iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
markwise (4177) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very herbal, almost medicinal. Some gourd and spice also, faint citrus on finish. Okay.
mikesaum (572) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
thornecb (4111) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a clear light amber with a decent yellowish off-white head. Nose is wildly herbal heavy with big lavender, candied yams, and other spices that seem familiar but I can’t quite place like powerful lemon herbal tea (I see now lemon verbena and fenugreek which I am not familiar with). Good combo though- no complaints but get ready for herbal overload. Taste is surprisingly neutral with a sessionable, light palate. Not expecting something so balanced and calm given Stone and the Bruery having their hands in this. Full attenuation, long bitter lemon finish. Refreshing herbal tea and fresh garden character. I really enjoyed this but I love herbal beers like Stillwater Cellar Door etc.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle recommended by Eric, thanks. Clear maroon color. Aroma of gourd and light spice. Nice mix of fruit and vegetable.
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blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and clear brown. 1-finger off-white head. Smells like a great kitchen on Thanksgiving day, minus the turkey. Flavor includes strong smokey and roasted notes, similar to a porter. Then you taste the lemony spice. This brew has vegetables and herbs, making it a real meal in a glass, yet the flavors remain balanced and restrained, leading to an end result that succeeds as a hearty winter beer and not just a novelty.
grimreaperguru (220) - santee, California, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark copper color with tan white head.The aroma is of pumpkin spice with some earthy intestinal to it.The flavor was of spices and grains.Goes down clean with a slight bitter spice aftertaste.Overall a good beer.
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bought from the brewery. Looks ruby, brown, clear. Smells of amber, clean, sweet, spices. Tastes of amber plus spices and slight yams. Lovely autumn ale. Overall 6.5 of 10.