onceblind (4078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy/murky dark amber under a thin off-white cap. Lovely and interesting nose of spicy dates and a touch of chopotle chile with some sweet plum and pumpkin notes with some gentle oak tones. Great flavor of oak and plum and some other sweet dark fruit, with a wee little bit of pepper spice on the back end. Not terribly peppery, but has a nice heat. Very gentle pumpkin tones, the flavor kinda loses that quality from the nose, unfortunately. But nice oak and plum notes. Really tasty.
zoucrew102 (535) - - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml swingtop bottle #116/1140. Vinous aroma with notes of chili peppers and pumpkin as well as some cherry. Pours cloudy amber-orange with a good, beige head and good lacing. Tart fruitiness with notes of pumpkin as well as red wine. Finishes clean with the chilies coming through and lingering on the palate with just the right amount of heat. Nice, complex brew.
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Gription79 (2263) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 750ml swing top bottle.
Aroma-Tart cherries, toffee, very slight green pepper
Appearance-cloudy brown with a halo of white foam that dissipates
Taste-tart cherry, berries, grapes, wine/vinous, slight woody, the pumpkin is noticeable, a very surprising and pleasant heat in the finish
Palate-medium bodied with low carbonation
Overall-This is one of the most well crafted pumpkin beers that I have ever experienced. An amazing balance with the esters/fruity character, pumpkin, spicing, and heat from the peppers. This is a masterpiece.
wchesser (1168) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #655. Reddish brown. Nice nose of earth, caramel malts, the red wine barrel character. Pumpkin not really present in the flavor except as a grounded earthy, rustic character. Some interesting dried orange peel flavors, reminiscent of mulled wine spices. Chimayo works great lending a nice persistent heat on the finish and in the throat. Not super pumpkiny, but a drier style for sure. Great beer to drink on Halloween around a fire.
Beaver (1296) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle, 849 / 1140. Pours reddish amber with a medium frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is roasted caramel malts with some chili and and a little pumpkin and brown sugar.
The flavor is sweet and sugary toffee malts with a little fruity tea spicing and some chili and some vinous notes. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, interesting, but overly sweet and I don’t get a lot of the chili and pumpkin (seed).
Ratman197 (9824) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml swing top bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of red wine, toffee, light oak, light chilies and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, fruittiness, red wine, oak and chilies with a smooth dry warming lingering fruity finish.