Sammy (9990) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery store at last Project X. A porter smell, initially, more pumpkin in aroma as it warmed to room temperature. Dark brown and lacey. Pumpkin in the taste and a spicy finish. Fairly smooth and would be great if even a thicker porter. A little astringent and dextrose, still decent drinkability.
AGAquino (665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mini tasting at Samy’s. I love pumpkin ales, and was intrigued by this porter. Nice aroma, slight pumpkin, more intense spice. Nuanced slightly sweet pumpkin flavours.
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
October 31, 2012 - on draught at the Bar Hop Black & Orange Fest. Clear and deep ruby-black with a large and lasting milky/creamy tan head (4+). Aroma is soo smooth, and layered: pumpkin spices, then actual slightly earthy pumpkin malt (not too sweet), then comes a lovely subtle medium roast dry nutshell/coffee malt - maybe a touch of herbal bittering, not much alcohol - splendid aroma, very spicy (8+) - taste follows, incredibly well balanced - I had two of these, and it just seemed better the more I drank, smooth as glass, no booziness, overt sweetness, bitterness, everything seemed in perfect harmony - first I thought "pumpkin beer with some roast" then it was "dry-ish porter with some pumpkin" then I said screw it, just DRINK. Thick, creamy, airy, no bitter aftertaste at all, it just slid off the palate - I really think this is the best new Ontario beer for me in 2012. Superb - and Mike L, in my opinion it was worth all the hassle you went through to make it!!
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black pour, brown creamy nitro head. Great aroma. Pumpkin pie. Cloves, nutmeg, a bit of mocha. Beautiful creamy mouthfeel. Lighter porter flavours combine very nicely with the added things going on. Balanced and complex. Clean finish without doing too much. The is a great pumpkin beer. I’m sad we may never see it again. Well done GLB!