Ratman197 (9690) - 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 (669) - 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 (470) - 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 (6241) - 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.
iowaherkeye (2691) - 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 (4467) - 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 (596) - 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 (4363) - 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 (8366) - San Diego County, 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.