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. Iím relatively new on the pumpkin beer bandwagon. They seem to be all the rage so Iím 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 wouldnít put this on the Thanksgiving table but it would be quite serviceable kicking back on the couch with Fridayís turkey sandwiches and leftovers.
NikkTwist (2135) - 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 (593) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Iím not a fan of most pumpkin beers, so maybe itís a blessing that this is light on pumpkin spices (of course pumpkin itself doesnít taste like much). But itís 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 (772) - 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
rosenbergh (9144) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the Duke's Waikīkī, Honolulu, HI.
Black color with a small tan head.
Roasted malt, licorice, spices and pumpkin in the aroma. The flavor is dry roasted malt, licorice, mild spices and some pumpkin notes. The pumpkin-ness is not that strong in the flavor... I appreciate that.
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tillmac62 (510) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
BOD 7/14/15. Pours dark as a starless night. When held to intense light it becomes a rich deep dried blood garnet - suitable this close to All Hallows Eve. The head volume is normal as is retention. Lacing is above normal.
The nose is a touch light, but delivers a fairly strong pumpkin over hints of chocolate and roast.
Light medium body with a smooth texture that lacks any creamy characteristics. Barely normal carbonation with a hint of effervescence in the middle and a slightly stronger finish.
The flavor profile is good primarily due to its balance and complexity. Intensity is lacking, being more like a very light version of a porter. It begins with a pleasant blend of flavors that slowly separate. It delivers only hints however, rather than bold flavor assertions. Chocolate, roast and pumpkin wander over a subtle spice note. Unfortunately, the spices are so light they are indistinguishable from each other. Bitterness is very subtle and has more of a roast quality. The finish is a slow fade of the aforementioned light flavors with pumpkin leading the fading pack.
This one, sadly, is more of a trick than a treat.
Derek881 (1186) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed a bottle of this beer poured into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a very dark amber-brown color with a huge creamy-foamy tan head with long retention and good cling and lacing. Its aroma featured nutmeg and spices along with a prominent pumpkin scent and some malty components. The beer was somewhat sweet with spices and a pumpkin effect, but also a bit of bitter earthiness and a touch sour. It was a fairly full and thicker beer with a watery body and average carbonation.
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap pretty dang black even for a porter with a fine light tan head. LIght rasty aroma. Nutty soft roast flavors. A little campfire and some biter chocolate. Easy on the bitterness bite at the end. Some dark pitted fruit. Not particularly heavy or big. Very mild trailer. The clamed spices are very light and only a faint accent.
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a thick dark brown color. Tan head, some lacing. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Some malt. Flavor is heavily spiced. Overall itís an okay seasonal. Tastes pretty sugary and artificial to me, though.
DrSilverworm (9084) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle, from my local Kroger. Bottled Jul 15 15. Dark brown color, kind of clear around the edges. Thin off-white head, kind of bubbly, quickly fades to a minimal ring. Looks like cola, pretty much. Touch of dark chocolate, some watery pumpkin if youíre thinking on it, bigger spice, and some cola. Licorice. Medium-plus body, kind of thin, lighter kind of soft prickly carbonation. Touch of cocoa in the finish. Some roast malt, but a kind of watery flavor overall. Moderate-plus sweet taste, light bitter, mild bite. Kind of spicy, sweet, thin, with the porter/pumpkin flavors taking a backseat to spice/cola.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3555) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red Hookís 2014 Out of your Gourd Pumpkin Porter 5.8% Bottle served in a shaker pint.
This was picked up on Rakuten from Yamaichi. It pours a deep cola black with a thin brown head of foam that dissipated fast.
The aroma is really nice, light cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of ginger in a chocolate bun. Yum.
Medium to light bodied, the initial flavor is pumpkin pie spices, then roasty dark malts, a dab of chocolate and pumpkin flesh in the finish. I am digging this beer, solid - then again itís a year old so fresh it may have been a spice bomb...