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Rumpkin | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.73%

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.

Added by womencantsail on 10-09-2010

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Photo of aleigator
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Michael for the bottle.

Pours a clear, firey dark red color, with a soon vanishing head.

Has an almost overwhelming, wooden barrel character, which gets enhanced by an incredibly zesty, herbal, sweet spiciness, featuring glazed pumpkin and burning booze, all put into an intriguing balance. The brews complex, honeyed maltiness interacts well with the slighty fermented, earthy and sweet pumpkin, both smells blending together hold the barrel intensity at bay.

This is so much sweeter than I expected it to be, with loads of molasses, toffee and cane sugar, kicking my teeths in, finished off wih an intense alcoholic burn, while the barrel's woodenness gets almost swallowed entirely by the sugar. The malt foundations gets overpowered by the sweetness already during the very beginning, joined by a sharp alcoholic impact, and only manages to try finding its balance during a later stage, due to the calming herbs and spices, which all in all aren't capable to stop the sugar madness too. The rum barrel is very well integrated though, providing a burning, slightly bitter counterpart to the sugar, which would result into a slightly dry, medicine-like impression, if it wasn't for the muddy, leafy herbs of mace, cardamon and vanilla, to provide some sort of balance. FInishes with caramelized malts among molasses and an confirming booziness, leaving enough space on the palate for the actual pumpkin to fit in, supported by wooden herbs.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum at the Avery tap takeover on 10/25/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a dark mahogany copper color with some ruby hues. There was a tiny layer of off-white head that dissipated very quickly leaving some specs of lace behind on the glass. The nose is big and sweet. There are dark toasted malt, dark fruits, spiced rum, pumpkin, and holiday spices. There is a big booziness as well. The taste is deep dark and sweet. There are fruit flavors like raisin, fig, cherry, and plum. There is a hefty dose of pumpkin, cinnamon, and brown sugar. It is quite boozy, which is to be expected from a beer that is almost 14% alcohol. The whole flavor seems to linger on the palate in the finish. This is full bodied and has more carbonation than I thought it would have. There is some tingling and some roastiness. There is quite a bit of sweetness, and pretty big boozy warmth in the finish. This has really good drinkability. It is most definitely a slow sipper, but the flavor is great. I enjoyed every drop of this one. I really think the rum barrels were a good choice for this beer. I recommend trying this. I thought it was great.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.14/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes: Had on tap at Avery. 5 oz taster

A-- Poured an opaque ruby color, no head at all, small layer of film. Just a few small carbonation bubbles.

S-- All spice, Nutmeg, pumpkin and rum. ABV is well hidden for a high ABV beer.

T-- Dark rum, all spice, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Very sweet and a lot of alcohol.

M-- This was tingly, thick and syrupy. Very sweet and a lot of alcohol. Was told Goslings rum barrels were used for it. Could easily taste that though.

D-- Taster was more than enough. Great nose but after that not much great about it. More like rum and very sweet I thought. Too syrupy and not a huge fan of rum. Had to try it though.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary snifter. Liquid comes out a pretty nice amber red color that gets closer to autumn orange when you hold it up to the light. Only a small white to off white colored head. Goes away pretty quick and not much in the way of lacing. Excellent clarity on the beer but a little bit of glass retention of the liquid itself, sort of syrupy.

Smell is pretty good, but really more unique than anything else in my opinion. Some classic pumpkin pie aromas including spices. Blends well with the rum, a little woody too, but it's an afterthought.

The taste is a huge step up from the smell, it's wonderful. Pumpkin comes out much stronger here. More of a hearty natural pumpkin flavor that's sweetened up a bit. Still a spicy note with a nice spoonful of molasses mixed in topped off with a nice sweet rum flavor. All in all this is one tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is good. Certainly full bodied and a slight weak carbonation level. For such a high alcohol beer, it's actually not too hot, I'm sure rum has something to do with it instead of the normal bourbon or whiskey barrel beers. The balance is good, starts really sweet and a nice warm finish. It's drinkable but certainly a nice sipper. Good night cap beer on a cool evening. Well done Avery, another solid brew.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 3/29/15

On Tap. Glad I got the 6 ounce pour. Not that it isn’t good, it is just soooo sweet. Might as well be drinking a glass of rum. Tastes basically like a rum candy.

