Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors.
The nose is a light, earthy pumpkin with a bit of mace, leafy hops, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Very nice. It pours a deep amber color with a very frothy, light tan head. Great head retention. The flavor is malty and sweet with a heavy dose of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Sweet, but not too sweet with a bit of spicy bitterness in the end. Medium bodied with a slightly lower than average carbonation leading to a short to medium pumpkin pie finish. Truly one of the best pumpkin ales I’ve had and it’s light enough in body to session.
squigs46 (55) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
never fails with schlafly to put out a good product. spices really show through with this beer.
Beerdedone (3058) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a thin beigh head. Aroma of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg and other fall spices. Flavor was pumpkin, strong cinnamon, nutmeg and subtle caramel with a slightly dry finish.
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall a great seasonal I expected no less from Schafly. Typically when I’ve had a poor release from them it is because the bottle has been sitting too long. This one was close to that point but still has some legs. I wouldn’t sit on it much longer but it should be solid for at least another week or two.
Aroma / Appearance - A maroon red body a little darker than Santa’s suit the beer even had a white fringe. Thick and creamy it filled the glass well. Warm pumpkin pie with an emphasis on whipped cream created a sweet vegetal sensation. It was a bit more spicy and earthy than sweet though (like pumpkin ales at the other end of the spectrum).
Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel is like a mixture of 25% water and 75% pumpkin pie filling. Paired with sprinkles of nutmeg, a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, and more holiday spices the combination is very seasonal. Straddling that line between something to drink several of and one to savor the beer has a nice balance. The rosy finish adds the feeling of stepping out of the cold into a warm hallway. I wouldn’t mind having a six pack of this around October.
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."
- Henry David Thoreau.
From notes, 10/2008.
Pours a carrot orange, yet sits blood-red, almost velvet, in the glass. Nice lingering head.
The smell on this one is poignant, in my opinion. As I sit here and type, I can smell the glass, eighteen inches from my nose. The cinnamon and nutmeg is strong and balanced by its malt profile. Great smelling pumpkin - complements fall nicely. In the mouth reigns cinnamon, then nutmeg, then a honey sweetness, then a light presence of ginger and cinnamon again. Excellent execution in both smell and taste.
More pleasing, full mouthfeel than I expected. Firm and velvety smooth.
The 8.0% is hidden fantastically and, when fresh, this is killer. I have only had one pumpkin beer before this and it had quite a reputation. When I didn’t like it, I swore off pumpkin ales for a short time, but couldn’t resist this local offering. Come to find, weakness of will can be a good thing. EDIT: Since this review, I have had many pumpkin ales (TREAT, Pumpking, Weyerbacher’s) and this is still my favorite.
perramount (7) - Calhoun, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2010 does not count
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Red Dog Wine & Spirits in Franklin, TN.
Smells of spices (cinnamon) and a little apple.
Pours a light caramel color, with very little head.
Taste does not quite live up to the aroma; a little dull. Thin mouthfeel.
Overall, a tad disappointing after the promising aroma and color. I’m perhaps a little biased against pumpkin beers.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, Patton Alley Pub, Springfield MO. Caramel pour, a bit of white head. Pie spice nose and toffee sweetness, a bit of greenish pumpkin smell around the edges. Softly spicy sweet flavors, initially very pleasant, but gets pretty cloying after a few sips, and Traci and I had trouble finishing a pint between the two of us. For dessert, in a very small glass, might work.
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a thin off white head that leaves quickly and light lacing. Strong aroma full of cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin. The spices are not as pronounced as they are in the aroma. Pumpkin is a flavor that comes through in the middle and finish of the beer. Cinnamon, clove, allspice and spicy ginger linger throughout. Lighter mouthfeel with a subtle carbonation.
alexsdad06 (7422) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized quickly diminishing white head. The aroma has a pleasing spice presence with an emphasis on nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a nice sweetness that with the spices really reminds me of a warm pumpkin pie. The flavor has all the characteristics from the nose with the inviting spiciness a sweet sugary maltiness, and a well integrated amount of pumpkin. Medium mouth feel and very easy to drink. This is one of the better pumpkin beers I’ve had.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of pumpkin, spices, squash, nutmeg, light cinnamon, allspice, and slight ginger. Poured orange in color with a small, off-white head that disappeared. Slightly cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of tiny-sized particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes much like it smells, of pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, light squash, nutmeg, allspice, and slight caramel. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Pumpkin, spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg finish is slightly dry. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.