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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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.
dslam (83) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color with off white head. Poured from a bottle that was refrigerated. Sweet pumpkin flavor with a hint of cinnamon and spice. Good flavor but a little too sweet for me.
Leini (1100) - SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650ml bottle. Copper body with a medium head. Caramel, pumpkin, spices and alcohol. Too sweet and spicy imo.
DCLawyer (1641) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber to stem. Dark orange-copper with thin offwhite head. Standard pumpkin spice and malt, not too sweet, with a lingering bitter spice aftertaste. Eh.
GregClow (2937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Dark ruby-copper with a finger or so of beige foam. Very nice aroma of sweet caramel, barley candy, earthy pumpkin, and a melange of spices - nutmeg and ginger quite noticeable, cinnamon and allspice supporting. Body is a touch sticky - would benefit from just a bit more carbonation to lighten it up - but still OK. Flavour is just what the aroma promises - sweet maltiness up front, pumpkin pie in the middle, off-dry finish with some twiggy hops toward the back of the palate. Quite a good version of a beer style that I rarely want much to do with.
rjplumer (566) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown ruby tinged body. Mild pumpkin nutmeg aroma. Thin tan head. Taste is malt spice nutmeg and of course pumpkin. Smooth, rich and warming down the throat.
Brandon1989 (395) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer pours a dark copper color with a thick off white head with plenty of lacing left around the glass. The aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, and some spices. The flavor is pumpkin but not overly sweet like some pumpkin beers granted i am drinking this beer past its season so that may have a factor. I also pick up some spices and slight amount of alcohol.
probstblueribbon (3182) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear deep copper with a full tan head.
Aroma: Rich sweet maltiness with fairly balanced spices, lightly fruity, toffee and brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, allspice and ginger (I think...), big stuff.
Palate: Medium+ body, moderate carbonation, lightly syrupy.
Flav.: Similar to the nose with a big, thick, rich malt backbone supporting the usual array of pumpkin spices; lightly sweet with decent bitterness, some booze and a long, crunchy malt and spice finish.
samsmith33 (479) - - JAN 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brownish Color, nice head. Thick feel. Smokey Flavor.
2014 Pumpkin Double Blind Tasting:
1-Sam Adams Fat Jack.
5-Southern Tier Pumking.
10-UFO Pumpkin (harpoon).
11-Sam Adams Pumpkin.
12-Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin.
AbbeyRoade (437) - Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Veyr impressive for a Sam Adams brew. Lots of allspice, cinnamon flavors that make this a bit of a spicy pumpkin beer. Nice malty undertones give it a complex body instead of the typical flat pumpkin ales you see everywhere else. Good seasonal.
Metalchopz (2501) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber colour with a beige frothy head, good retention and nice creamy lacing. Sweet malt aromas with the caramel and pumpkin pie spices. The taste starts on the sweetness, but less than expected from the scent. The spices balance out the caramel and even some hops show up. Bread notes from the malts lingers. Very smooth going down (oily and silky). Hope the LCBO gets this one every year.