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Rumpkin | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.73%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
We wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, were aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Rumpkin is what happened! This first member of the Annual Barrel-Aged Series was brewed with roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm, and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.

Added by womencantsail on 10-09-2010

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Russian River snifter

Pours a hazy copper color with a fizzy tan head that dies within seconds.

Huge nose full of pumpkin pie, meshed with rum barrel. There is plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and caramel. Very sweet rum characteristics are also present with lots of vanilla.

Taste follows on the nose, but really highlights the sweetness of the rum and malt. Alcohol warmth is strong throughout.

Very syrupy with a full body and creamy carbonation.

This beer is very original, and a treat for anyone who doesn't mind the intense flavor and noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pumpkin pie colored liquid with a light tan head that leaves only a speck of lacing here or there. The smell is reminiscent of a pumpkin pie that someone soaked in rum. There is a crust like bread smell with rum, caramel sweetness, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and fresh pumpkin. The taste is all of this. At the first sip it tastes like a pumpkin pie brûlée. The breadiness plays with this to round out the whole pie experience. The rum then takes over and brings some of the pie spice along for a fiery ride. There is a burn like you would expect from a 18% beast but the sweetness keeps it in check. This is a great beer that screams for a cold fall night and a raging fire.

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Photo of brystmar
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Oct 2011.

Copper body, minimal head. Spicy rum, booze, barrels, & pumpkin aroma. Taste brings everything together smoothly with hearty pumpkin, plenty of rum, and strong booze too. The balance here works quite well; I do love this beer.

Rumpkin will age with the best of them; can't wait to see how this develops in a few years.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Avery rumpkin

A - pours a deep ruddy brownish amber. A rigorous pour yields a frothy tan head but quickly dissipates.

S - lots of brown sugar and other pumpkin flavors like clove and allspice. The spice of the pumpkin blends with the boozy rum to create notes of cake batter, licorice, nougat and black strap molasses.

T - a sweet, buttery and honeyed flavor up front. Toasty grains. Sweetness intensifies as well as Spices and boozy flavors mid palate. Molasses flavors play off of notes of clove, allspice, vanilla and menthol. There is a spicy finish with a lingering note of licorice.

M - smooth, buttery texture. Full bodied. Low carbonation creates a more viscous feel.

O - an great beer. Unique and flavorful. It drinks very easily. I genuinely did not know its strength. Definitely in the dessert beer category but it has been quite pleasure to taste this beer.

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Photo of deford
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Wow...totally get catsup on the nose....

Poured into a FW snifter...

A-Beautiful ruby red with a sweet lil ring around the edge of the glass...no real head to speak of.

A- Like I said...catsup...this thing is so sweet on the nose its crazy! Probably more like rum, pumpkin, molasses.

T- Catsup...I mean rum and pumpkin and molasses....something roasted...actually really good.

M- Minimal carb...

O- Pretty fine beer. If you do rum, do this....

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Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer looks very nice, with a thin head and a very nice sherry reddish brown.

S: A lot of rum and booze on the nose at first. I also get some sherry sweetness and some spices.

T: The taste is amazing. To me it is like if you made a pumpkin pie with rum. I am getting so sweet fruitiness, like raisins.

M: The beer has a strong crispness and has a bit of a burn on the back of the throat. Not much carbonation is present.

O: This is one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. This is well put together and the flavors are very complex. Cant wait to see how it is after it ages.

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Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy copper with a bit of light tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of rum raisin and brown sugar, with some alcohol and sugary caramel and pumpkin spice.
T: It tasted like sweet rum raisin and candied fig, with pumpkin spice and brown sugar and alcohol. It had a sugary sweet aftertaste that was surprisingly mild.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was really a great beer! Amazingly smooth and easy to drink. The scent and taste were really enjoyable, and the body was solid. The alcohol was noticeable but not bad, so it wasn't difficult to drink. I was surprised it wasn't more complex, but the flavors all blended really well together. This was like a holiday version of The Beast or Samael's, but better than either of those. A great sipping beer for autumn/winter that could also cellar a long time. One of my preferred pumpkin beers.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz, gold foil-capped bottle, 2014 edition, procured during GABF last month. Also the reason why our contingent broke one of the basic first-day tenets there - by having late-evening pints of this stuff at World of Beer.

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with one finger of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just bubbly tan head, which leaves some streaky Gulf War tracer fire lace around the glass as things slowly, slowly recede.

It smells of rich, roasted, and certainly vegetal pumpkin flesh, meek earthy ginger, subtle nutmeg, a baba cake meets caramel pudding maltiness, surprisingly plain brown sugar, stressed barrel staves, the metallic and tropical fruit-tinged rum that causes said stress, and a soft leafy, herbal bitterness. The taste is big and sweet, full of dense, syrupy brown sugar, thick caramel malt, hot vanilla, timid seasonal spices - the nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon just overwhelmed, it would seem - goopy pumpkin leftovers, and a rather standoffish aged dark rum booziness.

