Spooky
Blue Mountain Brewery

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #185
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #32,977
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 14.13%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
158
From:
Blue Mountain Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  6
Gots
  30
SCORE
84
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Notes: Ale brewed with Pumpkin flavor and Cocoa Nibs and Aged in Bourbon Barrels.
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akaizer from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a tight off-white 1" foam head and a hazy reddish-brown color that reminds one of a [spooky] fall night. The bourbon barrel scent comes across with some sweetness, along with chocolate from the cocoa nibs -- a very inviting aroma. Taste follows with a perfect smoothness and blend of the scented flavors. Body is moderate, with a slight boozy aftertaste. A great drink anytime.

Nov 17, 2019
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12-1-18 - 1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle (enjoy by 9-24-19 stamp - couldn’t wait any longer) poured into a small snifter glass. Great clear dark rust color with very approachable aroma. Not boozy. Slight white head. So tasty. Wish I had another.

Dec 02, 2018
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BeerSexLove from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the first pumpkin beer that I like. Maybe after meeting the brewer and him sharing the history of such an ale and his overall enthusiasm, well it did make me appreciate this while tasting. I enjoy this pumpkin beer because the spices aren't overpowering or making it taste like a pumpkin pie, it's nicely integrated with a balanced sweetness.

Nov 12, 2017
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hophugger from Virginia

2.89/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow-orange in color with average head and minimal lacing. Aroma is very weak and is not much of anything. Taste is exactly like watered down bourbon. Very little pumpkin or ale flavor and just a light touch of the chocolate. Seems just watered down and the bourbon flavor is slightly off-putting. I love Blue Mountain but this one is a miss for me ~!

Sep 28, 2017
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Slack from Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber brown in color and fair amount of head that settles to hardly any. Lacing is okay.

Nose is mild sweetness and not much else.

Taste is sweet, mild bourbon, mild oak, a bit of nutmeg, a bit of cinnamon, and pumpkin in the background.

Mouthful is medium and cloying. Carbonation is average.

For a pumpkin beer, this is sub par. The pumpkin is far behind everything else and the spices aren't really there.

Oct 23, 2016
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Riff from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 version Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass. Pours a dark copper color with an offwhite head, Smells strong of dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla and malt. Tastes mostly of dark chocolate, vanilla, hints of bourbon and pumpkin. Overall it's a solid beer, heavier on the chocolate, smells quite good.

Sep 10, 2016
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Pencible from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a hazy copper with thick off white head.
S: It smelled like cocoa powder and toasted oak and vanilla, with some copper hops and pumpkin and fall spices.
T: It tasted like earthy caramel and vanilla and toasted oak, with some cocoa powder and pumpkin and fall spices. It had a clean earthy sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate fine carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was an interesting drink, more like a cheap bourbon barleywine with a hint of pumpkin. The scent and taste were decent but not delicious. The body was great, and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Probably not for aging. Certainly not bad, but not that amazing fresh.

Feb 12, 2016
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Xenoreactive from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is based off of 2014's Spooky which was phenomenal and delicious off draft. I have no idea what happened to 2015's recipe, but let's refrain from speaking of that one.

L: Pours a nice dark orange color with reddish hue. Little bit of foam that dissipates with your drinking progression.

S: Don't get too much outside of pumpkin, vanilla, odd herbal notes and a light bourbon tinge.

T: Flavorful and delightful. Has a creamy feel to it with a pronounced sweetness. Molasses, gourd, nutmeg, cinnamon, pie crust, vanilla bean ice cream and bavarian cream all come through. A delicious fall beer. nomnom

Feel: Creamy and refreshing. I would almost call it a dessert beer with it's frothy and dessert-like presence. Quite satisfying.

Overall: Loved 2014. Hated 2015. 2015 would get a 2/5 from me. Was thin, lighter-colored, lost its creaminess, sweet flavors disappeared: an overall drainpour. Could not taste any wood/bourbon notes. I really hope this was an off keg, because it depressed me.

Jan 25, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rating this is tough because I enjoyed it quite a bit but I thought this was a pumpkin beer. I got tons of toffee, caramel and light vanilla. Some spice, maybe, but no pumpkin at all. It's good but seemed to lack it's supposed style.

Jan 03, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

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

750 mL corked bottle, best by October 2016 on the cork. Poured into a stemmed glass. Dark amber color with frothy, white head on the beer. A unique pumpkin ale, smooth with subtle flavors of the pumpkin, cocoa nibs, and barrel aging. Also very smooth for the abv. Glad I tried this beer, and would definitely get more of it.

