durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Samís in Durham. Pouts dark brown with a thin light beige head. Nose and taste of sweet pumpkin, lots of vanilla, chocolate, and fairly subtle Chinese five spice, at least in relation to the other flavors. Just as described. Interesting and unique, even it it gets old a bit quickly.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Nice deep dark pour with a moderate carbonation and some mild sediment barely detectable. Nose is heavy dark malts, a touch of roasts, and some sweet elements too. To taste, the beer isnít so much pumpkin specifically as a sweet velvety porter that might go well on top of vanilla ice cream. Fruity in places and very mildly spiced. But just a bit heavy overall.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle picked up from Rickís in Alexandria. Served in a Three Floyds / Intelligentsia mini-snifter.
Pours a nearly-black deep brown color with a thin light tan head and not much in the way of lacing. Thin tan collar as it goes down. The nose carries some light pumpkin spice and plenty of porter character. Fairly roasty with a bit of chocolate. Faint spice. Flavor has chocolate and a fair amount of roast. Medium body with light carbonation and a nice full mouthfeel. Not over the top in any direction. Well done.
strap (575) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - FEB 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark with a small offwhite head. aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla and a few other spices. pumpkin flavor isnít overpowering with a hint of vanilla and roasted malts. overall a solid seaonal brew.
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 (12268) - 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 (7543) - 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 (1847) - 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 (1443) - 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 (5485) - 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.