Ernest (7200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cocoa powder, roasted grain), with a strong note of nutmeg/mace.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Very overspiced. Nutmeggy odor all virtually obliterates everything else (or what little else I could detect). Yikes. Easy, boys, you donít need so much of that stuff! Too many cooks spoiled the broth? Flavor balance is not bad, a little sour though.
Pailhead (6322) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light ginger. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a one finger tan head with decent retention. The flavor starts with moderate sweet chocolate and a touch of fruit. The finish has moderate-heavy cinnamon with lighter nutmeg and ginger. Itís medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, itís tasty, but it seems more like a spiced Stout/Porter than a pumpkin beer.
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really excited about this beer- but somewhat dissappointing. Nose was not great. Flavors of roasted malts, distant chocolate, nuttiness. Some pumpkin upfront. Ended w/ an unpleasant vegetal/ medicinal note. Might be decent after aging a year? Not too enjoyable.
keanex (1737) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The body is a deep garnet with brown on the edges and a thin tan head.
S: The aroma is mostly of the porter characteristics, roasted malts, light smoke, and chocolate, no pumpkin noticed in the aroma hints of spices.
T: Vanilla is upfront with light spices and pumpkin flavors that are quickly taken over by a heavy roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors.
M: Medium to thick bodied with medium sharp carbonation.
O: The pumpkin flavors are really subdued, but thatís a good thing. The vanilla is an interesting addition to a really solid porter.
Thisis12ptfont (1094) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found this bottle interesting because I had just homebrewed a Pumpkin spice porter myself. Pumpkin spice is dominate on the aroma with some other fain notes of cocoa and clove. Appears a purple-ish black color with very tamed foam. Strong chocolate and coffee notes upfront with an assertive pumpkin background. Full-bodied with some pleasant earthy/smokey texture to it. Overall, this is a very well done Pumpkin Black Ale. Fairly similar to my homebrew except, this one contains more chocolate and earthy notes. I am very fond of this ale. A must try. Iíd give this an A+ rating.
maxwelldeux (4309) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with very little head to it. Great notes of pumpkin and chocolate in the nose. Iím not even a huge pumpkin fan and I like this. Really interesting flavor palate. Pumpkin up front with chocolaty flavors coming in underneath. Surprised at just how much I like this. Great find.
hoptimus_prime (73) - Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
what i live 4 blocks from brewery?! ok ill drink their beer. often. pour: porterishky brown, complementary head. nose: amber/dark malts, pumpkin meat, slight hop bitters. mouth: malty sweet, pumpkinish, pie spices. have had a many pumpkin porters, and this is certainly different, can almost touch into stout flavorings, otherwise to the point of pumpkin ales for this season,
Beerenberger (1596) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2013 A pumpkin and spice nose. Pours a dark brown with a foamy, mostly diminishing tan head and nice lacing. Taste is mildly sweet. Some vegetable, spice, chocolate, and bitter coffee notes at the end. Medium bodied with flat carbonation. Overall, interesting, but not one I‚Äôd buy again.
keepersj12 (3050) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Release #7, not dated though. Pours dark brown with a small white head that quickly diminishes leaving a cap that laces nicely. Very porter like in aroma and flavor with the underlying pumpkin that just makes itís presence known, not overpowering. This is not a pumpkin pie type brew, this gives full representation of the vegetable. Well done.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle purchased while in Minnesota. Monicas choice... Pours a cola like consistency, less intense at the edges with more reddish brown hues, and topped with a thin to medium khaki head that eventually settles down to a thin film... Aroma of pumpkin, molasses, and roasted chocolate malt. Pretty solid actually... Smooth consistent flavors with semi-sweet pumpkin, molasses, nutmeg, as well as the expected porter flavors. Body is a touch softer/lighter but overall holds up well. Carbonation is fairly sprite and lively. Flavors are well formulated and on par if not better than anticipated.