Head Of The Horseman
D9 Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #98
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
85
Ranked #20,284
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 10.49%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
25
From:
D9 Brewing Company
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  0
Gots
  4
SCORE
85
Very Good
Notes:
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 25
Photo of nick_perry
2.67/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown-orange color but no head. Vague spice aromas. Flavor is strongly alcoholic, but quickly fades away to a very weak spice and vegetal note. Mild burn from start to finish.

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Photo of EnderFett11
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can. Color was almost brown with a bit of orange, darker than I was expecting. May have poured it a bit too cold, but almost no head or carbonation. Smells a bit like a boozy pumpkin ale. Tastes mostly of pumpkin with not much spice, but is so boozy I almost thought it was bourbon-barrel aged. Best to compare this to bourbon-barrel aged pumpkin beers instead of imperial pumpkin ales, in which case its quite good. Not exactly a "imperial pumpkin ale" like I'm used to.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from 16oz can in a pint glass in October 2018. There was no bottled-on date on the label, and I drank this about 1 week after purchase.

Appearance: Very dark golden-red with a medium tan/brown head. The 1 finger head lasted a while, and left a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a strong earthy aroma with some pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, toasted malts, and caramel as well, but overall the earthy aroma dominates the others. I do not get much hops aroma.

Taste: Nice spices with some sweetness like caramel as well as pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. Also some roasted malts.

Mouth-feel: Strong alcohol, but with a very smooth and creamy body. Matches the 10.0% alcohol on the label.

This is a nice, spicy ale that has a variety of flavors that adds some complexity to the beer. I like the peppery spice in the flavor. This is a strong-bodied pumpkin ale, which is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale is still my favorite due to its more robust flavors. This is a fun beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a goblet

A- pours a deep amber color, almost brown, with a one-finger foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- caramel, dark breads, brown sugar, pumpkin flesh, light spicing

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses & dark breads. Mid-palate brings our some pumpkin spicing of cinnamon and nutmeg, but all are subtle. The finish is slightly nutty with more malty sweetness, as well as a hint of spicing on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a barely foamy mouthfeel and a slick finish

O- a little more subtle on the spicing than most pumpkin beers, which makes for a nice and malty, easy drinking beer with high drinkability. Only downside is it could use more carbonation

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Sanctuary Brewing in NC.
A good looking imperial ale. It has a slightly hazy orange-amber body with a sizable mixed-density head. Excellent lacing.
Listed as 10% but drinks like 5% - remarkably well hidden alcohol. Really, it is hard to believe it could be over, say 6.5%. Some alcohol presence in the aroma, however.
The spicing is also nice and subtle. Pumpkin is evident, if less obvious than the malts or spicing. Moderately sweet; probably a touch sweeter than optimal for me. Fine lingering spicy and bready flavor, whereas too many pumpkin ales leave an overwhelming flavor of pie or 'Fall' spices.

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Head Of The Horseman from D9 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 25 ratings