Benzai (12760) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2016
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Clear red-brown color, small off-white to beige head. Horrible aroma of sugar, sweetness, (Dutch) "speculaas". Taste lightly malts, a bit sweet, some (Dutch) "gebakken balkenbrij" speculaas flavors. Weird, but drinkable.
GoufCustom (1525) - HONG KONG - JAN 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.
Looks: Clear ruby brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger hand and off-white foam which fades in 15 seconds; Good sticky lacing and active small carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and spicy malt, with strong nutmeg, strong cinnamon, strong banana bread, light pumpkin, caramel, sugar, light dark fruits, lemon and light grass.
Taste: Mid to strong sweet amber malt, with strong roastyness, strong nuts, strong caramel, strong cinnamon, floral, strong molasses, strong spices, biscuits, lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.
Body: Mid to light body. Slick and quite thick palate.
Mouth Feel: Almost everything is strong right off the batt: roasty amber malt, nuttyness, cinnamon and spices, big sweet molasses, topped with sharp bitter lemons. Only the body is not as thick or creamy as advertised, but this is immense, dryish and very yummy!
Hoppiness: Strong spices, lemon and grass in nose. Taste is the same but a lot stronger and sharper plus floral. Bitterness is strong for an abrupt, strong astringent sweet malty finish.
After Taste: Dry. Very spicy and sweet-bitter to mouth.
Comments: I never expect a pumpkin ale as strong and intense as this one: great banana bread aroma with loads of nutmegs and cinnamons, roasty nutty malt with big sweet spicy taste. Bitter hoppiness and dry bready to the tongue. A great winter warmer I must say!
RobBestwick (805) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Spice, nutmeg and pumpkin aroma. Dark brown in colour with creamy off white head. Spice, cloves and nutmeg with subtle pumpkin flavours and some hops. Full bodied and a slightly bitter finish. Good brew.
ciocanelu (1053) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JAN 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany color with creamy beige head. Aroma has roasted malt, pumpkin and spices, all in a very good balance. Taste is also balanced, not too sweet, not to spicy. I get pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and some bitterness on the finish. Body and carbonation are really smooth. This is one of the best pumpkin ales I had so far, mostly because it’s really well balanced, smooth and not overspiced or overly sweet.
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Dark mahogany beer with a dark tan head. Spice and malt aroma with light caramel. Caramel and spice flavor. Medium bodied. Pumpkin pie spice and caramel lingers with light vegetal notes.
blutt59 (6469) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, orange amber in color with white foam, aroma is some pumpkin and nutmeg, light malty pumpkin and spices, finishes a bit thin
huineman (567) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Peter Rabbit & Friends. Pours reddish dark brown with short-lived tan head. Aroma is ginger, cinnamon, clove, rose, citrus. Taste starts sweetish, firm and fizzy. Great bitter finish. Quite nice winter ale.
Pedrens (219) - SPAIN - DEC 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella 12oz. Comor cobre muy oscuro. Espuma beige claro de media formación y persistencia. Aromas a calabaza y especiados moderados con un fondo a tostado y algo de malta y caramelo, café y chocolate. En boca un poco las mismas sensaciones con tacto sedoso, entre pegajosa y aceitosa, en boca el lúpulo tiene más presencia q en aroma y compensa un poco el dulzor esperado. En el final con las notas de calabaza presentes deja paso más a los sabores del cacao y cafe, y algo de lúpulo. Esta bien pero un pelin floja en boca. Fácil de beber y menos "calabazosa" q otras pumpkin...
DuffMan (9201) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, craft beer advent calendar 2015. Dark brown, tan head. Sweet spices, chocolate, caramel, pumpkin. Prominent floral nutmeg (mace) character. Nice, but only if you like a spicy pumpkin brew.
williamherbert (1477) - Syracuse, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is deep, dark chocolate brown with a little bit of red-orange in the light. it’s very dark. The head is rocky and pockmarked.
The aroma is brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg.
The flavor is brown sugar, with more cinnamon and spice. The pumpkin, if at all, comes in the pie variety.
The feel is a little sandpapery and rough, but only slightly. It leaves a real aftertaste. This is a really good pumpkin ale; the sugary, dry balance really works. I’d have to put it at or near the top of my pumpkin beers.