foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#200. 12oz bottle. Pours dark ruby red/brown with a small off-white head and some decent lacing. Big birch aroma and taste, reminding me of a quality root beer. Also has moderate lemon citrus notes with the pumpkin and yam character coming in towards the end. Not really sure what fenugreek tastes like on its own but it’s probably in there too, especially since there’s a nice toasty finish. Very drinkable and unique. Certainly something to try at least once.
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bought from the brewery. Looks ruby, brown, clear. Smells of amber, clean, sweet, spices. Tastes of amber plus spices and slight yams. Lovely autumn ale. Overall 6.5 of 10.
Tybalt (203) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not sure where to go with this one. Pours darker than I was expecting with mild aroma of pumpkin spice. Tastes like Scrubbing Bubbles. It seriously makes me think I’m cleaning my bathtub with every sip. Aftertaste pulls in some pumpkin and citrus to remind me that I didn’t just poison myself...and it actually doesn’t taste bad....just a little scary.
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a rusty brown color with a red hue. The nose just screams lemon verbena followed by earthy fenugreek. Has a very floral pine nose to it as well. Has a very light mouth feel. The initial flavors is a sweet floral, followed by a spicy and earthy flavor. Finishes with floral and astringent lemon verbena flavor.
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jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with foamy tan head. Aroma is wood and other grasses, some spice, lemon, some sweetness. A bit dry, the presence of pumpkins and/or yams is completely absent, but this still a decent drink. Finishes with an earthy, woody, herbal-like taste that is very reminiscent of Stone’s recent green tea IPA collab.
tool2scream (187) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty big disappointment. Bummer. Open this one up and the nose was already disappointing, in a strange way. The nose on this was fantastic, but completely devoid of any yam or pumpkin. Absolutely zero. However, the herbs and birch bark were readily apparent. This beer reminded me of when my mother took me antique shopping in small, old houses and buildings with really old wood and potpourri in Brunswick, Maryland. Nice wood and herb smells. The Fenugreek and verbena are stars here. The flavor is super disappointing, as it follows much of the same order. No discernable pumpkin or yam flavors, and your palate is bombarded with toasted and dried herbs, grass, and lots, and lots, and lots of tree bark. Naturally, this leaves the beer extremely bitter. The finish is harsh with bitterness, and the pumpkins and yams never show up to the party. You expect a beer like this to be sweeter - at the very least sweeter than this - and you expect seasonal brews like this to have nice fruit/vegetal flavors. This one absolutely fails to deliver. On top of that, the palate was slightly thin and unexciting.
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.
sethbreaker (173) - New York, Greater London, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle. Aroma of roasted malt, toasty notes with some herbal sweetness. Mouth feel is fairly heavy for the abv. I get the pumpkin followed by a lemon citrus taste, root vegetable and caramel. Takes a while to pick out the individual flavours. Intriguing beer.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and clear brown. 1-finger off-white head. Smells like a great kitchen on Thanksgiving day, minus the turkey. Flavor includes strong smokey and roasted notes, similar to a porter. Then you taste the lemony spice. This brew has vegetables and herbs, making it a real meal in a glass, yet the flavors remain balanced and restrained, leading to an end result that succeeds as a hearty winter beer and not just a novelty.
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Very good. Color deep dark red-ish copper with a thin white head. Smells veg/pumpkin spice. Tastes smooth and slightly crisp on the palate. Definite pumpkin/fall beer flavors...but without using the usual ingredients to achieve this.