VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 version... Take a very good, easy to obtain and relatively inexpensive beer... cellar it for about 12-months and you get awesome! Absolutely loved it!
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with thin off white head. Medium body, minimal carbonation. Unique flavors; finish is gin-like bitter. Kinda sweet in the midpalate. Earthy and vegetative notes.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the pour house. Pours black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma has roasty notes, milk chocolate, some woodiness. The taste has a big roasted malt, light smoke, bitter finish.
sonnycheeba (4799) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is pumpkin, roasted malts, spicy and earthy hops, spruce, and some chocolate. Flavor is dry, roasted malts, earthy hop bitterness, dried dark fruit, light espresso, and dark chocolate; dry finish with a touch of roasted bitterness. Full body and medium carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (11662) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate and coffee malt, earthy notes, spruce, dates and prunes with nutmeg. Flavor is moderate bitterness, dark fruits, spices, dark malt and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
JBPortland (1437) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 10/23 notes. On draught at the brewery. Pours dark black-brown with small head. Nose is dried apple, apricot, cola, fruity, plum. Mouthfeel is rich, malty, smooth. Taste is raisin, plum, fruity, black cherry, subtle spices. Finish is creamy, dark fruit, berries. Pumpkin is very, very subtle in this. Probably the best beer with the word "pumpkin" in the name that I’ve had. Nicely done.
dnstone (2453) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice coffee colored pour with a bit of off-white sudsy head. Interesting aroma with a mix of roast malt and spice (probably the spruce). Lighter bodied than expected but quite flavorful...roasty, some pumpkin-squash notes, and light spruce spiciness. An interesting beer; nice for a fall day.
Johnsense (1182) - - SEP 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a thumb of head. Molasses, roast and spruce in the aroma. There is a faint hint of pumpkin while im drinking this, but getting more roast, liquorice, cola. Spruce comes through toward the end. Medium to full body. Kind of lousy as a pumpkin beer but pretty awesome as a spruce beer.
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a near black, dark brown with two fingers of diminishing beige head and blanket lacing. Nose of roast, wood, molasses, smoke. I don’t get any pumpkin. Medium body. Astringent, harsh roasted malt. Molasses, light spruce notes, old wood.
puboflyons (2873) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle dated July 19. Not quite sure what that means. The pour is jet black with a large, foamy beige head. The aroma is of dark malts, roasted chocolate, spruce, and only a hint of pumpkin. The body is bold and creamy. The taste is just warm and balanced with all of the expected notes from a good stout and a milder IPA. Nothing quite like this one.