In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Avery Brewing Company Rumpkin

Aroma: “Huge caramel and toffee notes up front with a decent warming from the alcohol and some rum notes. Spices are a bit subtle, with notes of cinnamon and ginger. Smells like molasses and rum.”

Flavor: “Intensely sweet caramel and vanilla notes, like candi sugar. Pumpkin flavors are pleasant and come through as candied pumpkin. Spices mostly show up as cinnamon (also allspice, clove, and nutmeg), but work well with the intense sweetness and rum-barrel character. Very sweet, from flavor to finish. Lots of warmth and heat from the alcohol.”

Overall: “A slow sipper on the porch after Thanksgiving dinner. Big and bold, very rich and sweet, with great spice and sweet complexity, this is a beer that would be very well suited for aging, but it still drinks amazingly fresh. Incredible barrel character, malt complexity, and spices all mingle for a truly unique pumpkin beer experience.”