wchesser (890) - 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 (1159) - 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 (8469) - 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.