HonkeyBra (3274) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Dark, cola brown pour, very small off white head. Not sure what this is. Seems to have an absolute mess of ingredients. Aroma of menthol, bark, and what I imagine chocolate smelled like hundreds of years ago before there were health code law regulating things that are supposed to be ingested. Fallen leaves. There is some tobacco and slight menthol/nyquil aroma as well. That said, it’s not bad. Just quite different. Flavor is roast, charred fruit, and oak. Lots of tobacco. Earthiness and a slight medicinal quality peaks through. It tastes like I’m running with my mouth open during the fall. Slick bodied. I’m really surprised by this. I wasn’t expecting much but it was solid.
drpimento (2178) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, way better than I anticipated! I let it warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, thick, tan head that soon settles to a thin cover and some lace. Color is a clear deep dark, brown red with lots of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, roast, spice, toffee, caramel. Flavor is like nose but all those characteristics stand out more plus a perfect amount of carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, of average duration, and leaving me with the desire for another sip. Very good drinking beer; maybe the best vegetable/spice beer I’ve ever had.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle picked up at the local bottle shop.... pours a deeper shade of mahogony, almost cola dark, and topped with a thin to medium quickly fading white head. wasn’t actually expecting this to pour out as dark as it did... aroma of lemon grass, rye bread-like contributor, as well as caramel malt to add some sweetness. light pumpkin essence but taking a subordinate role compared to the aforementioned... flavors of pumpkin and dark bready malt. lemongrass not as abundant here as it was the nose. a touch of spicy bitterness on the backend offers some dryness and additional depth. thin light mouthfeel with semi-lively carbonation.
andyhwcinc (1429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a Friday night in cool early November. Appearance a deep dark red / brown with a rich off white head. Aroma of pumpkin, herbs, toasted malt, yeast, wood, a bit of yams, really really complex aroma, lot going on. Taste is very lively, touch of sour, smooth but bitter, rounds out nicely towards the end. Everything really comes together nicely and you can taste many different ingredients, but all of the pieces come together in the end to make a truly unique flavor. I’m getting more of a lemon / pine flavor than I did in the nose, there really is a unique saltiness to it which I haven’t experienced in beer before. It’s full bodied but not heavy, medium to mild carbonation. I’m really enjoying this one, giving it a high rating, an experience to enjoy.
Blairgus (2562) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
3 nov 2011, bottle. Med nut brown, clear. Lemon lager with some pumpkin spice. Nothing appealing. Thin/med body and fizzy. Lemon pith, some pumpkin spice. Not very enjoyable.
beerelephant (12) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely not the best Stone Collaboration but I wouldn’t ask for my money back and am happy to have tried it. Appearance is exceptional - deep mohagony red with a light cream head. Interesting aroma - primarily pulling yams, smoked meats and brown sugar. Also getting a bit of clove and traces of pumpkin. Taste is where this one falls a little short - smoked wood bitterness initially overwhelms the palate, but I do get a good amount of biscuity malt and yams, some pumpkin, and a bit of allspice and brown sugar. The burp effect is actually quite nice. Overall, a solid cold weather, campfire beer.
yackery (155) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 12 oz bottle from Bristol Farms but widely available on draught in the SoCal. Aroma is woody, nuts, herbs, and clove. There’s a pine bite, but this is moonlight in the pines! The pine bites ever more as it warms and starts to overwhelm. But the aromatic experience is uniquely and well crafted.
The fenugreek (licorice), yams and sugars are burnt in giving a baked, spiced yam holiday quality about this beer.
Appearance is dark brown but quite translucent under a lively head and very fast lacing.
Taste is mildly salty / sweet, and umami and carrying the comistible aroma well.
Palate is quite lively at the very front but quite mild in the back with an enjoyable swallow.
This is the best unique piney beer absent the coffee/chocolatey subleties that I have enjoyed in a long time - a chewable beer.
skmikeg (841) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black with a small tan head and nice lacing. aroma is of roasted malts, lemon, birch, and some other earthy notes. flavor is of roasted malts, pine hops, some lemon, birch, and some earthness. has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy moufheel and crisp carbonation with a bitter, dry finnish. overall, a pretty good beer that I wish head more pumkin and yam notes as they were almost non-existent.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Sublime Ale House. Dark brown pour, nearly black. Aroma: Spices, which I can’t really pick out, but it just smells spicy. Flavor: Weird. Can’t really pick up any pumpkin or Yam, but then again I don’t think it would be noticeable with all the other stuff going on. I don’t really see the point of this beer, but I drank half the pint and left the other half.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much in the way of pumpkin or yams but quite nice mix of lemon verbena and birch. Odd at first but this beer really grows on you. Pours light orange.