GlassBrass440 (45) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear, dark, redish brown color with a tan head that disappears nearly immediately. Fruity aroma with ginger in the background and a light bit of smoke. A strong caramel backbone holds up a slightly sour and vegetal taste. Full bodied and thick on the palate, Fat Jack leaves you with smoky spices. This one misses the mark a bit.
mar (4807) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep amber with a cream head. nose is pumpkin, spices, chewy malts, brown spice, and rich. thick on the palate, chewy pumpkin notes, heavy pumpkin, pie, not too shabby.
rayg1 (550) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark red color with an off white head color, dissipates to a foamy ring . Aroma is strong of nutmeg and cinnamon, gingerbread, and fruitcake. Didnít get a whole lot of pumpkin on the nose, mostly spice. A hint of smoke. Only upon sipping does one discover the flavor of pumpkin, and a lot of it at that! Spicy sweetness hits but then fades to a more roasty smokiness that is subtle but a very nice finishing flavor. Generally I donít consider Boston Beer Company pushing too many envelopes in brewing these days, but I have to hand it to them this time. It takes a lot of skill to blend all of the spice, malty sweetness, and smoke flavors into something palatable much less enjoyable. I have to say I very much enjoyed this beer....which brings me to another point. The mouthfeel of this beer is spot on. Carbonation is subdued yet present, the beer has substance and a nice viscosity but not overly so. A perfect 5 for me on the "Palate" rating, which is rarely if ever given by me. This may be my favorite "pumpkin beer" yet, normally I donít care for this style but the onset of fall compels me to buy at least one or two examples of the style each year. This was a great choice. Well done Boston Beer Company.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a single 22 oz bomber from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a clear dark brownish copper with a thick creamy off-white head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a hint of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger. Taste is full bodied, malty with more pumpkin and caramel malt than aroma, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Finish is semi-sweet, thick texture with a mild spice and pumpkin aftertaste. Definitely a hearty sandwich and a pumpkin pie meal in a bottle.
sonnycheeba (3453) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear ruby with thin, fizsy beige head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, cookie malt, caramel, floral hops, pears, and light cinnamon. Flavor is sweet malt dominate with lots of pumpkin, some spice and vanilla, and faint hops; sweet finish that dries out. Medium body and low carbonation.
MadIndian (2365) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Not much that I can add to the ratings already posted. It is a a good, solid, pumkin ale. Plenty of spice, cinnamon and pumkin flavors. Some caramel malts with a ginger finish.
Earlier Rating: 10/26/2011 Total Score: 2.1
Iím not the hugest fan of imperial or double pumpkin beers. Single pumpkin is livable, but double is blah.
This beer has a bold pumpkin, spicey, cinnamon ginger aroma and flavor. Itís too over done for my palate.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle: Pours a clear copper with ruby tones and a thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is roasty with a bouquet of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is rich and sweet with hints of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and a mild pumpkin presence. Has a creamy texure finishing with a spicy warming mouthfeel. Although the spices overpowers any pumpkin presence this was a nice find with all of the pumpkin beers starting to emerge out there. Enjoyable!
NeoHippie2 (971) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a really interesting and complex brew. Pours a deep orange/copper into the glass with a huge head, lots of lace on the glass with this one. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice on the nose. Flavor is much the same, lots of spice and a nice malty backbone to this one. I find it is even better once it has warmed up just a bit to maybe around 50 degrees. One thing, I didnít get a whole lot of pumpkin character with it which really surprised me. It tastes more like a spiced dark lager than a pumpkin. Nevertheless, a solid brew, easily worth a try.
wlajwl (3804) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is pumpkin bread, spices and a BSA quality to it. The flavor is spices, pumpkins, mild sweetness and a mildly bitter finish.
RSRIZZO (1852) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 42į. Color is a deep mahogany with great carbonation and a small tight off white head. Aroma is spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of coriander. It has a bold medium body that gives a creamy mouth feel. Flavor is big with pumpkin and nutmeg, then a faint back note of ginger and cinnamon. In the after taste the spices stand out with some pepper showing. Overall its a great brew, by far one of the better Pumpkins Iíve had.