MadRobin (1603) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring for almost a year.
Opaque, brown-black with a khaki head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of pumpkin fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, allspice and mild nutmeg.
Taste of milk chocolate, toffee, vanilla, sweet roasted malt, pumpkin fruit, light molasses and a modicum of pumpkin pie spices.
Medium/full body and medium/low carbonization.
The fruit and chocolate malt come through strong and work very well together. The spices you'd expect in a pumpkin ale are quite subdued--perhaps as a result of the aging and perhaps for the better. The is a delicious ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
nuplastikk (4089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Birreria Paradiso. Reddish black body, steady beige head. a really balanced pumpkin porter, very drinkable. Not so forward in the pumpkin, lots of chocolate. Mellow bitter coffee notes complement the pumpkin. Really well executed.
GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at P St Whole Foods. Pours full haze deep maroon. Medium creamy beige head. Nose is pumpkin spice, lemon, nutmeg, sharp tea flavors, green olives. Taste is soapy, bitter, minerally, some freezer vegetables, candy corn. Palate is soapy, tangy. A bit odd.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: Draft at Fireworks Leesburg. Cloudy brown pour with a thin tan head. The nose is pumpkin, light molasses, earth and a good bit of roasted malt. The flavor seems to emphasize the gourd up front with dark caramel, light molasses and finishes with a slight earthy bitterness. Medium bodied. Pretty solid.
lamas (1308) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler straight from the brewery. A murky deep mahogany pour with a smallish creamy mocha head. A lovely autumnal aroma. Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin pie, coffee, cola, and caramel maltiness dominate. Medium-bodied and pretty smooth on the way down. Very light caramel upfront in the taste. Some bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder follows. Cola in the middle. Finishes with some roasty black coffee bitterness. A tad dry. A faint smokiness, some raw squash, and lots of pumpkin pie spice throughout. Tasty stuff!
radagast83 (4040) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. 99.9% certain this is the DC Brau version. Poured a near-pitch black color with a off-white (tan/medium-brown) head. Aroma was creamy sweet notes - I’d say a tad latic, with notes of squash/pumpkin. Roasted malts, creamy bitter-sweet chocolates.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very small tan head into a black beer with ruby tinges. Smell is very nice, buttered pumpkin, cinnamon/spice cake, vanilla. Slight booziness. Taste is lots of woodiness and vanilla. Burnt wood reminds me of coffee. Much drier than smell, and a little booze on the tongue. Very nice.
Drake (7840) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on draft at the brewery. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of pumpkin, smoke and faint spicy notes. The taste is smoke, nuts, roasted malts, pumpkin and a sweet finish. Medium bodied. Nice.
tastybeer (1572) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark brown with a decent tan head. Little retention/lace. Aroma of light roast, vanilla, pumpkin spice, medicinal notes. Taste is somewhat sweet, pumpkin spice, milk chocolate. Palate is light/medium body, low carbonation, slick texture.
craftycarl21 (2116) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Churchkey; both versions were available. Extremely dark brown pour with a small tan head. Nose and flavor hold decent creamy lactic sweetness and roasted malt, but also an astringent acidic ethanol presence and not much pumpkin. Bummer.