StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer could be a poster child for the spice category. Pours as a fizzy, amber-hued ale. Bubbly, creamy head at first pour. Smells wonderful - pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. God bless this beer. The real pumpkin and allspice come through first. Thereís a bread-like, sugary piecrust quality to the finish. Traces of coriander and brown sugar are more prevalent as I worked my way down. Alcohol hits back of tongue when the carbonation settles. Very well spiced and top notch for the category. Similar to Lakefrontís Pumpkin, which I prefer slightly more.
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a perfect copper color, with a barely perceptible white lacing. Delivered as promised in aroma, flavor, and palate - full-bodied with an obvious pumpkin taste and silkly smooth finish that smacks of winter spices. I tried this with a side of cheese and crackers, which really brought out a more alcoholic finish. Overall, very satisfying. Dogfish Head never ceases to impress!
lamas (1569) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a copperish-orange with small off-white head. Aroma is of hops, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is definitely not overwhelmingly pumpkin. Medium-bodied. The spices sting the tongue. Pumpkin and cinnamon are present but more subtle than other pumpkin ales Iíve had. Finish is on the hoppy side with the slightest touch of warming alcohol.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Copper colored, nice head that lasted and laced well. Nice spiced flavor, very pumpkin pie-esque. I really enjoyed this beer.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copperery color, offwhite head. Malty aromatics with heavy pie spices including nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Sweet flavor of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, roasted malt, caramel, slight hop bitterness. Medium palate, finishes syrupy. Overall, a pretty good brew, worth trying once.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured out a slightly hazy amber hue with a light tan head of decent size. The head drops to a cap of bubbles leaving little lacing on the glass. The aroma smells of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice, almost exactly like pumpkin pie. The taste had a lot of the same spice elements in it with a bit of malty sweetness like brown sugar. The aftertaste had a nice spice lingering about. I will have to try this with some pumpkin pie because it tastes great and would go perfect of course. The mouthfeel was about average with a light to medium body. Drinkability basically depends on how much you like pumpkin pie type dishes, in my case this is a very drinkable beer that I look forward to each year. Definitely give this one a shot especially if you are looking for a pumpkin ale.
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with a quickly dissipating head. Spicy ífallí aroma and flavor. I would have to say the spice is just a little over-the-top. This is a really nice shot at the style but it needs some refinement.
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 (12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with jeffin7, thanks Jeff!) One of the maltiest pumpking beers Iíve tried -- itís even lightly roasty -- with a prominent spiciness breaking through the roasty flavor. I donít know what allspice tastes like, but Iím definitely getting cinnamon and nutmeg. Moderately bitter throughout, and fairly sweet in the finish, sweet in a sugary way. The nose is mostly roasty and spicy. Strongly carbonated palate, medium in body. Dark amber, bordering on light brown in color. The off-white head pours to an inch in height, but it dissipates amazingly quickly, and Iím left with a small rim of head in no time. Despite the roasty maltiness, Iím still not all that crazy about this beer. I donít care for the sugary sweetness, and I think the spiciness is just too strong, since Iím not all that into the spices to begin with.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown orange, ruby colored with a light head & short lacing. Nose of allspice, pumpkin pie like, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, light citrus from the hops & rich sweetness from the malt, some cantelope. Taste is a bit carbonated but is solid pumpkin pie. Finishes tart, slightly bitter. Good stuff!
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Spiced seasonal pumpkin flavor. Good solid bodied ale, pumkin and spice on the nose as expected, cinnamon not too overpowering which I donít like, nice orange to copper brown hue, good for the style and season.