DesertDevil (199) - Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the new Four Peaks tasting room. Medium brown color with a tiny, frothy head. Huge spice nose with nutmeg, cinnamon and some clove. The pumpkin pie spice blend is noticeable from the first sip, but is not overpowering; a pleasant bready characteristic develops as the beer warms. Medium palate with a slightly woody lingering finish.
Ibrew2or3 (5777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured up on tap at Cornish Pasty Co. and enjoyed in the company of radarsock. It has a clear deep amber body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up malt sweetened dark fruity ester notes and a mild pumpkin and winter spiciness. As it warmed the pumpkin aroma grew to aid in the experience. The taste delivers sweet malts and sweet dark fruity esters like ripe plums and figs and then slides into thin layers of pumpkin meat and winter spice notes. Overall this is pretty sweet and estery with just a dash of dark roasted malts and where the pumpkin portion only plays a small role. Interesting take on a porter as well as a pumpkin brew.
radarsock (489) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried on numerous occasions but had consumed most recently at Cornish Pasty with Ibrew2or3. Pours a murky dark brown, and it’s quite possible that it had "black" written all over it. Short lived off-white head not even a fingernail in length. Smells of milk chocolate,duck fat, roasted malt, raspberry syrup and Holiday spices. Tastes predominately of milk chocolate, nutmeg, wood rosin, and some faint earthiness by swallow. And for the actual pumpkin characteristic? All I can say is that it was weak, incredibly weak, watery and dense. It was drinkable and was certainly one of the better seasonal Four Peaks has brewed, but to solely classify this as a "pumpkin porter" I think would be a mistake. ’Subtle’ was indeed the right word for the pumpkin -- it’s almost reminiscent of tomatoes, sunflower seeds and winter squash.
maley1 (470) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with small tan head. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt and very faint chocolate. Taste of pumpkin, spices, slight roasted malts, and slight chocolate. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel. Light bodied and goes down way to easy, good beer.
DMLINAZ (185) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyed a few of these on draft outside at Casey Moore’s this week with friends drinking the same; it’s the season. As porters go this is decent; pumpkin flavor and aroma are understated. I’d have this again, though I don’t think they have bottles, so you have to track it down. I recently had the pumpkin porter from Grand Canyon (another local Arizona brewery) and liked it a lot more; Shipyard’s Smashed Pumpkin ale (not a porter) is also quite good. (10/25/12)
benbrewing (2) - tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2012 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
The pumpkin plus spices are mild in aroma but dominant in flavor. This us a light bodied porter throws down easy and is freaking delicious. Love October in AZ!
mttan02 (29) - Tolleson, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler on release day. Lots of spice aroma. Very dark amber color. Malty sweet and spicy flavor, with a bit of pumpkin. Very enjoyable.
JPDurden24 (1094) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 version. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, malts and some spices. Some pumpkin flavor with some more cinnamon and spices on the taste. Love it.
bu11zeye (11113) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a small tan head. Aroma of pumpkin, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, chocolate, and cinnamon.
Sammys99beers (1) - Phoenix, USA - OCT 22, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Perhaps the perfect porter! Great for the fall season. Slight hint of pumpkin in aroma and taste. Four Peaks continues with their stellar beers.