bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
tgncc (3005) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MarinaMarket (219) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark with nice fluffy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, spices. Nice pumkin flavor, like pumkin bread with the yeasty notes and cinnamon. Some chocolate notes as well. Seems a little thin in body in relation to the aroma & flavor, but perhaps it’s just that I am more acclimated to higher ABV beers with more residual sugar. Love the bottle and name too! Tasted from the bottle @ 56F.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
OLD GABF... I wrote, "THis is so bomb... i really haven’t had brew like this. Really dark stout with a straight,brown head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, roasted pumpkin, light pie spices. Flavor is a roasty chocolate and spiced pumpkin stout bomb but smooth drinking. REally can taste the pumpkin in a good way. One of the best uses of pumpkin I have ever seen."
alexsdad06 (6881) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from 5000. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The nose has roasted malt, pumpkin with all of the usual spices and vanilla. The flavor blends stout qualities with the pumpkin beer parts pretty well. Roasted malt, chocolate, pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla are all there. Medium body with soft carbonation. Interesting and worth a try.
daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dark pour,brown head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, roasted pumpkin, light pie spices. Flavor is smooth, roasty, chocolate, pumpkin and light spice. Damn good.
boFNjackson (4189) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured black like coffee with a thin tan head. Lots of pumpkin squash and grain qualities. Nutmeg, cinnamon, with a creamy lactic tone. Like pumpkin bread.