deyholla (7984) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BVery (7884) - Plymouth, 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.
DuffMan (7836) - 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.
j12601 (7700) - 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.
Ferris (7575) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Toasted malts, chocolate and spices. Complex but sweet and pleasant nose much like gingerbread. Dark brown and clear with a off white head. Pumpkin, molasses and gingerbread. Mellow bitterness, a great dark pumpkin beer.
Camons (7520) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Timbers, Denver. Pours dark ember with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma is malty, lots of spices, cinnamon, sweet fruit. Taste is malt, cinnamon, sweet fruity, spicy. Medium body, soft carbonation. 240212
marcus (7453) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - 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.
phaleslu (7419) - 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.