fidemaster (296) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is pumpkin and allspice. It pours a rich black color, with a solid white head. It is nice mix of pumpkin ale and porter. It has a rich, thick viscosity like any good porter. It starts out sweet, with hints of caramel, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, and vanilla. Then you are hit with a rich malt taste. It finishes with a bitter, coffee like flavor, along with some spicy hops.
sulawang (1002) - 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. Itís just a tad thin from the mids onward, and bit cloying, but otherwise enjoyable.
hopdog (11274) - 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 (10528) - 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 (527) - 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 (726) - 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. Itís not bad but the pumpkin definitely plays the background.
NikkTwist (2666) - 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 (612) - 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 (842) - 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 (10204) - 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 (684) - 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.