foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#200. 12oz bottle. Pours dark ruby red/brown with a small off-white head and some decent lacing. Big birch aroma and taste, reminding me of a quality root beer. Also has moderate lemon citrus notes with the pumpkin and yam character coming in towards the end. Not really sure what fenugreek tastes like on its own but it’s probably in there too, especially since there’s a nice toasty finish. Very drinkable and unique. Certainly something to try at least once.
boFNjackson (4176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2011 Bottle... Poured dark, mahogany-red with an off-white head. Toasted sugar nose with burnt nutmeg spices and pumpkin. Some yams in the body, but sort of astringent with the spicing. A little floral, worty with the malts, citrus and earthy.
j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a thin to medium sized beige head. Spicy on the nose, lemon and citrus, bright pith, caramel. Malty, bitter, a rather weird bitterness. Toast and a bit of chocolate, herbal bitterness and a touch of quinine.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed from a growler on Thanksgiving day. Copper brown pour with huge off white head. Nose is comboof sweet and roast malt. Taste is same, sweet and roasty. Rather straight forward ale.
onceblind (4581) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark dark burnt orange, not quite opaque as you can kinda see some copper/ruby clearness around the bottom edge. Nice creamy rocky head with an aroma of birch wood, some herbal autumnal spice aroma, with just a hint of pumpkins and caramel and rye. Great clean carbonated mouthfeel, with a nice flavor presence on a medium body. Impressively big for a 5%. Flavor started herbal and woody, with some sort of sage-like spice (not in a gross way, but in an autumnal way) and some lemon and birch bark. Very faint tones of sweet potatoes, and all on a light malty background thats toasty and bready and sweet with a touch of either honey or caramel, not sure . What a delightful and unique twist on a fall pumpkin beer. Well done!
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle shared with mattyb83. Pours opaque brown with a minimal head. Soapy aroma with potpourri, pumpkin, and notes of a leeann chin restaurant. Literally smells like someone bathing in basin in the middle of a fast food Asian restaurant. Strangely sweet, this beer has notes of pumpkin and a weird spice profile that is quite earthy and rustic. Flavor is slightly metallic in the finish. Too bad it didn’t taste like P.F. Changs. You know, healthy stuff.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Deep mahogany color with a white collar. Caramel, lemon, birch, and other fall things are present in the aroma. Smells like a person is cleaning their house with pinesol during the fall, on a warmer day, with the windows open. Tastes like asian food. Seriously, this is sweet and sour chicken in a bottle. As much as I love food that has this character, it just isn’t working for me without the chicken and noodles. Maybe a slight tin note in the finish. This is one strange beer.
Hair6a11 (1387) - Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear dark golden amber with a frothy off white head in this glass - the nose is herbal, soapy, and lemon peel, really. The flavor profile is spicy, lemon, earth notes, pumpkin, caramel - the ingredients list reads how it tastes - which is slightly confused, semi-interesting, but ultimately not that impressive at the end of the day.
ddemmingjr (721) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours clear mahogany, thick cream 2 finger head with great retention throughout tasting. N- lemon zest, citrus, cola, pumpkin, subtle wood notes.quite interesting. T- herbal, burnt bitterness, very earthy, zero sweetness. quite dry and short finish. definitely not your typical pumpkin ale as it’s more of a vegetable concoction. wish I liked it more as it’s not something I’d drink a ton of.
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz. Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head that disappears immediately. Loose stringy lace. Big dark peppery spicy nose, more ashed out and toasty than the usual pumpkin pie spice bombs you get with so many pumpkin beers. Probably a little too darkened out and ashy, really. Creamy medium body with restrained carb. Toasty gingerbread and pumpkin pie spice on the mid palate, but leaning more toward an unusual blend you would put in your pepper grinder than to something that seems like a holiday dessert pie--more savory than sweet by far. Long peppery ashy finish. All the toasted spices and bark and whatnot make this kinda seem like a brown ale with black patent malt--and too much of it--in the grist.