and spices, pumpkin, slight rum, and an odd citrusy/sweetness.

Taste – Sweet brown sugar mixed with the aforementioned spices. Somewhat one dimensional in the fact it is quite sweet with lots of spices dumped in. Slight pumpkin, but mainly sugary spices. Honestly, not so much a pumpkin ale as it is a heavy old ale or strong ale with spices and slight pumpkin flavoring mixed in.

Mouthfeel – Medium to thicker bodied, creamy, lower carbonation.

Overall – Well, I am not going to lie. This beer impressed me, if nothing else, due to the fact it is almost 16% and the alcohol is insanely well hidden. There is some warming and just a hint of alcohol in the taste...but for how young this beer is, it is nothing unacceptable. Would I buy another? Probably not...but I will give props to Avery for this interesting take on a pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 02:32:25 | More by SpdKilz
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Treebs

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold foil wrapped 12 oz. bottle served in a Bell's Tulip. Bottled 10/5/2011.

A: Pours an almost brown body with dark orange a small, quick dissolving off white head. It recedes to a very thin collar, but doesn't leave any lace. The body is lively with carbonation though.

S: Smells like a rum soaked pumpkin pie. Crumbly pie crust, pumpkin pulp, cinnamon, allspice, a touch of nutmeg and some sweet rum round this guy out. Very interesting to say the least.

T: The taste takes a complete 180 here. Notes of caramel, burnt sugar, rum soaked dark fruits and some oak all shine together. A sweet spiced rum makes it's presence known in the middle and a malty vanilla sweetness that's almost on the verge of be cloying rounds it out. The is a great warming sensation on the finish, but it isn't hot. There is barely any pumpkin to be found.

M: Full bodied with a stick and coating mouthfeel, yet the carbonation is slightly prickly to keep the tongue interested. The taste lingers in the mouth for quite sometime. This is definitely a sipper.

O: This was a very interesting beer. It had old ale and barleywine qualities to it. The pumpkin gets lost in the taste really and I would have like more of the nose to shine through in taste. If it had a touch more pumpkin I would have given this a much higher score. Not bad, very different.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 14:57:56 | More by Treebs
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from 2beerornot2beer in the Blind Beer Round 6 BIF.12oz. bottle poured into my Wild Heaven snifter:

A: Pours a murky brown with big hues of red. There is about a half finger of khaki colored head that settles quickly into a thing ring that hugs the edges of the glass.

S: This beer is big on booze (possibly barrel treatment), but yet smells kind of like a band-aid. There is a definite astringency to this beer. There are scents of big malts, a little vinegar, and dash of sea-weed. This beer isn’t for me.

T: This beer is sweet and syrupy right up front. But that quickly changes into a ton of boozy and a touch of tartness. It’s a bit sour. God damn, this beer has to be high in ABV. The finish is a mix of all three major players: the booze, the sweet malt, and whatever is making it tart.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer is sticky, chewy, and totally cloying. The flavors envelop the palate and hold on for dear life.

O: This beer just isn’t doing it for me. It’s seems like a barleywine or an old ale that is just starting to turn into a sour mess.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 23:09:22 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Entering from some hand written notes:

Murky orangish-brown color with a thick texture. Almost no head and looks flat.

Smells heavily of spiced rum and canned pureed pumpkin with a dash of allspice.

Ok, for taste I have down BOOZY, in all caps. Yep, that's what I remember most. It was more like a pumpkin rum than a pumpkin beer. Spiced rum and pumpkin spice sums it up. It's very sweet, too.

The mouthfeel is syrupy and I can recall a lot of Avery's bigger beers having this texture- thick body, low carbonation, and borderline cloyingly sweet.

I really dig the way the pumpkin and rum play off each other but I'm glad I was only drinking a 6oz pour of this. It's very boozy and thick. Proceed with caution.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:15:56 | More by Vonerichs
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91 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.