dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This one has just about everything in a good pumpkin beer that I could ask for. The flavors of spice, nutmeg, cocoa, pumpkin all really came through, as did the cinnamon, but all worked really well together, and nothing seemed to overpower the other. The head retention and carbonation were great and the beer only got better when it warmed up a bit. I’m gonna have to get the barrel aged next time to compare.
dpitinga (90) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 26, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Always considered pumpkin beer a beverage abomination...the GABF style nazis didn’t even award a gold medal in this category this year. But this pumpkin beer is worth seeking out, especially on draft. And it’s no phony. You can actually taste the pumpkin.
harry13 (11) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 11, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my favorite beers. I first tasted it at Bodega fest in 2011 and was floored by it. Nothing is better for a beautiful fall day. It pours a dark black with a nice foam head. you can smell the complex blend of spices immediately. The taste has many layers to it. You get hints of chocolate, pumpkin, clove, nutmeg.
PhillyCraft (5595) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a ghastly pitch black, no head whatsoever. Aromas of cloves, cinnamon, pumpkin guts, sandlewood, opp, dark roasted cocoa nibs. Taste is just as pleasing with ginger pumpkin interwoven with rich chocolate. Lacing is very minimal. Some very slight smokeyness but overpowered by the amazing clove spicyness of the beer. Magical pumpkin porter from a truly incredible brewer.
thetmaxx (899) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tasted the pumpkin and spices, lots of chocolate, tastes like Halloweens! Sort of candy corn and chocolate. Would like too enjoy this while passing out candy. Really a good beer.
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
All the roasty, chocolate goodness without the acrid and mouth-puckering bitterness so often found in spiced dark beers. Pours with an espresso-crema-like head and jet-black body gives web like lacing around the edge of the glass.
Very well balanced flavors of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg aka the pumpkin spices with the surprising addition of cocoa nibs and pumpkin. A relatively full-bodied beer I’m happy to see the low IBUS, relatively high ABV and ever so slight flavor of actual pumpkin. It’s in the initial nose and later more powerfully in the aftertaste..kinda like a hint of toasted pumpkin seeds, you’ll see... Thanks to Doug from Malt & Vine for the recommendation. Prost!
madvermin (86) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a completely opaque jet black, with a half-finger of finely bubbled head that didn’t lace much and dissapated quickly. Smell is beautiful, with tons of cinnamon and nutmeg along with a touch of clove, and is accompanied by a soda-pop tart smell that is fantastic. Chocolate pumpkin comes in at the back. In between, some roasted malt to add still more complexity. One of the best smelling beers I’ve had in a long while. Taste follows suit with the palate transitioning smoothly between spice, malt, and pumpkin. Starts with those spices of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, then moves a delectably roasted semi-sweet chocolate middle. Pumpkin then begins to rear its big fat orange head, eventually leading to a delicious roasted pumpkin milk coffee finish. Tastes so creamy it is almost milky. Mouthfeel is awesome, as the thickness and lesser carbonation yield a chocolate pumpkin milkshake of a beer. Drinkability is pretty damn good too, as the finish is actually kind of neutral when you take a step back. This is kind of a letdown compared to the rest of the beer, as I would have liked a strong aftertaste to let the beer linger after every sip, but everything else is too good to let that bother me too much. The fact that it finishes so clean, and hides the 7.8% abv so well, speaks the drinkability as well. Pumpkin beers perhaps should not be measured by this one due to its mesh of styles, but this definitely has set the bar for spiced beers in my mind. This probably faded a bit since the initial release, but I can see the flavors melding a bit better now than if it was fresh. Nonetheless, it’s going to be a long wait to try this fresh this year. Props Midnight Sun...mad props.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Originally reviewed: 10/1/09. Vintage 2008.
Poured into my pint glass. Pours a very thick deep black. This is one of thickest porters I’ve ever seen. No light coming through this one, not even on the edges. Small tan head caps this one off. Decent retention, but leaves little to no lace. Smells of pumpernickel bread, gingerbread, molasses, chocolate powder, milk, with a finish of roasted nuts. This is a smörgåsbord of scent!
The mouth is creamy, yet wet. Not the smoothest, but not lacking in subtle bite either. Just right. These flavors mix ever so wonderfully. The pumpkin is there, but it is mild and tame. The chocolate is also there, but not in your face. This is balanced perfectly. Nice little bite from the hops right smack in the middle as well. Finishes roasted and bready. Dang. This beer sat me down and taught me a thing or two. I want more. Also, I think I may make a chocolate pumpkin pie this year. This was stellar.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 Bottle from a shop within an hour that doesnâ€™t have a limit (thank God too because its amazing). So, to clarify some of the earlier reviews, itâ€™s thinner than Arctic Devil and Berserker (their big beers), but not really thin compared to others. Aroma and flavor was of a relatively thicker porter with enticing pumpkin, chocolate, and clove. This is one of my favorite beers of all time...just an amazing beer.
Caskalefan (163) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Along with Pumking, my favorite pumpkin ale.
Nice medium, creamy body, deep dark brown with russet highlights, spicy, chocolate nose with vanilla, Mil;k Duds™, sandalwood, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and pumpkin.
Finish is long on the palate, and there is some drying in the finish from the modest, earthy hopping. Very nice stuff.