adam42381 (383) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Best before February 2012 notched on label.
Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-brown color with ruby highlights and a 1-2 finger frothy light tan head.
Smell: Nutmeg and cinnamon are dominant here with a touch of malt in the background. Smells a lot like a pumpkin pie.
Taste: Pumpkin pie flavor up front followed by sweet malt in the middle before ending with more spices, a light amount of hops and a touch of black pepper at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly dry with spices mixed in.
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a very high amount of prickly carbonation.
Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these on a cold fall evening. This being a hot August day in Southwest Florida, I’m stopping at just one, but I won’t hold that against the beer.
Overall: Good beer overall. I could see myself reaching for this time after time during the fall if I lived in a colder climate. Definitely worth a shot.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5530) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This style has really run out of steam for me. That said this was a decent example. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark caramel-orange color with a large foamy orange-beige head that lingered and left some lacing. The aroma was spicy - nutmeg and cinnamon mostly - and had a bready undertone. The flavor was dryish with fairly prominent nutmeg, cinnamon and clove and faint notes of honey and bread. The finish was medium length dry spice. Medium body. Solid.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a fair light tan head. Aroma is of malts, pumpkin, cinnamon and spices. Light flavour, malts, pumpkin and spices to finish it off. My first pumpkin ale!
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from variety pack. Pours a dark amber with tan head. Aroma of sweet, spicy malt with hints if pumpkin and cinnamon. Flavor is much the same with a light sweetness which is very enjoyablewith a subtle but obvious touch of nutmeg. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, very solid pumpkin brew!
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from the fall 2011 sampler. The body was a nice garnet red hue with a dense, yet small light khaki head. The nose has lots of pumpkin and nutmeg. There is also some black tea. The taste has a bitter pumpkin flesh flavor followed by lots of nutmeg. The aftertaste is like pumpkin rind and leaves. This is for pumpkin lovers that like the spice bite at the back end. Decent, but the aftertaste throws me off, it’s close to iced tea mixed with a stale cigar. Harsh.
SSSteve (3958) - - AUG 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. fall sampler pack. pours a clear burgundy with a small, creamy white head. pumpkin flesh nose. flavor has pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg notes. a very standard pumpkin beer. lightish body.
PorterPounder (6227) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Supermarket - 12 oz bottle - part of their Harvest Variety pak. Bonus - bought the 12’er for the rauch - thought I had rated this! Deep dark copper pour, thin, but long lasting khaki colored head - not much lacing. Very aromatic spicy aroma with hints of pumpkin spice and vanilla. Flavor has the same pumpkin spice theme to it with some underlying toffee and vanilla. Tends to turn a bit too sweet near the end of the bottle - but not to the point of cloying . Decently thick mouthfeel.
drowland (6872) - Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/22/11. 12oz bottle. Clear amber pour with a small tan head that fades to a film fast and barely laces. Mild pumpkin spice aroma with a touch of that squashiness and definite caramel malts. Actually a decent pumpkin flavor with a subtle but spice presence. I’m not gonna lie... I kinda like this one.
redtechnj (257) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Puts a deep autumn orange/brown with a thin off-white head.
Aroma- caramel malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, some clove
Flavor- Toasted caramel malts, nutmeg, pumpkin, some cinnamon & flighty fruity.
BillHick420 (440) - North Dakota, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a white head. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg spices with a smooth malty finish. Not bad.