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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.


ACHops' rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (695) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2013
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!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (993) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Aromas of charred wood, strawberry candy, subtle raspberry or maybe blackberry. Black with a mostly lasting tan head. Bitter, roasty, with dried fruity notes. Medium-full bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROBC3366 (665) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is spiced pumpkin pie with a hint of vanilla. Flavor is a bit sweet with big pumpkin spices. Notes of cinnamon are prominent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6416) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Tap at ABR. Dark pour. Slightly sweet. Foamy tan head. Some pumpkin. Somewhat sweet. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4485) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Pours a deep brown..almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, dark chocolate and vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, leather, caramel, toffee, cinnamon, light smoke and dark fruits.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1107) - Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Poured black from the can. Large tan head. Aroma is complex with chocolate, nuts, pumpkin, spices, and veggies. Taste is sweeter than I expected with good chocolate malts. Pumpkin and spices are more subtle. Nutty sweet finish with caramel. Great!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lutz2jm (110) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2014
I enjoyed this better than it's counterpart in the series. Pour is dark with a tan head very little lace. Mild roasted pumpkin notes some black cherry notes as well. The spice in this beer is not to over the top so you still get the great qualities of a porter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2086) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 15, 2014
1 year old can shared at my Summer Plunder Tasting. Baltic porter - a soft chocolate mild spice and subtle pumpkin flesh. Roasty with earthy spices vanilla, coriander and chocolate. Medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Nice enough but the spices don’t seem to gel with the malts, they kind of clash.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (338) - Bend, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Nose is spice, soft cocoa, hint of pumpkin. Pumpkin comes through much more in the flavor, combined with the spice creates a very convincing pie filling effect with more of the roasty/chocolaty character on top. Really integrated and well done.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
liquidhedonism (71) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2014
12 oz can from New Seasons Market in Hillsboro, OR. Initial nose was ashy, chalky, and slightly sweet. After tasting, I got much more smokiness, which drowned out almost all of the fall spices and pumpkin that are supposed to be in this beer. I do get hints of cinnamon poking through the haze though. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and creamy. Finish is smokey and slightly bitter. I have never been a fan of smokey beers, but this one is different somehow. It reminds me of smoke from summer night campfires, instead of chewing on a piece of charcoal. Still, not a favorite.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
julesjis (57) - Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Poured from a can found at New Seasons in Hillsboro. Color is a nice dark, robust brown. Aroma is very sweet and "fall like". Taste is too sweet with a layer of over the top spices. This beer had too much cinnamon and raisin for my taste.


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