Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium creamy tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is a bit subdued - sweet chocolate malts and some pumpkin and pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice).
The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a little roast and a lot of pumpkin spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a nice pumpkin porter.
mttan02 (29) - Tolleson, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber of batch #7. Pours very dark, with a nice tan head. Very good lacing. Clove on the nose, and the tongue. Not overpowering though. Glad I got to try this limited release.
Kobal (64) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, nearly black with deep ruby highlights. Typical head with nice lacing quality. Slight spice but little pumpkin on the nose. Taste starts with mild sweetness with notes of vanilla and whipped cream. A bit of pumpkin then shows through, transitioning into roast coffee and chocolate. Dry, lingering finish. Body is medium to light for a porter with a slight sparkle of carbonation at the end.
Not as pumpkiny sweet or spicy as many other pumpkin beers, mostly because the solid roasty porter base is the star of the show. Also, the year of aging may have mellowed the spices. Iím not complaining, though, as this is one of the tastiest porters Iíve had in some time. The pumpkin and spice elements add a great touch without overwhelming.
brenn79 (1471) - Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, release #1- Pours black with red highlights in the light with a one finger light tan head. The aroma is pumpkin, not pumpkin spice, but the real thing, not much roastiness actually, pretty smooth and mellow. The taste is creamy and smooth, a nice pumpkin flavor, roasted malt, toasty, it has a little spice, but not full blown out pumpkin pie spices. I really dig this, much more than I thought I would, a nice way to kick off my infatuation of pumpkin beers around this season.
b33r (668) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with small light tan head and nice lacing. Aroma and flavor full of roasty malts and sweet fruitiness. Very different and balanced- pretty nice overall
jeffs515 (123) - Ogden, Utah, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is spice malty roasty and chocolate. Pours almost a black with creamy tan head. leaves a really nice lacing. Taste is vey chocolate with some spice not getting much pumpkin but leave a good taste. overall this is a great beer.
boFNjackson (4100) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured deep, dark, near pitch black with a thin moderate forming, light tan head that faded relatively quickly. Nice spicing on the nose. Hints of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, malt, and pumpkin. Tasted of worty malt sweetness, pumpkin, and pie spice. Some toasted sweetness and mild roast too. This was quite nice.
Blairgus (2551) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
29 sept 2012, bottle. Dark ruby, clear. Nose really reminds me of clove cigarettes, and burnt pie crust and slight pumpkin pie, and cloves. Thin/med body and slightly fizzy. Really tastes like clove cigarettes, burnt toast, slight pumpkin, orange zest. Nice and unique.
DrSilverworm (5932) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared by Jay. Release #3, 7.5% ABV. Very interesting squashy pumpkin aroma, some chocolate, toasty malts. Nice, tasty flavor, with a good toasty light chocolatey light roasty pumpkin aftertaste. Vanilla note works well. Roasty bitter taste. Smooth, lighter carbonation, dry texture, lighter body. Great on the palate, and the gourdy squash flavor lasts long in the aftertaste, good to savor. Clear but dark brown color, good thin tan head leaves good lace. Awesome, I love a good pumpkin porter. A lot more interesting than the typical lighter-colored over-spiced imperial pumpkin ale.
JoeTheYounger (1136) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a keg on the Beers In Paradise Oktoberfest bus trip to Alpine Village. Dark pour into a plastic cup :( Aroma was pumpkin seeds, cinnamon. Taste was vanilla, some chocolate marshmallow, with a nice porter roasted finish.