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 (1677) - 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, it’s 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.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottle from hellbilly. Thanks man! Aroma of pumpkin spice, a touch of sweetness, and a light roasted background. Pours dark brown with some auburn hints. A nice tan head moves to a thin ring. Cinamon, pumpkin spice, ginger, a little tartness with a super light roasted flavor in back palate. Zesty ginger lingers for a while and then a light roasted porter base makes an appearance. The ginger bread part of this one makes it different than many other pumpkin ales. This is growing on me as it warms and as I finish the bottle. The porter becomes more and more evident as it lingers on the palate after the spice subsides. Subtleness is nice sometimes and it works with this one.
BOLTZ7555 (2985) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Scottsdale pub. Just wasnt impressed by this one at all. Dark mahogany pour with flashes of crimson around the edges. Really no head to speak of. Just seems like an average spiced ale...cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger but missing the porter influence. Where is the chocolate...where is the coffee...average.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Scottsdale location. Pours a clear reddish brown with a minimal off white head. Nose is mainly pumpkin pie spices. Taste is pumpkin pie spices upfront with a chalky cocoa and light coffee finish. Lighter mouth feel. Strange beer to be honest.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap/cask vertical at 4P. Tap is better. I think I can pretty well ditto nbutler11’s review (though I will not admit to ever having eaten gingerbread with vanilla nads in it) with the addition that the tap version is creamier than cask (which is wholly baffling to me).
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in Tempe. Near black pour with s small creamy tan head. Porter elements are more obvious in the aroma at first, including roasted caramel malt, coffee and chocolate. Pumpkin and spice work their way through as it rests a bit. Flavor is similar, subdued pumpkin, lots of pie spices, and a fairly standard porter. Smooth on the palate, but a bit too thin for the style. Overall a very good local brew.
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - NOV 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black from the tap at the brewery with a reddish tint and a fluffy brown head. Smells of pie spices (mostly nutmeg and cinnamon) and tastes of toasted malts, pumpkin, and caramel. Vanilla nad gingerbread are also apparent, but there’s an element of cream that seems missing. Regardless, this is a champ of a beer that way underrated.
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Experienced opening night at the brewery. Pours almost black with no head. Aroma of strong all-spice/nutmeg with faint hints of pumpkin far in the background along with some roasted malt. Body is too thin to my taste, it allows the spices to overtake the malt and pumpkin background and become annoying. Pretty easy drinking, and definitely nice in the Fall. If the finishing gravity were a little higher and the spicing a little lower, this would be the ultimate pumpkin beer. I remember this being the greatest beer last year.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh 2008 batch on tap at brewery.
Pours a nice dark brown to black with a nice tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, chocolate, spices, nutmeg, clove and pumpkin. Flavor is roasty malt, chocolate, pumpkin pie, spices and a bit creamy yet a little thin. Pumpkin is very subtle but melds well with this beer and it is very easy to drink and quite tasty.