BeerandBlues2 (10099) - Hanover, Maryland, 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 (932) - 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 Iíve had. Nicely done.
dnstone (2165) - 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 (858) - - 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 (1668) - 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 donít get any pumpkin. Medium body. Astringent, harsh roasted malt. Molasses, light spruce notes, old wood.
puboflyons (2233) - 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.
bdgf06 (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Prepare yourself. This is unlike any fall or Octoberfest beer you will ever try. Light on pumpkin and other flavors, this uses spruce and an imperial stout style to attack. Great aromas and character at the finish but not for everyone. If you want different get this!
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DrinkinWell (291) - - SEP 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with medium body. Lightly carbonated. The pumpkin spice doesn?t really come through, though there are certain hints of oak and chocolate on the palate. Overall, not bad. I?d buy again.
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber bottle, no best before date, at tasting on 20 January 2013. Thanks to Theydon_Bois for sharing. Iím generally not much taken by Pumpkin beers in general so the word "extreme" and "pumpkin" on the label didnít bode well. Add in the word "spruce" and I thought I be in for something very weird indeed (and not to my taste). If fact it was not a spice bomb at all. Seems itís just pumpkins in the mash and Iím not sure there are any spices at all. I think I did get something from the spruce but describing it is eluding me - certainly not a pine forest type thing going on. So what we end up with is a serviceable Imperial Stout with some chocolate notes. Maybe a little short of depth and a touch sweet but very decent for what it is. Drinkable and easy going for 8%. No world beater but way more palatable to me than I was expecting.
Leighton (11893) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the ChrisO Snow Tasting, London - thanks to Colin! Pours clear, red-brown with a light, off-white cream head. Mellow aroma, some semi-dark malts. Light to medium sweet flavor with toasted dry malts, moderate leafy bitterness, earth. Medium bodied with very high carbonation. Sweetish finish, some semi-dark bread. Not much pumpkin, not much spruce. Fairly bland, actually, and certainly not extreme.