This pours a burnt orange color with glimmers of amber under good light. It produces a finger of fizzing white head which dissipates almost immediately, leaving behind a swampy surface coat. It’s body is hazy and doesn’t showcase too much activity otherwise.
There’s a real rich smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and caramel at the nose. There’s also a fair amount of meaty pumpkin mixed within the spice profile. Undertones of sugary malt and rum seem to suggest a sweet foundation to come. While it’s mostly a malty aroma, it doesn’t fully ignore it’s brighter ingredients. It’s a pleasant aroma to say the least.
To my surprise, the palate is swallowed by a balanced mix of pumpkin, spices, and a complex foundation that shines light on the malt and hops combination. It starts off moderately sweet, highlighting both a woody pumpkin character as well as a sweet caramel base. The spice profile gradually builds and then holds strong through the entirety of the experience. It seems to follow the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla at the forefront. The vanilla gains strength in the back, as does a sticky caramel quality that is enhanced by the booze. The finish injects a slight spike of rum into the experience, yet displays great complexity and balance still. It’s a really well-rounded taste.
This is a medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The vanilla and rum adds a bit of sharpness to the palate, while the base and pumpkin spice mix smooth out any irregularity in feel. It’s a tad warm too. Frankly it utilizes the seasonal attributes to make for a great beer feel.
In the end, this is one of the better, more consistent pumpkin options yet again. It has a great barrel-aged character to it and provides a beautiful blend of pumpkin, spice, and alcohol. The pumpkin tastes and feels natural, and the personality of the beer is driven home by all aspects of the experience, from the nose to the feel. Most impressive is its balance and complexity. It’s a wonderful option for those who enjoy an autumnal feel and a pumpkin pie flavor.