BVery (9189) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2012 Bottle shared at Darkness Day 2012. Amber pour with a smaller clingy head. Pumpkin and cinnamon spices. Fuller smooth palate. Not bad.
AGAquino (666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, sweet malt, like candy, with noticeable spice and pumpkin. Warming alcohol aftertaste. Surprisingly good.
Art (2915) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not sure Iím getting any of the pumpkin or spices in this one. Not a bad beer on any account bus disappointing in the pumpkin department.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer looked really good, that was the best part about it. Pumpkin flavor was very weak. Palate was absent completely. I was very disappointed.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed 9/01. Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a burgundy color with excellent clarity for a dark beer. The head is a two finger offwhite color that recedes to about a half finger in a quick manner, but it leaves a nice ring of lacing on the glass.
S: Well spiced in general; there are notes of cinammon, cardamom, and allspice. If I really focus, I can get a bit of smokiness to it. Sadly, there isnít much pumpkin, but itís still an acceptable aroma.
T: An initial wave of light smoke gives way to...well, I donít know. Normally, Iíd pick out how the flavors progress in a story like manner, but thereís something incredibly nondescript about this. Everything just blends together to an excessive degree, to the point where I have a LOT of trouble picking out the pumpkin and the spices. I donít hate the taste by any means - after all, how is it possible to hate something so bland and neutral tasting?
M: The body is neither heavy nor light, but it has a slight creaminess to it I kind of enjoy. Otherwise, like the flavor, it suffers from being too neutral and unassuming. Carbonation is on the lower side.
O: A good idea with a fairly poor execution, but at least itís mildly drinkable. Sam Adams makes quite a few good brews - this isnít one of them. To be fair, this isnít my favorite style, but I nonetheless wonít be repeating this one.
Bebum (681) - - OCT 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium body, full flavored, average length, very low bitterness.
Sweet pumpkin pie spices, strong but not pungent or aromatic, mineral background.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Finhead (1544) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, mahogany pour with an off-white head. It has a sweet caramel aroma with light pumpkin. The medium body has a sticky texture with lively carbonation. The taste is sweet with some alcohol in the finish.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. Bottle. A beauty! Nutmeg, spice pumpkin scent, rich. Dark brown pour with an off white/cream head to ring. Thick and creamy palate, such a great feel, with a fizz ending. Moderate strength pumpkin flavor with nutmeg and a slightly alcohol laced finish. I dropped the taste rating down a peg due to the moderate strength. I wish this was a little more potent in flavor. Otherwise, a solid pumpkin ale!
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark orange copper with beige foam. Aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin, grain. The taste is rich, strong pumpkin with an even stronger push of spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, somewhat of a clove kick, just kind of overboard. The grain is easy going and smooth but the spice up front and the hops in the end jack this beer up. There is a grassy hop finish with lingering spices and rich pumpkin flesh, not ideal really, bold try by Sam Adams tho.
alogan97 (71) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great pumpkin spice aroma. Dark amber appearance. Malty pumpkin flavor with distinct pumpkin spices. Worth a try