lamas (1527) - 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!
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.
ao125 (18) - Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s important to note that there are two versions of this beer - one brewed by DC Brau, on site in Washington DC. The other is brewed on site in Salt Lake City Utah by Epic brewing.
This review is for the DC Brau version.
A: Dark, similar to any other porter. Hints of copper in the thick foam
S: Roast, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla
T: This is a really well balanced beer. A lot of "pumpkin" beers hit you over the head with piles of cinnamon. That isn’t the case with this beer. You really do get a lot of the sweetness and flavor of the pumpkin, which is balanced out with deep roast typically found with DC Brau’s "Penn Quarter Porter". The other spices round out the flavor, but don’t overwhelm.
M: Smooth going down. Alcohol definitely sneaks up on you.
O: So far, this is one of my favorite "pumpkin" beers, because it really IS about the pumpkin, and not about how much spice you can cram into a beer.
Serving type: on-tap