DrnkMcDermott (2799) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
$2 single at Lemon Tree. I find after reading an article about the increase in pumpkin acreage in Illinois. Odd, what? Big head in the pour. A brown beer underneath, dark but looks clean otherwise. A lot of flecks in the foam. Smell is a little bit of pumpkin pie spice and fennel. Taste is mainly a lightly spiced brew, but at least the spices aren’t in your face. Malts don’t have much of a chance. I’m not bowled over, per se, but it’s saved by being really well made. This blend of spices might even make a good soda.
alexsdad06 (5418) - Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber brown color with a medium sized yellowish off white head. The aroma has pumpkin, but it is mostly hidden by the spices, citrus, grass, herbal and floral notes. Caramel malt adds some sweetness. The flavor has the caramel malt, lightly toasted notes, pumpkin with the usual spices with a strong herbal grassy presence. Medium bodied.
Huhzubendah (2525) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.
The beer is dark brown / orange with a sparse, beige head that leaves random traces of lacing on the tulip. The aroma brings abundant spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg. Smells like autumn. The aroma offers a lot of sweetness as well. Odd flavor, though not necessarily off or bad. Some Fall spices, light malt body, present sweetness. Thin body with adequate carbonation. Overall, a decent Autumn seasonal, but not something I need to have again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-17-2011
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is lemons, pumpkin, sage, pecans and fennel. Taste is sweet at first with mild bitterness. No frills here. Nearly bland. Mouthfeel is soft yet crisp and the body is light with a long finish.
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Kinz (3292) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Figured a pumpkin and yam beer over the T’day weekend would be appropriate. Poured a medium brown, slight head faded fast. Aroma was lightly nutty and vaguely spicy. Flavor matched. It really came across as a sort of uninspired brown ale, with a finish that was spiced, but sort of a vague muddle that only came off as being bitter as opposed to anything interesting. Perhaps it fell off some over time, but I can’t help but think that this was an interesting experiment that was ultimately a miss.
HighWine (952) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle gifted to me recently; unintentionally aged. Translucent, dark brown pour. Verbena and birch wood aroma. Slightly sweet and earthy flavors from the yams well balanced by the hops and verbena. Roasty malt. And a pretty clean finish. Well,done but a little faded from age.
Lukaduke (2185) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Jstax. Pours a medium to dark brown color with a big frothy head that settles but sticks around... Aromas are very rustic. autumn leaves, warm spice, brown sugar. squash. On the palate the mouthfeel is dead on. Nice rich bubbles bring the forward sweet malts to the front as a nutty spice moves in mid palate. As the flavors meld and morph you get a kola nut, creamy late palate that finishes with a nice rich finish.
cmonster (974) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Frankly, the ingredient list doesn’t sound all that enticing, but I love The Bruery and Stone. Bottle is over a year old. Lets have a look. Nice dark brown pour with amber hues. Good sized head that holds. Complex aroma. Lemon verbena, earth, chocolate, pumpkin and some other spicy notes and birch I suppose. Flavor is pumpkin and toastiness. A little sweet. Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky texture, finishes a bit flat with earthy veg and light bitterness. I’d say this has held up well. However, it’s only the third best Spice/Herb/Veg brew I’ve tried today.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours a clear light brown with a small tan head. The aroma light on the pumpkin with notes of the yam. I can detect some fennel. The taste watery with a little lemon on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium. Overall this beer isn’t one of my favorites.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, rich color - like melted butter and brown sugar. Two fingers of creamy foam with persistent lacing.
You can smell the hops, which almost covers the fresh pumpkin. Toasted herbs are also present - kind of like a dry grass smell with a bit of sweet smoke to it. There’s also a sugary aroma that I can’t put my finger on. Might be the yams? Okay, sick of smelling it, only because it is making my mouth water.
Not feeling the taste, though. It’s not as interesting as it’s smell would lead you to believe. Bitterness up front, but doesn’t finish as dry as I expected. The pumpkin is tough to pick out of the complex combination here. There’s a bit of sweetness and a bit of toasted vegetable flavor that I noticed in the nose, but nothing really jumps out. It’s complex but not really that remarkable. The aftertaste is slightly metallic and there’s a bit of resin to it.
The carbonation is nice and smooth. The mouthfeel is good, overall. Nothing to write home about.
Overall, different, but not different enough (in my opinion). I expected something really off-the-wall from this collaborative beer. Maybe not crazy, but something memorable at least.