_angst_ (2084) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber received by my Secret Santa (winter 2012). Thank you joeneugs! Pours viscous black with a small fizzy mocha head that quickly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is malty, tiny fruity and very spicy with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate spongecake, roasted pumpkin, liquorice fudge, moist soil, caramel, toffee, cloves and hints of alcohol and ginger. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly bitter, malty, tiny fruity and slightly spicy with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, cinnamon, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, sweet liquorice candy, pumpkin pie, black forest cake, alcohol, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, cinnamon buns, caramel, toffee, hay, moist soil, charred wood and hints of ginger and cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is round, soft, velvety, tiny roasted and spicy astringent and medium to full bodied. Finish is bitter, malty and slightly spicy with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, moist soil, chocolate cake, hay, roasted pumpkin seeds and hints of cloves, ginger, alcohol and sweet liquorice candy. Is gets slightly too spicy as the beer warms in the glass but all in all this is a spectacular porter with lots and lots going on. It’s making spice/herb/vegetable look sexy and that’s definitely something.
shrubber85 (6507) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Chocolate, cinnamon, and pumpkin malt aroma. Dark brown with minimal head. Sweet chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin malt flavor. Nice body. Delicious.
artmcd8 (1086) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle thanks to fear025. Always been a big want of mine as I am a huge fan of pumpkin beers. Pours a deep dark brown with a light tan/gray head that quickly disperses to a foam. Huge chocolate aroma slight nutmeg and cinnamon. Sweet front of the sip, spicy middle and a roasty finish. Really super tasty. A real treat. Lol.
pdx76 (368) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2012 - pours pitch black, very little head. Nose of malt, smoke, molasses, and spices. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste is dominated by malt. Dark chocolate and spice accents. Very small pumpkin presence.
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pdx77 (778) - Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle, 2012 vintage. Nearly black color with tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, oakey bourbon, and baking spices. Taste is dark chocolate milk, vanilla, nutmeg, and roasted smokiness. Full-bodied and a lingering chocolate spice aftertaste, yet detect hardly any pumpkin.
alexsdad06 (3821) - Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by jsquire @ Natifest ’12. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized khaki colored head. The aroma is nice; sweet pumpkin notes, the usual spices, chocolate and toasted malts. The flavor has more of the same goodness; chocolate and toasted malts with fleshy pumpkin and spices. A nice blending of porter and pumpkin beer. Very drinkable and a real treat. See how I did that.
ElDiablo (24) - - SEP 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a good porter, filled with chocolate and spices. I was, however, disappointed when the pumpkin was overshadowed by the chocolate itself. I had pumpkin aroma on the nose, but not in the taste. I even let it warm for a few and still didn’t get any pumpkin flavor.
BenH (1696) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks Paul. Black with tan head. Spicy and slightly sharp aroma, lots of nutmeg. Taste of nutmeg, pumpkin, spices chocolate and cola. Slighty sweet with a lingering nutmeg finish.
queenholly (2411) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of ericdevin. Sweet lactic cocoa and light vanilla and spice aroma - really no pumpkin to speak of. Black brown with a small tan head. Sweet chocolate, cola, vanilla, and vegetal flavor with a light dusty-roast finish. Full body, soft carbonation.
patrickfannon (1200) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, care of Vinny. Slit with Vinny, Janine, and my Dad. Pours mahogany with a very small bit of tan, quickly-receding head. Aroma of dark chocolate, clove, vanilla, and just a trace of pumpkin. Flavor is dominated by clove, nutmeg, and chocolate, with bit of pumpkin and vanilla in the mild finish. Very thin, weak palate, especially given the heft of the flavors this beer is attempting to support. I did not much care for this beer, as it way way too dominated by the spices and too lacking in chocolate and pumpkin flavor, as well as body.