Rumpkin | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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 t8dd
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle. Enjoyed this on Thanksgiving Day with a slice of pecan pie and also pumpkin pie. Poured a dark amber color with minimal head. Smells incredible, spiced rum, spices, caramel, malt. Tastes-Whoa! The high ABV is not hidden at all but still has amazing flavors. Pumpkin? Pretty subtle. Spiced rum dominates. Finishes hot. I shared the bottle which was a good idea. Perfect end to a huge Thanksgiving day meal and paired very well with dessert.

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Photo of aleigator
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Michael for the bottle.

Pours a clear, firey dark red color, with a soon vanishing head.

Has an almost overwhelming, wooden barrel character, which gets enhanced by an incredibly zesty, herbal, sweet spiciness, featuring glazed pumpkin and burning booze, all put into an intriguing balance. The brews complex, honeyed maltiness interacts well with the slighty fermented, earthy and sweet pumpkin, both smells blending together hold the barrel intensity at bay.

This is so much sweeter than I expected it to be, with loads of molasses, toffee and cane sugar, kicking my teeths in, finished off wih an intense alcoholic burn, while the barrel's woodenness gets almost swallowed entirely by the sugar. The malt foundations gets overpowered by the sweetness already during the very beginning, joined by a sharp alcoholic impact, and only manages to try finding its balance during a later stage, due to the calming herbs and spices, which all in all aren't capable to stop the sugar madness too. The rum barrel is very well integrated though, providing a burning, slightly bitter counterpart to the sugar, which would result into a slightly dry, medicine-like impression, if it wasn't for the muddy, leafy herbs of mace, cardamon and vanilla, to provide some sort of balance. FInishes with caramelized malts among molasses and an confirming booziness, leaving enough space on the palate for the actual pumpkin to fit in, supported by wooden herbs.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Little to no head. No lacing. Head that swirls in is a creamy-beige color. Brew is cloudy amber with tons of orange and brown.

S - Big brown sugar scent. Very oakey and vanilla. Slight booze burn. Some nice deep spice is buried inside. Lots of ginger and nutmeg. Smells like a strong rummed-eggnog.

T - Very spicy and elegant vanilla. Some nice strong rum notes along with banana and brown sugar. Tastes like bananas foster. yum yums. Not much in the way of pumpkin, but spice is still nice.

M - Perfect (light) carbonation. Hidden heat, but you can feel the burn.

O - Tastes like a shot of Captain Morgan's with a slight beer kick. Not the most impressive, but still a nice brew. This doesn't fit the style, but it's enjoyable. I will recommend this one, but I won't be buying any more.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear deep ruby brown with a small head. The aroma offers up nutmeg, allspice, clove, burnt orange, vanilla, brown sugar - overall heavy spiciness. The flavor features cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, coriander, burnt orange, rich brown sugar, very sweet, very boozy finish, and some licorice. The mouthfeel is full, cloying, and low carbonation. Overall this is a dessert beer with tons of spice flavors - it is very complex and deliciously boozy.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sept. 17, 2012 Bottling. Enjoyed the day before the 2011 vintage.

A: The beer pours out of the bottle the most ridiculous color of orange I have ever seen. It rests in the glass almost brown, viscous as hell, and with an orange-tinted head. The head is nothing more than a few bubbles and hangs out for only a fleeting second. It just looks like a big beer. 4.5

S: The aroma is strangely muted. Spices, definitely some rum, and the pumpkin mostly. The alcohol is hot and dominates the other aromas. I guess I expected the pumpkin and rum to attack me right off the bat, but this seems to be a more blended, less aggressive aroma. 3

T: The taste is really focused on the rum. In fact, I'd almost say the rum is cut with pumpkin. There seems to be another factor adding thickness here, which I'll call molasses because the beer is really sweet. Spices rest on the backend, both from the beer and the rum barrel. The pumpkin really presents itself throughout the entire taste, attempting to compete with the rum when it reality it only plays second fiddle. The finish is all rum and vanilla and the beer warms you as you drink. I do like the beer despite it's over-the-top ruminess. I'm impressed that pumpkin can play on this level, but I'm afraid it isn't quite good enough to make this a top notch offering.

MF: The beer actually burns on the way down, which although I've had a good number of very high ABV beers, I can't say I'm used to. The body is thick and heavy, coating the mouth with rum and spice. The size of this beer makes the drinkability a bit lower than it could be. The alcohol just takes you over. 3.5

O: This beer quite literally warms my soul. I thought the fresh version was hot (something I remember when I had this on tap last year), so I'm excited to see what happened to the bottle I held on to for a year. If you can find this, buy it, and experience it. I doubt you'll regret it. 4

Oct. 2011 Bottling.

