Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: Sort of like a chocolate pumpkin pie, but a better comparison might be to one of those spiced wafers in the the orange and black boxes. Either way it’s a great. Hid alcohol fairly well.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was just about black in the glass with bright red highlights and a large, beige head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma contained light caramel and dark chocolate malts; moderate to heavy yeast; sweet and sour pumpkin; pie crust; spice cookies; and pumpkin pie spices. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet, slightly sour. moderate to heavily bitter and hot from from the spices. There was chocolate, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, spiced wagers, roasted malt, hints of alcohol, caramel malt, burnt caramel, lots of yeast, chocolate syrup, and both sweet and slightly sour pumpkin. the medium to full body was somewhat dry with a little heat and fairly fizzy carbonation and a dry, slightly chalky and sort of metallic finish.
superspak (4747) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/8/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/vanilla, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/vanilla, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/vanilla, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a great imperial pumpkin ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
tia (1771) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Jack Brown’s. Brown with oatmeal head. My first sniff and sip gave me the impression that it was thin and lightly spiced and had a little chorine whiff. However, it grew on me as it warmed and I drank it. It ended up being a little fuller an more robust and dry without being overly spiced. Not bad for a pumpkin beer.
Pumpkin87 (235) - - OCT 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with pronounced red highlights and a small-medium tan head that doesn’t leave a lot of lacing but retains well as nice-looking skim.
Pumpkin pie aroma, whiff of vanilla and spice. Very creamy mouthfeel is the highlight here, at times balancing the aggressively earthy hops, toast and significant spicing. At other times, it’s a burnt pumpkin pie.
That aggressive approach catches up on the finish, which is quite sharp and leaves a bitter aftertaste.
WreckDiver (1) - Quakertown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2016 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great nitro pumpkin beer. Not overwhelming spice. Good balance. Well hidden 9% beer, need to know what you are drinking because you don't taste the alcohol.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jsporrer (740) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample on tap @ the brewery. Pours a dark cola color with a massive foamy light tan head. Full bodied. Thick rich and creamy with some nice fall spice flavors. Very enjoyable.
Darwenus (905) - Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2016
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is what I think of as a traditional pumpkin beer ... by which I mean I don’t like it very much. This beer pours dark brown with orange highlights along the bottom and sides of the glass. The head is average, and the aroma is rich and sweet. There’s some brown sugar, ginger, cloves, the usual pumpkin beer notes. The flavor isn’t bad up front, with all of that spice being the dominant character, but the finish is awful. The alcohol is noticeable and medicinal, like cough syrup or NyQuil, and the closing quality is fishy. Literally fishy, like water that’s had frozen fish thawing in it. I will not have this again.
altonbrownd (5769) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Beer and Wine. Dark brown body with slight, fast-receding head. Nose is floral, pumpkin, ginger. Taste is malty, sweet, pumpkins for sure with a strong alcy taste. Warming finish. Pretty good brew.
MrTipple (3710) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, dark brown, medium, creamy, beige head. Light sweet. Alcohol, spiced pumpkin, Nice Pumpkin Ale, quite strong ABV for little added complexity. Bottle from Wine Rack, Henley-on-Thames.
alex_leit (2510) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown color, creamy foam. Aroma: sweet spices, cinnamon, honey, sweet pumpkin pie, wine and malt. Taste: sweet, cinnamon, caramel, spices, wine and white port, slightly burning.
brewtalita (243) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, lingering head. Aroma gingerbread spice - a ton of it. If its your thing, you can proceed :)
Also some vermouth and cloves. Palate medium, low carbonation. Taste is liquid ginger dough, liquory. Port wine finish. Nice one, albeit one can be too many. This beer is made to be shared :)