TheMaha (57) - 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.
Jow (3446) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the few non-NY or new England breweries at Troy brewfest. Dark pour nose is light pumpkin spice and chcolatey porter. Tastes of dark chocolate, cola, earthy, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Spices are subdued and touch of wood tones on finish.pretty good.
Patrickctenchi (6024) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black, with a small tan head.
A very enticing chocolate/maple/pumpkin aroma.
Taste is sweet,....but weak....chocolate malt, pumpkin.....diluted.
A shame, I really hoped the flavour would live up to the scent.....but alas, it was not to be.....maybe the next version will get properly amped up to match.
sulawang (1027) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Visual: Pours jet black with minimal head, dissipating ringed retention, singular stream surfacing.
Nose: caramelized roasted barley, cinnamon (lvl-6)-pungency
Attack: crisp, incoming sweetness
Mid-palate: light tingly, brown sugar roasted barley malt, (lvl-6-sweetness), prominent cinnamon/nutmeg
Finish: maple syrup, roasted malt exhale, very subtle ginger
Summary: Good body with plenty of roast and well-displayed spices, including the nice addition of maple syrup. It’s just a tad thin from the mids onward, and bit cloying, but otherwise enjoyable.
hopdog (11472) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a brown color with an off white head. pumpkin spices, some roastiness, and pumpkin.
shrubber85 (10670) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2016
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and chocolate malt aroma. Very dark brown with minimal head. Lightly sweet cinnamon, pumpkin, very light chocolate malt, and mildly bitter herbal hay flavor. Light body. Smells good but a pretty big let down in taste department.
brownaler (547) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smoky with a cinnamon spice mixed with pumpkin body with a bit of choclate.
swanmann (734) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 27, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pour into one of these (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91-iQoP dark chocolate brown with about a half inch of tan foam. Smells like maple, some spice, a touch of pumpkin, slight coffee. The flavor is about the same; medium sweet, pumpkin, chocolate, some bitter coffee on the back. Medium bodied but thins fairly quickly. It’s not bad but the pumpkin definitely plays the background.
NikkTwist (2709) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Irish Pol. Opaque black pour with a soapy/frothy tan head. Lots of lace. Mild blunted malt flavors but with a few darker notes. Hints of charcoal, molasses and dark chocolate liquor. Medium body. Pumpkin/gourd flavor is well in the background. Way too mild.
McGarnigle (619) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. I’m not a fan of most pumpkin beers, so maybe it’s a blessing that this is light on pumpkin spices (of course pumpkin itself doesn’t taste like much). But it’s also not much of a porter. On the dry side with decent chocolate and roast, but thin and lacking bottom end malts. Needs more base grains and maybe more crystal.
b33r (852) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with thin light brown head and no lacing. Aroma and flavor have moderate malts with light pumpkin flavor. A bit tart at first with a clean chocolatey finish. Okay overall, crisp, simple