A: The body has gotten much darker, and the bright orange appearance that so struck me before has turned into more of a sludge amber with a white head. The body is much more clear than the 2012 version. As before, the bubbly head doesn't stick around that long at all. A ton of crap has built up at the bottom of the bottle, which I didn't pour into my glass. I can't stress enough that they look like different beers. 3.5

S: The pumpkin asserts itself much more, with the spices underneath. The rum plays well here and the booze is as strong as ever at the finish. I'm actually a little surprised the alcohol hasn't been cut a bit more, it's still almost burning my nostrils. 3

T: I'll say this right up front, the taste is significantly better. I'd say the best pumpkin beer I've had to this point. The balance, finally, is noticeable and MUCH appreciated. The sweetness is still big, and the caramel seems to be much stronger than any pumpkin. The rum and alcohol play big parts here, but as I said it's actually balanced. The spices are gone. Big malt finish and I appreciate the beer not burning on the way down. 5

MF: Thinner body with more carbonation. The drinkability is much higher because of the balance and lower level of noticeable alcohol. I still feel the 18.1% ABV after I'm about halfway through the bottle, however. 4

O: Huge improvement. I actually wish I had another bottle to hold onto for a few year. My guess is this will only continue to get better. I absolutely recommend you age this over drinking it fresh. Having had it fresh on tap and in the bottle, this is much better. 4.5

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau barrel aged glass.

Look is dark orange hazy with a lot of clumped proteins.

Aroma is still a ton of pumpkin spice but not much barrel.

Barrel is definitely in the taste. Lots of vanilla rum and spice like a fall cocktail.

Good but the look does freak me out.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time to catch up on reviews of beers I had over the holidays. On draft at Capone's. Served in a 5.5 oz snifter...

A - Presented a deep orange color with some honey-like highlights when held to the light. Surprisingly nice eggshell white head that recedes to a cap. Some nice lacing.

S - Whoa. Sweet rum and vanilla come out right away; much more rum than I would've expected. This is followed by a big blast of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, brown sugar and pumpkin. The aromas are quite sweet.

T - Quite sweet and very rich; and I have a BIG sweet-tooth. Lots of rum stands out mixing trying to mix with the pumpkin and pumokin pie spices (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon). Caramel malts and oak come through too making it seem much sweeter.

M - Medium to full bodied beer that is quite rich, sticky and sweet. Higher carbonation than I would've expected, but it was on tap.

O - The sweetness of this one, mixed with the high ABV, made it a little tough to get through. DEFINITELY a sipper if I've ever encountered one. Really interesting idea, although I wonder if rum barrels were the best choice for a beer like this.

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Photo of MLDucky
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

I'll revisit it after it's aged a bit. For me, fresh, this beer was super hot, boozy, and overly sweet. I enjoyed the spice and pumpkin aroma and flavor, but the sweetness was overpowering for me. Hopefully in time it ages into a wonderful beverage.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super hot. Full of sugar and sweetness. I split this 12 oz "beer" and I 'm glad I did. Full of flavor. Not any pumpkin at all but tons of sugary goodness. Should have aged this beer to let it cool down.

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Photo of mschrei
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer#666 that I've rated. 2015 edition. Poured into thin Unibroue snifter. A real MONSTER. Color of a pumpkin if I left it out for a while. Not much in the way of foam or lacing, but a lot of particulates floating around. Strong pumpkin smell and the barrel presence isn't overwhelming. Taste, however, totally different story. It is a big boozy bastard with a booze burn foremost with a healthy pumpkin flavor following. Glad I let it age a year, because it's a super powerful beer now, and I can only imagine how strong it would be fresh. I don't know how much rum I'm getting, but it's a great beer.

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Photo of FBarber
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

2015 vintage.

This beer is a hot mess. It pours orange with soda like carbonation and fizz. Not much of a head. Smell has some spice with lots of rum and pumpkin gourd. Taste is incredibly hot. It tastes like this was aged in 151 proof rum barrels. It burns in the mouth, burns going down and lingers in your throat for a while afterwards. Once you get past the overwhelming rum burn, there is some pumpkin flavor and some spice. But those flavors are really overpowered by the barrel. Overwhelming sweetness is also noted. Again reminiscent of a pumpkin soda like flavor. Feel is *very* carbonated. Fizzy and prickly. Does not go well with the heat.

Overall this beer is just not very good. Its not pleasant to drink, its far too sweet and soda like, and its gimmicky to me. At this price point, its in no way worth it.