The carbonation is actually quite tangible for this early in the game, though still manifesting in a mild frothiness, the body smooth, but in the manner of having signed a veritable deal with the devil - always looking over your shoulder, and all that. It finishes on the inflated sweet side, for sure, but with enough going on in the interim, before that middle-shelf rum shot hits you, to keep things more or less just this side of sane.

As during that ill-advised 'nightcap' in metro Denver, the bristling threat of this offering (not necessary to detail here, look it up, or read a label) seems to just bleed away, once you dive in with both feet. Large, fully of bloated pumpkin pie, barleywine-esque malt, and actually polite rum barrel booze. What's not to like, especially when it's drinking this well, this soon?

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Photo of dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour @ Falling Rock, stop 1/5 on the Barrel Aged Bike Tour

Wickedly big - rum barrel, pumpkin pie, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, dense pumpkin bread. Really good - would be a task to take down 12oz, but a task I would welcome. Definitely on the sweet end, with a tingling rum finish. Perfect for 11am on a Friday :)

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch No. 5 - Bottled Sept 09, 2015. 18% abv. Almost 6 months old, and will probably be better with 6 more, but lets not get ahead of ourselves.

Opens with a lot of carbonation. Sweet pumpkin pie before I can even pour this thing...

Look is a murky orangish-copper. Couple finger head is full of carbonation, but goes away almost instantly leaving no traces. This beer was fizzing like a can of soda, not sure I've seen that specific behavior before.

Smell is very spicy, literally smells like a pumpkin pie with hints of rum creeping up then dominating. The all spice is the one I get the most of. Its kind of intimidating.

Taste is sweet and basically follows the nose except there's the molasses flavor first, then the spice, then the rum. The longest notes are sweet and the after the spices fall off its mostly candy on the tongue.

Feel is highly carbonated and medium-fullish bodied. Very sticky and chewy, like eating a pumpkin flavored Werther's candy.

Overall, this is exactly as advertised, so you can't knock the product for what it is. The 18% is present, but its actually hidden pretty well. The flavors are intense, and that should be what you expected here. This is not to be - and probably cannot be - consumed at a fast pace. This is a slow sipping desert beer. And while I was definitely put back a little when I first started, by a third of the way through the 12oz serving I'm enjoying it a lot.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky copper into my snifter, with reddish hues, just about one finger of bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Pumpkin is very noticeable even with the other bit aromas, sweet molasses, caramelized malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, banana, oak and vanilla with a slight rum booziness.

T - Sweet molasses and pumpkin come right through, followed by oak, rum and vanilla. Caramel and spices linger on the palate, nutmeg and cinnamon, really deep malt profile fights against the warmth of the booze.

M - Full bodied and sticky, pretty spicy and warm on the palate.

O - This is a fantastic treat, would love to try it with some age on it to see how the flavors continue to meld and hopefully the booze will mellow a little, looks like I gotta fork out the dough for another bottle.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant ruby-orange with just a few bubbles on the oily surface. Great big aroma with pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and just a hint of booze.

Moderate carbonation and a prickly, heavy mouthfeel. Big brown sugar up front with hint of pumpkin and spice before a hot blast of oaky vanilla.

The taste didn't quite live up to the aroma, probably because the alcohol is overwhelming the subtler elements. Have another bottle for the cellar so we'll see how this drinks in a year or two.

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright saturated reddish copper color, perfect clarity.

Huge toasted plantain, caramized sugar sweetness. Smells more like a Stranahans barrel, a la Samaels. Rich, sweet, and boozy.

Tastes the same, extremely rich, sweet, and boozy. Sticky sweet caramel, marzipan, oaky vanilla, toasted plantains. Low carb with astringent booze. Though extremely sweet, the flavor profile is one I'm partial to, it's pretty similar to Samaels. Overall it is what it is, tastes and smells pretty nice, though not much in the way of distinctive rum/pumpkin elements.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle into a snifter.

Avery says this is a porter, made with pumpkin, and aged in rum barrels.

I'd say it's more like a barleywine ... a very potent concoction, on the sweet side. The aroma is huge (and I know I don't have the most sensitive sniffer, so for me to really get knocked out by the aroma, it's got some oomph!).

Drinking this one year after bottling, the ABV was strong, but appropriately so. The 17.22% (who knew you could have 2 decimal places in an ABV?) is part and parcel of the overall barleywine effect, and fits in well with the other components of the ale.

The flavor is a well balanced blend of pumpkin (in the background), roasted notes, rum, typical spices, and some sweetness. I did not find it to be syrupy sweet.

