BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This great desert ale was in a 22oz bottle. Poured dark and clear with a small tannish head. Definitely strong pumpkin notes with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla all present. Another unique Midnight Sun offering from America’s top northern brewer.
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Shig for scoring this one for me. Immense cheers, my friend!! Pours a porter brown with thin off white head. Nose is spice, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, chocolate, pumpkin, and cocoa. Flavor is similar with earth, cocoa, cinnamon, chocolate, spice, and lingering chocolate. Medium in body with lingering chocolate.
djd07 (8832) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong spice, nutmeg and cinnamon, oak, cocoa. Medium mouth, strong chocolate, spice, oak, very nice.
tmoreau (3527) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 2014 bomber poured to small snifters, displaying an opaque, black/brown hue, with a presentable & fairly persistent layer of brownish tan head foam, and spots, patches, and strands of lacing. The nose was roasted, with a dry cocoa nature, and spices with highlighted, light cinnamon, and a hint of barrel/oakiness. Medium bodied, the taste was an even keeled blend of the aroma notes where nothing really stood out, and included a roasted & earthy bitterness with some added tannic astringency. Liked it as well as the non-BA version.
RobertDale (5180) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce shared bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, pumpkin, spice, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, pumpkin, spice, dark chocolate, and barrel. Nice.
MrTipple (3105) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: intense pumpkin, spices, caramel, toffee, alcohol. Appearance: dark, hazy brown, medium, beige, creamy head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: alcohol, massive sweets, caramel, sugars, pumpkin spices, soft carbonation, full body. Overall: excellent interpretation of a fortified pumpkin ale. Bottle from the brewery, Anchorage.
slowrunner77 (9428) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
same score as the non-oaked version, but in this one the aroma shines a little more...and maaaaaybe just a touch smoother, but damn good porter and damn good pumpkin beer either way.
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think I had an unintentionally infected version of this. It was very sour on the nose and flavor, but most people aren’t saying it is a sour beer, but the flavor and aroma of what I tasted would say otherwise.
JHeath99 (1651) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolates, and pumpkin. Taste is subtle on the pumpkin with more of the chocolate and malts.
alexsdad06 (8442) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample in 2010 from notes. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized khaki colored head. The aroma is nice; sweet pumpkin notes, the usual spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate and toasted malts. The flavor has more of the same goodness; chocolate and toasted malts with fleshy pumpkin and spices. The oak becomes noticeable and smooths the beer out even more and the aroma may pop a bit more than the base beer. Very drinkable and a real treat.
tmongoose (2108) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber shared. poured a dark brown color with off white head. the aroma is out of this world. a unique blend of pumpkin and spices, chocolate nibs, nutmeg, cinnamon and oak...all very distinctive and so dreamy good. the flavor is quite intense on different levels. you get the pumpkin and the spices followed by the chocolate nibs very flavorful and different in a good way. the chocolate gives it an undertone of sweetness. a flavors are layered throughout and very good. this is one of the best pumpkins ales I have had.