Nov 26, 2015
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice white and foam y head that dissipates but leaves some foam on the top. The beer itself is a nice clear medium amber color that has a really strong orange hue.

The smell is nice and certainly different than other pumpkin beers. The smell has some really strong vanilla and bourbon notes. The pumpkin is barely noticeable since it mixes very well with the vanilla. The smell is not very spicy but it does have a nice cocoa note to it that mixes well with the other notes and makes it fairly a fairly tolerable smell for a pumpkin beer.

The notes in the taste are the same as the smell. The bourbon notes are a little bit stronger and the vanilla is a little bit weaker. The cocoa nibs add that nice chocolate flavor that gives it a needed sweet bitterness.

The feel is medium bodied but on the heavier side. It's smooth and a little bit creamy with biting carbonation that give it a nice bit of texture.

Overall, a very good pumpkin beer. The taste isn't too spicy or too pumpkin and the other notes make it into a nice balanced beer. While I don't think it's worth the price point, I don't really regret buying this beer. Definitely recommended as your Halloween beer.

Nov 01, 2015
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ThaneMcC from Germany

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pleasant deep brown/orange. Copious white head and fine effervescence . Smells of wood, bourbon, some sweet gourdy smell (pumpkin) , no pumpkin spice or cocoa on the nose. Tastes of bourbon, non-descript sweet malts, dark fruit, very little pumpkin or cocoa notes. Medium body , pleasant effervescence and clean finish.
Ovearll – Not bad for the genre – but very little of the flavors that I expected – very little pumpkin or cocoa and a bit cloying in its sweetness. Not terrible – but I wouldn’t purchase again.

Oct 17, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aromatically, this is a bit weak, but I do get a combination of oak barrel, vanilla, and pumpkin spices. The oak is the dominant note. It tastes...I won't say weak, I'll say "not shouty". I get gentle oak to start and gentle pumpkin spice to finish. This is not a pumpkin pie bomb, then again it's been aging a year. A touch dull, but easy to drink and not overly sweet.

3.31/5: A 7 out of 10 on the spooky scale

Sep 12, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey amber with a small head. Tiny bubbles rise gently to disturb the surface. Some lacing. I smell a bit of alcohol, citrus notes and some nutmeg. Alcohol hits you in the mouth when you try it. While it may be aged in bourbon barrels, it seems a little young to me at this point. Definite potential, however.

Sep 01, 2015
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teromous from Virginia

2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown with orange hues and a few hints of red. The head is an insanely creamy mass of white foam that leaves lots of lacing. It looks dense like memory foam.

Aroma: There is a fairly strong bourbon and oak aroma that dominates and leaves room for nothing else. It's good but it has that "bourbon barrel aroma" that you'll get from every bourbon barrel aged beer. No spice, pumpkin, or chocolate comes through in the aroma.

Taste: I get bourbon flavor accompanied by a slight hint of black cherry. The bottle says "ale brewed with pumpkin flavor and cocoa nibs aged in bourbon barrels." I don't taste any pumpkin or cocoa.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. There is a light tannic quality to the beer which gives it some good palate complexity.

Overall: It was pretty poor for a pumpkin beer. It just tastes like "insert random bourbon barrel aged beer" without delivering any pumpkin flavor, any spice, or any chocolate. The bottle makes mention of nostalgic memories of trick-or-treating and how this beer is supposed to come close to the memory of those times. If this were Halloween candy it would be that ribbon candy old people give to kids. I don't know how anyone could taste this and think that it is a pumpkin or chocolate beer in any way. I feel pretty ripped off. For a bourbon barrel beer it isn't bad, but as a pumpkin pie and chocolate lover I feel like I have had the rug pulled out from under me. I would not buy it again and I would recommend others pass on it. With the shelves full of pumpkin beers this time of year there is simply no reason to settle for mediocrity. If you want to scratch that pumpkin itch this will not help you at all.

Aug 26, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2014 vintage, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with orange highlights and two fingers of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much of an aroma, but I do get some faint notes of toasted malt, some boozy bourbon notes, and chocolate.

Taste: Wow! What this beer lacks in aroma, it much more than makes up for in flavor!! There’s delicious flavors of toasted malt up front, followed by pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, clove, all-spice and ginger, as well as chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of strong bourbon. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated. With an ABV of 8.2%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Delicious beer! I really like all of the spices, chocolate and bourbon. Highly recommended.

