FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had the bottle of this the same day that I had the draft. The bottle was a poor imitation of the draft. This rating is for the draft. Sampled at Smokin’ Joe’s in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a dark amber color with a small yellow-white head. The aroma was sweet butterscotch, caramel and hazelnut. Very strong and appealing. The flavor was very strong with hazelnut, butterscotch and caramel with a touch of light hops and spices - mainly nutmeg and clove. The mouthfeel was very thick and syrupy. Delicious! Almost overwhelming. Intense but wonderful!
phiconners (144) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice aroma, smells like a bakery. Spicy flavor, pumpkin with some vanilla. Stronger than most pumpkin beers, right at the top of this style.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2009 Pours a light amber with a small head. Wow, smells just like pumpkin pie. Nice flavor.
jmikolich (1404) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, fresh. Nose is straight pumpkin pie, taste is pretty close to pumpkin pie as well with a fair bit more malt than i expected, this is a bit too sweet and syrupy for me, although that is expected with ST, could have been more bubbly and light, still this is as close as pumpkin pie in a bottle.
kevd193213 (841) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light copper our with a thin off white head. Aroma of spiced pumpkin pie. Taste of pumpkins and sugar with a nice sweet finish.
BuckeyeSammy (531) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is creamed corn, very unusual. Smells great though. Orange brassy color, light this head. A little spiced, caramel, pumpkin, and cream.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with nice creamsickle head. Nose is pumpkin, dough and spice. The flavor of pumpkin in this beer is INCREDIBLE. By far, the best pumpkin beer and the only one with discernable pumpkin. The others are pumpkin pie spice beers. I want more!!
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 22-oz bomber and purchased from Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN, pours a semi-clear copper amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates nearly clean with some light spotty lacing. Aroma of pumpkin pie filling, a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, light sugar and caramel malt, Flavor is full bodied, very lightly carbonated with flavors of mostly pumpkin unlike all the other pumpkin ales I’ve tried over the years. More pumpkin flavor than any other flavors of caramel malt, and nutmeg. Finish has a semi-sweet aftertaste of pumpkin, a touch of wintergreen and nutmeg. Awesome. Using this one as a comparison to all other pumpkin beers.
Guerde (1150) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle) Pours amber with a lingering white head. Upon first sniffing of this beer, all I smelled was a freshly baked pie crust, and none of the pumpkin or spices I expected. After letting it sit for a couple of minutes, I took another sniff and the crust had been replaced with an amazing pumpkin spice smell of cinnamon and nutmeg, but still none of that baked pumpkin. After letting the beer breathe some more, the third sniff came all together. The baked pumpkin was present, the spices, and the crust scents all coalesced into one big aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie. I even smelled the whipped cream topping as well. Now as amazing as the aroma is, the flavor was not as pronounced to begin with. The components are all there, with a light sweetness (which becomes stronger as the beer warms) to begin things, but it is not until the finish that the baked pumpkin, the crust, whipped cream, and the spices really showed up. The flavors are slightly stronger and begin to be displayed earlier as the beer warms which is a welcome improvement. Medium mouthfeel with a lingering baked pumpkin finish. This beer has definitely reached the pumpkin ale pinnacle for aroma, as I cannot think of another that smells so closely to pumpkin pie. The flavor is its only weakpoint in my opinion, as the boldness displayed in the aroma didn’t directly translate over, but still a very well done beer, and one I will gladly purchase again.
badgerben (4364) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with no head. Incredible roasted pumpkin aroma. Wow. Unbelieveable pumpkin taste. Like somebody threw a whole pumpkin in an oven, roasted it, fermented it and bottled it. Light on the nutmeg, nuttiness and dry malt. Outstanding.