JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer pours with a nice, deep brown pour. A touch of light coffee on the nose with a kiss of light cocoa on the back. The spice is quite subtle and only really appears on the back of the palate as a light astringency through the middle. It starts out a whole lot better than it ends up being.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a brune black body with a coffee hued head. Roast y coffee tones, coffee grind, weak coffee finish, chocolate, char, and a hint of spice but not really.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark pour with a small head. Aroma has some roasted malts, coffee and sweetness. Not much detectable pumpkin or spice. Didn’t know it was there at all. Flavor is light with roasted malts and a slightly earthy flavor. Some coffee and burnt nuts.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber shared by jcwattsrugger! THanks. Pours a deep black with a lasting off beige head. Aroma is low on the pumpkin spic- maybe just a hint of cinnamon, with tons of sharp strong espresso. fresh coffee beans, and a fresh earthiness with almost an anise/licorice bite. Flavor turns out a bit weaker some light chocolate,, light spice, some roasted barley, burnt malts, and sharp pungent fresh roasted coffee/espresso, nutty with some light sweetness and earth- thins out a bit at the end, and the body is a bit weak overall. Interesting and somewhat unique, but just a bit watered down.
j12601 (9286) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paul’s place for Kan’s visit. Pours a thick black with a thin white head. Coffee, spice, chocolate. Medium body, malt, chocolate, roast. Slightly acrid on the finish, roast and char.
dmac (5208) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep dark black body with a full foamy beige head. Aroma was a nice combo with fresh roasted coffee, burnt malts, vanilla and fresh whip creme topping. The flavor had lots of sweetness from the pumpkin and spice coming through which cut the roasted notes substantially and and the coffee flavor seemed watered down compared to the aroma. The body was way to thin for a stout and the aftertaste was very qucik to fade away. Although I never really picked up any pumpkin in the aroma or flavor there were additional flavors/aromas that you don’t normally find in a coffee stout and was reather interesting.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2009 Yay! I was at Bold City for the release of their second specialty beer. This is a vast improvement over the "B" Coffee Stout. Pours a very deep ruby that is nearly opaque with a good, one-finger tan head that has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Big aroma of pumpkin pie, maple syrup, hazelnut coffee. Taste is slight molasses with the flavors above. Has a nice background of spiced pumpkin pie and something like carrot cake. Eventually as this beer warms the body moves to some cardboardy dryness and nutty bitterness. Probably will try this out again when it gets bottled. 3.6
Re-Rate: Bottle. Lacing looks great along the glass. Big, light tan, very rocky head. Aroma is almost sour fruits. Not much pumpkin or spice at all. Taste is mostly cheap coffee. No pumpkins or spice. Watery body. Thin. More like Sierra Nevada porter than a pumpkin stout. Disappointing. 2.9