Jimthechap (1420) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As my recent encounter with the mop and bucket will testify, this is a lively critter to open. It has a most pleasant scent of sweet pumpkin, peach and apricot and an active white rocky head. I poured some into my glass, which duly overflowed on to the table, and I had a taste (after I went to get a cloth). Muttered imprecations aside, this went down rather well with the afore mentioned flavours and just a hint of extremely active bret yeasts. Mellow, rounded and tasty.
I just hope that when my wife gets home she doesn’t think I’m cleaning the rest of the house for Valentines Day.
Niksko (242) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a darkish amber with a towering rocky cream head.
Nose is sweet caramel, some clove, a hint of citrus, a sort of dank mustiness and some cinnamon.
Flavour has some sweet caramel and graininess on the attack, followed by a spicy clove and cinnamon finish. The finish isn’t particularly bitter, but it’s there and has an orange flavour to it.
Body is medium and the carbonation is on the higher side of medium.
Pretty enjoyable, although I didn’t really taste too much of the pumpkin.
omega (637) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Generous" head, as in overflowed once opened. Coarse head. And this is just getting the beer into the glass. Once head dissipated there were notes of spice and cloves. Little bit of heat on the palate yet nicely balanced. Have to say this beer improved dramatically once the initial disappointments subsided.
ShaneJ (383) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Dark amber, slightly reddish, lots of clove, spices, sweet butternut pumpkin, slight alcohol warmth, slick, syrupy texture. Not bad.
ALLOVATE (2263) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
At just on cool and into a snifter it settles a hazed, auburn copper and fuelled by a mad flurry of fine carbonation. Head is a mess, up, down, lace is minimal. Aroma has hints of clove and cinnamon but is all drenched in citrus tones reminiscent of vitamin ’C’ tablets and orange sherbet and funky lime Hubba-Bubba™. Palate is not so dissimilar. Burnt toast, rehydrated yeast, cinnamon, phenolic notes only just edging that clove addition, and a whisper of baked pumpkin peel in late. More of the vitamin ’C’ tablets here off-set it altogether. Has good body and the carbonation’s soft and adds a creamy texture to it. Malt is muddled, the hops low, and there is a slight zest of foreign yeast to it that comes and goes as the glass empties. Simple, interesting enough but not my pint of beer! (33cL, no date stamp, Liquor Baron’s Ocean Reef)
ComradeK (903) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours a slightly murky chestnut brown, with a large light beige head, which lasts very well and leaves good lacing. Strong cloves, with milder cinnamon and pumpkin dominate the aroma, with some faint leafy and floral hops notes lurking in the background. Mild leafy and spice hops up front blend with with a very pleasant cloves flavour. This continues into the mid-palate, where it is joined by slightly sweet pumpkin and some rye toast malt. The cinnamon appears towards the finish, pairing with the cloves to create a spicy, almost Belgian finish to the beer. The spices are the dominant flavour to this beer, and quite a pleasant one. The pumpkin is a little more subtle, but adds another layer to the beer’s personality. A quite intriguing ale, and quite enjoyable too.
maneliquor (2711) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. A very spice driven version of the style - cloves, honey, banana, coriander, sweetness, grass. A lot going on but doesn’t quite come together for me
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Slow Beer. I do like a good pumpkin ale and this one is up there with the best of them. Slight dirty off white head above a beer that looks the colour of honey. Cinnamon and peppery clove in the aroma is a delight as is the flavour, which fills the mouth and lingers.
Jade (397) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark honey amber colour with an orange head that dissipates quickly. Spicy and sweet aroma - almost like roasting vegetables. Mild spicy flavour. Possibly touches of pepper. Very nice.
davidm (1916) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Smith Street Cellars. Good crazy beer, very spicy, hop character is missing. Aromas of anisette, caramel. Taste is sweet, with long length. Palate is oily, and full bodied. Amber, with no head.