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Review by everetends on 10/18/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
2009 bottle sent to me by Frank (AKBelgianBeast). Can't thank him enough for that surprise box he sent me last year. I think this might be the last bottle from that package. Lets do it.

A: Pours a dark brown, might as well be black body out of the bomber. Held to the light, this beer remains opaque and very, very dark. The pour got about half a finger of dark, mocha colored ehad. The head falls to a pretty tight ring with wisps floating around in the center. A little bit of lace sticks around, but most of it slides slowly back down into the body. It absolutely looks the part.

S: It starts off with all the things that I expect when I hear pumpkin beer. Getting a lot of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg and blending nicely with the pumpkin. It may be abundant but its nicely done and not over the top. The chocolate is light in the aroma and works well with the oak that is remaining here. The oak comes across in as a very light vanilla.

T: Things yet again start off with the pumpkin pie. Getting a healthy does of fresh pumpkin and all those spices. Most notably, I am getting a perfect dose of nutmeg and just enough cinnamon to compliment. These flavors shift wonderfully into the chocolate which is dark and milk in presence. It has a good chocolate sweetness to it. The oak is light, but it is still working beautifully with the chocolate by bringing some woodiness and vanilla. Just an incredibly tight and well built beer.

M: Light side of full in body. Has a nice weight to it. Its rich, but still silky smooth. Its sweet on the palate with just a touch of woody bitterness. The ABV is very light and I am not really getting a whole lot of its presence. Carbonation is decent and it keeps this beer very creamy. Aftertaste is chocolate and pumpkin pie spices lingering.

OA: I have yet to really meet a pumpkin beer that leaves me wanting more. This is the first. This was the first time the aroma of a pumpkin beer really made me want to drink it. The flavors were very well balanced and put together. Everything compliments everything else. Its the way it should be. Damned fine beer and know I now why so many people seek out this beer. Love ya, Frank.

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