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RATINGS: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Ale brewed with pumpkin, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena and birch bark.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (5071) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Danyel (1075) - Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Clear orange brown with a 1/2 finger creamy darker beige head, pretty good retention. Floral and herbal nose, some woody (birch, I imagine) and lightly pumpkin notes follow with a bit of toasted and roasted malts. The flavor has some lemongrassy notes (apparently the verbena) The finish has earthy bitterness (peaked at a 4) along with some nutmeggy and woody tones, dry. Medium body with low carbonation. It was probably like $5/bottle, and that is about 2x what I’d have rather paid for as good as it was. Not poorly made, just didn’t wow me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Thanks to the kind soul that opened this at the last Tampa crew tasting. Pours a dark caramel color with an off-tan head. Nose is pumpkin, lemon, sage, roasted pumpkin seeds, and some citrus with cocoa. Flavor is equally complex with the dominant flavors coming out at various times. The pumpkin and yams seem to be present throughout with the sage, lemon, cocoa, and citrus popping up at random intervals. Interesting, medium to full-bodied beer with lingering pumpkin, yam, lemon, and sage in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Very herbal, almost medicinal. Some gourd and spice also, faint citrus on finish. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Pours black with a thick tan head, appears black but when held up to the light it shows a dark dark red. Herbal aroma with hints of the birch and lemon no pumpkin or yams. Taste is actually pretty bland, slight herbal and lemony bitter taste, very dissappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (4541) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes leaving spider lacing to skim surface. Pit fruit and earthy spice aromas. Medium bodied with earthy nuts front to back. Lasting bitter roasted veggie finish.

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