mikedR (1500) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding. Pumpkin spices in the foreground. Chocolatey porter flavor in the background.
Sammy (9276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A year aged, a good aged beer. A little dry yet still rich. Chocolate in the finish. Spices well integrated.
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. pours dark brown/black, with a big head, laces well. big spicy pumpkin nose. attack is light, almost watery and very pumpkin. for a pumpkin beer it’s not too bad. sadly i don’t like pumpkin much.
trapped (1133) - New York City, TURKEY - OCT 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Dark brown with medium sized spongy tan head, pumpkin and cocoa aroma, low carbonation, chocolate-pumpkin-coffee taste, long bitter finish with mocha aftertaste. Great brew.
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"nice and dark with a fluffy light brown head. lots of spice in the aroma...clove, nutmeg, pumpkin, cocoa, tons of roasted malts. i absolutely loved the aroma at first. got a little spice-heavy as it warmed, but still very nice. smooth, but thinner than expected for an imperial. flavor is a very nice mix of sweet and bitter chocolate, pumpkin, spices, and grain. not overly sweet, but still leaning towards being a desert beer. slightly more spice than porter...51/49. With a little age on it, the chocolate porter outshines the spices easily."
nuplastikk (4917) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Brown-black body. Unfiltered. Patchy beige head. Sweet candy pumpkin, chocolate aroma. Certainly leans into the spices, the porter is just a backdrop. Has a sour vegetal edge. Unique. OK.
LinusStick (2952) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent pumpkin beer. Aroma was decent. Milk chocolate, cinnamon and clove. Pour was a deep dark brown with a thin light tan film for a head. Taste was a little better than the aroma. Lots going on here. Chocolate and cinnamon are the main flavors. The rest of the spices are hidden in the background. Nutmeg and an almost brown sugar flavor come out in the finish. Nice drying roasted malt came out after it warmed. Mild carbonation. Wish they were available in PA
toxichop (427) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
P: Completly black with a thin tan/brown head. S: Strong bitter cacao, cloves, pumpkin, light roasted malts, with very little nutmeg. T: The cacao strikes first, with some cinnamon, pumpkin, a heavy malt roast, cloves and nutmeg. Many flavors but they all seem to attack one another. The really dry cacao and cinnamon with the weird cloves and odd pumpkin. M: Medium body and dry with a little bit of bitterness. O: I wasn’t the biggest fan but I still love me some Midnight sun.
Oakes (13185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown. Pumpkin, pepita, spices, chocolate malts, all balanced, dry and delicious.
orangesol (959) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. 2009 bottle poured into a taster glass.
A - Pours deep brown, borderline black, with a nice one finger tall off-white head leaving light lacing down the glass.
S - Hints of pumpkin pulp, pumpkin pie spices, sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, and a tiny bit of smoke toward the end. All things considered this one has some killer balance. Nothing really tried to outdo the others. Well done.
T - Some dark roast up front giving way quickly to a mix of pumpkin, dark spices, sweet chocolate, and some light smoke. The pumpkin is muted but it still holds it own with the rest of these dark flavors. Finish is smokey with some lingering sweet roast. Very nice overall balance, one of the best I have had.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel with some lingering spicy roast in the finish.
D - Really good stuff. I really enjoyed this one. The muted pumpkin mixed very well with the dark roast and sweet chocolate to form a well rounded porter. One of the best I have had.