CAUTION! CONTAINS REAL PUMPKIN!!! | Voodoo Brewery

CAUTION! CONTAINS REAL PUMPKIN!!!CAUTION! CONTAINS REAL PUMPKIN!!!
BA SCORE
87.7%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 146 ratings
CAUTION! CONTAINS REAL PUMPKIN!!!CAUTION! CONTAINS REAL PUMPKIN!!!
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
voodoobrewery.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is an 11.3% barleywine brewed with and aged on 200lbs of real pumpkin, madagascar vanilla beans, and cinnamon in bourbon barrels. Pumpkin is front and center with notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla and a touch of cinnamon rounding out the back side.

Added by Brewski on 10-02-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,727
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
146
Liked:
128
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
11.58%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
35
Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of orangesol
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- The beer was an almost disturbingly radiant shade of orange.

Smell - Cinnamon and nutmeg were the dominant notes in the nose.

Taste - My first thought is that this tastes like a pumpkin scented candle. Notes of cinnamon, apple and actual pumpkin are present. What I don't like is the elements of a barleywine are smothered. This seems like a regular pumpkin ale with a warm after.

Mouthfeel - Based on feel, one might not know this is a barleywine.

Overall- There is a lot to like here. Yet I wonder if pumpkin is not right for this particular style. The glory of a barleywine is not allowed to shine.

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Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer... When I opened the bottle there was a unique aroma that I immediately attributed to Pumpkin - and it probably was - so I was nervous it was going to be a pumpkin bomb, but it was the best pumpkin beer of any style I've had to date... Its definitely more barleywine than pumpkin beer, and in full disclosure I had to drink it in two settings but that doesn't change my overall opinion.

Nice sweetness, but kind of earthy profile that you would associate with a traditional fall/thanksgiving... spices abound, and in it all there's only a subtle barrel presence, and a nice kick of vanilla. Everything plays together, and this comes off in spades. I don't get excited about pumpkin beers, but I'll look for this again next fall!

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to thebouch01 for sending this in his box for the NFL Confidence BIF box! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Cigar City El Catador teku glass.

A: Pours a somewhat dark brown, but very clear - just a mild chill haze. Forms a thin white head that fades quickly with fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Sweet malts, bourbon, pumpkin, and vanilla. Oak barrel, and less cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg. Sweet graham cracker malts with a light toast character and more vanilla. A really enjoyable nose – like pumpkin pie with bourbon, without being cloying and obnoxious on the spices.

T: Vanilla and bourbon - the vanilla is pretty perfumey sweet. Then pumpkin with more bourbon. Cinnamon and sweet bready malts, and the malts last with bourbon-isa ethanol heat into the hang. Only a mild oak presence in the flavors.

M: A surprisingly thin body for an 11% barleywine, and the alcohol seems a bit high for style - which is to say quite noticeable. Carbonation sensation a bit on the low side.

O: This really wasn't my favorite. A very nice smell, but the flavors just didn’t follow through. Too much bourbon flavor and heat, a thin body, and a borderline Yankee Candle vanilla. Not my least favorite pumpkin beer, but nothing that I’d drink again.

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Photo of hopkrid
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slack
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber in color with about half inch of head that settles to a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.

Nose is pumpkin, malt, vanilla, raisins, booze, and spice.

Taste is pumpkin, booze, hops, sweetness, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Mouthful is medium and syrupy with a bite. Carbonation is on the higher end of average. Finish is semi dry.

The pumpkin barleywine combo works but only to a certain extent. This is more barleywine than pumpkin beer.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jason3125
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Peaches13
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mateo2699
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is a clear mahagony hue, small white head that lasts around for a minute. Sweet malt forward, very subtle hints of pumpkin. According to the date on the bottle, this is slightly over a year old. Not sure if the pumpkin diminishes over time. But anyways, some nice sweet brown sugar scents with hints of caramel. Taste has a lot of sweet malt, and hints of cinnomon and brown sugar. I'm actually detecting some of the pumpkin, which was absent in the aroma. Somewhat of a boozy finish in the backend. Mouthfeel is very thin bodied, moderate carbonation with a strong boozy finish.

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Photo of shehateme
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jayhunter357
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brother_rebus
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didnt have it fresh. Pumpkin gone. Very smoothed over though. Very masked for a 11%'er. Not a great nose on it. But immsure that would be different if tried fresh. Will revisit.

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Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zuidman
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houser
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lupercmda
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Liberatiscioli
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PghKen
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 87.7% out of 100 with 146 ratings
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