Boo Beer | The Brew Keeper

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The Brew Keeper
Ohio, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Ricochet on 08-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by stevenseg:
Photo of stevenseg
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love pumpkin beer and have had many different varieties. I have a preference for beer brewed WITH pumpkin rather than beer that just has some spices added. The alcohol content is usually pretty low because of the low sugar content of pumpkin, but that just means putting a few of these down on Halloween will still leave me capable of trick-or-treating. The Mad Brewer Boo Beer is brewed with pumpkin and molasses, so I'm kind of excited.

It poured a hazy amber color, which suggests a sweetness only an amber can have given the slightly roasted malts it takes to get that color. I poured pretty aggressively, though, and a head of large flimsy bubbles formed and dissipated almost immediately into a thin fim with a ring of lacing around the top. That usually means a cheap mouthfeel...we'll see. I love the color, but I also like thick beer.

Boo Beer seemed to smell more like pumpkin pie than many others. The alcohol content was not overpowering even though the ABV is a little higher than typical pumpkin beers. Little to no hops, as expected, and a sweetness indicative of the lightly roasted malts.

Boo Beer IS pumpkin pie in a bottle. I'm pretty excited. My first pumpkin beer from the Michigan Brewing Company blew me away due to its originality, but I have to say that of all the pumpkin beers, Boo Beer nails it. I know it's a matter of taste, but the point of creating a pumpkin beer is to get that pumpkin pie flavor. Spot on. Very sweet. Without the pumpkin this beer would make a great amber ale rivaling Bell's Amber, the king of all ambers.

Despite the loose head, the mouthfeel of Boo Beer is outstanding. This beer just wouldn't feel right with my preference of a certain thickness. It's a beer and it tastes like one.

I really like drinking pumpkin beer this time of year. I like drinking ALL beer this time of year, but I have a think for the spice of the pumpkin beers. I have had many...Jumpin' Jack's, Pumpking, Dogfish Head, name it. If you are really looking for that great pumpkin pie flavor brewed with REAL pumpkin rather than just some added spices, try to find a sixer of Boo Beer. Unfortunately, it's not easy considering the small brewery and regional nature of Ohio beers.

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Photo of Sammy
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. Dark with some white head. A cinammon story, very spicey, even astringency in mouthfeel. But common for a pumpkin style.Average mouthfeel, wouldn't creaminess be lovely. A bit of baked pumkin force fed in there. Not drinking much of it.

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Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boo Beer pours an amber color. It is hazy, but backlighting gives it very attractive scarlet and orange highlights. This is good looking beer! There appears to be some yeast floating around. An off-white head reaches about a finger and a half deep. It dissipated to a surface covering quickly and took its time from there. Lacing was very light and stringy. Despite that shortcoming, this is gorgeous beer.

The nose is good, even though a little underpowered. Pumpkin spice is easily the strongest scent. A little nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger bolster the spicy element. It smells slightly on the sweet, but not by much. Surprisingly, I am getting some of the molasses. I was curious as to how much of an impact it would have here. I'm happy to report that it smells like a success. It isn't overly strong in the mix and complements the pumpkin spice scents well. Alcohol isn't noted at all. It smells good, but could use a little more strength.

Boo Beer is hardly scary tasting. In fact, this is good beer. It kicks off with a very nice pumpkin pie-ish flavor. It's a little sweet and features an array of spices. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger all make an appearance. There's even a hint of brown sugar to cap those off. Molasses is notable, but I wouldn't characterize it as strong. It plays its complementary role perfectly and adds a nice dimension to the flavor. I like it. There's even a bitter hop kick that emerges late. How's that for a well-rounded Pumpkin Ale? Alcohol is blended well and isn't noticeable. This is good stuff.

Boo Beer has a medium body that feels quite big for its stature. It's smooth, but carbonation seems just a tad high and buzzy. Drinkability is good. This is a tasty, easy drinking Pumpkin Ale. I can't say I'm in love with Pumpkin Ales, but this is a very good one. I'm really enjoying the bottle.

The Brew Keeper seems to be hit and miss. Boo Beer is a hit. It's a rather unique Pumpkin Ale given the use of molasses. It's also has more hops than you ordinarily find in Pumpkin Ales. That's a recipe for success. This is definitely one of the better Pumpkin Ales I've had recently. I like it. Grab a bottle if you see it.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this once before a few weeks ago, but purchased the bottle from a local store, and it was a batch from last year. Still drinkable, but you could tell it was old. Bought this one directly from the brewery for this review.

A: Like a brown beer. Dark, carbonation aplenty, little head and no lace.

S: Rich. Pumpkin spice smells sweet, almost a little like a carrot cake but deeper inhale has a cinnamon roll scent. I want to put frosting on this. The pumpkin is weaker, but is there.

M: Strong alcohol note and bitter texture going down, leaves a burnt malty aftertaste. Coats the mouth.

T: Start with the malt which makes up the bulk of this, spiced with cinnamon and what tastes like fresh pumpkin. Add in a slight licorice overtone and the back slap of alcohol. Interesting.

