Boutip (5060) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves with light cereal notes is OK but subtler then I was expecting. Taste is also dominated by cloves and cinnamon with almost no perceptible pumpkin notes. Body is lighter than expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A lot more tame than I was expecting…
jimhilt (2454) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a one finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose and flavor is sweet spices with some pumpkin. Higher ABV is hidden. $7.50 for a 22oz bottle from Chase Street Market Plymouth, NH.
UXO (696) - CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber with one fat finger of light beige head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, moderate lacing (4/5) Nose is nutmeg, pumpkin, toffee, maybe some dark fruit, just a hint of smoke. (7/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, moderately strong bitter. (7/10) Full body, moderate to low carbonation, somewhat syrupy, mild bitter finish. (4/5)
A good way to do pumpkin - a winter warmer style that’s almost barleywine in nature. It’s quite sweet, and I’m not exactly sure why that doesn’t play out as cloying - I guess it’s the heavy spices, lots of pumpkin, and a distinct alcohol warming, built on a thick, syrupy caramel. Subtle? Nope. Does it work? Yep. In fact, given the high ABV, utter absence of hop character, and the explicit suggestion on the bottle, I think I might pick up one or two more for long-term cellaring. (14/20)
Nicke80 (248) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml bottle from systembolaget. Pours golden orange with white head. Sweet aroma and taste with spices and pumpkin.
shorlin (719) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice reddish brown, very clear, minor off white head that lasts well. Aroma is solid caramel malt, with a little spice. Taste is ok, some sweetness, not a ridiculous amount of spice. Mostly nutmeg. This is actually ok, one of the first pumpkin beers I’ve enjoyed. Feel is very full, sticky and nice.
RobertDale (4090) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Strong Ale Festival 2014. Comes dark orange with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, spice, and pumpkin. Taste is sweet malt, spice, caramel, and pumpkin. Pretty good.
radagast83 (5417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Poured a clear dark orange color with a small off-white head. Aroma was notes of sweet malts, some pumpkin character. Flavor had light pumpkin pie spices, alcohol comes through. Finish is some nutmeg and cinnamon notes, some brown sugar notes.
pictoman (736) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle. Clear, copper with beige head. Pumpkin, nutmeg, a little cinnamon and toffee. Flavours are bold and come to the forefront. Alcohol is mostly hidden. Medium body.
Alpha10 (415) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014/11/16 - Pours a clear, dark amber colour with a thick, foamy, khaki head that slowly reduces to a linger surface film and leaves ample lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, and spices. Smell reminds me of a doppelbock. Taste is sweet caramel and dark fruits, with pumpkin spices and a hint of pumpkin and booze. Slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is medium with smooth carbonation and a sweet, mildly boozy finish. An above average pumpkin ale.
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Frothmeister (626) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1pt 6floz. Pours a clear amber with an orange tinged beige head. Almost acidic apple notes, with the usual pumpkin pie spices, alcohol, light caramel, raisin, and light alcohol on the nose. Sweet, but not overpowering with surprising doppelbock-like notes, dried fruits, raisin, candied fruit, and a light spicy burn up front that leads into more dark dried fruits, light metallic hops, with some more spice in the finish with light molasses, and fruit cake notes. A very pleasant surprise. I just can’t get on the pumpkin beer bandwagon, but this, this comes across as some kind of spiced bock mutant, and I like it A LOT. Very good. A definite repeat purchase.