boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A mid-sized, actively fizzing, cola-brown head slowly dissipates. The body completely revealed is an opaque, very dark brown/near black. Light auburn hints peek out from the chocolatey elixir. Allspice, cinnamon and light clove greet me in a satisfactory nose. Beyond the pumpkin typified, roasty and bready grains and dark fruits peek out. I really wasn’t expecting this much spice, but I dig it so far. Very mild coffee, chocolate mousse, tar, sweet smoke and burned grass conclude the aromatic festivities. Very mild ginger and earthy pumpkin bounce around the outskirts of the scent-array. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, a great accomplishment considering the semi-robust strength indicated. The flavor is mild, a mesmerizing continuation of the aforementioned. Spice and smoke clear the path for roasted malt, peanut butter chocolates and mild raspberry and raisin essences. Light Coca-Cola tartness grows with each warming sip. Acidity present is quite bold for the style, and while it does seem to overly disperse the flavors across the palate, it also makes this far more interesting than it would be without the prickly gaps between spice and malt. Mild hoppiness adds greatly to this effect. Pumpkin notes are minor, as they were in the nose, but much more would likely throw this too far into an unpleasant realm of dark beer confusion. The finish is lightly smoky, lightly bitter, moderately roasty and sweet, very slowly and only partially drying as candied molasses notes linger on all by their lonesome. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well-dispersed, watery at times, sticky at others; altogether incredibly unique(much moreso than anticipated). Carbonation is fizzy but fun. A very tasty brew, one to look out for should it return next year.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bendo and served in standard pint glass with Pumpkin Pie: Deep brown with reddish highlights topped by a lasting frothy tan head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, pumpkin, toasted bread, coffee, and chocolate. The taste has an interesting acidity along with the spicy and smoky flavor. I get some pumpkin character along with a hint of burnt malt finish. The mouth feel is sprite and thin-bodied. While the flavor profile does not quite mesh, the beer did indeed taste better once I had it with some pie.
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle) Fluffy, medium beige head atop red-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, nutmeg, some roast, clove, light ginger, smoke. Taste is medium sweet, roast, chocolate, some smoke, nutmeg/pumpkin. Creamy medium body with light burnt acidity. I like the idea, but I think it can be better executed.
hapjydeuce (990) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, medium black pour, initial loosely organized beige head that settles after a minute or two into some fine lacing. Aroma is a combination of subtle espresso and coffee, smoke, earth and pumpkin. Some alcohol is detectable, and a moderate dose of hops. Watery flavor that doesn’t say much, but keeps me interested. Sweet pumpkin and roasted malt flavors are pretty one-dimensional, good bitterness though. Flavor fades instantly on the palate. Refreshing for this time of year.
Braudog (6116) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pitch black with but a thin shield of dark brown foam. The aroma is killer ... killer pumpkin that is ... like a Halloween horror movie. Full of a spicy, gourd-filled kick of flavor, this kicks you in the tail of your tacky costume. Smoky and chocolatey at the basis, this beer’s real charm is in that fall kick of pumpkin and nutmeg. What a cool, dark brew for the fall. Well done! (#3210, 11/18/2007)
jcwattsrugger (11752) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
-@ Brazen Head on cask-pours a light tan head and black color. Aroma is pumpkin, dark/medium malt-chocolate, spices. Taste is pumpkin, dark/medium malt-chocolate, spices, some (cascade?) hops bite, some alcohol. Occasional. OK carbonation.
Slipstream (2320) - USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask - this is a medium bodied stout, a little sweet and spicy, not a lot of pumpkin flavor - a solid lighter stout.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Brazen Head: Opaque black with a medium sized creamy tan head. Big cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Diacetyl was able to poke through all the spice. Light roast. The flavor was roasty with a spicy finish. Spice warmth and some hop on the finish.
ClarkVV (4852) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught pint at Sunset Grill on 10/6/07
Deep coal black with perhaps a touch of deep auburn-mahogany. Dark beige head is small and fizzles to nothing, leaving no lacing. Medium-low clarity.
Sharp spice shoots up the nostrils, definitely some cinnamon-nutmeg and quite dry. It recovers with some light caramel and cookie dough-like sugars, but only briefly, before a very ashen black malt astringency shuts off any sweetness and really kills the aroma. Some pumpkin notes trickle through, with more spices, but there isn’t anywhere near enough beer flavor. Not overdone on spices, other than up front, and not overdone on pumpkin either, but just because things arent overdone, as I always say, dosent mean they’re particularly good. I don’t find much else here. Some chocolate comes through with warming, but it’s way too much dark malt. No flaws or alcohol.
Somewhat better in the flavor, with some soft slippery textures and lightly sweet choco-caramel. Spices are quite pronounced though, and hang on the finish, dulling the beer character. Very ashy, and char-like, with little pumpkin character. Just not enough malt suppleness for a stout. Traces of vanilla, light smoke and ash linger. No alcohol or flaws.
Looks like the bottles are MUCH better.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to warriorsoul for sharing this at Kennett Brew Fest...
Appears black with a fluffy, off white head that slowly fades into a mild head. Sticky chunks of lacing are left.
Smell is of obvious pumpkin, chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, and some sweet caramel. The spices were remarkably toned down in this...quite tame compared to some of the overkilled versions I’ve had.
Taste is that of the mentioned aromas with the obvious nod to pumpkins and chocolate being in the forefront of the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with the sweetness and cocoa-like bitterness swirling about to an enjoyable brew. One of the better, more tolerable pumpkin beers I’ve had.