D: I had hopes, but I still can't get that pumpkin pie in a glass flavor I had from a defunct microbrew here in Cleveland. Still, compared to the many bottled pumpkin ales I've had, I'd say this rises above. Still, this is a good brown ale, and it has added spice to make it pumpkin. Decent.

Update: I tried this mixed with White Storm and well, it WAS that taste I was looking for. Pumpkin Pie in a glass. Bravo.

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Photo of AltBock
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a home made computer generated label of a black cat. This black cat is ready to attack. This skinny little cat has their back arched, tail puffed up, and their abnormally long nails are fully extended. I would hate to be scratched by this cat. A tiny little scratch could easily turn into a long gash. Around the corners of the picture are 4 grinning Jack O' Lanterns. To the left of the picture is the name of the beer in big black letters and to the right is the brewer's address, beer's ingredients, and the Government warning. Don't waste you're time looking for any kind of date on the bottle because the Brew Keeper doesn't date their bottles.

When poured into a Sly Fox Imperial pint glass, "Boo Beer" was a cloudy dark chestnut brown color. Not any chestnut brown, but one that was blended with some pale cranberry red coloring. Sitting on top of this beer was a 1/2 an inch fizzy light tan colored head of foam. Even though it quickly fizzled away in a blink of an eye, it did manage to leave behind a big string of foamy tan rings and a few blots of lace around the glass. Not a bad Pumpkin Ale appearance at all.

The aroma of this Pumpkin Ale was overly sweet. The label said it was brewed with molasses, but it failed to say that it was brewed with 2 tons of it. It sure smelled like it was. Hiding behind the thick molasses wall was a dash of nutmeg, a few cinnamon sticks, and a pumpkin that had a giant scoop of brown sugar sitting on top of it. I especially liked how the aroma wasn't overly spicy. They instead replaced the spices with a ton of molasses. Hope you like the scent of molasses because you're going to get a lot of it in the nose.

Despite having a heavy molasses aroma, the taste really wasn't like that. It tasted like the molasses and the burnt brown sugar combined their taste powers to form one big sweet taste. Oh man was it sweet! Behind the great wall of sweetness was a pinch of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, and a sprinkle of dried pumpkin. I don't like my Pumpkin Ales spicy, but this one, they replaced the strong taste of spices and replaced them with molasses and burnt brown sugar. It was nice of the sweet tastes to let a few spices and a hint of pumpkin by. This was one sweet Pumpkin Ale.

This was a light bodied beer with a low level of carbonation and an aftertaste of nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, burnt brown sugar, and a touch of dried and lightly burnt pumpkin. This is where the sweet flavors died down and where the spices took their place. I sure it was hard for the molasses and brown sugar to carry on after they you used most of their energy in the initial taste. The spices were the only ones to linger on after the taste has past.

This is clearly not the best Pumpkin Ale out there today, but I'd rather drink this one over the countless others I've had. Most of them tasted like Pumpkin Pie, but this Pumpkin Ale one went down the sweet road by tasting like molasses and burnt brown sugar. If you're looking for a good Pumpkin Ale and this beer is in season, you might think about picking up this one. I just hope you really like your sweets.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy pumpkin orange with a hint of brick red. The darker than usual color was expected since the label indicates that molasses was used. Thanks to what looks like fairly generous carbonation, the cap consists of three fat fingers of chamois colored foam. An impressive array of speckled lace puts the finishing brush strokes on this unique looking pumpkin ale.

The aroma is different as well. The molasses is great in combination with the usual pumpkin and spice. It smells like just the right amount was added. If this works out as well it should on the taste buds, I wonder if other brewers will jump on the 'pumpkin ale with molasses' bandwagon. They ought to.

It's now official. I will no longer be suprised by how good beer from The Brew Keeper is. This offering makes three strikes in a row, with no hint of a spare, much less a gutter ball. If you like perfectly spiced pumpkin ales with a hint of tangy sweetness, then you'll have as much fun with Boo Beer as I'm having.

Seriously, this stuff compares favorably with all but the very best. The pumpkin is up front and the spices are neither too tame nor too aggressive. Specifics include warm cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. There's also a wonderful balancing act between the freshly baked gingersnap sweetness of the molasses and the bitterness of the hops. This is delicious pumpkin beer. Great looking label too.

The body/mouthfeel was the first thing that was noticed when the pint glass was upended. It's a fraction more full than medium for the style/ABV and features a silky smoothness due to beautifully calibrated carbonation.

Whoever The Brew Keeper is, he's one talented brewer. No matter the style, it seems, the end product is always impressively good. Even though Boo Beer is a wonderful name for a pumpkin ale, I find myself wanting to Cheer after each and every mouthful.

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Photo of chadhops
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Real quick and to the point...

One of the best pumpkin ales I've had. Smell is great and taste to match (pumpkin and spice). In fact, its my opinion that it was so good that it sold so quick that they had to start their xxxmas ale early and there Marzen ale was left unsold due to this being a good beer. i will stock up next year!

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Boo Beer from The Brew Keeper
3.92 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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