carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
V - clear golden orange color, right off the bat reminds me of a pumpkin. Very small, practically non-existent head.
A - the pumpkin aroma (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon) is incredibly potent, able to get whiffs of it from three feet away. Close up, the nutmeg is almost overpowering. Very pleasant.
T - follows up on the aroma but introduces a creamy richness from some hops and just a touch of malt.
P - after the strong aroma, the taste is almost too much and this is one of the very very few spiced ales that I think might benefit from a more mild taste in order to let the nose of the beer do the work.
Overall, very good and at least in the top 2 of pumpkin ales with the Elysian.
cloudstrife (54) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle poured into glass. Pumpkin gold color with a yellowish white head. The smell of fresh pumpkin pie! Very delicious smelling beer. Absolutely the best pumpkin beer I have ever tasted, just like pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. I agree with the person who said they can taste everything right down to the graham cracker crust. Especially because the aroma of graham cracker crust is so strong. Great job of hiding the 9% alcohol which I must confess I love too. As far as harvest brews go this is what I would recommend to anyone interested. Overall Southern Tier scores again with another awesome beer, a must have.
discoverbeer (3) - , Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from By The Bottle, Discover Great Beer! Pours clean,cooper color, not overly carbonated. Aroma of pumkin,nutmeg, allspice,and freshly baked pie crust. Alcohol makes a big appearance in the finish. Hoppy Halloween enjoy!
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear amber with no head. Nose is pumpkin and allspice. Very strong creamy pumpkin flavor, tons of vanilla... almost like drinking pumpkin flavored creme brulee. Very strong alcohol note. Quite sweet. Strong spicy/bitter finish. Not doing it for me.
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty remarkable spices and overall flavor. Tastes like pumpkin pie - all the way to the graham cracker crust. Vanilla notes are nice, plenty of nutmeg. Probably the best pumpkin beer I’ve had.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok I am all over the board on this. Plus it is quite possible that I have been wrong all along with my dislike of the punkin beer. This is loaded with punkin taste. Loaded. Its a sweetness that has very little of the spice that Dogfish is overwhelmed with. This is a total oppisite in the same style. Very interesting and I must admit, much more drinkable.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Unbelievable taste and aroma. Truly the PUMPKIN KING. Fantastic. Exactly what it is meant to be. If you don’t want a pumpkin beer don’t come looking for one.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear orange pour - the color of a pumpkin. Thin white head. Lots of bubbles. Smells like pie. Lots of pumpkin and spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg and cream. Nothing on the nose to indicate that this is even beer. Bitter pie flavor with spice and and a buttery finish. Too desert like and not really my style.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep orange/amber color with a smooth beige head. Big spicy pumpkin nose. This brew is potent, the ABV, the pumpkin flavors, and the spices, stronger then any other pumpkin beer I remember. I’m amazed how they pulled the flavors off, but it was a bit to overpowering for me.
shawn14505 (39) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2008
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
My first (and hopefully only) drain pour of a Southern Tier beer. This was truly discusting in everway. I went in expecting a typically great Southern Tier beer because most of them are, but after the first sip I soon discovered that this isn’t even close to being good. It dosen’t even taste like beer. Its like pumpkin juice with alcohol and carbonation. Stay far away from this.