Strykzone (6637) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Daknole. This beer pours an almost black hue with a short lasting tan head. I wish the aroma were bigger. It is pumpkin and coffee with dark fruit. Flavor only offers a bit of pumpkin and more a big stout. Some nice pine hops that add only a smidge of bitterness. The feel is smooth and rich. Plenty of malt in this baby. It is sweet with a unique kind of spiciness, perhaps it is the pumpkin. This is a delicious and big stout and an underrated one.
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour. Taste is chocolate with a hint of spice. Flavor is chocolate, but not getting any spruce or pumpkin, which are pretty distinctive flavors. Smooth.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2010
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I’m rating this beer as a pumpkin beer. Someone forgot the pumpkin. It’s not there is the nose, body, or finish. MIA. Poor showing. However, as a stout, this is a very good beer. Take the ’pumpkin’ out oif the name and I’ll re-rate this beer MUCH higher.
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft from the Stratton Brewfest. Pours a black with minimal/no head. Tastes mix of coffee with lots of spice (nutmeg, cinnamon really show) and a hint of pumpkin. Kind of a muddle of a lot of different flavors and this beer has too syrupy of a taste.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a creamy tan head that looks like a buckwheat pancake. Aroma smells like a forest fire, but in a good way. Flavor shows the same with some roast malt, and cocoa powder. Overall body is moderate to full, creamy, and soft.
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell is of evergreen, lightly toasted brown bread and a strong cleaning alcohol astringency. Flavor is intensely piney in the front, middle and finish with a medicinal property that lingers at the finish. There is a chocolate something or other trying to make an appearance but it barely succeeds. I can feel the malts mellowing this a bit but I really have to search for there flavors here. This hits me as more of a porter in balance and body. Somehow I like this beer for its dedication to the season and for the way it reminds me of fall/winter in some parts of our undeservedly gorgeous country. Thanks Rock Art. 2010 22oz.
jmm635 (991) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near black with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts and pine needles. Very little pumpkin to speak of. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, with overall roastiness. Finishes dry from the spruce. Different and interesting.
mcox90 (1887) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours opaque dark mahogany with a 1/4" tan head. A little bit of spotty lace. Aroma is chocolate, toffee and pine needles, but I am not getting any pumpkin. Palate is heavy with a creamy texture and low carbonation. Flavor is cocoa with a hint of spruce. No pumpkin though. A nice stout, but don’t buy it expecting any pumpkin flavor.
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, creamy tan head. Aroma of smoked pine trees! Some citrusy hops too. Flavor is hoppy up front, light lactose, maybe a hint of cooked pumpkin. Finishes with an alcohol warmth. This is pretty damn good. Would get a higher score if it was from a "cult" brewery.
BroSpud (2039) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at Julio’s NE Beer Festival. This one was OK but curiously enough did not taste any pumpkin.