Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: Very nice spiced stout. Just a so, so pumpkin beer. If you want a great beer get this, but if you are craving a pumpkin ale, skip it. Lots of chocolate.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with a large, light brown head that kept a nice sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma was a little weak, but contained moderate milk and dark chocolate, sour coffee, cocoa, and hot chocolate powder; lighter roasted malt; hints of soy sauce; slight cinnamon; sour pumpkin; and all sorts of chocolate. The initial flavor was ever so slightly sweet and slightly sour and bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet, acidic and sour, and moderately bitter with an average duration. There was chocolate, roasted malt, sour coffee, hints of sour pumpkin, cocoa, subtle cinnamon, more chocolate, some dark fruit, hints of soy sauce, and maybe slight licorice. The medium body was silky with soft but lightly tingly carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.
LetsGoState (648) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance is a tan head and very deep brown. Aroma is largely roasted malt. Taste is a blend of pumpkin and spices as well as roasted malt. Overall the combination is different, but it works.
Gearz (37) - Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells amazing. A lot of cinnamon! Smells like a cider doughnut. Very good. I’d rate this right behind their Punkuccino.
runaway (68) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours licorice black with a thin small caramel head. Aroma is of cinnamon, chicory, chocolate, chili spice, and pumpkin. Taste is just like the smell, with a bittersweet finish but leaning somewhat towards a mulled apple cider. Mouthfeel is pleasantly smooth and full bodied, only ever so slightly oily/creamy. Puts the standard pumpkin ale to shame.
rodenbach99 (3397) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Soirée Pumpkin ale au Rattle ’n’ Hum NYC. En fût. Un liquide noire. Des fortes notes de caramel au nez tout comme en bouche. Intéressant sans plus. Probablement meilleure en bouteille.
Yudetarou (2) - JAPAN - DEC 3, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, tough, cinnamon taste, chocolate, slightly pumpkin, really elegant and abstemious beer.
kramer (5256) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours a dark brown body with a nice frothy brown head. The nose is big pumpkin spice with lots of nutmeg and a fair amount of ppl in meat. The spice is balanced nicely with the chocolate and toast notes. The flavor is very well balanced between the spice and the roasty notes of the stout. There’s a nice amount of actual pumpkin flavor in here as well. Medium bodied and a little creamy with soft gentle carbonation. Pretty good stuff!
MadIndian (2512) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle gift from Mathew, from Philadelphia Craft. Nice brown sugar and cinnamon aroma, roasted malt , cinnamon, bitter chocolate smooth dry finish.
MartinVanBeer (116) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is amazing. Black pour and frothy tan head. Notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and fresh baked bread. Like a cinnamon roll. It's not overcrowded or cheapened by any flavor. Cocoa, cinnamon, a tough of pumpkin, a little root like bitterness to cut the sweetness. WOW
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beernovice39 (3223) - Montana, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a black brew with a brown top. First whiff is pumpkin, spices and chocolate. Taste is roasty with coffee, bitter chocolate and some spice.
lightbias (231) - USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 poured into a stout glass offers a dark abyss in a glass topped with a minimal, latte-colored head. The aroma is heavy nutmeg, cinnamon and is slightly nutty. I tip the glass for a first sip expecting nothing but spices, but am surprised by the depth of the flavor. I feel the cinnamon on the tip of my tongue, the nutmeg on the sides, but there’s a nice, dark, cocoa foundation holding everything together. Not over-spiced at all, lightly bitter with a short-lived and fairly dry finish. The carbonation is heavy enough to carry the brew, and maybe a little more than I am appreciating, but still not over the top.
This is the first solid pumpkin beer I’ve tried, and am excited that it was an Elysian. A good pumpkin stout!