Guerde (1149) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Pours a clear dark red color with a light tan head that retains well and leaves lacing. Aroma starts off as being a standard pumpkin beer for the most part, but that cinnamon really shines through when cool which Iím kind of digging. The pumpkin is present and thereís even a suggestion of crust. Ginger starts showing up in a big way as well, which somewhat edges out the pumpkin regrettably. Cherry hard candy oddly enough. The smokiness shows up with even further warming. This beer is quite the scentshifter. The flavor however, is quite the opposite, and the pumpkin takes center stage. I think the smoked malt addition actually helps to impart a roasted pumpkin flavor which is really nice. The spice skitters in right before the finish and hits with a sting, before everything rounds out to a roasty pumpkin finish and lingering booze heat with subtle stings of ginger continuing. Mouthfeel is full and slick and carbonation is subdued. This is a very enjoyable pumpkin beer that contains an interesting roasty twist which was deftly integrated into the beverage.
thegreenrooster (3082) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a dark red with a small white head. Aroma is a nice cinnamon and nutmug combo with a nice pumpkin and allspice. Flavor is a super sweet pumkin spice with the all the spices showing up after the swallow. A little too sweet and there is some alcohol there as well. Still if you like pumkin pie spiced beer then you already have this on your radar.
sthlm (1224) - Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Bottle] Pours deep brownish-red with a small beige head. Aroma is pretty good, with lots of pumpkin and nutmeg. After warming, almond and brown sugar show up. Taste has a lot of pumpkin again, light smoke, a little alcohol, nutmeg (not as sharp as in the nose), faint banana and some nuttiness. Medium mouthfeel, fairly smooth and has a long finish (mostly barley). Overall, I wasnít crazy about this at first, but as it warmed, it really grew on me. A very solid take on a pumpkin beer.
italianjohn (2232) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear deep amber brown pour thin off white/beige head striped sticky lacing .... Aroma of pumpkin spices notably cinnamon, earthy and caramel malts ... Taste is very light smoked malts, pumpkin spices, sweet malts, earthy mouthfeel is sticky and slick with a pretty full body .... Light roast and sweet ... Abv hidden well finishes with a light bitter bite and earthy. ... Average and meh
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Back label shows Batch No. 1. Dark copper pour with a short tan head. Aroma is pumpkin pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, soft pumpkin, caramel and brown sugar. Taste is amped up spices, baked pumpkin, caramel, pumpkin pie notes, soft booze and faint ginger. Body is medium-full and rather chewy with soft stickiness and a dense, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more caramel, pumpkin pie, dark bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, spices and faint ginger.
BigBeer45 (1209) - Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
this ale had a clear red pour and gave a half finger or more of a off-white to light tan colored head, this beer left spots, fingers and partial rings of lacing that rolled off the sides of the glass, I found no sediment on the bottom of the bottle,
this drink had aromas of pumpkin-vegetable, allspice, faint smoke and caramel in the background,
the flavors were toasted malt, caramel and malt sweetness, the malt flavor that was similar to a big red ale (like a imperial red or a american strong ale), and some malt sweetness, the spices were not as pronounced as found on the nose, also, the pumpkin-vegetable was not as strong as on the nose, the finish had no to very little bitterness, malt and malt sweetness trailed after the finish,
the mouth feel was about medium with a nice creamy feel on the palate with average to somewhat lively carbonation,
I thought the smoke malts added an interesting touch to this pumpkin beer, an ok spiced beer.
arminjewell (5717) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish pour with nice fluffy brown head, aroma has notes of cinnamon, ginger, some slight roasted pumpkin, hints of caramel, slight earthy and grassy notes, lots of big spice in there. Taste is really spicy and fairly flabby, some slight pumpkin but pretty mild, hints of slight cracker and biscuit, finishing fairly bitter and spice driven. Not a bad attempt, but overly spicy and watery.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2012 Bottle @ home picked up at Wilburís Foco. Pours a dark rust orange appearance with a cream colored head. Very cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy vanilla, pumpkin, allspice, toasty caramel malty aroma with some notes of the high abv content. Big allspice, rich pumpkin, caramel, toasty malty, somewhat boozy, peppery, ginger, nutmeg spicy flavor. Not a horrible flavor but at the same time it seems over the top and is somewhat hard to drink. I expected more in this offering.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Binnyís Plainfield, Batch #1. Pours a clear, rich ruby-amber colored body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, light brown colored head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweeter caramel with a big dose of pumpkin pie spices that has the ginger and nutmeg sticking out the most. Almost smells like bitters at times with a bit of an orange peel essence. Cinnamon comes out a bit more as this warms with some toffee and a touch of pumpkin cavity. Flavor is similar. Cinnamon stands out a bit more up front with the caramel and other pumpkin pie spices coming in afterwards. Ginger and nutmeg are a bit sharp in the middle, but go nicely with the slight toffee notes and hint of pumpkin. Iím still getting that bitters note with the slight orange peel, but not as much as I got in the aroma. Finishes sweet, but spicy, dry, and balanced with a lighter bitterness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Very smooth, medium body with a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice example of the style. Nothing extraordinary, but well balanced between the malts and pumpkin pie spices. Very smooth and easy drinking as well. Good beer.
Earlier Rating: 10/30/2011 Total Score: 3.7
On tap at the Tap House in Oswego, IL. Pouts a clear, deeper brown amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty solid. Sweet caramel with a light maple and a nice, rounded and even pumpkin spicing. A touch of molasses, cinnamon, and ginger with a hint of smoke as well. Flavor is similar. Sweeter caramel, molasses, maple and a nice cinnamon and ginger spicing. Tastes a bit like ginger cookies and graham crackers. Some slightly smoky and roasty malts come out at the end and help dry this nicely with some pumpkin spice and a light earthy bitterness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a soft, creamy moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid pumpkin beer. Nice graham cracker and ginger cookie malt with a balanced pumpkin spicing and light bitterness. Easy drinking and very enjoyable.
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one was tough to rate as if I was rating to style, this would have scored very low. More like a barleywine than a pumpkin beer. This poured a dark ruby red with a beige head. Aroma was caramale dark fruits, toffee and very lgiht pumpkin spices. Flavor again was very mild on the pumpkin, but big and burly, nice malt notes, light heat, soem cinnamon, and some candied fruits. Nice job.