Emeister84 (1983) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heavy spicy aromas, cinnamon, clove, all that allspice, and pumpkin. Hazy dark orange-amber with a mostly fading off-white head. Pretty dry, very spicy, some booze. Medium-full bodied.
Slubgob (297) - West Hartford, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One year old bottle, poured into a tall goblet. Quickly dissipating khaki head, Opaque mahogony color. Ginger and clove in the nose. In the mouth, similar spice notes with a touch of cinnamon. Lying underneath is a dark roasted malt, which comes through mostly on the finish. Not really a lot of pumpkin, it reads more as an intense brown ale with pumpkin spices. Generally not wild about pumpkin beers and this isn’t changing my mind, but this is OK.
Bulk_Carrier (3470) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - OCT 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was poured into a snifter due to the fact that this is imperialized.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a creamy to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a slim half minute. Lacing runs light.
The smell has a spectacular balance of the pumpkin, pumpkin spices and subtle sweet cocoa to blend together.
The taste was mildly spicy over the sweetness making a great effort to bring back the sweetness of the cocoa malt in and all around. A light mainly sweet cocoa to somewhat pumpkin aftertaste runs into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs somewhat light allowing the spices to run as the harshness to my tongue.
Overall, imperialized pumpkin ale, yup, this is what I was looking for this Autumn. I need to make more trips to New York for more of this.
onceblind (6741) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown with a thin light beige cap. Mild nose with a gentle cinnamon and earthy roast malt, and a gentle autumnal dark earthiness. Flavor is much the same; semisweet, earthy, gentle autumn flavor, gentle pumpkin spice, a wee bit of booze. Just kinda mild and whatever.
benpickens (475) - Camarillo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Inky black with thick white creamy head that holds well. Nutmeg and Pumpkin pie aromas with wet earth on the nose; nice mouthful with warming finish.
katrinaez (1152) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very boozy. Pumpkin is not overwhelming, there is a light cocoa and vanilla taste. Dark brown/red. Clean mouth, but heavy booze taste. Tap
joecon (31) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought this at a local grocery store. Fantastic! Pumpkin isn't overpowering. ABV is 9%. Dark and smooth. Just try it!
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jcnielsen (3095) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with off white head. Spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet potato, pumpkin aromas. Malty, spices, pumpkin, slight booze flavors. I enjoyed flying Flying Dog’s other pumpkin, Gourd Standard, more.
UDBeernut (2565) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour, opaque, off whit head. Some pumokin spice, nutmeg, light toastd malt. Medium body.
ARH (1104) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2016 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. The aroma is root beer with vanilla and cinnamon at first. This is followed by sweet toffee with a sweet potato / pumpkin pie note a and mild coffee with an undertone of sugar. The beer appears slick, with a rich, glossy, dark black brown hue topped by a big, soft foam, beige head that has an above average retention and leaves decent lace. The taste is a medium high sweet with a medium bitter. The texture is chewy and slick with a foamy carbonation and a full body flavored with chocolate, and bread crust with an earthy, vegetal undertone. The finish is sticky but with a clean flavor of wood, smokey spice, and a light pumpkin puree, that fades, and is replaced with a chalky feel. The aftertaste is dry, slightly chalky and woody, lightly astringent, with bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and burnt bread crust that?s mildly lingering, and eventually leads to bitter clove.