Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: If I didnít know this was a pumpkin beer, I might have never guessed it. Not a bad beer, just not the best pumpkin beer. It was almost like a doppelbock and a Belgian dubbel had a baby. The little bit of smoked malt blended well with both of those styles. Hid alcohol fairly well. I was kind of surprised that I didnít like this more. Way too much going on. Definitely interesting, just not pumpkin-beerish enough for me.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark reed that was nearly blood-red in the glass with an average, creamy, off-white head that mostly diminished but left excellent lacing. The aroma was overly sweet and contained heavy caramel malt; moderate to heavy musty yeast, fruity pumpkin sweetness, smoke, toffee, brown sugar, hints of pumpkin pie spices, bacon, wet do and dog shampoo. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately bitter and lightly sour with an average to long duration. There was caramel malt, molasses, smoked malt, burnt caramel, maybe pumpkin spices (but it comes across more as spicy yeast), fruity pumpkin, dark candy sugar, maple syrup and bacon. The medium body was sort of creamy with soft but very tingly carbonation and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.
TygrKat (6) - - JUN 12, 2016 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a pint bottle. Pours very dark brown. Smells like pumpkin purée. Tastes and aftertastes like pumpkin pie. Very enjoyable, smooth pumpkin beer.
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark golden amber with fluffy head. Aromas of dark fruits, spice, and cinnamon. Flavors of pumpkin, caramel, all spice, nutmeg.
MadRobin (2721) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Hazy, dark amber-brown with a 1-finger khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, nutmeg, pumpkin fruit and pie spices.
Taste of caramel, ginger, pumpkin fruit, pie spices and sweet potatoes.
Medium/full body and high/medium carbonization.
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chinchill (3993) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle with a very well designed label. Marked as 8.5% ABV.
This pours clear but dark, red-brown, with a decent bone-colored head. This soon reduces to a ring that leaves minimal lacing.
Aroma: caramel; dark bread, vanilla and surprisingly light spicing.
Flavor: For those of us who often find pumpkin beers over-spiced but who do not object in principle to the addition of such spices, this pumpkin ale hits the proper spicing level: The well chosen and balanced mix of spices is both obvious and light enough to let the underlying ale shine. Thereís even a nice pumpkin note here that has none of the unfortunate vegetative characteristics found in some other pumpkin ales. Lightly sweet with hints of fruitcake and mild booziness.
Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth, the body is medium-full and well (light-medium) carbonated.
Overall: an outstanding pumpkin beer; certainly one of the best Iíve tried.
gpekar (486) - Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very dark copper amber with a tall creamy khaki head. The aroma was very good with scents of caramel malt, toffee, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spices. The beer had a slightly creamy texture and good fall flavors. Nice caramel malt sweetness, nutmeg, pumpkin pie and a hint of cloves. There was a nice background hop bite that came along in the middle. There was a nice alcohol warmth coming through on the finish, but the 8.5% Alc was well hidden in the flavor.
Stampion (223) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not my favorite. Pours a dark brown. Smells of falls spiced. Tasted of pumpkin and heavy on the spiced. Sweet aftertaste. Good but not great.
HopTsing (544) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pumpkin, yuck... Too bad you canít have two word ratings because I think that about sums it up for me.
tia (1620) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Warning, old bottle.... Reddish light brown with creamy head. Smells of spice and pumpkin. Lots of spice in the flavor. Not bad, but not my favorite style.
SteveOrz85 (203) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber served in tulip. Two finger head with significant lacing. Aroma is malty with notes of pumpkin and common fall spices. Taste is lightly sweet with malty notes of pumpkin and spice. Medium bodied beer with average carbonation. Smooth finish. Overall good, enjoyable pumpkin ale.
thb (797) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 27, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great looking pour - clear deep ruby red with close to an inch of slightly tan head. Aroma has pumpkin and spice, ginger in particular. The pumpkin and the spice just about overwhelms the "beer" part of it. Thereís a hint of floral hops that you can pick up occasionally, and you to get a touch of caramel towards the finish. Some alcohol warming, but itís not a problem. Quite bubbly. Honestly a little hard to drink.