StormCoat (104) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted a 12oz bottle from Bevmo in San Diego, CA. Pours a dark brown with an off-white head that leaves nice moderate bands of lacing. Aroma is all smoky, woody skunk...flavors follow suit in general--very smoky. In one way, it has the woody richness of a brown ale, but I only detect a very small amount of the pumpkin and yam flavors, and honestly I was hoping for more in that area. I feel like I am definitely tasting the birch bark here above all else. Body feels medium-light, a little too light, perhaps. Overall, this is an interesting beer, but I feel like its actual flavor is not as complex as its ingredient list suggests it should be.
beeroverthere (81) - USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 Color: Dark brown almost black
Body:Some cinnamon, malty, medium sweetness, low hopyness
Finish: Light and dry
Over all: Medium mouth-feel. Strange flavors
heminator (70) - Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really unusual, but the spice background is great. You can actually smell and taste the Fenugreek.
-- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone.
knewell (70) - Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a reddish brown color. Has notes of spices in the aroma. Taste has notes of spices, pumpkin and cinnamon. I noticed more taste in the inital swallow. However, the more i drank, the more taste seemed to dissipate and become watered down.
GuamVice (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving type: bottle
Aroma: Smells mostly bready with a hint of spice and fig. Smells more like an English bitter to me. The Lemon verbena kicks in as it gets warmer.
Appearance: Deep ruby brown. Medium head with a slight bit of lacing.
Taste: starts with tastes of dark fruit, sweet, then moves to a little chalkiness, then to bitter and slightly tart after taste with not much lingerjng sweetness. Almost refreshing which is not expected from a darker beer.
Overall: Very cool/unique purchase. Was expecting Pumpkin spice beer and got none of that, although stil pleased.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
msalm (59) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is complex and rich. Toasted nutmeg, fig, brown sugar, maple syrup, fresh earth, even some rhubarb. Pours deep burgundy with a weaker head. Fine balance of sweet and sour, carbonation okay to weak with a sticky texture. Overall, it missed my expectations. That nose sets you up for flavor that doesn’t match. Still, glad I tried it. Always like to experience Stone’s collaborations.
estover (42) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not exactly my cup of tea but not bad. Slight malt up front with a dark hoppy finish. A tad thin in the middle. I think some of the additions to this could have been more up front making a WOW niche beer instead of a flavoried beer with an interesting label. It is an enjoyable beverage, one that has a place in a fall festival. This is one to keep in the cellar and bring out to freak people out.
JoeyBeerBelly (34) - New York, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle served in a pint glass.
Dull pumpkin spice scent with a bit of smoke in the background.Pours a dark chestnut brown with a cream colored head that thinned out to a light ring. Upfront the pumpkin spices are noticable but then a smokey/roasty/toasty flavor kicks in with a dry, peppery hop finish.
It’s got a medium body with good carbonation making it go down smooth and easy. This is a different kind of pumpkin beer that I enjoy drinking.
tkingsbury2 (31) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Yikes! Gave this Stone combo a shot since most of these are quite nice. This one came up short, it was like a bitter flower exploded in my mouth. Won’t get a second one of these.
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.