yackery (150) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 12 oz bottle from Bristol Farms but widely available on draught in the SoCal. Aroma is woody, nuts, herbs, and clove. There’s a pine bite, but this is moonlight in the pines! The pine bites ever more as it warms and starts to overwhelm. But the aromatic experience is uniquely and well crafted.
The fenugreek (licorice), yams and sugars are burnt in giving a baked, spiced yam holiday quality about this beer.
Appearance is dark brown but quite translucent under a lively head and very fast lacing.
Taste is mildly salty / sweet, and umami and carrying the comistible aroma well.
Palate is quite lively at the very front but quite mild in the back with an enjoyable swallow.
This is the best unique piney beer absent the coffee/chocolatey subleties that I have enjoyed in a long time - a chewable beer.
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed via a bottle from Otto’s in Shorewood, WI. Pours a dark sable brown with a thin tan head. My first impressions on the smell was Deep Woods Off (bug spray) but upon further investigation, it was more the woody/barrel smells and dark fruit. The taste is still, but has a carbonated flavor. Not as thick on the palette as I expected and very bitter/hoppy with a sour fruit note in the background. The finish is of bitter hops with some dryness.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2011 I enjoyed this collaboration quite a bit! Aroma is malt dominated. A little bit of woody spice notes come through, but mostly toasted malt goodness. Pours a nice brown color with amber hues. Nice lacing on this one. Taste is where this beer delivers the most. So much more flavors than were hinted at in the aroma. At first this tastes like a simple brown ale, but then comes a lemony citrus flavor. There’s also a nice woody touch that I’m assuming is the birch bark. Very well balanced little brew. The yams and pumpkin do not stand out other than in the malty sweetness upfront and the lingering aftertaste. Cannot say I know what fenugreek tastes like, but I’m assuming it is contributing to the roasted flavor. The flavors all meld together so well in this beer. I feel the three breweries really brought a lot to the table and melded styles here. At 5% this is amazingly sessionable and I would most certainly have another, or three for that matter! Get your hands on this. It is one of the better collaborations, and that is saying something.
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden orange with a two finger head. Aromas of pumpkins, yams, nutmeg, lemon zest and dough. Initial taste is smooth and creamy with a nice pumpkin pie taste to it. Has a nice Belgian style flavor that comes out in the middle and finishes with a nice sweet malty bite. Pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is kinda sticky but not too bad. Definitely worth a try if you can still find it.
StormCoat (106) - 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
knewell (71) - 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.
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.
GuamVice (62) - 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.