The Spice Must Flow
Bottle Logic Brewing

The Spice Must FlowThe Spice Must Flow
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Pumpkin Beer
4.35 | pDev: 6.44%
Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
The Spice Must FlowThe Spice Must Flow
Notes: Pumpkin spice latte -- with heaping additions of vanilla beans and rich, Salvadorian colbdbot coffee beans.
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HawkeyeJosh from Arkansas

4.87/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a muddy brown, with a thick, off-white head. It smells decadent. Cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, a little coffee. It smells like a dessert beer oughtta smell. The taste Holy crap. I mean, there is so much going on here, and in no way is that a bad thing. I get actual pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, some coffee, and I can taste hints of both the rum and bourbon barrels, but mostly the rum. It finishes dry, not remotely close to the sugary sweet I would have expected from the smell. The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected, but it works for this beer. This is a pumpkin spice latte beer. And the Dune reference is awesome, especially since this beer is kinda how I expect the spice melange actually tastes. Wonderful. If you get a chance to try this beer, go for it, it is fantastic.

Jun 16, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 Release. Found this at Bristol a Farms believe it or not.. can’t wait to crack it open.

Pours a very dark rust-hued brown. The ivory foam settles at about a finger, and quickly fizzled out with spotty lacing.

The nose is as advertised, with a pumpkin spice latte nose. Broken up I’m gettig cappuccino, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and an almost maple syrup sweetness. A bourbon aroma brings up the rear, but it’s surprisingly subtle. Getting some cassia as well as the beer begins to settle and warm.

Hello, beautiful. At my first impression, if you take out the pumpkin you find yourself with a lot of similar qualities as I got with RFI initially (which was amazing). Coffee comes out strong and leaves a roasty, bitter linger. The pumpkin is much less “pumpkin spice” and much more real pumpkin flavor. Again you get the spice combination of (primarily) nutmeg and cassia. In the finish the bitterness of the coffee is still present, but along with it you start to pick out the barrels. There’s no stinging or boozy burn, but you get a lot of oak and rum characteristics of molasses, caramel, and burnt sugar.

Medium bodied, but without any viscosity. It does finish sticky but drinks incredibly smooth. At 11.9%, they nailed it.

Apr 18, 2018
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cosmo4u from New York

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Insanely well balanced. Spices do not taste manufactured or burnt. no one taste overpowers the other. Just the right mix of everything Mouthfeel is smooth and the barrel age comes through on the backend.

Dec 17, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A rather ugly muddled dark brown beer, The Spice Must Flow is capped with a near non existent light khaki ring around the glass.

Sweet alcohol, cinnamon and nutmeg spices, coffee and oak compliment dark fruit and french toast aromas.

The flavor is in the same vein. The coffee is not quite as noticeable as the rest, and the spices are well presented but not over done.

A thin, and boozy beer, there is a minimal amount of carbonation, which I feel really let's the flavors shine.

I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers. Having said that, this is the best "pumpkin" beer I've ever had, and would gladly welcome this perfect holiday meal, dessert finisher annually. I would love to see the coffee be a bit more pronounced, and for it to be a little more rich feeling, but's pretty damn good. Cheers!

Nov 25, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Muddy dark brown with a large khaki foam head that slowly settles to creamy thin film and bubbly cream collar. As you get closer to the bottom of the glass, it actually clears up to a dark copper.

Smell is clearly rum-foward, but that's surprisingly working in concert with a totally spot on take of pumpkin pie--the spices, roasted pumpkin flesh, crispy baked crust and all--all with accents of vanilla whipped cream, chocolate, and hints of spiced oak and mocha.

Taste starts with a slight sting of rum and bourbon oak, but that manages to allow plenty of room for caramelized pumpkin, brown sugared toasted pie crust and decadent vanilla cream dolloped mocha.

Despite the decadence in flavor, the body is actually medium to light, with a moderate airy froth and a dry, thinly chalky finish.

Oh man, I hate to say this...but, it's kind of unbelievable.

Oct 28, 2017
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putonyourwalkingshoes from California

4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice adjunct beer but I've yet to have a bad BA beer from bottle logic. He beer itself isn't pretty and rather thin. I would have liked more barrel but this is one of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had. The flavor executes everything stated- pumpkins, cream, the right amount of spice. A bit thin but better than being offensive with disjointed flavors. Well done bottle logic when you say you're going to whip up some crazy ass beer straight out of the Willy Wonka movie, trust you will nail it.

Oct 15, 2017
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rmpic82 from Kansas

3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a very confusing beer - nose components really battled for space. The coffee and pumpkin came off smelling weird to me. Palate confusion also. Couldn’t enjoy this one even though I am a big fan of pumpkin beers and like coffee brews as well.

Oct 14, 2017
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DrinkThemAll from California

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 3 way split. Finally able to compare it to “Picture if you will”

Overall this a variant of Picture if you will. I was disappointed that I got zero coffee in the aroma, and taste. That’s the Aspect that is suppose to set this aside from Picture.

Otherwise it was rather delicious. Like a pumpkin spice latte. Goes down rather smooth and leaves that autumn fall spice Taste to linger. Very nice

I prefer picture all day, but a Solid brew, but zero coffee.

Oct 12, 2017
The Spice Must Flow from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 62 ratings