ElGaucho (2384) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cinnamon aroma is evident, although there’s nothing else overly spectacular about the nose. You can capture the essence of allspice at certain angles. Orange body, the hue of which is perfect for the Halloween season. Cloudy with visible particalia. Average sized off white head that is full diminishing. Nice flavor. I wonder what this would have tasted like without the allspice. It makes the flavor seem a little contrived and more an amalgamation of flavors that don’t quite work together. It still ends up a pleasant brew, and the 7% ABV is substantial enough to hide some flaws. Malty, sweet and allspicy. I wanted to wait until Halloween to crack this brew, but not sure if it would have held up all that well a year after brewing. There aren’t an overly large amount of hops for preservative qualities. Unique. Thanks, matta.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 poured a copper color with large cream colored head. nose was of nutmeg and orange juice. taste was much of the same with hints of cinnamon and a little sweetness. a drinkable beer.
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Copper color with a thin white head. Aroma was that of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and of course, pumpkin. Peculiar, but not bad. I typically don’t go for this type of beer but must admit, this one was sorta enjoyable.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light copper with spicy Thanksgiving aromas of cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. The pumpkin flavor is assertive but not overpowering. Emphasis on malts and spices leave a minimal hop presence. . Slight touch of sourness in the finish.
IslandHaole (1215) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, light copper color with a small beige head. Sweet squash, cinnamon. Spicy, a bit sticky sweet, a bitter-sweet nutmeg follow. Interesting and seems to gain complexity with each sip. A nice warming holiday brew. Thank you Belle!
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer was odd. Pumpkin readily apparent, but more subtle than would be expected. Aroma was stronger than the taste, with aroma of spices but taste not delivering on promise of aroma. Ok as a novelty.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to leftovers from Jeff’s B day tasting. Um....bunch of stuff going on in here. Tastes like cough sryrup about mid taste and it’s overpowering. Malts at finish I believe. Glad I have only one bottle of this.
letters (5) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It poured with a thin off white head forming good lacing as it quickly diminished. Amber in color, with a clear, slightly sparkling body. Upon smelling hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin were apparent, pleasant but not as strong as i would have hoped. The subtleties in the aroma ran over into the taste, where the ingredients were weak, where i would have prefered more power behind the flavors. The spicy finish that accompanies the initial bitterness creates a good balance. Within the mouth it feels watery and light. Overall it’s an enjoyable beer that becomes increasingly more enjoyable as the glass empties.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was in just the right mood for this. Beautiful pumpkin-amber color, creamy head, strong spice aroma, rich but not sweet, all the intense spicing you want when it’s cold outside and you just lit a fire.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium copper with a thick off white head. Very spicy aroma of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar and plenty of pumpkin. Sweet but not overly sweet flavor with more of the same spices and some abvious nutmeg. Very smooth, no bitterness at all. Finish was medium-long. Overall, a good autumn/winter seasonal but not really a radical departure from some other heavily spiced offerings.