DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2006 Draft at FSRB. Now I’m told this is strictly pumpkin pie spice with no pumpkin. Hard to be sure from the color: a beautiful, deep cloudy brown with brassy highlight, like a varnished cabinet, and a brown-eggshell half-inch head. Big spices in the nose, perhaps a bit too much, but there’s a big foundation of malts to try and support it. Hoppiness, too, but not in excess. Can’t help but taste all the usual pumpkin pie spices, and somewhere, I get an impression of ginger, too. Don’t know how I can qualify a "stunt" beer from a place better known for its great regular beers. All I can say is, you gotta be prepared to drink this one.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, a day late and a dollar short, I too enjoyed this just after the release. Served with a light-hazed, copper body under a cream-colored head that held long and settled frothily. Despite bartender Becky’s observation that last year’s Peter Pumpkinhead was more pumpkiny, I felt that this year’s rendition held a fatter pumpkin character. Spices that normally overtake this style were in delicate remission as were the lagering yeasts that formed a hearty yet subtle backdrop. Yeasts and alcohol were forefront in flavor with tart pumpkin heart quick to follow and dry spices late. ABV dries the palate (maybe a little too harshly) but the spicy festivities were allowed to linger nonetheless. (Becky also mentioned she took pictures of Matt hollowing out pumpkins for last year’s brew and I might just pay cash money to see them!)
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Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I missed the Mug Club preview at Flossmoor but, seeing RAYBOY01’s review, I thought I should stop by since I was going to be only a few miles away. Nice pour, a clear orange body with a good lacing, creamy white head. The aroma is softly spiced, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and allspice. A touch of toffee is added as it warms. The flavor has a solid caramel base to keep the spiciness in check, and it all blends well into a tasty Autumn treat. Nice.
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RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This autumnal specialty possesses a very deep orange glow with a medium creamy head. The nose was surprisingly subdued for the style, usually too over the top with "holiday" spicing. I detect nutmeg and cinnamon and a touch of clove. The first taste reveals a medium creamy body (almost like dipping into the first bite of pie and coming up with nothing but whipped cream) The cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, coriander, allspice are all intermingled nicely and serve as counterpoint to a touch of vanilla and maple syrup as well. Sweet caramel maltiness anchors the whole beer nicely. These can never be my favorite style of brew, but it is rather well done, considering the last-minute nature of the particular brewing circumstances involved here...Matt decided hurriedly to respond to several customer requests for another pumpkin beer and coincidentally a tap opened up because several of his special beers (Black Wolf, particularly) sold so quickly! Just proves once again, Matt is completely incapable of brewing a bad beer.