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The story starts in 1999 when Shaun O’Sullivan walked into my Seattle pub. He’d heard about my massive pumpkin fest and wanted to get together and brew a pumpkin beer like no other: a Baltic-style Porter brewed with pumpkin, caraway and cinnamon. In a light colored can.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pours a hazy dark dark brown with some ruby edges and a finger of light tan head. Aroma is toast, coffee, and caramel. Taste is similar, caramel for sure, with some notes of lightly burnt toast. Hint of vanilla. Kind of watery, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LetsGoState (597) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Appearance is medium brown head with deep black color. Aroma is malty. Taste is roasted coffee and chocolate, but not strong. Overall not much of a pumpkin beer, but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1180) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2014
I like the aroma. Spices, along with a little pepper and smoke meld with typical porter aromas of caramel, vanilla, malts. Appearance is dark brown with an initially sizable head. Flavor mimics the aroma. Palate is smooth. Overall a good beer, slight vegetal back end finish is the only thing that detracts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
c_lee_burton (94) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
4 pack can. Pours dark brown with a slight tan head. Smells of roasted coffee. Taste comes in waves with coffee and chocolate first, followed by spices, and then raisin and roasted malts. It’s like a spiced mulled coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Canned 7/31/14. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a thin white slightly foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light stringy lacing. The smell had a nice blend of roasty coffee and chocolate, lightly dosed with cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin spice and coriander. The taste was roasty, sweet and spicy through a combination of the prior mentioned flavors. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a tad bit of sessionability to it. It left a nice sweet smooth creamy spiciness running over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a nicely done Baltic Porter that had some different aspects not necessarily true of the style but still worthy of partaking of more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfontain (811) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Black with small, light tan head. Aroma is pumpkin and cinnamon and dark malt. Sweet flavor. Love this brewer but this is not one of their best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LeRoytheAlien (17) - - OCT 6, 2014
The pumpkin is so slight, I can’t tell if that’s a good thing or not. I liked the He Said Tripel better, surprisingly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (936) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2014
12oz can into a goblet. I love the can design and the accompanying Trippel version of the pumpkin beer. Pours an opaque pitch black with a decent half finger tan head. Decent head retention and lacing considering the strength. Aroma first strikes me as musty; like going into the basement of an old house. Gradually roasted pumpkin and nutmeg appear and it all starts to gel. Makes me really excited for that first sip. That same musty character is there but now I can really pinpoint the nutmeg and cinnamon. Roasted malt is in the background helping to prop up the beer. A bitterness is imparted throughout holding the sweetness in check but that bitterness almost becomes too much at times. I am struggling a bit to find the baltic porter here but I guess the overall clean feeling to the beer can be attributed to that. Really this is a good beer and a unique one at that. Really great use of spices and it makes for an interesting brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jethro6191 (445) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Pours a deep dark brown with a tan head that disapates to a thin film. Not much aroma. Getting a little acetone. Starts sweet and malty then the roasted malt comes in. The finish has licorice notes. Not picking up even a hint of pumpkin. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit thin. Light body with low carbonation. Good Baltic porter, but where is the pumpkin?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - OCT 3, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 11-20-13- Served on tap in a chalice glass Appearance – The beer is served a dark brown, nearly black color with a bit of foam on the surface of the brew. The foam fades rather fast with it leaving behind some islands of bubbles as well as a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell mixed with a bit of a biscuit and a rather decent pumpkin aroma. Along with these aromas are notes of caramel and molasses as well as a rather strong nutmeg, some cinnamon and a bit of an allspice smell. Taste – The taste begins with a darker roasted malt flavor with a decent roasted pumpkin flavor and a bit of a brown bread taste. A moderately strong caramel sweetness is present from the start with it transitioning to a more molasses like flavor later as the taste advances on. While the sweeter tastes transition, they also get stronger in flavor in comparison to the roast with the sweet becoming rather large. Toward the middle of the taste, the spice that was detected in the nose comes to the tongue. While moderately strong in the nose, the spice is a bit more mild on the tongue, and with the rest of the flavors, ends up leaving a rather nice, lightly pumpkin pie spied, roasted, and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall the body is quite nice as the thickness is good for the roasted, pumpkin, and sweet flavors all while not being too overpowering for the spiced flavors of the beer. Overall – A rather tasty brew overall. Very much more on the Baltic porter side with just some lighter hints of the pumpkin pie tastes. A rather enjoyable sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Can form the cube 4 pack. Purchased at One Stop Market, Haverhill, MA. Can dated 7/31/2014 stamped on bottom. Very dark black color fast dying tan head. Aroma is earthy, dirty malts with caraway seeds and mild pumpkin.

Flavor starts with the dirty/ earthy charred malt and transitions into a moderate spiced porter. The pumpkin is barely found under the spice and malts but it is there without doubt. Overall, I like both these styles but this just doesn’t sit right. Dirty charred malt and spice.... Meh

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