Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: bottle. Almost black pour with loose tan head. Light notes of roasted malt and pumpkin. A little papery with light spice notes, strong roast notes and just a lingering pumpkin flavor. A little flabby on the tongue. Tastes like this one is headed downhill fast.
nuplastikk (5668) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Tipsy Cow. Opaque brown black body, thin patchy beige head. Smooth and classic. I’d guess around 8%. Chocolate merges effortlessly with the pumpkin pie spices, vanilla edged. Easy going yet full bodied. Pretty expert execution. Well done.
milewide (1990) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best pumpkin brew that I have tried! Aroma and taste were roasted grain and pumpkin, with limited pie spices. I hate pumpkin brews that are merely cheap ale with loads of dollar store pumpkin pie spices!
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Thanks, Jason. Nearly black, some dark ruby & brown shimmering at the edges. Super chunky, khaki shaded head sits on top for decades before slowly breaking down. Aroma of... pumpkin spice! Clove seems to be the heaviest with ginger following closely behind. A little bit of that cinnamon-y, allspice vibe but clove & ginger are definitely the stand-out spices. Some roasted malt & hints of cocoa underneath. As it warms, the spices mellow to give off a strong gingerbread man cookie vibe... Nice. Taste is decisively less spice heavy with more of a mellow porter vibe. Still has a strong essence of ginger, clove, cinnamon, & graham cracker, but things are much more calm on the palate. Mild roasted malt, cocoa dust, & even a light hint of smoke. A tad thin, would expect a little more for 7% ABV, but not bad. All in all, a pretty nice pumpkin porter.
Bulk_Carrier (3464) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance has a dark brown closer to black colored body with a half finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves light lacing.
The smell has pumpkin up front in this one with some nice roasted cinnamon and barley, burnt sugar makes somewhat of a presence and there’s a little bit of chocolate underneath more so once the beer warms.
The taste is mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors with a roasted barley aftertaste, and a dry finish.
On the palate, it sits about a medium, and is somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is good for the style and for me.
Overall, I really enjoyed how the pumpkin flavor and the other "pumpkin" flavorings played a part in the combination of this beer, to make this and put it in an American Porter was an excellent idea. I would definitely get this again and most likely seek it as a "dessert" beer.
baraciisch (2768) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in color... Big pumpkin, spice aroma... Flavor is roasted malts, nuts, pumpkin, spices... Pretty good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AndySnow (6378) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Where: Tasting at Café Abseits, during the Bamberg Jolly 2014.
Appearance: Brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Spices, pumpkin, fruit, hops.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Pumpkin, fruit, malt, spices. Too strong in the pumpkin. Unbalanced.
madmitch76 (21191) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
25th January 2014
Bamberg Bash Day 2. Cafe Abseits tasting. Almost clear deep amber beer, small pale tan head. Crisp palate, light minerals. Good pumpkin fruits and nice, not overdone mellow spices. All in good balance with the mild dark malts. Finishes crisp and semi dry.
Theydon_Bois (16227) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Day 2 of the post Xmas Bamberg Jolly, Cafe Abseits Tasting, bottle thanks to crash out Kenny - I think he managed to connect this one to his north and south probably a half bottle pour the form he was in !, 25/01/14.
Dark mahogony brown with a moderate light tan covering/swirl.
Nose is dark fruits, toffee, lots of spice, pumpkin pie.
Taste comprises mild pumpkin notes, dark malt, brown sugar, earthy cocoa, dark toffee fudge, spice.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying closure.
Ok for style.
jfb (5343) - Freising, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle, courtesy of madmitch76) pours a murky deep ruby-brown colour with a small off-white head. aroma of banana and vanilla, heavily spicy, with lots of cinnamon and clove. flavour is mostly the same, heavy all-spice, some alcohol, a hint of gooseberries and herbal hops. medium to heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.