ACHops (596) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours dark opaque black with medium mocha head. Aroma is mild pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and a bit of chocolate. Taste is similar, somewhat watery body and thin mouthfeel. Chocolate dominates the flavor, cardamom, cinnamon, and dry pumpkin spice are there but lesser. Doesn’t taste like 8.2%. For my money, easily better than the accompanying Tripel, but still lacking in body for a Baltic porter. As with the Tripel, worth calling out the packaging - top notch with these guys. Really unique, distinctive, and fun!
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a rich, three centimetre tall brown head. Aroma of squash, more pumpkin, nuts, earth, bunches of spices and way more squash! Full-bodied; Very rich flavour with a nutty, herbal and very spicey finish showing caramom, canella, nutmeg and even horehound, but the squash depth goes quite a long way in the flavour profile. Aftertaste shows a rich chocolate flavour, some figs and earth and a complex pit fruit sweetness that pairs well with squash. Overall, a nice and relatively interesting beer - it’s not so much of a Baltic Porter as it is a slightly amped up Squash-based beer; Rich and flavourful, but definitely of the herb/spice/veg category here. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Whole Foods in Clarendon (Arlington), Virginia on 09-February-2014 for US$2.99 sampled at home in Washington on 11-April-2014.
Strykzone (4477) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. An almost black pour but with a little red. A thick creamy tan head falls slowly and leaves lacing. A very roasty aroma that is almost burnt. A nice creamy feel. The flavor is also roasted with a coffee bitterness. Pumpkin, spices, and even chocolate are all light but came out more with warming. This did improve but the front was not all that great. Interesting, though.
hayduke (3159) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Pours very dark brown color with a huge tan head and really thick lacing. Nose of ripe fruit and a somewhat medicinal aroma. Near full body. Flavor is dark ripe fruit, burnt malts, and something almost acrid. This is really an odd mixture of flavors and is not as enjoyable as I would have hoped. The appearance pulled the score up on this a bit.
Chuckaduck (606) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. 3/12/14. Pours opaque brown-black with a thick, resilient and very light-brown head. Aroma is excellent; roast malt, pumpkin, spice, cinnamon, earth, cocoa. Not much else int he way of aroma, but the notes that are present are really nice. Taste is likewise, roast malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, spices, earthy; everything incredible complimentary; finish is pumpkin and roast malt. Really nice. Dense lacing throughout. Mouth feel is full but not syrupy or coating. Medium carbonation. So many things about this are great. This is a top notch baltic porter/pumpkin beer. Well crafted.
maddmatt639 (164) - Belmont, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light retention with no lacing. Smells of chocolate, caramel, roasted malts and cinnamon. Tastes of pumpkin, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and spices. Semi-bitter finish.
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Staffan47 (809) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mjuk pepparkaka. Svagt rostad och torrt kaffe ( ja, torrt kaffe). Bra pumpkin. Torrt avslut med rökighet från en viss distans.
AndySnow (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: Tasting at Café Abseits, during the Bamberg Jolly 2014.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Oak, red wine, coffee, chocolate, spices.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Slightly burned, fruit, chocolate, spices.
Dodgrblu (562) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can from Liquor Barn Redding, dark, roasted pumpkin aroma, some chocolate.
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
25th January 2014
Bamberg Bash Day 2. Cafe Abseits tasting. Plastered now! Light touch of dark malts. Mild cinnamon and other spices. Light spicy finish.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz can. Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. Roasty, spices, pumpkin, and caramel. Just didn’t like the spices ...