RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Overpowering spice aroma. Flavor has a bit of cocoa to it, but is absolutely clubbed over the head with spices. Perhaps this would improve with a couple years in the bottle.
bvc (1175) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from suzyg. Pours a thin black with a tight tan head that settles down to a ring around the edge of my glass. First thing I get is pumpkin filling in a can. Tons of spiciness up front...clove, cinnamon...with sweet purée pumpkin along with a touch of grahm as well as some vanilla...stout is very hidden. Sweet with pumpkin and maple, tons of spice, a touch of chocolate and the 11% is so hidden. Super spiced and I bet this beer would age well with all the spice. Thanks Ben.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from a recent trade with bleeng. thanks rick!..... pours a thin to medium bodied dark cola brown with reddish brown edges and a thin soapy light beige head.... aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, and quite a bit of ginger to boot. could sense a fair bit of booze as well... flavors are a combination of the aforementioned scents. semi-sweet in nature, spiced-up, with an earthy bittersweet mouthfeel of a finish. finish, i thought, would lend to some bitterness but it did not develop as well which i think works to its advantage. medium to full bodied, the texture was nice overall. i enjoyed this quite a bit to my surprise.
dchmela (2731) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy Xpimptastix. Dark brown pour with little head. Pumpkin aroma with cinnamon, nutmeg and bready nots. Bitter hops, pumpkin and holiday spice all in the taste. Festive brew.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of angrypirate06. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of cinnamon, chocolate, cocoa, cherries, nutty, pumpkin. Very complex aroma. Tastes of chocolate, pumpkins, lots of spice, roasty, sweet. Full bodied finish.
brokensail (12022) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: A very nice looking beer. The pour is dark, dark brown (nearing black) with a large tan head.
S: The aroma has a lot of traditional pumpkin beer qualities to it. The pumpkin lends a nice aroma, however, the nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, etc. are perhaps over done. There is also a quite strong alcohol presence.
T: There was simply too heavy of a hand in terms of the spices. They overwhelm the beer and take away from usually powerful flavors such as the roasted malt and chocolate. Again, the alcohol is just too strong.
M: As you would expect for such a big beer, the body is quite full. The carbonation is also fairly low, providing a smooth mouthfeel.
D: The beer is just way over spiced and too hot. I would like to see how this might age, as the spices and alcohol might die down, but as of now, it’s not a beer I’d seek out again.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is in the upper echelon of all beers, and it is quite an accomplishment from the Saint Arnold brewery. This brew has the balanced taste of an old world beer, and a spicy finish from a delicate, but noticable, hopping and a generous amount of alcohol. The heavy malt on the nose is very well balanced, and gives a nice palate from which the alcohol to work on. All in all, a great barley wine. Definitely a surprise out of a Houston brewery; keep up the good work.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle courtesy of thickfreakness. Pours an opaque dark brown with a compact brown head. Aroma really is of nutmeg and pumpkin pie, ginger cookies, cinnamon. Pleasant aroma. Ooh, flavor comes again with the nutmeg and ginger, both in force, then easy dark malts finish it off in polished fashion. Higher carbonation, thicker viscosity. Very different, very wintry. Very nice one-time treat. Overall, excellent.
drowland (6517) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle (2010) courtesy of Cavie, my one and only true friend. The pour is opaque black with some reds and browns around the edge when held to the light. The head is small and dark brown but fades fast. The aroma reminds me of pumpkin spice schnaaps - a bit sweet, pumpkin, pie spices, brown sugar, and a touch of booze. The flavor also has pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices, but adds a touch of coffee, possible hop bitterness, and a sort of fresh vegetable taste, probably attributable to pumpkin?
hopscotch (9847) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Clear, nearly-black ale with flashes of ruby around the edges. No head. The bouquet is a mélange of prune and winter spices with a lesser floral component. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. Minerally and bittersweet with lots of spice. The finish is tongue-numbing, spicy, minerally and grassy. Bottle courtesy of thickfreakness!