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 (736) - 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 (1260) - 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 (659) - 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 (5861) - 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.
radagast83 (4049) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a relatively clear light copper color with a thick frothy off-white head. Aroma is yams, pumpkin with mild spices, but not too much. Flavor is about the same - the yams and pumpkin come out, but there’s not a whole lot of "pumpkin pie" flavor to this one - it’s okay, but nothing too spectacular.
Ratman197 (8869) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of lemon, carmel, yams and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of lemon, toffee, light yam and light spice with a crisp lingering lemon finish.
Danyel (445) - Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Smells like caramel, lemon, woody. Deep clear red in color. Tastes amazing. Medium body with rich malts, spices, slight bitterness. I was leery of it at first but, I LOVE THIS BEER! YUM.
crackedmachine (459) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fairly dark, but transparent, brown with very little, light-tan head. Aroma of malt, yam, pumpkin flesh, and an earthy spiciness. Flavor is pumpkin and yam with, much like the nose, an earthy spiciness. Mildly bitter finish. Despite the full flavor, quite refreshing. This is an excellent pumpkin beer for those who enjoy pumpkin flavor, but quickly tire of overused pumpkin pie spices.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Blend of copper and ruby, deep in color, moderate frothy beige head, little lacing.   Is that toasted fenugreek I smell?!   Lets just say this has some unusual spices on the nose.   I smell the yams, and pumpkin, but the rest is very new.   Its like a dull earthy cinnamon.   Not as spicy on the tongue as suggested by the nose.   Getting perhaps that birch bark on the tongue.   It has a slight earthy/tree aspect that seems akin to bark.   Not your sweet cinnamon/nutmeg type of Pumpkin beer.   More earthy and... shall I say "alternatively" spiced example.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Mild sweet earthiness and yams on the exit.   Interesting... and not what I expected.