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RATINGS: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Ale brewed with pumpkin, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena and birch bark.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thome50 (1079) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle via Jazz at El Cerito. Pours a very dark brown, almost red when you hold it to the light with a tan head. There is next to no aroma on this one with some biscuit possibly and a slight malt aroma. Taste is much more herbal and earthy than it is pumpkin. I get very little sweetness out of this and instead get more of the lemon and almost a sage taste. No pumpkin or yam. Interesting for the style but a very light beer that just feels bland and a big let down from these breweries.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
On tap at Sublime Ale House. Dark brown pour, nearly black. Aroma: Spices, which I can’t really pick out, but it just smells spicy. Flavor: Weird. Can’t really pick up any pumpkin or Yam, but then again I don’t think it would be noticeable with all the other stuff going on. I don’t really see the point of this beer, but I drank half the pint and left the other half.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Blairgus (2728) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3 nov 2011, bottle. Med nut brown, clear. Lemon lager with some pumpkin spice. Nothing appealing. Thin/med body and fizzy. Lemon pith, some pumpkin spice. Not very enjoyable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1397) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Interesting yet frightening combination of ingredients. Ruby/brown color. Aroma of brown sugar and spices. Limp and watery mouthfeel and highly effervescent. Flavor is watery pumpkin beer and lots of spices. A little bitter of pepper. I’ve certainly had worse in the category, but underwhelming and a let down from elysian, masters of pumpkin beers.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
screigh (472) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2012
A crystal clear brown. Little to no head. Smells if pumpkin spice. Watery with lots of pumpkin spice flavor.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 From the 3/2012 3R6P tasting. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark brown color with orange highlights and a small soapy beige head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was light piney hops, honey and wood. The flavor was bitter, dry and a bit medicinal with woody and earthy undertones. Medium length dry, woody and earthy finish. Medium body. Disappointing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12989) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2012
Draught@Blind Tiger, NY
Dark ruby-brown color, small white head. Citrus, lime, spices and caramel in the nose. Medium-bodied. Flavor of ginger, caramel and crystal kind of malts. Short finish. Like a XMas beer. Too weird!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
estover (58) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ExpendableHero (764) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2012
Dark copper beer with an off-white head. Aromas of pumpkin pie, and caramel sweetness. Tastes of muted pumpkin pie flavors, yams, prunes, caramel, and some earthy notes in the finish. A bit too cloyingly sweet for me. Unoffensive pumpkin flavors, but the high amounts of sugary sweetness made this one a bit tough to finish.


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