zvikar (3612) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 15, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
@Freaktoberfest, pours light orange with a small white head, aroma of clove, mint, lavender and some malt in between, flavors of apple with some acidity and spiced with cinnamon & lavender, quite water. Not my style
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy copper color, dinky white head, some lace. nose of pumpkins and spices. flavor of pumpkin and spices. medium bodied, clean finish. i am getting to the end of my rope with pumpkin beer.
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@Earth-on tap-pours a rich light tan head and amber color. Aroma is dark malt-licorice, cinnamon. Taste is dark malt-licorice, cinnamon-spice.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured an orange-caramel color with a trace of a tan head. The aroma was light spices and fruits with a candied ginger presence dominating. The flavor was tart, spicy and a little bitter with a fruity presence and pervading candied ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium body. Solid.
Onslow (1210) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber pour with a thin head. Aroma dominated with apple pie spice. Flavor is good - a really solid ale in the background but dominated by the spices. I’m not a big fan of spiced brews and prefer those with pumpkin in them – per Arcadia’s website, there is no pumpkin in here. I was stupid enough to think that it was a pumpkin ale when I bought it - no doubt the label graphic fooled me - but thankfully my taste buds are smarter than my brain.
This is probably as good as the spiced beer style gets, though not as good as a nicely spiced holiday porter or stout. What can I say? A good example o a style I find uncompelling - if you like the spice ale you’ll probably really like this. For me - it’s OK , but I won’t be buying it again.
jsquire (3551) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber beer with a short lived off white head. Surprisingly subtle aroma, but what there was hinted of nutmeg and spice. Spicey beer with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pie spices. Some underlying caramel sweetness and almost orange juice citrus. Medium bodied. Okay pumpkin beer.
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
No notes on this beer. I had several beers where I was only able to kind of take small notes and therefore everyone suffers.
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 ~ Purchased a 6-pack from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. Pours a hazy orange color with a creamy white head. Cooler temperatures, leaves changing colors, and homemade pumpkin pies are just a few of the things that come to mind when I take a whiff of this beer. Aromas are of pumpkin spices, and it tastes pretty much the way it smells. This was satisfying, and I will have no problems finishing off the other bottles. ~
alobar (2867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber color with no head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, and caramel. Good nose! Flavor of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg with hints of citrus and pumpkin. Not bad for the style.
tmoreau (2562) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Famous Liquors Fall /Oktoberfest Tasting in Lombard, IL.. Poured a cloudy, gold/amber with modest off white foam and lacing. The aroma was initially floral and pie spices with nutmeg being the most notable. The flavor followed with some mellow malt, but finished slightly astrigent.