SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Olive Tree: Appeared a dark brown liquid topped with a decent layer of foam head. Aroma was subtle yet had noticeable notes of spice such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove but I was unable to pick up any characteristics of cocoa or chocolate. The drink has a mild taste of roast malts but allows more room for the cocoa nibs to become more apparent while only a minor taste of pumpkin spices coming through. In my opinion, this isn’t a solid attempt at the imperial porter style.
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, 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 (1456) - 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 (1944) - 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.
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, 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 I’m not worried; great for the style and for me.
Overall, this is an excellent pumpkin porter.
gyllenbock (4083) - 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".
high_on_hops (549) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a solid black with a short tan head and lacing. It has a rich pumpkin aroma with some cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg and a chocolate background. The flavor is chocolate and dark malt with a pumpkin spice background and smooth, chocolate finish over a heavy body.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
maxwelldeux (3052) - 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 (1203) - 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 (3210) - 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 (3737) - 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.