MBrausen (69) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
A. Pours a dark brown orange, 1 finger thick head, great lacing and rests at a 1mm head
S. Mild to no smell, pumpkin and a hint of light chocolate.
T. Tastes of sweet pumpkin,lots of orange and a hint of spices, but not too much.
M. Medium body, high carbonation, mildly chewy and coarse.
O. A pretty decent beer, but could use a more over the top pumpkin flavor. It was very blended and more simple than what you normally get from Epic.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium creamy tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, lactose, pumpkin, caramel, and chocolate whey powder. Flavor of roasted malt, pumpkin, earth, caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from daknole- thanks again, Dak! Release #1. Pours a dark, deep, not quite opaque brown with amber highlights around the edges and a small tan head that settles into a film and leaves some lace in the glass. Aroma of squash right away, with toasted brown sugar, chocolate, an even blend of nutmeg and other seasonal spices, pumpernickel, and vanilla. Flavor of dark chocolate, nutmeg, pumpkin, vanilla, coffee, pepper, and dark fruit. Finishes with lingering roast. Light-medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation and a roasty, astringent mouthfeel. After the first few things Iíve had from these breweries, my hopes were a little higher. Not bad, though.
tastybeer (1486) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pour is black with a tan head, good retention/lace. Aroma of light pumpkin spice, chocolate, roast, ginger, light salsa. Taste is chocolate, pumpkin, roasty, lightly bitter. Palate is oily, full bodied, lightly sweet chocolate finish.
lamas (1280) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Release #1. A deep mahogany pour with a thick & smooth khaki head. A pleasing aroma of cocoa, caramel, roasty coffee, woodsiness, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some light cloves. Medium-bodied and smooth on the way down. Caramel and some creamy vanilla qualities upfront in the taste. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee follows. A tad sour at the end. A mildly bitter finish. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of pumpkin throughout. There is a presence of warming alcohol that intensifies as the beer gets to room temperature. VERY nicely done! Now get this bad boy released when it counts...
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at Whole Foods Sawmill. Darkest brown to black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, chocolate, roast and wood. Flavor starts spicy with cinnamon and ginger, then moves to a slight booziness before a roasted malt finish.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter. Release #3.
4.5 A: Black color. Nearly three fingers of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is good with tons of lacing left behind.
4.0 S: Iím loving the nose on this. This actually smells like pumpkin, not just the associated spices. The spices are still very present though with cinnamon sticking out over nutmeg, allspice, and clove. The underlying porter adds a hefty dose of graininess, light roast, and chocolate.
4.0 T: Again, great integration between the pumpkin, spice, and porter. Real pumpkin taste, all the spices mentioned above, and a healthy dose of chocolate. Clean maltiness with chocolate, light roast, and a touch of coffee.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. I wish this were creamier. This beer would be leagues better with a thicker, creamy body.
4.0 D: There arenít a lot of great pumpkin beers out there, but this one at least gets close. Solid all-around aside from maybe the mouthfeel.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-19-2011 03:28:17
jmikolich (1307) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a pumpkin porter, now that I have to try, shared by Brigadier (Thanks), this beer looks awesome, slightly opaque with a reddish hue it looks sweet but the taste is dominated by the roast of the coffee only with a subtle pumpkin/gourd flavor occasionally peaking through.. easy to drink though and certainly a cool style
Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle
Shared with a number of other people at a local tasting this is one I would have had no problem finishing by myself. An excellent collaboration has me looking forward to Fall 2012 when hopefully it (or something else from Epic) will be released. Hopefully both Epic and DC Brau stick around for a while.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep ruby red, the body is almost black near the core. A thin ring of head circles the top. Chocolate, malt, and a light feel of pumpkin puree and burnt crust lend this a profile different from many fall seasonals.
Flavor / Profile - The taste is not much different than the nose. The same chocolate, malt, and ash flavors mix well before a light bitter finish. This one still has some legs on it although Iím not sure I would want to sit on it too long. In the meantime if you happen across one pick up a flashback to 2011.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Odd aroma, but really enjoyed the flavors. Nice authentic pumpkin flavor, plenty of chocolate, like the attenuation as itís very drinkable but without being overly dry, which Iím not a fan of in roasty beers. Different for sure.