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Photo of davey101
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2, bottled 9/17/12. 12 oz foil topped bottle into a brandy snifter.

A - Pours a rather clear burnt orange/brown color. Some small off white bubbles dissipate quickly leaving behind a very still body. Swirling creates some minute bubbles and leaves behind a thin alcoholic trace.

S - Pumpkin and squash flesh, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some rich malty toffee. The finish is harsh alcohol and some sweet vanilla. The beginning is quite nice and reminiscent of many pumpkin ales, but the alcohol just burns the nose and prevents the aroma from being approachable. I find myself smelling it from a few inches away from the glass rather than stuffing my nose in like most beers.

T - Starts off with some basic roasted pumpkin flesh flavors along with the standard spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and all spice. These flavors are then interrupted by a huge wave of alcohol that burns the mouth and throat. Aftertaste is of oak and some brief vanilla. The rum is just noticeable in a lingering spice. Disappointing and light in the flavor department. Its saving grace is that its not too sweet or cloying.

M - Medium to thin bodied with low carbonation. Drink ability is quite low. I'm struggling with the first 6 oz pour.

O - I really wanted to like this one, but alas I'm just left perplexed. Sticking a pumpkin ale in a rum barrel sounds like an amazing idea. Somewhere along the line Avery decided to make the beer an 18% abv monster. Big boozy beers rarely bother me, but this one is just a bit too harsh and simple.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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 jondeelee
4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rumpkin (Batch No. 2) opens with a heavy rum scent that can be detected from a good foot or so away from the bottle. Up close the rum aromas mingle with heavy doses of fruit esters, including the obvious pumpkin, but an equally large helping of banana. The fruits are so strong here that they actually overtake the rum after the bottle has been opened for a few seconds, and the beer more resembles a fresh-baked batch of banana bread. Good edges of toast crust and buttery graham cracker add to the pastry qualities of the nose, joined by heavy whipping cream, Bailey’s Irish Cream, vanilla bean, caramel syrup, molasses, almond extract, and oak. As a whole, the nose is very intriguing, bearing little resemblance to a beer (or, in fact, any other beer I’ve ever encountered), and obviously speaking to an incredible amount of sugars. It says much of these sugars that the incredibly high 18.1% ABV is mainly apparent as a liqueur-like rim, as if just slightly too much Bailey’s had been added to a bowl of whole-bean vanilla ice cream. Very interestingly, the rum barrel aging is not as present here as could be expected, mainly seeming to add extra touches of vanilla, as well as oak. The overall effect is quite incredible.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a heavy shot of alcohol that makes immediately apparent the high ABV. The first impressions are of cognac, bourbon, rum, and orange liqueur mixed together, the alcohol, charcoal, and charred oak strong enough that they bite at the tongue, shoot heavy vapors up the nose, and give the beer all the appearance of a spiced and high-quality rum on the rocks. A good dose of the pumpkin and banana fruit esters comes through, with additional spice support from pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Some graham cracker and toast crust elements add to the pie feeling of the flavor palate. Heavy whipped creams, vanillas, molasses, and caramel sit atop the pile. The effect is that of a nicely-spiced pumpkin pie topped with heavy cream, eaten contiguously with a thick, moist, chewy slice of five-star banana bread, and all of it washed down with an aged, smooth, fruity spiced rum. The aftertaste is a long-lingering continuation of these impressions, still easily detectable after a full two minutes. Mouthfeel is an alcohol-burning medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is stunning beer, and most certainly not your average pumpkin ale. The difference between this and the standard seasonal offering is kind of like the difference between a Toyota Camry and a fire-breathing, gas-guzzling, nitroused funny car. This does, of course, mean that anyone not already familiar with some of the more extreme possibilities of barrel aging should likely be very wary of this brew, and anyone who finds the alcohol kick of straight bourbon or rum should also stay away. But if you are a fan, and you’re ready to spend several hours nursing this sucker (because there’s no way you’re going to shoot this in ten minutes), it’s definitely an amazing offering.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass.

