Headless Heron Barrel Aged Pumpkin Spice Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Headless Heron Barrel Aged Pumpkin Spice AleHeadless Heron Barrel Aged Pumpkin Spice Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Generously spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, this barrel-aged pumpkin spice ale overflows with dark fruit, dried fruit, and hints of bourbon. Perfect for settling in to watch a few leaves fall to the ground.

Added by BeerVikingSailor on 09-25-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
382
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
72
For Trade:
4
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Photo of ZEB89
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SierraFlight
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Krusader
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckyNBeer
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nugganooch
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22oz bottle to snifter – 11/29/15
This was sent from mdfb79 – Thanks Dan!

Really enjoyed this delicious seasonal treat! A wintery warmer, barley wine style type strong ale with the perfect amount of pumpkin, pie spice, and barrel influence. Dark brown on the pour with some garnet tones and a moderate cap of khaki tan suds that works its way back down to a swirl in the glass. Light dot works and a few streaks of lace noted. The nose evokes pie filling with cinnamon and nutmeg, maple glazed squash, marshmallow, vanilla, brown sugar, toasty oak, and a light browned malt roast. Flavor is sweet with caramelized goodness but maintains balance throughout. Has some great kettled malt flavor with enough bourbon to produce some delicious vanilla-marshmallow like notes that melds delectably with the candied pumpkin and baked goods here. I find the cinnamon and nutmeg spices are complimentary as well and kept quite manageable. Semi viscous but never too syrupy. Some modest earthy roast to it with a mild peppery hop bitterness that helps dry out in the finish. A very tasty treat and well balanced in all the spice barrel and fruit flavors. Recommended – would love to have this one again.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan head that quickly becomes a mere, wispy cover.
The aroma is cinnamon, cloves, cola, vanilla and roast notes.
The taste is toasty and spicy with vanilla and dark fruit and some boozy warmth.
It's medium and smooth.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a dark brown with a tan, creamy head.
S- A huge bourbon smell. Maple syurp and spice.
T- pumpkin, vanilla, carmel, bourbon burn, cinnamon.
M- Quite smooth with a slight bourbon and hop burn.
O- Wonderful pumpkin ale with lots of bourbon.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours a dark brown color with a thin foamy off-white headshot reduces to a ring around the edge

S- aroma gives cinnamon, nutmeg & clove up front with a Carmel malty sweetness, along with brown sugar. Undertones of bourbon give spicy earthy wood & vanilla

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of bread crust, fruit cake & caramel. The spices follow, with flavors of cinnamon & nutmeg. Bourbon barrel kicks in mid-palate, providing oak & vanilla. The finish is distinctly brown sugar, with a perfect compliment of cinnamon and barrel

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish, abv hidden well

O- outstanding mix of sweet malty base beer, slicing and barrel treatment. One of the better pumpkin beers I've had for sure

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Photo of 57md
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish color with dark copper edges and a half finger of head. The nose has an alluring combination of pumpkin, seasonal spices, bourbon and vanilla. The flavor has many of the same notes as the nose plus the introduction of dark fruits. The pumpkin "meat" seems to be featured quite prominently.

This offering does not ever become overly sweet or cloying. In fact, the finish leans slightly to the semi-dry side.

At 8.5% this offering is on the edge of cellarable. I am going to search out a few more bottles to save for Halloween 2017 as I think that it will only improve with age.

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Photo of GStone899
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing pumpkin beer. Lots of clove, nutmeg and spices. Pours the same color as coca cola with the same head too. Smell is very pungent and alluring. I haven't had many pumpkin beers in my life but this one hits the spot. Central waters makes some fine beta and this is no exception.

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Photo of tommy5
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cmwilliq
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SerialTicker
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dude, this stuff's a banger! A 22oz bottle for something like $7? Not only is the price right, the beer is delicious -- easily the best pumpkin beer I've had when factoring in quality and price. The spice level is perfect, and the bourbon is flawlessly integrating without taking over the spices or pumpkin flavor. I see some people saying there's too much spice/that it overwhelms, but I think it's great -- the ratio is just on. I'm digging the nutmeg and cinnamon. This is basically the perfect pumpkin beer.

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Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BrewMaven
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lembeh
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a cola, can see some dark crimson edges. The nose is caramel, toasted malt, rich pumpkin puree, some nutmeg and cloves. The taste is rich pumpkin spices, some bittering but not a hop bittering more of a burnt charred kind of note. The latter is from the barrel and there is also some cloves and almost a slight warming sensation towards the end. Really impressed with he complexity of this ale. Very well done, will look for this next year for sure.

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Headless Heron Barrel Aged Pumpkin Spice Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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