I had one bottle, shared with 3 friends, so we each had just a small snifter. That was plenty, and it was very enjoyable. I wouldn't drink this often, but it is certainly memorable.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy dark orange, almost brown, with a small tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very heavy on the pumpkin along with some vanilla, rum, and spices. The alcohol isn't exactly in your face here but you can tell it's lurking in the background.

T: The taste is a huge blast of vanilla, rum, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, and more pumpkin. Much better than the nose led on and everything is very big.

M: The feel is on the thicker side of medium with a decent level of carbonation.

O: The tap version of this was so-so but this bottle is great stuff. I am sad I only have one more of these and definitely plan to get more during the next release.

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Photo of hmf05
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle says this is from Batch No. 1. Pours a deep orange/copper color. Pretty clear and tons of tiny bubbles rising to generate a fizzy two finger head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is intense! Brown sugar, vanilla, and spice hit first, but there is a nice overall pumpkin presence. Smells like pumpkin pie. Alcohol is definitely noticeable on the nose, but not offensive. The taste is exactly like the smell. The first thing I noticed was insane amounts of carbonation on my tongue. Starts out syrupy sweet, but the spices come in to help balance it out. It finishes with a semi-dry fresh pumpkin taste. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but the carbonation is very high. Overall, the most unique and intense pumpkin ale I have had to date. If there were such thing as a Double/Imperial Pumpkin Ale, this would fit the bill. There are definitely some flaws to the beer. The carbonation is just too much. There is also a definite burn from the alcohol. I know 15.9% abv is high, but Avery could have masked the alcohol taste more. With that said, this is an epic beer and one that I would definitely try again. The rum barrels add a very nice touch. This will definitely benefit from aging.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml batch 5- Sept, 9, 2015 18% bottle poured into tulip 20/5/16 cheers billverstein for sending the long standing want

A tiny suspended particles in a copper body, lots of big bubbles much to my surprise, the two fingers of foam makes some noise as it quickly fizzles out, some thin legs on the glass and enough carbonation to make it look like a slow boil

S nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted yams and pumpkin, candied ginger, lots of rum barrel, yes there's some booze but for 18% I'd say its fairly well hidden, molasses and hard toffee, more spice, more barrel, smells intense

T it mimics the smell but the booze is cranked up and more wood then rum, its still not drinking like a 18% monster but you definitely know its got some ABV, its like a rum spiked pumpkin beer and its pretty solid

M silky and hot, some tannin like grit, hard to judge mouth-feel when it hits your chest and head before anything, just a little sticky on my numb lips, spicy, woody heat just keep going

O what jacks you up more then steroids? this is a pumpkin beer on whatever that is and then some, powerful, subtle, harsh and gentle all at once, this shit could ruin anyone who let it

Hard to say if this is a little fresh for such a big boy, its drinking well but could probably benefit from a decade under the stairs. Intense all around and well rounded, different and jacked up in every way, seek this one out.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 9/22/2014:
Appears a sort if orange-amber, hazy to cloudy in clarity. Head is small bubbles that reduce to a foamy thick edge head, with some large bubbles in the mix. There is actually some lacing for tis high ABV beer.

Nose is obvious pumpkin, somewhat tart fruity nose. The spice is actually subdued (some nutmeg and ginger can be detected). As the beer warms, a rum sweetness can be noted. The power if the smell is nice, but the mix does have sonething weird about the mix that made me mark it diwn a notch.

Taste has a molasses sweetness to it at the beginning, but not dark or heavy. The pumpkin bitter/tart is as present as it is in the smell. The spice notes, especially ginger, come through in the beer and add a bite, which is accentuated but a rum-tinged alcohol burn. I get an impression of rum-soaked fruit bread (rum raisin maybe) in the taste. Feel is medium overall body, the sweetness up front seeming a bit heavy, but some carbonation and fruity ending lighten it a bit.

This is a sweeter beer, to be sure. It also shows its power a bit. If you are not a fan of a sweeter beer, you can save your money. If you like real pumpkin beers, and aren't dissuaded by the previous sentence, give this a try at least once. Beware, it's likely a slow sipper based on its ABV and sweetness.

Revisit 12/2015, tap:
Pours ruby/auburn with no head (full pour), and none forthcoming, even with agitation. Very clear.
Nose is boozy spice-nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe clove. A little sweet/tart apple/cranberry like note, and indistinct spirit barrel.
Taste follows nose, booze actually a bit stronger, spice has decent punch, and a caramel sweetness underlying it all.
Little hot, but expected at 18%.

Adjusted rating down a bit. Fortified wine-like beer that has decent flavors, once you get past the ABV.

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Photo of riored4v
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a tulip. Dark amber color, clear. Very little head.

