rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Tupalev - Thanks! Gold with a hint of tan, thin white head. Nose is pumpkin pie but also something "christmasy." Actual pumpkin meat in the aroma too - nice! Some light biscuity malt hanging out. Flavor is lighter pumpkin spice than the nose suggests. Whats behind the spice is a passable, if boring golden/amber ale. The one thing keeping this beer interesting is the lingering vanilla note. A bit of malt, spice and vanilla in a thinnish finish.
Sammy (8523) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange with a white head, and lacey. Spice including moderate pumpkin aroma. The taste is bold and a naturally above average carbonated. Tasty and one of the better pumpkins I have liked, drinkable.
Boutip (4661) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a small foamy head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon is dominating and well balance. Taste is also dominated by some pumpkin notes with some cinnamon and maybe subtle cloves notes. Full body with some minimal carbonation. Well done overall with some good balance.
Quevillon (2462) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 660 ml, acheté au LCBO d’Ottawa (Rideau et King Edward). Orange cuivré, petit collet. Arome d’épice d’automne et de canelle malté, un peu de citrouille. Goût de malte légèrement épicé, un peu de citroille mais pas assez. Mais c’est assez bien quant même!
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s double something, alright, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the pumpkin. There’s an almost sickening flavour of nutmeg suspended in water going on here. Needs far more malts to round it out if that’s what they’re going for. One-dimensional and overkill.
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bomber. Pours a nice somewhat hazy orange colour, with a large white, fluffy head. The aromas are very sweet, lots of pumpkin and spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, ect. Flavours are somewhat complex, very malty the whole way through, bready and creamy texture which I love and would expect from a really good dortmunder/helles, but there’s also traces of pumpkin and nutmeg. No pumpkin pie flavours here, nor much ginger. It has a really nice spicy finish that’s quite tasty, followed by a sweet, almost fruity aftertaste (I can almost taste banana?). This is only the second pumpkin ale I’ve ever had, and it’s completely different from the first, but they’re both great in their own ways. This one definitely puts a lot more emphasis on the pumpkin and spicy aspects of the brew, with a very solid bready malt backbone. Top notch stuff, I swear pumpkin ales are one of the absolute best things about this time of the year!
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle LCBO tasting- Pours transparent orange with an off white cap of froth. Lots of spices in the aroma. Ginger and cinnamon pack the first punch, and nutmeg is the runner up. There’s some bready doughy aromas as well. Mild burnt malts. No real pumpkin aroma, but that’s ok, it’s nice. Very delicate spiced flavour, ginger and corriander, nutmeg, cinnamon with some mild rosemary and bitter hops. Mild tongue tingle in the finish, lots of spices and bitterness.
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Victory. Very nice. Mild spicy pumpkin taste with a nice amount of hops. Gimmie more!
probstblueribbon (2892) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass. No indication of “Double” on the label...
App.: Clear orange-amber, small off-white head.
Aroma: Ginger leads the charge, followed by cloves and allspice, nutmeg comes on late as the temperature rises; there are some underlying bread-crust malts I think (we’ll see as it warms); the spices jostle for pole position as the beer warms, a touch of leafy hops starts to peak its head out.
Palate: Medium body, a touch slick, medium effervescence.
Flav.: Clove and nutmeg overtake ginger with allspice/cinnamon trailing by a neck; a bit of med-roasted malt hidden in the wings; on swallowing, the spice profile softens and the after taste is restrained (thankfully).
Never a fan of this style, I like that Great Lakes dialed back the spicing. Give me hops or give me hell. Leave the spices in the kitchen.
Gorbalev (2912) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle from the LCBO. Orange pour, small white head. Good aroma - spice, some pumpkin. Good taste - lots of pumpkin, even some alcohol surprisingly, and certainly some hops. Not all that spicy. Very drinkable. Good stuff guys, another one-off winner!