Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours reddish brown with thin tan head. The nose is pumpkin pie spice, roast and coffee. The taste is all pie spice and light roast. An ok beer, bit of a disappointment.
GarrettB (1158) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
November 30th, 2012 - Midnight Sunís trippel is a knock out, and based on that admittedly small sample size, I was excited to try the agglutinative stylings of the Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. Thatís a lot of flavor profiles to pack onto one name. But the smell lends some credence to the label, showing off malty and sweet scents of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, clove and brown sugar, lending more to the pumpkin part of the label than the others. No chocolate found here, though it makes its appearance in the flavor, a darker type, and dusted with lots of spices, including those found in the nose. The palate is heavy, giving this brew some heft and seriousness, and the dark, malty core is layered with flavors of pumpkin pie, raisin and fig. The overall balance is quite good, making this an apt beer for someone looking for an engaging, spicy brew with reflections of pumpkin pie - a great drink for the Thanksgiving table.
OldGrowth (2842) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2013.. From city beverage. San Francisco. Good aroma sweet. Chocolate. Pumpkin, Spice. Nutmeg more than clove. Dark orange brown color. Ok head and lace. Sweet flavor. Heavy body thick viscous creamy mouthfeel. Sweet finish. Good stuff, nice blend on the aroma and flavor. Great mouthfeel.
tectactoe (2932) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Deep brown pour, appears black once itís in the glass, capped off with a foamy, smooth mocha foam that transcends to a mild collar. Lovely aroma; mix of pumpkin & pecan pie, lots of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & nuts. Some honey sweetness plays over a sweet chocolate background, with none of the spices ever getting too heavy. Taste follows closely with notes of pumpkin spice, milk chocolate, graham cracker, honey covered pecans, clove, & a touch of roast. Unexpectedly thick, smooth, & big body... Fits the beer exceedingly well. I had reasonably high hops for this beer, & it did not disappoint. One of the best pumpkin beers Iíve had.
SpongeRuiner (880) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to tectactoe! A very dark pour with a creamy tan colored head that really hangs around. Great looking beer. A very intricate beer all around. A burnt vanilla aroma with pecans and pumpkin spice. The aroma closes with a faint dark chocolate. The sip is complex and hard for me to figure out the flavors honestly. A lot of cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Very nice thick chewy feel. Very creamy. The main pumpkin flavors come through at the end. May be the best pumpkin beer Iíve ever had.
Nickls (1920) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Jet black with a khaki head. Nutmeg, squash, slight vegetal sweetness, coffee roast in their aroma. Flavor is similar, squashy, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coffee in the flavor. Medium to heavier body.
cards04 (2079) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black With big tan head. Aromas are nice fall spices and roasted malts. Flavors are spices, a touch of sour and and toasty malts. A touch disappointing considering the high rating.
northropfrye (2445) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly tart taste. Chocolate. Nice thanks cards04 for this one. A next beer out of Alaska.
Bulk_Carrier (2498) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a dark brown colored body, barely any head but what there is shows a slim film that rises just a tad concavely against the glass and speckles to make some super light lacing.
The smell had spices of ginger, nutmeg, and allspice that dance in front of cocoa and pumpkin, the more I let it warm the more clove and cinnamon come out in a roasted almost earthy sort of way.
The taste is mainly sweet through the cocoa and pumpkin powering just in front of the spices ever so delicately, nice balancing act of the sweet in front of the spicy for the taste - awesome! slight spicy cocoa aftertaste; slightly dry spicy cocoa finish.
The palate is about a medium in body, seems to be more of a sipper but the alcohol remains well hidden. The harshness - what harshness no where whatsoever, but Iím not worried; great for the style and for me.
Overall, this is an excellent pumpkin porter.
gyllenbock (5343) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from City Beer, February 2014.
Black with a medium tan head. Spicy aroma and taste light roasted malt, chocolate, fruit and cinnamon. A descent "pumpkin beer".