Dark brown/amber in color. One finger of off white head. Decent retention and lacing. Nice legs.

Smells of rum, spice, caramel, and molasses.

Taste follows smell. Quite sweet, molasses, caramel, pumpkin, rum, oaky vanilla, rum. Kinda like taking a bite of apple pie, a bite of pumpkin pie, and vanilla ice cream followed by a tiny sip of rum.

Well carbonated, medium bodied. Touch oilly.

For some reason it just doesn't all come together right. A touch too sweet for sure.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dec 2011

6 ounce pour into a globe glass at Big Wood festival at Brouwers in Seattle.

Pours clear ruby with about a finger of off-white head.

Smells very strongly of sweet fruit, it’s kind of like rotting fruit. Not in a bad way, just the way it gets stronger and sweeter when it rots. You can smell the rum from a mile away. There are a few light spices and I can detect very little pumpkin.

The taste was a lot of booze and sweet fruits. No surprises. Very crisp and full.

Palate was decent. Lots of alcohol bite and very carbonated.

Overall, I expected more from this. Love the style, and love the brewery, but Great Pumpkin still stands as my favorite pumpkin beer.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on Sept. 6 2013. 18.53% ABV.

A- Small creme caramel head that quickly dissipated to nothing. Deep garnet with a small degree of clarity, can see the shadow of my finger through the glass. Sticks to the glass like a spirit. Some fine particles in the glass, could be yeast, pumpkin, or spices.

S- Lots and lots of caramelized sugars followed by some mellow spices of cinnamon, mace and allspice, some vanilla and a light pumpkin mellowness. The alcohol is present but not nearly to the degree I thought this 18% beer would be.

T- Similar to the aroma. Very, very sweet, one of the sweetest beers I've had. Caramelized sugars, marshmallow, lots of rum raisin, the ABV comes on more in the taste can definitely tell this is a strong beer. The spices a there at a nice balanced level. Slight burn as it goes down the throat. Some vanilla and wood from the barrel on the end.

M- Heavy mouthfeel, a definite sipper.

O- This beer is very sweet, a bit too sweet for me to finish one bottle by myself, should have split this with someone. It took me about 2 hours to drink the thing. After a while thought it really grew on me, maybe I was just getting drunk. An interesting beer that I'm really going back and forth on a lot of aspects of the flavor but ultimately it's just too sweet for me to really find it outstanding, and I generally love sweet beers like Wee Heavys and English Barleywines.

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Photo of mabermud
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Ruby red goodness. Dark white halo. Slick curtains
Smell: This smells really good. Fresh earthy pumpkin goodness. Aromas of a spiced pumpkin pie with fun.
Taste: Earthy pumpkin goodness with faded rum flavors. Sweetness.
Feel: Maybe syrupy. Some stickiness left over in the mouth after consumption.

Overall - Spiced pumpkin in a barley-wine. Bold and sweet.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updates:
10-18-15 - right from the teet at the Nautilus Rd. brewery and tap house. Served in some sort of an angular tulip. So overwhelming. Awesome bourbon? and pumpkin. Just awesome. Great sipping beer just before Matisyahu at The Fox in Boulder. Best Pumpkin ever.
10-20-15 - With Todd, wife, and Eric at Barrel House in Golden. Last call after a great night, so we had to close with this. Greag.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Batch 1

A - Dark, cherry brown with a warm liquor like glow. No head and minimal carbonation

S - Brown sugar, raisins, molasses, and good rum presence. Hints of hearty pumpkin as well

T - Molasses, raisins, honey and dates up front. The beer then has a nice hearty pumpkin presence in the middle. The finish has some slight alcohol warmth and oak near the finish. It reminds me a bit of a fortified wine like a port in that it's big, sweet, and slightly syrupy

