StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a yellow-gold with thin ivory head. Smells amazing, just like a spicy pumpkin pie. Taste is in line with the aroma, again strongly reminiscent of pumpkin pie - nutmeg, clove and cinnamon with a mild hint of a doughy- pulpy essense which makes it feel like a bite of pie. Alcohol is hidden extremely well, pretty much non-existant to my tastes. I really like the strong tasting/unusual beers when done well, and this is the best pumpkin beer, and one of, if not the best, spice beers I have had.
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours a nice orange/light copper body. Clear, with loads of small bubbles. The head is light caramel in colour. The head retention didnít impress me all that much, but there was some nice lacing on the glass.
A lot of mashed pumpkin in the smell, accompanied by strong notes of caramel, biscuits, and some vanilla. The aroma is very confectionery and sweet overall.
At first I could mostly taste pumpkin and some mild spices, followed by breadiness and toffee-like sweetness. However, as I was drinking it, I came to realise that it tastes exaclty like a proper pumpkin pie. I began tasting the sweet bready crust, some nice mashed sweet pumpkin, moderately spiced, and some pretty apparent vanilla and cream notes. This beer is not bitter, it IS sweet, and it is well tasty!This is probably the tastiest pumpkin beer Iíve ever had.
Medium body to it (arguably, this could be seen as medium-to-full). Some lively carbonation at first. Quite syrupy and a little chewy on the palate. Not much alcohol is present in the taste, but it will give you a nice warming sensation to the body. The mouthfeel may get smoother over time, unless you let it warm too much. Nice!
Donít expect this beer to go down like Bud Light, or something. It IS smooth, and it is not a hassle to drink, provided you like it. Iím giving this a good score, just because itís a very drinkable IMPERIAL beer.
Overall, all I can say is "Good job, Southern Tier! You really nailed it with this one!" Now that Iíve tried it, I can see exactly why so many people are praising this beer. Wonderful stuff!
sharkweek (87) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured this into a tulip glass. It poured a dark Amber with about a finger of creamy white head. The beer has a cinnamon smell to it. The flavor is buttery, pumpkiny, tasty fall melady. This was a great pumpkin beer that I put right at the top of my list in that category.
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head.
S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, and sugar.
T: Wow, this really tastes like pumpkin pie. The pumpkin flavor is dominated by brown sugar and cinnamon. Near perfect, but perhaps just a tad too sweet.
M: Medium bodied and well carbonated.
D: Well, the 9% abv does not come through at all; it is quite sweet, but it is a very nice dessert beer and tremendously better than any other other pumpkin beer Iíve tried. It is also a nice change from other dessert type beers like imperial stouts and barleywines.
chribban (86) - SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden.
Yellow to orange, hazy, beer with just a little, white, head.
Nose: Vanilla, pumpkin, nutmeg, gingerbread, cinnamon, cake and butter.
Taste: Pumpkin (of course), vanilla, fruit, apples, toffee, caramel malt and spice.
Medium body an quite strong carbonation. A little bitterness - A great pumpkin beer or should I say: a great beer? Yes I should!
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma on this beer alone is the most impressive thing I have had in a beer for a long time. Huge aroma of ginger bread men, cinnamon and spice. Great flavor of pumpkin spice, cream, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg. This is the best pumpkin beer I have had by far.
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a great orange color with a nice 1 1/2 finger head.
The aroma smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, spices, cream. Just wonderful.
The taste is amazing. It literally tastes like a pumpkin pie. You can actually taste the crust of the pie. Just a near perfect example of a Pumpkin beer.
BeerBeCue (84) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into snifter. Pours a nice dark golden with a minimal head. Aroma is just wonderful. Pumpkin pie, clove, cinnamon, deep caramel malts, and timid but still present herbal hops. Taste is pretty sweet with a low-medium bitter finish. Body is medium-light with a slick texture and low carbonation. This is truly a gem and the perfect autumn brew. Seriously, this is a delicacy! Being in Canada this not really accessible for me and is definitely leaving me craving for more. Just wonderful.
rollingwood (83) - Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow! What an intense dessert beer. Pours a light amber with a minimal, off-white head that quickly dissipates to the smallest of Belgian Lace. Mostly Graham Cracker and to a lesser extent pumpkin dominate the aroma with just a hint of malt. The flavor tastes intensely of Graham Cracker with a bitter-sweet backdrop and a hint of alcohol. While I appreciate this beer for what it is, it would quickly become cloying. But Iím absolutely amazed at how well they nailed, simultaneously, both the aroma and the taste of Graham Cracker in a beer no less. Graham King might be a better moniker.
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
If you took water, yeast, wheat, a powdered coffee creamer and orange dye and let ferment for a couple months you will appear to have a pumpkin ale that lacks real pumpkin.