J_man (750) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2012 Very dark with a ruby tinge and a small tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt and pumpkin pie spices with a light sweetness. Definite pumpkin flavor with good (not too much) pie spice. Thereís a bit more sweetness than necessary, almost a slight candy corn taste (or am I just imagining this because of the season?). Slightly creamy texture without being too heavy or too light. The spices get even better as you go! Hazelnut in the aftertaste with a slight vegetal component thatís very nice. The dark roasted malt of the Porter style works great with these flavors. Itís amazing that this is the only truly dark pumpkin beer I know of because once you think about it and taste it, itís an obvious thing to do. I was very lucky tonight and caught the *last* keg of this for the year! I hope Iím in AZ next year when this comes out. **UPDATE** And here I am again in 2011 enjoying this yearís batch! Still just as delicious as I remember and possibly a little less sweet which is even better. Had to have 2 just to make sure.
Travlr (14167) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, courtesy of nbutler11, thanks! Pumpkin beers are not usually my style, but this one is subtle fruit in a decent porter base. Nice balance and good body.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 (on draught at Scottsdale location). Pours brown with off-white head. Aroma is predominantly of nutmeg and some spices. Some chocolate as well. Sweet but balanced. Light to medium bodied with a creamy texture. Finish is smooth and long. Getting chocolately notes of the porter to compliment the spices. Nice beer.
Sledutah (5480) - Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared by Dave, thanks
Appearance: Poured black with a nice beige head and some lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Toasted malts and pumpkin
Taste: Toasted malts, pumpkin, fall spices and chocolate
Not bad, easy to drink.
douglas88 (6589) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler thanks to Superdave. Pours a black black hue with a large beige head. A sweet spicy nose, some chocolate. A nice smooth flavor; toasted malts, chocolate, spices, pumpkin. Enjoyable.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour thanks to daknole! Aroma is fall in a bottle. Notes of pumpkin bread, cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla and clove. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of brown sugar and gingerbread. This is very easily one of my favorite pumpkin brews, I only wish the body were a little more full.
daknole (9796) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices and light milk chocolate. Flavor has some light pumpkin and spices with a nice chocolaty, roasted porter flavor. Very good.
fiulijn (15436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at the brewpub
Black color; creamy head. Medium-light cardboard aroma and cinnamon. Moderate chocolate and caramel flavor, luckily without the burnt malt feeling, and with a touch of cinnamon. Low bitterness. Not bad, but I donít fancy cinnamon.
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask & tap at Tempe. I really enjoyed the cask. Pours pitch black with a smallish tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malt, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla. Flavor is wonderful! Dark roasted malt, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and a touch of brown sugar. This one is creamy and smooth and very easy to drink way to many. Thanks Derrick!
Stine (1642) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Handbottle from Joshua, thanks man! Amber color. Dark and acidic, sweet aroma. Black cherry, pumpkin, cinnamon aroma, less on spices, more candied fruits and generally autumnal sweetness. Subdued, with a yeast-less quality that polishes it too much.
Firm and tangy flavor, lots of fruit and fleshy pumpkin sweetness. Putting aside the pumpkin, itís easy to find orange zest and black cherry particularly in the sweetness and especially in its zingy acidity. Some brown sugar and savory, doughy malt qualities provide plenty of balance.
The palate is a little hollow and again could use a lot more yeast presence. As it slides over the back of the tongue it gets really pleasant, the bitter chocolate malt dries out the palate; the balance between that characteristic and the beginning acidity is pretty lovely. Finish is a lot of candied ginger, pithy bitterness, pure pumpkin. Still very much a pumpkin-driven beer, but balanced quite smartly with the right level of dark malt, favorably.