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Photo of Benish
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: burnt orange with no head or lacings. There is some sediment but not a lot.

Smell: Tons of rum with hints of gin. You can just smell the alcohol. On a side note there is a a ton of pumpkin pie aroma but the alcohol overshadows it a bit.

Taste: predominantly alcohol but tons of pumpkin pie spices - especially cinnamon and cloves. The intense spices complement very well with the alcohol. There's also plenty of candied sugar. It's very sweet, almost syrupy. There was nothing I found that was underwhelming.

Mouth feel - wow it burns. Not like hard liquor but plenty of heat all over. Also very syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall: this is a boozy mess. However it is what it is - a high alcoholic pumpkin beer. The spices in this beer is intense as well as the alcohol. You absolutely need to share this with a friend.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Capones in a 5.5oz glass

Purposely poured w/short head over an opaque dark orange body

Aromas are full of spices and lots of rum barrel with apple juice

Wow. Where to start? Super sweet, featuring caramelized pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, apple pie, molasses, and some rum sweetness. Tasty but almost over-the-top sweetness

Mouthfeel is obviously rich, yet juicy (as if that makes sense). Goes down WAY too easily.

Dangerously drinkable beer. Good thing for 5.5 oz pours!

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a great trade with Jonathan. Beautiful clear mahogany pour with a creamy one finger beige head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is big and sweet and boozey with hints of butterscotch, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and subtle ginger. Huge sweet molasses dominates the taste along with hints of vanilla, butterscotch, maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, and ginger. The rum barrels really come through, more so than I can remember with any other rum-aged beer. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy while the body is medium to thin. Drinkability is terrible, but sippability is huge with a subtle warming burn on the finish. Overall, this is what it is...a sipper. The sweetness is cloying, but there's enough flavor and complexity to kind of excuse it.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 10/5/11

a - poured a one finger thick tan and fizzy head into a tulip glass that settled quickly to a thin ring that was gone about halfway through the beer. the body was a muddy brown color.
s - big rum aromas with some sweetness likely from the molasses.
t - boozy rum, woody, with a slight pumpkin taste. nicely sweet too.
m - creamy and smooth.
o - really interesting take on a pumpkin and i really enjoyed it. i think it could have used another year or so of aging as it was still a little hot but still a pleasant heat.

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Photo of BostonHops
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled oct 11, 2011

pours a deep, dark amber tone while yielding a short-lived 3/4" head; a bit of patchy lacing evident. nose is rich, sweet, and malty with notes of rum, spice, and booze. for better or worse you know this one will be something else.

flavor is hugely sweet and malty... and boozy; cloyingly sweet, in fact, all of which in my opinion overshadow it's other characteristics (spice, pumpkin, molasses, a little vanilla - which are discernible, just eclipsed). medium-full on the palate with average carbonation.

overall, just way too sweet and boozy for my taste, although i can see where it might be appealing to others. i like bold pumpkins but this just didn't work for me. disappointing (especially considering it's $12.95 price point).

(originally reviewed: 12-20-2011)

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-transparent reddish brown color with very little tan head. A tad bit of lacing.

The nose is huge. Lots of spices, pumpkin and rum. Boozy with a ton of heat. It smells like a sweet booze bomb, but in a nice way.

The taste is just as powerful as the nose, if not more. A ton of autumn spices, with some gingerbread and pumpkin. The rum brings out some spices, vanilla and a hefty amount of boozy heat.

The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, thick and syrupy, and creamy.
A bit of a cloying feel is brought by the sweetness. Low carbonation.

Overall, this is is sweet, beastly, rich, and powerful. Great flavors and enjoyable complexity.

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Photo of seedyone
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle at home. Dated 08/27/16. Head?...what head? If I hadn't washed the glass myself I'd have thought it was dirty. Now that the shallowness of first appearances is out of the way....

The rum ageing is all up in your face. The first sip has a burn that is tempered by a rich molasses sweetness. Beyond the alcohol in the nose is a serious oak. Caramel bordering on burnt sugar is present, but it all seems to come together as long as your ready for a really robust, big experience. This is not for everyone, but there are those of us who hold it true to heart.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours the a copper brown with thin head, but there is an inordinate amount of yeast clumps floating in mine, which annoys me in anything put a few Belgian style beers. Aroma is fairly hot, and the rum note thins out some of the spicey aromas (nutmeg & cinnamon) giving them a stale characteristic. But it isn't bad. This one is very hot on the rum booziness as you'd anticipate from the ABV. The sugar / molasses flavors from the rum coupled with some of the pumpkin spice somehow creates a concotion not dissimilar to apple flavored robitussin. Very medicinal. I like it to a degree but a whole bottle is a slough. Mouthfeel is thick & coating, very molasses like.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving; Bottle
Bottled on: 09-22-2014 (Batch No. 4)


