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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Brewed at the Elysian on Capitol Hill. a perennial favorite, brewed with Great Western pale, Crisp 77° Crystal, Munich, Cara-Vienne, roasted, chocolate and Special B malts with roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash. Pumpkin in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Bittered with Magnum and finished with Saaz and crushed cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alphadelic (1965) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2011
There is definitely some real pumpkin flesh and sweet, seedy aroma as this opens up, some burnt bitterness and rich roast too. In the mouth it is milky and sweet with toasty seed flavour very apparent. It has a sparkle of Anchor OSA about it but just misses the mark. A really delicious beer, it has many of characteristics that made me fall in love with stouts to begin with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2212) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Bomber thanks to SuzyGreenberg. Pours black with a 1 finger, lumpy tan head that has good retention. Aroma is big on roast, pumpkin, cinnamon, the pumpkin seeds are noticeable, but not really a huge component, earthy leaves and a little char. Flavor is roast, chocolate, licorice, char, pumpkin, slightly hot cinnamon, pumpkin seeds definitely play a bigger part here, burnt sugar, spicy and bitter citrus hops make a little showing near the finish. Palate is medium bodied, slick and a little sticky on entry, medium carbonation and has an abrupt tannin like astringency to the finish. Tasty stuff, it could use a little help on the body, but I found it delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
On tap at Falling Rock. Pours with a black body with a tan head. Roasty aromas of chocolate, biscuit, tobacco and cinnamon. Flavors are medium sweet, spicy, and a bit dry. On the bitter side of things. Medium bubbles, cinnamon and spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3159) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pours black with dark brown highlights. Aroma of pumpkin, roasted malts, and chocolate. Flavor of pumpkin, roasted malt, chocolate and hint of cinnamon. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle with Carla. Pours black with tan foam. Smells roasty and slightly sweet of cinnimon. Tastes bitter of roasted coffee and malts with a hint of sweet potatoes and cocoa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Gift from a Seattle friend. Pour: black with thin tan/light brown head, short-lived retention. Aroma primarily stout-like, with touches of coffee and chocolate, and more than a tiny hint of cinnamon. No obvious pumpkin in the nose. Flavor comes through in waves, with the first and final hits coming from the overly-aggressive cinnamon (IMO), sandwiched around a very nice cocoa + coffee stout base and a roasty, earthy, subtle pumpkin presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Draft @ Falling Rock Elysian pumpkin fest. Black with small but attractive brown head. Silky chocolate liquer aroma has very nice, mellow spice adding nuance. Nutmeg and a thin sliver of cinnamon. Great palate is soft, gentle, and smooth. Subtle spice. Excellent flavors. The malts are wow, how did they pull this off? Graham cracker entry, followed by toasted malt, finishing with licorice. Then the drying effects of nutmeg and cinnamon come in, adding spice. More licorice...but it finishes dry. Mmmm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3025) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2011
On tap at Blind Tiger, NYC. Aroma is chocolate, roast, very mild pumpkin. The appearance is deep black, small tan head. The flavor is chocolate, roast pumpkin, sweet, the pumpkin takes a second to come in. Slightly thicker than medium i boy. The finish s sweet, pumpkin, spicy, light hop spicyness. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Draft at Falling Rock during the Pumpkin Event. Pours pitch black with a tan head. The nose is nice. Light nutmeg notes, some cocoa and an earthy squash note. On tasting, the spicing is nicely subdued and not overbearing. Some fine chocolate notes come out and then the earthiness comes through again. Nice light caramel note to tie it together. Pretty solid beer, very likable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Bomber bottle and served in NB Worthy glass: Pours a deep brown nearly opaque with a medium sized fluffy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin, dough, chocolate, vanilla, walnuts, raisins and a light herbal vapours. The taste is well balanced between the spiced character, the pumpkin and the base stout. You get an initial hit of the spices but then the roasted and chocolate features come through. All the while the Pumpkin is there as well as a hint of coffee, plums and nuts. The mouth feel is slick and oily, moderate carbonation, a bit ashy on the finish. A well done brew I would easily drink again.

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