Reviewed by Brady White on November 4, 2014 in Autumn Guide
- Brewery: Avery Brewing Company
- Origin: Boulder, CO, US
- Rated On: November 3, 2014
- Best Before: Bottled September 22, 2014
- ABV: 16.73%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Pumpkin Ale
- Rating: GREAT !!
This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with one finger of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just bubbly tan head, which leaves some streaky Gulf War tracer fire lace around the glass as things slowly, slowly recede.
It smells of rich, roasted, and certainly vegetal pumpkin flesh, meek earthy ginger, subtle nutmeg, a baba cake meets caramel pudding maltiness, surprisingly plain brown sugar, stressed barrel staves, the metallic and tropical fruit-tinged rum that causes said stress, and a soft leafy, herbal bitterness. The taste is big and sweet, full of dense, syrupy brown sugar, thick caramel malt, hot vanilla, timid seasonal spices – the nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon just overwhelmed, it would seem – goopy pumpkin leftovers, and a rather standoffish aged dark rum booziness. The carbonation is actually quite tangible for this early in the game, though manifesting in a still mild frothiness, the body smooth, but in the manner of having signed a veritable deal with the devil – always looking over your shoulder, and all that. It finishes on the inflated sweet side, for sure, but with enough going on in the interim, before that middle-shelf rum shot hits you, to keep things more or less just this side of sane.
Quite surprisingly, the bristling threats of this offering (not necessary to detail here, look it up) seem to just bleed away, once you dive in with both feet. Large, fully of bloated pumpkin pie, barleywine-esque malt, and actually polite rum barrel booze. Definitely a slow sipper/share-worthy sort of affair, with lots to like, especially when it’s drinking this well, this soon.