ACHops (1292) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2013 On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours thick inky brown with a substantial mocha head that fades quickly. Aroma is roasty malts and a hint of sweetish pumpkin. Taste is big, rich, lightly charred chocolate malts. Pumpkin really only shows on the finish, and is light. Fruity hops provide bitterness throughout that lingers a bit. The pumpkin is a nice touch, but this is just an excellent rich chocolate stout. These guys own pumpkin beers. Elysian:pumpkin beers = Stone:IPAs. This increased availability this year is a great sign, glad more people will get a chance to try it.
Mark_Eck (1778) - - JUL 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are pumpkin, cinnamon, and some coffee roastedness.
Barreras (1526) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown color with a cinnamon and burnt malt aroma. Taste is similar, roasted malt, light chocolate and pumpkin in the flavor. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste with a sweet and toasty film left on the tongue.
60minuteman (1278) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour from Rams. Smell is heavy on the malts, caramel, spice and pumpkin. Smooth palate but a little too strong on the spice for me, the pumpkin is a nice touch though. Tastes more like a porter than a stout.
J_man (917) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 1, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong pumpkin pie spice aroma with cinnamon and ginger standing out very prominently. Appears pitch black, but under a strong light it’s actually very dark brown with a nice ruby tint. Head is initially fluffy and brown, but dies down quickly to a thin ring. The pumpkin spice is actually much more tame and balanced in the taste with a really nice vegetal pumpkin flavor coming through. This is followed by a roasted and charred malt flavor that gives a nice balance to the slight sweetness in the body. This evolves into a dark/bittersweet chocolate flavor. As usual, this stout gets better as it warms up a bit and the unique flavors here blend together a lot better. Spice, charred wood and a lasting bittersweetness finish things off. Very tasty fall specialty beer.
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Chalk Mountain Liquors in Paso Robles. Nose is light pumpkin, nuttiness, and chocolate without the normal pumpkin pie spices. Black with a small cinnamon tan head. Flavor is lightly sweet chocolate with pumpkin, not spicy.
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks Alon. Black with a tan head. Aroma of cookies, honey cookies (duvshaniot), cinnamon, nutmeg, nuts, a bit of chocolate. Sweet flavor with caramel, cookies, honey cookies, a bit of pumpkin, lots of winter spices, and a bit of chocolate. Rounded mouthfeel. I tend to dislike pumpkin beers, but this is nice!
thorongil2 (2216) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(tap) clear very dark brown colour with aa small brown head; oily palate; aroma of pumpkin; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish
anthony850 (463) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle. Jet black with a pumpkin and chocolate smell and taste. Tastes like real pumpkin and chocolate
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corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours viscous and pitch black with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Roasted dark malt aroma with roasted pumpkin seed and autumnal spices. Pumpkin sweetness is minimal with more of a roasted seed character along with cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice, clove and nutmeg. slightly smokey/meaty with hints of dark chocolate cake, coffee bean, toast and molasses. Smells really good with a nice balance if roast, sweetness and spice.
Full bodied with a deeply roasted presence that overpowers the subtle pumpkin presence. This is nicely complimented by the zesty spice notes but it’s slightly acrid and in desperate need of some sweetness. Very dry to the point of almost tasting burnt with charred dark malt flavors, toast and espresso bean along with cinnamon, clove, allspice and pepper. Very one-dimensional with hardly any pumpkin flavor to speak of. I would have never guessed that there was any in there, it just tastes like a spicy, overly roasted stout. No alcohol hear to speak of but the harsh burnt malt and dry spice make it somewhat tough to drink.
samsmith33 (772) - - NOV 11, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice pumpkin stout. Nose is clove, cinnamon. Taste is chocolatety, veggies, spice, brandy like finish. Touch of char. Very tasty. Dark and thick. Big Brown-orange head. Yum. Tons of sediment which seem to coalesce into a gelatin. That’s a bit offputting. But otherwise excellent.