Spooky | Blue Mountain Brewery

BA SCORE
83
good
148 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
SpookySpooky
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
bluemountainbrewery.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by dbrauneis on 09-01-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
148
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.67%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
28
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ROGUE16
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Slack
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

 415 characters

Photo of MGibbons
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Riff
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 312 characters

Photo of jagada
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pencible
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

 698 characters

Photo of Xenoreactive
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

 998 characters

Photo of reizorc
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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.

 233 characters

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seanchai
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

 329 characters

Photo of KAP72
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cook82
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of zp6167a
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

 1,193 characters

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emeyer
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMCPhD
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanByorick
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Spooky from Blue Mountain Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More