musinj6 (415) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark muddy black with small head and fair lacing. Aromas of chacolate and pumpkin malt with very light hops and some leathery hint to it. Full bodied with creamy, sticky mouthfeel with average carbonation. Medium, bitter finish. Moderate sweet and bitterness that is well balanced.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at the Schlafly hop in the city festival in my sampler glass, and loved it so much I bought a growler of it. This review is from a growler that is a few days old. The beer maintained its quality very well in the growler. Schlafly growlers seal tight and keep the carbonation well.
The appearance is pretty good, especially for a growler serving. It had a lightly tan one finger head that dissipated into a thin sheen on top, with ok lacing.
Aroma is wonderful, but not too over the top. You can really tell that itís a pumpkin beer, spiced, and a stout. Pumpkin aromas are subtle and a little sweet (I can see this may have been made with butternut squash too, at least thatís what it smells like to me). The spices are absolutely perfect for a fall/holiday/pumpkin beer, not too over the top but obvious and delicious, with nutmeg and clove standing out, and most importantly (at least to me) not an overload of cinnamon. Roasty stout aromas complete the olfactory experience!
The taste follows the smell quite closely. Roasty malts are followed by a nice spiciness and a moderate pumpkin flavor. Thereís just a tinge of hops bitterness to complete what is a very balanced and delicious beer.
Mouthfeel is medium, with a lightly roasty and spicy aftertaste. Carbonation is light but ample, creamy, and not inappropriate for the style.
Overall I think this is a wonderful pumpkin beer and a very nice fall treat. I recommend trying a glass if you can get some before itís all gone. Anyone who loves pumpkin beers should find this one quite interesting. The thing I like most about it is that itís NOT over-spiced (a trait that I feel kills a lot of holiday beers).
seymour (1478) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at the 2012 Schlafly Hop In The City festival in both cask and kegged formats. It poured an opaque orangish brown color with no head. The cask version was nearly flat, clearly not ready or perhaps not primed with enough active yeast. Predictable aromas and flavors of pumpkin pie spices + middle-of-the-road roasty stout. Malty, toasty, squashy, nutmeg, clove. Medium body, very low carbonation. Smooth and well-balanced considering all thatís going on. Many attendees loved it, but I just couldnít. Too much weird mushiness and spiciness for my taste in beer.
vyvvy (4135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a mahogany hue and a small tan head. The aroma has lots of spices, some pumpkin and hints of roast, but the pumpkin ale aspects are significantly bigger than the roasty malt - spices are most up front. Medium / full body with mild carbonation. The flavor begins much like the aroma and doesnít really seem that much different than a regular pumpkin ale with the heavy spice and pumpkin. The finish has some smooth roasty malt coming through that balances the spice well. Decent beer. Not my thing, but good for a pumpkin style ale.
slowbek (2) - Marion, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Initial aroma is hinted with spice. Great black hue. The taste was pretty much like their regular pumpkin ale. A lot of cinnamon and clove. Not as much malt. Overall it was a nice beer but definitely a one and done.
Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at H in the City. Stout looking. This smelled nicely of pumpkin. Taste was pumpkin and orange sest. Mi wish the zest had been minimized. Lactic flavors. Mthe pumpkin works well with the stout.
gregwilsonstl (1143) - Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Overwhelming pumpkin flavor. Itís odd, its not pumpkin season, so this isnít real. More of a spice bomb.