This pours a beautifully hazy, copper color. It produces a finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates but never disappears. It’s active body keeps the surface bubbling well into the bottom of the glass. There’s light lacing throughout the entire experience.
The smell is distinct and strong. It provides notes of meaty pumpkin and a spice profile consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. A mix of sweet malt, caramel and rum seems to structure its foundation. It’s certainly a pleasant aroma.
This instantly injects pumpkin into the palate which makes for a lovely introduction. From what I gather the pumpkin is natural and fresh tasting. However its moment of clarity is short lived. The supporting spice profile quickly overtakes the experience from the beginning to middle. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a hint of clove swarms the palate. While they make good flavor, they tend to overcome the pumpkin I was loving so much in the beginning. This plows a path for the taste of rum and vanilla in the back. The rum quality is commendable. It finishes sweet and with a slightly sudden dose of hops and grass. This rounds the front end off nicely. It’s a very good flavor all around.
This is a medium-bodied option with moderate carbonation. It’s chewy and sweet which provides a continuous light friction on the tongue. The boozy rum plays a minor (but crucial) part in smoothing the texture out.
This option has a great barrel-aged character to it. It always has. It provides a good infusion of rum that doesn’t overrun any portion of the experience. The pumpkin is super pleasant and provides a freshness both in flavor and feel. It’s a sensation any pumpkin beer enthusiast will enjoy. The only hiccup I have with it is the battle between pumpkin and spices. The play between the two seems a bit uneven unlike in past batches. Nonetheless, this is a minor note. The entire experience is, and always has been, a worthy one for the fall season. Definitely pick this favorite up if you can.