maxwelldeux (3452) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a near black color with almost no head, despite a reasonably aggressive pour. Nose is pretty nice... you get the pumpkin notes without the overwhelming spiciness that usually accompanies pumpkin beers, and just a bit of subtle roasting underneath, with the chocolate coming through at the back end. Taste is thick and slightly sweet, with a nice subtle blend of chocolatey notes, stronger pumpkin, and some roasting. Very tasty...
Dfonorow (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is pitch black with small head that fades quickly. Aroma is of cocoa, chocolate, pumpkin spice, and vanilla. Flavor and texture are on the dry side with notes of figs, dates, nutmeg, cocoa, and caramel. Weird combo but it works somehow.
burg326 (3508) - Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a black color with aromas of light cocoa, some roast and a touch of pumpkin. Flavors follow suit with some light sour notes could be the bottle, might have sat on this one too long will need to try to get another one to make sure.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my Sierra Nevada IPA glass produces a three finger thick, nicely brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, dark-chocolate brown color that shows clear, brown-amber hues around the edges when held up to the light. The aroma smells of roasted grain, cinnamon, smoky roasted notes, deeply roasted nutty notes, and even some dark chocolate hints towards the finish.
The beer has a nice dryness to it, considering I was expecting a bit more sweetness from a beer that smells so rich. Rich dark chocolate notes meld with roasted coffee notes, and a roasted nutty, and burnt grain astringency. This has a rich dark maltiness to it that provides just a bit of sweetness, which is accentuated by a solid cinnamon note, and the chocolate note as well. The nuttiness reminds me of notes of roasted hazelnuts. This really does have a nice rich maltiness to it, smoky, richly roasted, and with a burnt caramel color. The body is nice and rich, definitely a sipping brew, but without being overly rich, and certainly not cloying. As the beer warms up a more phenolic edge starts to take hold; especially in the finish where a clove like character starts to mix with the herbal woody side of the hops, and brings out a bit more of the harsh side of the hops.
This is definitely a nice beer, it is rich and satiating without being overly sweet; this plays up the richness and smokiness, which is quite nice.
Steasy66 (837) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this bottle is from 2011, but could be 2012. Black with masisve tan head. Aroma has some cocoa but fairly muted. Flavor is surprisingly light. Opens with some malty sweetness, into cocoa, and finishes with some pumpkin spice. Medium heavy body, pretty smooth. Pretty nice beer.
sonnycheeba (3295) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Ben, thanks! Pours deep, dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, faint pumpkin, cocoa, nutmeg, and some earthy notes. Flavor is dry roast malts forward, chocolate, some dark fruit esters, faint pumpkin, light ash, and mixed spices; dry roast finish. Medium body and carbonation.
snoworsummer (1858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick, frothy, beige head. Smells like pumpkins, spice, cinnamon, and vegetables. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Tastes like pumpkin pie, vegetables, and spices, slightly sweet.
AmEricanbrew (5575) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body with tan head. Nice chocolate, pumpkin pie spice, pie crust, roasty aromas. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Milk chocolate, fall spice, pumpkin meat, clove flavors with medium roast malt__nice dark malt bitterness to finish---one of the best pumpkin brews
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer appears a deep dark brown, approaching blackness, with an oily beige head. The aroma brings chocolate, pumpkin, pie, roasted malt, perhaps some peanut butter? Maybe even chocolate peanut butter cups? Really well done here, with pumpkin character asserting itself late. Lingering notes of sweet potatoes. Smooth on the pallets with alcohol well hidden. A very nice fall seasonal.
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
So, after purchasing and shipping off a bunch of these as extras in trades, I had to give this one a go...
$14 for bomber @ JB’s in Spokane, WA
Poured to NB tulip.
A: Pours a dark, dark brown. Nearly opaque. Little to no head on vicious pour. Thin mocha film on surface that will grow to 1/2 finger with lively stir. Spotted lace on rim.
S: Plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves smell like they were folded into cocoa-ed creme fresh. This was then spread over a slightly charred pumpkin. Very sweet, pleasant, a bit too strong, probably would do well to sit on oak for a month or too to help combat the artificiality of the bouquet. Mellow it a bit.
T: I wish they would have backed down a tad on the nutmeg and cloves, they seem to dominate this one a little too much. There’s plenty of cocoa remaining on the finish, and the spices seem to balance out a minute or two after the lingering dies down, and this moment of equilibrium satisfies my palate quite well. Too much to tweak to give it a four.
M: Great body on this one. Velvety feel with low carbonation allows for thorough assessment of the flavor profiles here. Slicks the tissue and leaves imprints of the ale on the palate. Nice feel.
D: This a good beer. As I mentioned, there are quite a few things I would tweak to help balance it out just a bit. A little too much nutmeg and clove for me. I would suggest to anybody who already loves pumpkin ales, but not to the newcomer.
Serving type: bottle