The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by kevinv:
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into my New Belgium globe.
A: Pours a nearly opaque black with some brown/red-ish hues when held to the light. Only a slight head which quickly dissipated. Seems to be fairly common with most of the heavier Flying Dog stuff that I've tried.
S: I had the beer a little too cold when I first poured it - this one becomes much better as it warms. Lots of spice in the smell, mainly nutmeg and cinnamon. That distinct pumpkin smell comes through nicely as well. No presence of alcohol which is pretty surprising given it's 9.0% ABV.
T: The taste is largely spices with a light presence of booze coming through. The pumpkin seems to come through on the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. Mildly bitter and not overly sweet. Actually tastes/smells like a real pumpkin pie and doesn't seem artificial at all. The taste is quite big here.
M: Medium mouthfeel with a mild carbonation. I would have like it to be a little heavier.
O: Overall, this really is one of the better pumpkin ales that I've had. Pumpkin ales aren't among my favorite styles, but I will definitely buy some more of these if I come across them.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2011 17:57:12 | More by kevinv
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.25/5 rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This is the best pumpkin/fall seasonal beer that I have had! From the first sip to the last sip it was filled with flavor: sweet pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger), and malty goodness.
Appearance: Dark brown with a hint of amber, off-white foam (hard to tell though with dim lights).
Smell: Grandma's pumpkin pie.
Taste: Big spiciness accentuated by the high abv with a complementing sweetness from the pumpkin to mellow it out through the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a syrupy feel in your mouth. Goes well with some time between your sips making it perfect for an evening in. Alcohol is certainly present (although that's something I enjoy about big beers.
Overall: Like I said this is my favorite pumpkin beer. If you don't like big flavors this may not be your beer but it is now my go to fall beer.
Serving Type: Keg line (in Scotland if that makes a difference).
Serving type: on-tap
01-31-2014 22:02:33 | More by Rob3408
3.76/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
A- Pours a dark brown with a ruby hue, two-finger off-white foamy head retains long after the pour, leaving behind some nice lacing.
S- big malty aromas of sweet bread and some fig, some toasted notes in there as well that simulate an aroma of pie crust. Pumpkin spices are well balanced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
T- the big malty notes follow the aroma with lots of sweet bread and dark fruits, the sweetness continues and becomes a bit cloying, pumpkin spice notes are there, but overpowered by the sweetness
M- Heavy and thick body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and ends with a velvety finish, just a bit of alcohol warmth at the end
O- This one nearly hit on all cylinders, but the overpowering sweetness made this one difficult to finish. Other than that, everything else was on point
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2013 04:00:28 | More by Treyliff
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.