M - Has a port like body in that it is thick and boozy and slightly syrupy. It also has minimal carbonation

O - This is definitely a sipper that I could see a good after dinner drink. It manages to have some nice rum presence without being too boozy. Nice to have on a cool fall night

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Photo of aorloski
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden thick syrup. Pours like a watered down maple syrup. Deep dark mahogany in color. poured violently into a shifty gave me a very thin head which goes away and stays that way, i would expect that at near 16%

Smell - Let me tell you, right when i opened this bottle my nose was ATTACKED with rum and booze. COOL! I hate rum by the way but this one in the glass shines. There is this incredibly sweet character to this beer like nothing i have ever smelled in a beer like this. Rum soaked pumpkin definitely. Cinnamon, nutmeg, earthy tones. Smells incredible.

Taste - WOW, so impressed by this one. I am not a pumpkin beer fan but this beer goes somewhere else. This beer is incredibly smooth, not hot whatsoever. Very sweet, but not like a sweet RIS, it is like sweet raw sugar cane. Wrapped up in the sweet rum notes are the cinnamon and nutmeg and pumpkin you would want in something like this. Just so amazing, i must say.

Mouthfeel - Thick, viscous, coats your mouth with pure happiness.

Overall - Not a big pumpkin beer fan and i hate rum... but as i said this one is in a league of its own. Highly creative and delicious, these brewers knew what they were doing. Oh, and 15.90 abv? WHERE?!?!?

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving; Bottle
Bottled on: 09-22-2014 (Batch No. 4)


A:
Pours a dirty orange-brown with a pop-like head that evaporates to nothing. No retention; no lacing. (3.25)

S:
Melange of holiday spices. Caramelized pumpkin with ginger and cloves, spiced rum, woody spiciness, butter. (4)

T:
Spiced rum with pumpkin sweetness. Very spicy ginger with rum, cinnamon, toasted biscuit, white chocolate, roast squash, butter. (3.75)

M:
Warming booziness with medium-full body, slick feel, lingering rummy warmth, sticky starchy squashiness. (4)

O:
Very good beer for what it is.
I am no fan of pumpkin beers or of a lot of barrel aged ones. This is, however, a very fine example of what it is.
Admittedly, it was too much for me, but does seem to be a solidly brewed pumpkin beer made very complex through the use of barrels. It is also too boozy in my opinion, I don't understand what is gained by being stronger than wine, but whatever. It is very multi-layered and I feel like a lower booze presence could maybe bring out somem other things in it, but who knows...
There is a lot of very spicy ginger presence and the hot-buttered-rum feel and flavor is constantly there. The aroma is of pumpkin pie and Nag Champa (appropriate since it's from Boulder). Warming, oily, and intense.
One to be sipped and shared.
Won't have again; but, if you like boozy BA beers and/or pumpkin beers, you can't go wrong, this has got to be the cream of the crop for you : ) (3.75)

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Photo of mverity
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share at Proof courtesy of scotchzi. Opaque orangey amber. Zero head, but who cares? Aroma reminds me of hot cider: spice (cinnamon, clove) sweet almost burnt sugar, and pumpkin replaces the apple, but there is a touch of baked apple too. Taste is very similar, but a warm spiced rum comes through too. Thin-medium body with almost no carbonation; but who cares? Extremely well thought out brew, and yummy as hell. Maybe my new favorite pumpkin?

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong pour into CBS snifter produces a modest one finger malted milk colored head. The head recedes very quickly, very spotty lacing left clinging the the walls of the glass. The body is a very murky cider brown color.

The aroma is pleasant and assertive. The rum is very prominent up front but does not become overwhelming. Warm brown bready malt, brown sugar and pumpkin spice intermingle just behind. The aroma as a whole leans towards the boozier side but the secondary aromas are very well balanced.

Rumpkin delivers intensity upfront. Sweet malt, warm pumpkin and spicy rum flood the palate. The intensity diminishes as the beer travels towards the back of the tongue. Brown sugar and vanilla flavors develops, smoothing out the intense flavors up front. The pumpkin spice really stands out on the back end leaving a very pleasant flavor lingering after the swallow. There is a bit of residual heat that lingers in the back of the throat, overall the booziness is pleasantly warming.