Jun 12, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orangish-brown color with one inch head. Very good pumpkin beer. Plenty of oakiness with a decent amount of pumpkin spices. I will look for this again next year.

Dec 22, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, pumpkin, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light cocoa, and herbal/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, pumpkin/spices, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, pumpkin, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light cocoa, and herbal/oak earthiness. Light oak/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pumpkin, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light cocoa, and herbal/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, pumpkin/spices, and bourbon barrel flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged imperial pumpkin ale style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, pumpkin/spices, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Dec 10, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Balance between sweet pumpkin, spice and some oak, vanilla, and bourbon flavors is a welcome flavor, and nice complexity, still its just ok when it boils down to it.

Dec 06, 2014
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pumpkin beer. A little light on spice, but that is welcome. Huge carbonation. Very effervescent..........................................

Nov 03, 2014
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cottonkoozie from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours a thick creamy colored head (granted I poured a little too rough) with good retention and nice lacing. Clear reddish brown color, reminds me of the color of sweet tea. carbonation looks medium to light.

Some raw pumpkin smells, roasted malts, some of the cocoa, a little bit of the bourbon, a little of alcohol, some spices.

Flavors of raw pumpkin with light pumpkin spices. Bourbon flavors hit me more on the back end of the sip and then carry into the after taste, overpowering many of the other flavors. Not tasting much of the cocoa nibs or roasted goodness that I got in the nose.

Overall, pretty good. Almost think the bourbon aging could have worked better with a stout or porter, or at least with little more pumpkin kick, as the flavors kind of overpower that here. However I am a big fan of bourbon aged beers, so I still like it.


Second pour from this bottle is much different from the first. Color is similar but very cloudy. smells and taste of much more pumpkin spices. Much more balance, very good.

Sep 13, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Halloween beer!

A- poured into a snifter. Pours a dark and hazy amber color with some orange hues, nice frothy white head has good retention and leaves a small layer floating on top as it settles

S- some raw pumpkin guts up front with some faint underlying cinnamon and ginger, there's some barrel character but it's very hard to find. Faint aromas overall

T- In terms of a pumpkin ale, the pumpkin flavors are of raw pumpkin, rather than the pumpkin spices. Bourbon flavors kick in mid-palate with a hint of vanilla, they aren't very strong but do overpower and flavor of pumpkin. Some sweet brown sugar at the end with a touch of lingering vanilla barrel flavor

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a moderate and silky mouthfeel with with a smooth finish, ABV is barely noticeable

O- I was hoping for a little more assertive pumpkin flavor to match up with the bourbon. Glad to try it but not one I would go back to

Nov 01, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork and cage bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a muddled, hazy, orange-brown coloring with a sparse, filmy, off-white head that coats the glass as you drink. Aromas of subtle pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla, woody characteristics, and very subtle spices. The bourbon barrel aging seems to have overpowered the other aromas. Flavors are heavy bourbon forward, with all the vanilla notes and warmth that comes along with it. The pumpkin becomes a highlight, and there are only trace hints of cinnamon throughout. Mid-bodied, with a slight effervescence that helps lighten up the robust flavors and building warmth. Boozy and bourbon aftertaste, leading to a warming, booze lingering, slick finish. This beer is a bit off the map for the style, but a flavor bomb nonetheless.

Oct 13, 2013
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear, dark orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: oak, vanilla, bourbon, and sweet chocolate dominate the nose with some pumpkin spices underneath.

T: bourbon and oak are forerunners here as well with pumpkin spices and cocoa coming through afterward. Sweet breads, vanilla, and caramel bring up a lightly boozy finish.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is pretty drinkable for being barrel-aged, though is a little on the watery side.

O: an enjoyable beer overall. I wish there were more pumpkin and spice flavors and aromas, but what's there is far from bad.

Oct 11, 2013
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obywan59 from Virginia

3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky orange to amber with a 3 finger thick head that becomes chunky as it recedes leaving a bit of thick lacing.

Oak, bourbon and spice with an occasional whiff of pumpkin and chocolate. Very nice.

Oak and alcohol are dominant at first. Very boozy. Bourbon and vanilla and a bit of spice show up when the beer warms. A hint of chocolate. Tart and bitter qualities that both seem out of balance. Borderline cloying. Green.

Thick bodied and sticky, accentuated by the booziness. Peppery carbonation and a substantial burn of alcohol.

This beer certainly has character, but it's boozy and a bit harsh at this stage. However, I think it has great potential as it ages. I intend to sample it again in a few weeks.

Sep 24, 2013
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