halfonit (1099) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color. Aroma is of malts, some chocolate, and some roastiness. Flavor is pretty similar. Not really any pumpkin present. Leaves a roasty chocolate and nut finish. This is more of a brown ale than a stout.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at The Great Lost Bear - Pours a dark black/brown in color with a small tan head. Aroma contains the typical pumpkin spices, but little pumpkin. Some of the dark roasted malts... mild chocolate and coffee. Some of the pumpkin flavor appears in the tasting along with roasted malts, mild chocolate and hints of coffee. Plenty of spices to go along with all of that. Finish is lingering with mild chocolate, pumpkin spices and some bitterness... from some hops or the dark malts or even the spices. I liked this one...
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent stout but I’m not getting much pumpkin. The aroma is malty and smoky with some booze. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. The flavor has the malt and smoke and a nice warming burn but where is the pumpkin?
williamstome (644) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour. aroma is pumpkin and malt. flavor is pumpkin and nuts and chocolate.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured near black with a light tan head. I got a lot of spice here, especially nutmeg. Some dark roasted malt, little bit of sweetness and pie crust.
thornecb (3975) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Pumpkin and nutmeg aromas. Medium bodied with sweet chocolate upfront turning to pumpkin before the lasting spiced espresso finish.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Pumpkin pie and spicy aroma with some lightly roasted malts. The flavor is more roasty than the aroma, with lighter pumpkin pie spices and light chocolate. Good stuff.
Reynolds314 (1879) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good stuff. Aroma of allspice, coffee, burnt toast. Flavor is spices, pumpkin, good roasty flavor. My main complaint is the malts taste a little light and not very rich and flavorful. Could have been great but was only good.
mixmasterob (871) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Brackets for Beer. 2010 vintage. Black pour with a small off white head. Aroma was a heady mix of dark roast, bits of coffee and a light but present pumpkin spice. I thought the stout base for a pumpkin beer worked very well. Flavors were similar with more of the pumpkin coming through. Quite drinkable, mouthfeel was medium to thin. I wish others would attempt this style, it’s promising.
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bomber 2010 vintage thanks to mar) Pours black with no chance of light getting through. Smell has doses of spice- cinnamon, clove, orange peel. I can smell the pumpkin and just a bit of lemon and roast and smoke. The taste lacks some complexity- pumpkin, smoke, cinnamon. I wish this was stronger- more imperial, but still good.