rbrazell (1586) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Proof. Black pour with a bubbly cola like head. Aroma presents the standard spices in pumpkin beers, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice with some roasted maltiness and pumpkin gourd that's not really present in most other pumpkin beers. A bit lighter body that expected but it meshes well with the rest of the flavors and has bubbly carbonation. Pretty nice. Much better than other pumpkin beers I've had.
emacgee (3966) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clean and sharp dark black pour with two fingers of creamy tan head. Nose is rich and intense with spice with some toasty malt and rich pumpkin flesh. Flavor is the same. Super heavy spice with some roast on the finish. Spice and dark grain compound for a very dry finish despite the body.
Vikingmattress (3) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My expectations for this beer were low when I first tried it out. It seemed a bit hokey and gimmicky. Pumpkin beers are hard to pull off and it’s such a dark beer that I really didn’t expect much from it. I was WAY wrong. This beer is fantastic. Creamy pumpkin spice with delicious dark roasted malts. Definitely a dessert beer. I wanted to pour it over ice cream. It reminds me a bit of the St. Bernardus Abt 12 in that way. I wouldn’t drink this a meal but afterwards with a slice of pie and ice cream or cake. Definitely a fall seasonal. There is no doubt about it with it’s rich balance of dark roasted malts, pumpkin and spices. If you see a bottle, pick it up!
ljstephenson (249) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown to ruby pour with a disappearing thin head. Aroma is strong malt, pumpkin & dark fruits. Flavor is sweet with brown sugar & dark fruits. Finish lingers with some sweetness, a bit of alcohol presence. Aroma is strong, spice flavors are overpowering to the stout.
pfc514 (61) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter. Black, with hints of dark red when held up to the light. Thin fizzy head with little lacing. The aroma is pure pumkin pie with faint stouty maltiness in the background.
On the first sip, pumking like pumpkin taste hits you, but a bit milder. As it fades, a dry bitterness rolls on in and finishes the taste off.
My only complaint is that the mouthfeel was much more like an ale than a stout. Very thin and carbonated. Was hoping for a thick oily pumpkin mouthfeel, but then again, I’m not even sure that would work out right. Going off on a tangent there. Overall, an absolutely fantastic beer. Really unique and will try again.
Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Roasted malt with rich sweet pumpkin pie spices. Mild nutty notes, chocolate. Dark brown-black clear with thin tan head. Medium heavy body with medium carbonation and light warming. Starts sweet with lots of pumpkin flavor, chocolate and molasses with nutty character. Bitter roasted malt and hop bitterness at the finish. Dry bitter sweet after with pumpkin pie spices lingering. A stouty version of Pumking, basically.
Beerman6686 (4200) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one poured a darker brown with a small beige head. Aroam was pretty much all pumking spices, combine with medium roast and light chocolate. Flavor was similar, pumpkin spices, cinnamon mainly, with a strange bitterness to it and medium roast. Not a great base for the spices. but still a good offering for the style.
kevinator (865) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice spin on the pumpkin beer or a nice take on the stout. Either way it works. Pumpkin and roasted malts on the aroma. Nice black color with tints of red on the fringes. Small foamy head. Slightly above average weighted palate and smooth. Decent carbonation. Roasted malts and toffee hit me first with a quick burst of roasted pumpkin. There is a spice and vegetable aftertaste that was unique. It didn’t appear gimmicky and was perfect for the season.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, Snallygaster. Brown-black body, medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, nutmeg, light allspice. Taste is moderately sweet, pumpkin spices, some bittersweet chocolate, nutmeg. Light-medium body, low carbonation.
artmcd8 (1516) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with my man Ben. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices and roasty notes. Rich flavored with spicy notes. Medium body and medium carbonation.