Aroma brown sugar, malt, vanilla, spices and pumpkin. Some mild barrel notes. Caramel aromas. Fair amount of booze.

Taste was big amounts of rum, brown sugar and vanilla. Lots of caramel, malt and pumpkin. Fair amount of spices. Big alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel was heavy body, medium carb and a bit of a chewy finish. Definite alcohol warmth.

Overall this was great. Lots of complexity, big abv and very tasty. Can't wait to see what some aging does.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1 (bottled 10/5/11) and 3 (bottled 9/8/13) tasted side-by-side

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color and, of course, the younger beer has better head retention, at first, but both heads fritter away after about 30 seconds; not surprising, given the ABV

Smell: The rum is much more apparent in the younger version as is the spicing, but the older version has more depth of pumpkin aromatics

Taste: The pie spice, caramel sweetness and rum pounce on the tastebuds in the younger version but the older version is more mellow, bringing a complex melding of the spices, the rum and the pumpkin; a lot of warmth in the gullet from the younger version bursts forward and interrupts the flavor development while the complexity builds in its older sibling, with the warmth in that one settling deep in the belly

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and plenty of boozy warmth

Overall: Not sure why this beer has to have such a high ABV but it was very interesting to sample these two beers side by side; at first, I thought the younger version far superior as it forced itself upon the palate; after a few sips, I found myself returning again and again to the older version as it only revealed its complexity with the passage of time

Thanks, RuckusDu, for the 2013 version and I cannot recall the source of the older bottle but thanks go out to whomever shared it with me if indeed I got it from a trade

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Photo of Mar02x
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try this beer at a tasting organized by Jeffo and Doopiedoopiedoo. Read some more about the tasting on my review of The Brewery - Black Tuesday.

A - A beautiful cloudy ruby pour with a small off-white head. Head retracts almost instantly and there appears to be no lacing.

S - A near perfect smell of vanilla, caramel and some sweet sour-like scent.

T - Really sweet, boozy, caramel toffees and a bit sour.

M - Medium to low carbonation and no bitterness whatsoever.

O - A very nice and sweet pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bottled September 9, 2015, 18% ABV, poured into a goblet

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a small fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- big sweet aroma up front with notes of brown sugar, black molasses, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, rum barrel and lots of booze that burns the nose

T- big brown sugary sweetness hits the tongue immediately, followed by sweet rum and some barrel notes. A spicing emphasis of nutmeg and hints of cinnamon follow, with a boozy finish and linger of sweet rum

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a big warming finish

O- a mammoth of a beer, but the rum barrel works well with he spicing. Pumpkin ales are very hard to mask ABV, especially at 18%. This one definitely has some ABV burn, but it's not overbearing. A 12oz bottle would be plenty for two people

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Photo of raynmoon
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

big, boozy pumpkin pie flavors. Make no mistake, this is a pumpkin pie beer, but it's an 18% abv version. It's sweet, it's got lots of cinnamon, malt, and booze. very well crafted however.

Not worth the 12$ however.

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

A- pours a deep garnet deep amber color. Two fingers of almost brown offwhite head crowns the brew. Very good head retention considering the ABV.

S- starts off with big oak and rum aromas at first with a major vanilla and spice note. Aromas of pumpkin flesh and spices( nutmeg, spicy Ginger and savory cinnamon) lay under the rum blanket. Finishes with a warming boozey quality.

T- sweet molasses, oaky rum flavor and major caramel maltiness hits the palate at first. Roasted pumpkin and spice blends in giving some complexity and depth. Warming agressive alchohol gives some warmth and candied characteristics on the finish. Spicy oak and rum lasts long into the lingering aftertaste.

MF- slick full chewy mouthfeel with a full body and low fine unobtrusive carbonation.

D- very smooth and drinkable. High drinkability for the ABV.

Overall a very unique complex brew!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this bottle courtesy of tenderbranson69, chilled in a teku...review from notes.

The color is ruby with light hazed appearance and thin light tan head with streamers of lace and visibly carbonated in the glass. The smell has lots of vegetal/pumpkin quality with mild woody and toasted odor with a slight spice scent and almost no alcohol in the nose. The feel is intense with a lot of spice and malt with mild sweetness and gentle toasted texture with medium high carbonation and dry alcohol on the palate with spice in the finish.

The taste is excellent with a nice pumpkin quality and slight clove-like spice and mild caramel intertwined with a subtle spicy cinnamon woodiness with the rum barrels mild molassess and toasted character with woody undertones and spicy presence of alcohol. There is a good amount of pumpkin sweetness and malt in the taste but pretty rum barrel dominant as it warms with spiced flavor and alcohol into the finish. Overall a great blend of a strong ale with spice and the pumpkin quality still noticeable in the taste with rum enjoyable as an enhancement to the base.

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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.
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