mithrilbalrog (24) - Ithaca, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toasty caramel malt aroma with light (barely-noticeable) cooked pumpkin-yam scent, a hint of soy and maybe some fig. Pours brown with minimal haze and minimal head. Taste is sweet-umami with some bitterness and a light sourness. Similar to a good brown ale with added complexity. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture and soft carbonation. A good beer, but not as weird as I expected.
Brouwerij (914) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Poured into a standard pint glass.
Bottled in September 2011, this beer probably should have been enjoyed sooner. I was able to find it again and couldn’t resist giving it a shot.
Pours dark, clear amber pour with a finger of head. Head dissipated relatively quickly leaving a thin layer that hung around. Moderate to minimal lacing. The smell is earthy, malty, slightly spicy smell. The flavor is dominated by hops and spice up front. The pumpkin and yam flavors are not very apparent to me, however there is a bit of a sweetness in the middle. Moderate body and carbonation. I can’t help but wonder what this beer would have been like fresh off the line. Clean finish and overall pleasant feel. I really enjoyed this beer. It was unique, flavorful and drinkable.
HonusWagner (1323) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This just struck me as being strange for the sake of being strange. It was mostly just a boring brown ale with some weird, slightly interesting spice and fruit elements. But I don’t really know what the hell toasted fenugreek is doing here, and neither the pumpkins nor the yams come through all that clearly.
BeerFunGuy (607) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer has a deep amber color with a light head. It has a spicy but almost fruity taste and goes down smooth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GODiSSOUTHERN (353) - Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interest spice character is up front. Well rounded medium mouthfeel and complex finish.
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
No bottling information.
A: The body is a very deep brown that is opaque in all but the edges, a thin tan head was on top, but it doesn’t have great retention. This is still a good looking beer.
S: The aroma is very interesting a base beer with chocolate and roasted malts is balanced well with aromas reminding me of birch beer and some yams.
T: Cocoa and lightly roasted malts are the base beer here with hints of spice reminding me of and a prominent birch flavor comes in reminding me a lot of birch beer I drank a lot as a child. This is very interesting and the birch reminded me a lot of nutmeg at first.
M: Medium body with light carbonation, it goes well with the beer.
O: This is one interesting beer, it reminds me a lot of a pumpkin beer at times, a brown ale at times, and birch beer all at once. I like it though, it’s a bold beer that stands out.
jkwood04 (3748) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the beer store. Pours deep amber with a lacy head. Aroma of birch, pumpkin, some spices and fruit, and a good amount of hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. Pretty good.
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Very seasonal smelling; spice, caramel, but a little medicinal as well. Medium mouthfeel. Caramel, brown sugar, and spice. Spice reminds me of pumpkin pie-ish. Its ok, not my fave.
daleharshman (882) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle purchased a year or so ago at the brewery when it first released. Pours a nice ruddy brown color with two fingers of beige head. Aroma of juniper, sage, lemon verbena, pine forest, sweet potatoes cooked on the camp fire, and additional herbs and spices. Flavor initially of herbs (juniper, medicinal herbs) and lemon verbena, soon followed by notes of burnt cocoa, pepitas, honey, toffee, and bits of roasted yams and pumpkin pie spice. Has a dryish and somewhat bitter finish. I really do think it could use more of the pumpkin/yam element (as well as some sweetness) and less of the herbs. But overall a very unique beer and nicely complex both in the nose and mouth...but not something I would want to drink very often. (296, 733)
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Been curious about this beer for a while - it’s been sitting on the shelves everywhere around here forever, so I figured someone had to buy some of it eventually - the description certainly makes it sound like it could be a train wreck, but the relatively low abv sold me on taking a chance - dark ruby pour - some fine suspended particulate when held up to the light - soapy lace - nose is farily sweet, with notes of molasses and dark fruits - the tanginess of the lemon verbena work surprisingly well with this and the end of a deep inhale reveals earthy notes of the fenugreek and bark that is a little too vegetal and earthy (smells almost like celery) - low carbonation - fairly creamy in the mouth - a bit of sweetness up front, but overall, this is much more dry than the aroma suggests - flavors of earthy wood, light citric tanginess, anise, some mineral notes, dry roastiness - finish is moderately bitter and quite dry - much better than I was expecting.