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RATINGS: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Ale brewed with pumpkin, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena and birch bark.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep brown colour with a thick stick tan head. The aroma is really interesting. Sort of an herbal root beer/minty top note along with a bit of soft warming spiciness. Palate definitely shows some cooling character that contrasts nicely with some warming components. There is a mix of citrus and spice that reminds me of sarsparilla. Nicely spiced with a lightness that belies the appearance. Unique and quite tasty - would definitely love to have another few bottles.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Sample at Bruery Provisions. This beer is a clear chestnut color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lace on the glass. Aroma of ginger, citrus and roasted malt. Light body with flavors of herbs, lemon and sweet malt. The finish is mildly spiced with a short citrus aftertaste. More or less average overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Perfumy citrus (the lemon verbena, I presume) trumps toasted almonds before moving into peppery birch and caramel sweetness.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam tops the nearly see-through brown gown.
-Light roastiness adds depth.
-The soft carbonation makes the spice mix feel too brash for my tastes. This doesn’t taste like beer much.
-This lemon verbena gets oppressive pretty quickly, if you are not into this type of flavor.
-I really don’t understand how they can make so many spelling mistakes in a beer name with 3 words (one of them being an article, on top of that). This is almost as bad as some t-shirts I saw in Japan which people wear having no idea what is really written on their shirt (like "Chair Army Fun", or "God Bless Meat Loaf")...

Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8014) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
Draught Coppery clear amber, no head left. Nutty nose, leaves, earthy, Bock-like. Earthy, clay, autumn leaves, good (bark)spicy bitter finish, partly hops, partly hearbal. Medium bodied, very light slickness. Interesting, very difficult to place for me. Small wonder seen the ingredients.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8002) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours a great deep ruby shade with 3-finger khaki head. Nose is resiny hops, some earthy and peaty notes, caramelly malt, and mild pumpkin. Tastes malty, sprucey, with multiple spices, hops, and earthy notes. The palate is pretty watery. OK, not great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Bottle and cask at Falling Rock. Rating from the bottle. Pours with a clear very deep (mahogany) brown pour with orange to red highlights. Large off-white to mildly tan head that leaves some pretty good lace. Aromas are earthy, light toasted yam, lemon zest, maple, alcohol (surprising at 5%). Soil/damp leaves. Grainy, bready, pumpernickel (rye?), nutty malt character. Seems to be some light esters, but it is hard to tell over the lemon notes. Minimal hop presence. Flavors are earthy, roasty, toasty, nutty with a light fruity/citrus/acidity towards the finish. A hint of maple (fenugreek?). Nice and light bodied. No pumpkin pie spices that I can detect. Seems to be a pretty good, characterful brown ale in my opinion. A bit of toasted yam like character. Medium to light bodied, soft mouthfeel, medium carbonation, a bit creamy. Good, but without the expected/typical pumpkin pie spices.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (7183) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine Ft Lauderdale. It pours deep brown, with a decent white head. The nose is sweet orange, lemon, pumpkin, spice, earth and caramel. The taste is orange, apricot, pumpkin, pine, leather, earth, spice, roasty notes and resin, with a dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Ok, but nothing special.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottled, 2011 vintage. Poured clear, reddish-amber with a creamy beige head. The aroma picked up sweet toffee, caramel, and biscuity notes with accents of lemon, herbs, squash, and birch.. more and more woodsy as it warmed up. The flavor found tangy lemon and woody notes on the tip of the tongue, with warm molasses, caramel, and yams following.. mildly tangy and engaging throughout.. more herbs and dry woody character on the malty finish. Lighter-bodied with a good feel and flow on the palate.. interesting and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2012
12oz bottle: pours a clear deep amber orange with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet grainy and nutty nose with a touch of herbs. Starts with pretty good fullness and light malty sweetness with a unique balance of citrus and herbal flavors before a drier smooth finish. This was surprisingly better than I expected. A well-made and flavorful recipe.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2012
A Sim rate (bottle thanks to Steve & Kim): We were lucky to try this straight from the tank at Stone last year and I remember it being very herbal - sage, rosemary and tons of lemon. The herbs are still there but a bit more subtle now which actually works better. I’m sure that was the idea! Aroma is all verbena. Nice and sour with verbena again in the flavour. Sweet & sour mix together in a great way. I really like this. Completely drinkable but something different at the same time.


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