jamesewelch (37) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is malty, caramel, chocolate, and lots of spruce. Color is black with tan head. Taste is sweet and very little bitterness with lots of malts and caramel. Fully bodied, somewhat thick with a bitter finish. Overall, I was looking for more pumpkin, which wasn’t very apparent in my tasting. The spruce was definitely there, but I think it overpowered the pumpkin.
swoopjones (5725) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from the brewery. medium bodied black pour. Pumpkin notes, medium roast, spruce tips add a unique note/flavor. not a big pumpkin beer fan but i guess fans of them would
umich03jm (1934) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to WillRunForBeer. Pours very dark brown with medium creamy head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma smells like sweet potatoes with some light caramel and flowers. Tastes like sweet potato, pumpkin, and cooked vegatables. Light caramel and a touch of spruce too (not sure I would’ve picked it out if I wasn’t looking for it). Light malty sweetness with a very light bitterness. Not bad but could use a bigger flavor. More pumpkin, more spices, more spruce.
hockeybeerguy (1958) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a pitch black colored body that leaves a one finger mocha colored head that gently dies into the body. No carbonation is seen rising.
The smell had the spruce in front with a bit of sweet hops. There isn’t much pumpkin noted no matter how much I let it warm up.
The taste was basically the same.
On the palate, it sat about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, nice and smooth with a nice creaminess coming out the more I taste this one.
Overall, this is a nice double stout. Though no pumpkin noted anywhere in the beer, I’m not bothered by that and would still have this one again.
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
So i’m dumb, I went in thinking this would be pumking, its not.. not even close. but its also not very good.. the spruce pumpkin combo is interesting but doesnt meld as well as i would have hoped.
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 (2095) - 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 (3497) - 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 (9597) - 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 (747) - 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.