A:
Pours a dirty orange-brown with a pop-like head that evaporates to nothing. No retention; no lacing. (3.25)

S:
Melange of holiday spices. Caramelized pumpkin with ginger and cloves, spiced rum, woody spiciness, butter. (4)

T:
Spiced rum with pumpkin sweetness. Very spicy ginger with rum, cinnamon, toasted biscuit, white chocolate, roast squash, butter. (3.75)

M:
Warming booziness with medium-full body, slick feel, lingering rummy warmth, sticky starchy squashiness. (4)

O:
Very good beer for what it is.
I am no fan of pumpkin beers or of a lot of barrel aged ones. This is, however, a very fine example of what it is.
Admittedly, it was too much for me, but does seem to be a solidly brewed pumpkin beer made very complex through the use of barrels. It is also too boozy in my opinion, I don't understand what is gained by being stronger than wine, but whatever. It is very multi-layered and I feel like a lower booze presence could maybe bring out somem other things in it, but who knows...
There is a lot of very spicy ginger presence and the hot-buttered-rum feel and flavor is constantly there. The aroma is of pumpkin pie and Nag Champa (appropriate since it's from Boulder). Warming, oily, and intense.
One to be sipped and shared.
Won't have again; but, if you like boozy BA beers and/or pumpkin beers, you can't go wrong, this has got to be the cream of the crop for you : ) (3.75)

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My Halloween beer, because I can. Newest batch is 15.9%

A - Pours a half dinger head, cappuccino in color which quickly dissipates. Body is burnt indian red which is slightly hazy.

S - Mostly sweet candies. Some alcohol. I'm picking up some sourness, like a sour cream, but in a good way.

T - The alcohol is there throughout. This is not a "spicy" pumpkin beer, but hints of cinnamon and cloves with a stronger allspice flavor. I don't taste the rum, but the alcohol is not hidden. Some sweet plum as well.

M - Nicely balanced with good carbonation and feel.

O - a bit much on the alcohol and I am not totally convinced it is a pumpkin beer. It is tasty and well done on all other effects. Much better than the current year Beast which is way too hot.

2012 version - A lot more pumpkin in this than I remember from 2011. I think I like it better.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Gregaroo
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updates:
10-18-15 - right from the teet at the Nautilus Rd. brewery and tap house. Served in some sort of an angular tulip. So overwhelming. Awesome bourbon? and pumpkin. Just awesome. Great sipping beer just before Matisyahu at The Fox in Boulder. Best Pumpkin ever.
10-20-15 - With Todd, wife, and Eric at Barrel House in Golden. Last call after a great night, so we had to close with this. Great!

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Photo of JizackFH
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum at the Avery tap takeover on 10/25/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a dark mahogany copper color with some ruby hues. There was a tiny layer of off-white head that dissipated very quickly leaving some specs of lace behind on the glass. The nose is big and sweet. There are dark toasted malt, dark fruits, spiced rum, pumpkin, and holiday spices. There is a big booziness as well. The taste is deep dark and sweet. There are fruit flavors like raisin, fig, cherry, and plum. There is a hefty dose of pumpkin, cinnamon, and brown sugar. It is quite boozy, which is to be expected from a beer that is almost 14% alcohol. The whole flavor seems to linger on the palate in the finish. This is full bodied and has more carbonation than I thought it would have. There is some tingling and some roastiness. There is quite a bit of sweetness, and pretty big boozy warmth in the finish. This has really good drinkability. It is most definitely a slow sipper, but the flavor is great. I enjoyed every drop of this one. I really think the rum barrels were a good choice for this beer. I recommend trying this. I thought it was great.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes: Had on tap at Avery. 5 oz taster

A-- Poured an opaque ruby color, no head at all, small layer of film. Just a few small carbonation bubbles.

S-- All spice, Nutmeg, pumpkin and rum. ABV is well hidden for a high ABV beer.

T-- Dark rum, all spice, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Very sweet and a lot of alcohol.

M-- This was tingly, thick and syrupy. Very sweet and a lot of alcohol. Was told Goslings rum barrels were used for it. Could easily taste that though.

D-- Taster was more than enough. Great nose but after that not much great about it. More like rum and very sweet I thought. Too syrupy and not a huge fan of rum. Had to try it though.

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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,352 ratings.
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