Ibrew2or3 (7050) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours clear brown with ruby red hues and a semi loose tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a little bit of dark roasted malts and coffee flowing into ginger-ish sort of herbal notes and a berry sensation. The taste moves from moderately roasted malts and then to a bit of berry, cherry and raisin fruitiness. Above that is a sort of spicy woodnote and maybe some ginger root. At times it seems a little chocolate like and coconut cut with very thin lemon peel like notes. Pretty nice but it seems to struggle to hold all of the flavors together.
DuffMan (6968) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep amber with orange highlights and a thick light golden head. Aroma is fantastically complex-- rye bread, pumpkin, crushed nettles, verbena, and black pepper. Sweet entry, again suggesting light rye bread, pumpkin, caramel, perfumey spice, with a surprisingly assertive hop bitterness finishing it all off. A really interesting beer that does not get lost in the creative process. It is not only interesting and complex, but is surprisingly drinkable, even sessionable for me.
mcberko (6873) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma is very earthy and dirty, with birch bark, many spices that I could never decipher, and some grass. Flavour is very odd, as expected, with various odd spices, bark, grass, earth, dirt, pumpkin / yams, etc. Not offensive, but I can’t say it’s exactly enjoyable. Nice experiment.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mahgony beer with a dark cream colored head. Citrus and light spice aroma. Malt and earthy flavor with citrus, spice, and a light vegetal note. Medium bodied. Malt and earth lingers with light vegetal notes, spice, and light citrus.
deyholla (6834) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of bread and earthy pumpkin with a hint of citrus and light birch. Flavor starts with bread and slight roast and has a bit of earthy fruit and citrus in the finish.
BVery (6829) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at Iron Abbey. Reddish amber pour with a white clingy head. Nose is pumpkin and spice. Taste is pumpkin, lavender, and spice. Pretty good.
DrSilverworm (6807) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle (500th personal rating milestone). $4 from Dutch’s. Very deep amber-red color. Minimal khaki head, dots of lace. Crisp carbonation, texture is more dry. I can distinctly pick up on the roasted yams in the aroma. It isn’t powerful, but I’m thinking that it must take a whole lot of yams to produce this kind of a discernible note, which I appreciate. Roasty-sweet, good and rich. Definitely a premium beer, just not mind-blowing. It’s probably safe to say that this is indeed the best yam-beer I’ve tried, however.
j12601 (6707) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a thin to medium sized beige head. Spicy on the nose, lemon and citrus, bright pith, caramel. Malty, bitter, a rather weird bitterness. Toast and a bit of chocolate, herbal bitterness and a touch of quinine.
phaleslu (6690) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from alexsdad06- thanks again, Brad! Pours a hazy, deep brownish amber with a small off-white head that settles into a ring with some filmy swirls. Aroma of ginger, birch, yams, pumpkin, herbs and spices (must be the fenugreek and lemon verbena), and toasted nuts. Flavor of toasted nuts, earth, pumpkin, yams, birch, and the same spices and herbs but to a lesser degree. Light-bodied, with an earthy, toasty, herbal mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Hard to explain. Interesting beer; lot going on and some new ingredients to me.
marcus (6685) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a pumpkin aroma. There is a very unusual complex flavor that includes pumpkin, sweet potato, lemon and unidentifiable spice tastes. It’s Thanksgiving dinner in a glass. An odd yet drinkable brew.