TheMaha (56) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured to shaker. I’m relatively new on the pumpkin beer bandwagon. They seem to be all the rage so I’m giving them a shot. I am a traditional porter lover however. The nose is intriguing and for me somewhat unexpected. The spices associated with pumpkin pie are present and jump to the fore. Cardamon/ cinnamon nutmeg some ginger and especially clove Yet I was left wanting in finding the strong coffee or bittersweet chocolate notes I love in a good porter. The taste follows the nose. There are nice savory spice flavors but not nearly enough pumpkin oomph! The bitterness from the dark roasted malts and hops offer a nice bite. But the mouthfeel is a bit thin and not as rounded as it could be. The maple syrup does make a cameo appearance at the end of the swallow. I would have liked a touch more. Overall an interesting effort not fully realized. I wouldn’t put this on the Thanksgiving table but it would be quite serviceable kicking back on the couch with Friday’s turkey sandwiches and leftovers.
Sizzler80 (484) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany pour with a decent tan head. Roasted malts, chocolate, pumpkin, some hopping, spice. Slightly dry and tangy on the palate. I like this.
ACHops (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours dark brown with thin lacy dark mocha head. Aroma is thin lightly roasty dark malt, with light pumpkin, cinnamon, and spice notes. Taste is similar: decent flavor in the malt but body is rather thin. Pumpkin notes are light and balance well with the malt. The flavor is light overall, but leaves this balanced and very drinkable overall.
ronaldtheriot (1338) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red Hook Out of Your Gourd has a thick, creamy, cream-beige head, a very dark brown appearance, with ruby highlights, as the light hits it, and spider web lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of subtly spiced pumpkin, malt, and sugar. Taste is of dark, spiced bread, syrup, and slightly burned popcorn. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Red Hook Out of Your Gourd finishes semi-dry, mellow, and not overly spiced. RJT
tekstr1der (19) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 Dark brown with thin light brown foam, smell is less than expected in a good way - mildly sweet and hints of spices. Taste is roast and malt with smooth feel. I’m typically wary of these holiday-spiced brews as they tend to be overdone. This one’t just right.
rayaron (359) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. A bit hazy deep brown with small brownish head. Very nice aroma, a bit milky, light roastiness, spicy, nutty. Flavor of milk chocolate, roastiness, light coffee notes, spicy, herbs, dried fruits, light sweetness and light bitterness, dry and sticky roastiness in the finish. Light carbonation, medium-bodied. Very nice.
PhatB420 (648) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz into a glass. Pours a dark brown. Minimal head, slight brown lacing. Aroma of dry cocoa, pumpkin, roasted malt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste of mild pumpkin, dry squash, mashed sweet potatoes, and cinnabon. Dark mixed chocolate brown extravaganza in color. Decent.
jds2008 (20) - Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown opaque brew with dark tan fine head, roasty malty aroma but not much smell, tasty. Best pumpkin brew ive had, toasty, malty, a little hoppy bitter, but with a touch of pumpkin taste. Less pumpkin pie taste but more real pumpkin taste.
mysticbrew (35) - - NOV 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark and dangerous with a tan head. The aroma is heavy caramel and coffee. The flavor is the the same with an aftertaste of chocolate. The palate hangs with an unsweetened chocolate.
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HeadyDE (521) - Delaware, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
slim bottle pour..would be nice to see more offerings in this style bottle for a change of pace..fairly dark chestnut brown hue per description..nose is probably the star here with some noticeable real pumpkin..getting a bit of that ginger with smoothes things out..overall creates a real light bodied offering that is not weak yet not too strong but has a lot of fall flavor that would pair well with all things that are awesome about fall...enjoyed this more than anticipated..fairly smooth..well balanced..worth a shot...nutty..pumpkin presence rounded out with a porter familiarity...interesting to say the least.
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/31/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, brown sugar, herbal, and roast/spice earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast malt, pumpkin, spices, and light herbal hop notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, brown sugar, herbal, and roast/spice earthiness. Slight roast/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, brown sugar, and roast/spice earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, spices, and light herbal hop flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pumpkin spiced porter. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.