MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Sim rate (bottle at ChrisOís): Cinnamon graham cracker aroma. The next sniff is like broken chips of wood, then some bizarre spices and a bit of sweet potato. The head looks like washing-up liquid was involved. Tastes like graham crackers (again) and banana. So spicy, woody and wheaty. Despite what all the boys said, I quite liked this one!
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This left a nice spicy after taste in my mouth,poured with a thick white head this is not my type of beer but this was enjoyable and would drink again,i enjoy my stouts and RIS more.CHEERS!
MrBunn (2588) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Body is a copperish color with a nice and fluffy head that leaves a fair ammount of lacing on the glass as it dies down. Aromas are fairly spicy... ginger and allspice cover a sweet caramel malt aroma. Flavor is dynamite. Transitions are wonderful as it moves from spice to sweet malt to a bit of a pumpkin flavor and then back to a pie spice finish. At the same time, mouthfeel is smooth and thick.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly used copper in color. The nose smelled exactly like gingerbread cookies with scents of butter cookies, cinnamon and fresh ginger. The palate continues with these flavors in a very well-balanced beer that I just wish was a touch heavier for the upcoming cooler months. While this almost seems more like a Christmas beer than a Pumpkin (Halloween) beer it will be extremely pleasurable to drink over the Fall and Winter seasons!
kramer (5393) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, via jsquire. Pours a clear orangish body under a one finger fizzy beige head that faded fairly quickly to a wispy film. My first though on the nose was that it smelled exactly like Old Bay. Itís really a mix of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon I suppose, but once Old Bay hit me, I couldnít smell anything but. Funny, the label lists the ingredients, but doesnít mention any spices at all. Lots of caramel and brown sugar sweetness from the malt. The flavor is really different for a pumpkin beer. Iím getting lots of sweet malt and a toasted marshmallow middle fading to a vanilla laced pumpkin meat finish. Just a little bit of citrusy hops peeking past all the spice. Thankfully itís not just pie spice overload. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and chewy but not sticky or cloyingly sweet. The carbonation is a little too overactive for me, but that just seems to be a Southern Tier thing Iíve noticed. A pretty decent pumpkin beer, probably in my top 5, but nowhere near Selins Grove Brewing or even the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin as far as favorites go.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: January 06, 2008
Appearance: hazy copper, wispy off white head
Aroma: rich caramel malt aroma with a nice sweet pumpkin candy character, lots of spices especially cinamon and nutmeg, touch of vanilla and crystalized ginger
Flavor: rich malt flavor, strong candy caramel character enhanced by a vanilla sweetness, nice array of spices are bold enough to be a major player yet subdued enough to be in balance with the pumpkin, light balancing bitterness
Overall: like a spiced pumpkin candy
Date: October 03, 2010
Words: tmac woodstock
still the best pumpkin beer aroma, the king of pumpkin beer
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange body with no head..aroma of heavy spice, anise, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and bread..flavor is of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and licorice...hides the alcohol quite well for a beer with this ABV..interesting and good...share this bottle though
blipp (7070) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Appearance: Amber with an off white head. Aroma: Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg. Palate: Medium/full. Flavor: Literally tastes like a pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pie crust. Overall: This beer is way over the top. Itís outrageous. One of the best of itís style.
TheJester (2194) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(From radiomgb - Thanks, Jeff.)
Translucent copper-orange with a small white head that reduces to a thick film. The aroma is large, full of sharp, almost pungent pumpkin pie spice. A little vegetal. Thereís some fresh bread in there as well, and a little underlying malt. The taste is as big as the smell. Lots of pumpkin and spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc). They even got the pie crust in there somehow. Some malty sweetness. Alcohol is not apparent in the mouth. Softens as it warms. Some bitterness in the finish. Full body, medium carbonation. A bit much.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin, in an very awfull way. Pours an orangey golden color with a thin white head. Unpleasant flavor of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin.