bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from TGB, ericandersnavy. Pours opaque black with a two-finger tan head. Aroma of dark malt and pumpkin pie spice. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is dark toast malt, pie spice, and arguably squash. Heavy flavor finish. It’s a good beer. Really. Complex. Really.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black beer with a tiny disappearing head. The aroma has pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, & dark fruits. The taste is sweet, pumpkin pie in a glass, bready, dark fruits, & slight bitter chocolate. I noticed that if you drink it outside in the cold it really makes it even more enjoyable especially the aroma(as the beer warms up take it outside in the cold -Nice)
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Kbone97: Pours a sludgy brown color with a thin brown head. Nose is all spice, specifically pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg and cinnamon being the strongest...maybe some pumpkin underneath, but who knows for sure. Flavors are predominately the pumpkin pie spices, with resiny hop bitterness present and warming, boozy alcohol. Not really all that sweet but certainly more sweet than not sweet..and certainly spicy. In fact, it really shows itself as a unique and decent dessert beer. The spices are strong and I think the hoppiness seems to balance them out and the super boozy warming alcoholic nature makes it dessertish. In any event, for a pumpkin pie beer, I think it works very well and is much better than other pumpkin beers.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of MaltOMeal. Pours an almost solid black, brown shows through on the edges, small, wispy brown head that dissapates rather quickly. Aroma is pumpkin, spice and alcohol. Flavor is dominated by the hot alcohol, the pumpkin, spice and a touch of chocolate show up at the finish, but are subdued by the alcohol. I have several bottles of this put down in the cellar, hopefully some age will straighten a few things out in this one.
3fourths (8553) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2009 bottle. dark brown, small brown head. bright nose of sweetened (caramel/maple syrup/brown sugar) pumpkin flesh, mild to moderate roast, sweet chocolate. some syrupy maple and brown sugar flavor up front, more chewy/resinous caramel and chocolate than I’d prefer. it actually approaches candy sweetness across the middle and finishes nearly cloying, but it works as a dessert beer. some earthy/soil/oreo cookie crumb character, even a bit of sweet manure! body is silky, well-attenuated, has more than enough chewiness, which for the style - and without any heavy roast - it works really well. finishes with a lingering sweetness.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz from santa. Pours a dark brownish/black color with a small off white head. Nose is roasty black malt. palate is full, filmy and lightly foamy. Flavors of light roast and chocolate with a clean finish.
mar (5011) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to someone. black pour with a cream head, light ruby at the bottom. pumpkin spices, chocolate and roasted malts. nice on the palate with flavors of chocolate, pumpkin, alcohol and roasted malts.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful pour, ebony with a tall brown head. Sweet nose of plums, chocolate, vanilla, and nutmeg. The spices were about twice as potent in the flavor, while not overdone I would have preferred a touch more subtle. Nutmeg was dry and spicy, rich plum and caramel notes. Dry estery finish.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark with a light head. Aroma was spicy and the taste seemed like egg nogg with beer. It felt like a very thick beer.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Pours a dark cola brown to black with reddish highlights and a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, brown sugar. Flavor is sweet and malty with some light roasty notes, pumpkin, spice, cinnamon and chocolate. Generally medium body with a slightly oily mouthfeel and light roasty malt finish. Interesting ale -- I think the aroma is better than the taste on this one, though.