Medium bodied beer. The carbonation is low and very appropriate. Very smooth, chewy texture on the tongue, absolutely perfect for this beer. The finish is long, that was expected.

Tremendous beer, very enjoyable. The flavors mesh very well, outstanding balance on the palate. Rumpkin is a bit of a sipper, though it is certainly a beer that you do not mind nursing for an evening. Big thanks to FosterJM for this excellent extra, very appreciative for the chance to try this beer.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours an amber/orange color. Very little carbonation or lacing on the glass. Somewhat transparent in appearance. A very small cocoa head that actually sticks around for awhile. Great looking beer. Wow. This is amazing- the nose is cinnamon, a tiny bit of pumpkin, nutmeg, rum, oak, and molasses. Really complex and fantastic smells coming from this beer! The taste really brings the spices out- though not overwhelmingly so. Rum definitely makes it's presence known too. The taste is almost port like. Very complex flavors- and the 15.9% ABV is fairly well hidden too. Feel is smooth, silky, and rich- with a little alcohol burn on the end- Fantastic! Overall, this is the best pumpkin beer I've had by a landslide- although you don't get a lot of pumpkin. It's great though, and I'm glad I got to try this brew. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch #3, bottled 9/6/13.

Appearance: Pours an extremely deep, clear copper color with a ton of carbonation. Just a beautiful hue to this beer. About 1" of light khaki head forms, which has decent retention, and really no lacing. Head retention characteristics are quite good for a beer this ABV. Reduces down to a healthy ring around the edges of the glass. One of the more gorgeous beers I have seen recently.

Smell: Toasted caramel, maybe a slight pumpkin note, as well as the requisite pumpkin pie spice. Not a lot of barrel, but a significant rum presence. Does not smell quite as big as the ABV would indicate.

Taste: Whoa, there is the ABV. Big time alcohol burst upon the first sip. Underneath that, sweet pumpkin and toasted caramel, along with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc. Again, not a ton of woodiness or barrel character, but the rum is quite prominent.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The body on this beer is quite big as you would expect, and all of that carbonation does not show quite as much on the palate, oddly enough. A bit on the syrupy side. Extreme alcohol burn on the back end. Overall, this is a beer I was very excited to get ahold of and try. It certainly lived up to expectations on a number of levels. Very flavorful and a good fall beer. In the end though, the ABV for this style is just too high for me, making this a quintessential sipper and a bit hard to get through. Half of this 12oz bottle would have been sufficient for me. Definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of Benish
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: burnt orange with no head or lacings. There is some sediment but not a lot.

Smell: Tons of rum with hints of gin. You can just smell the alcohol. On a side note there is a a ton of pumpkin pie aroma but the alcohol overshadows it a bit.

Taste: predominantly alcohol but tons of pumpkin pie spices - especially cinnamon and cloves. The intense spices complement very well with the alcohol. There's also plenty of candied sugar. It's very sweet, almost syrupy. There was nothing I found that was underwhelming.

Mouth feel - wow it burns. Not like hard liquor but plenty of heat all over. Also very syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall: this is a boozy mess. However it is what it is - a high alcoholic pumpkin beer. The spices in this beer is intense as well as the alcohol. You absolutely need to share this with a friend.

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Photo of nhindian
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of Gaddabble
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I may have made the mistake of drinking this 18%er 12 days after the bottling date. Overwhelming booziness overwhelmed any of the virtues the beer may have otherwise possessed. Unless you like a mega-booze bomb, I suggest giving Rumpkin substantial time to age before diving in!

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm just not really sure how to describe what I was tasting. Was like drinking a really thick, mulled cider. Lots of rum, cloves, cinnamon, and alcohol burn. Not very smooth and I don't really feel like the flavors complimented each other. Glad I was given the opportunity to try this, but don't really feel l need another. Possibly would be better with aging.

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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.