chinchill (4265) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap to small nonic. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, hazy, with a tan head. The head has decent retention and leaves some durable, sticky lacing.
Smell: lightly roasted sweet malts with sweet potato - not dramatic but well-tempered.
Taste: similar to the smell. Moderately sweet up front but not overly so, and more balanced by the finish. Light chocolate and dark fruit notes appear towards the finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-plus body with rather lively carbonation. Some dryness in the finish.
Overall: You may already be inclined to try this sweet stout out of curiosity, but this is a pleasing and interesting beer that is worth seeking out as a high quality stout.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor. Lots of allspice in the nose; I’d say too much for balance, but it’s not off-putting. Bell’s had a Black Light party for this release; I can’t say anything about the appearance so rated it middle of the road. The flavor definitely fulfills the expectation of a novelty beer. The impressive part is that nothing is crazily overdone (though the allspice comes close). In terms of mouthfeel, spice is nice. An interesting variation on what drinks like a pumpkin beer; smells like one considering the spice additives, indeed, this one taste more like the spices generally added to a pumpkin beer, and not much at all like a gourd or sweet potato. Fun & done.
ebmalon (62) - Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at roosters beak. Dark caramel color with half finger of tan head. Aroma of roasty malt, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice. Great mouth feel...very full and robust with little carbonation. Roasted malt, some coffee and a little bread up front. Finished with mellow sweetness that tied everything together. Overall very well balanced and enjoyable.
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at SAMs. Damn keep losing my rating-twice in a row now. Fat Fingers. Anyway, this was bangin. Just like Harry Magills I had earlier in the week. On par quality-wise with some of the best batch 7000 bottles I’ve had. Spices are light ginger, nutmeg, brown sugar but incredibly well blended and some of the best mouthfeels ever. Wonder if they will sell me a growler after hours? :)
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Eccentric, dark brown, tan head. Brown sugar with a nice all spice hit surrounded with stout flavor. Good stuff!
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler pour on tap at All Stouts Day 2012 (Kalamazoo, MI). Pours a richer brownish black hue, good hazy body with some glow on the edges. A frothy tannish head dies to a ring, laces ok. Aromas are Thanksgiving, pie spice. Mellow earthy sweetness, cinnamon and spice. Nutmeg, clove, and caramel. Gentle toasty roast. Initial is medium bodied, some firm roasty malts, ash, and earth, toffee, caramel and vanilla. Smoothed out darker malts, toasty, kiss of coffee, earth and dryness. Growing spice, nutmeg and ginger, sweet potato, and dryness. Roasty, some cocoa, nice pie spice. Enjoyable, spicy, with some nice life. Pie spice. Enjoyable, some nice dynamic balance, complexity. Solid. I’d probably give a slight edge to this over Harry McGill’s.
bwa5879 (899) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at eccentric cafe. Black pour with a sixteenth of an inch of offwhite head on top. Smells sweet and kind of like pumpkin or possibly sweet potato pie. Medium mouth feel with foamy carbonation. Vanilla licorice and sour taste, sour and bitter blends with spices like cinnamon. Finish is clean and watery, a little bit sour creamy.
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Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2012 On tap: The aroma consists of milk chocolate, fruit, and light roasted coffee. It’s a dark brown, with no transparency, and a small tan head that leaves behind some soapy webbing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of milk chocolate. The middle has light-moderate sugary fruit. The finish has light spice, roast, anise, and a touch of coffee. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, I could do without the sugary sweetness.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a tap into a standard pint glass. There was no lacing and the beer was very dark but did not have a heavy appearance. I love sweet potato but not sure I wanted to drink one. However, this beer is great. I think the secret is it does have a sweet potato possibly more like pumpkin flavor with all the usual spice but the flavor are light. Medium body with a bit of carbonation.
Tmoney99 (13462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. Poured a dark reddish brown color with an average brown frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy complex toasted malt, sweet potato aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy roasted sweet starch dry finish of moderate duration. This is a solid complex brew.