Blairgus (4105) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
17 Nov 2015, bottle. dark brown/black. nose is sweet pumpkin pie. spice is just right, pumpkin is strong and spices aren’t too big. med body and mildly fizzy. it really is pumpkin pie beer. you can actually taste the pumpkin, the spice isn’t too strong, and you can even taste the pie crust. and all this on top of moderate stout malt. outstanding!
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a one finger, light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with sporadic spotty lacing left behind.
Surprisingly huge spicy pumpkin pie presence in the nose with some robust roasted malt and sweet desert-like chocolate notes. It’s Southern Tier so I shouldn’t be that surprised but the aroma is almost as pumpkin forward as Pumpking. I was expecting more stout character by that takes a back seat to the autumnal spices and pumpkin purée. Hints of clove, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon along with pumkin pie filling and roasted pumkin seeds. It takes a while to open up but once it does, there’s subtle roast and sweet malts underneath. Hints of sweet and dark chocolate along with oatmeal and robust coffee bean. Smells very interesting but I wish that the stout notes were a bit stronger.
Thankfully the flavor is more of a mix of pumkin and stout notes. Dry and roasted with a robust dark malt presence that’s countered by sweeter malts and strong pumkin pie flavors on the back end. Slightly smokey with burnt sugar and deeply roasted malt but its not acrid or harsh at all. Hints of gourmet coffee, burnt toast, bittersweet dark chocolate and oatmeal followed by sweeter chocolate flavor, toffee and nut before a strong pumpkin ale flavor in the finish. Spicy and sweet with ginger, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg along with pumpkin purée/pie filling, toasted pumpkin seeds and vanilla. Nicely balanced and whereas the aroma felt like a pumpkin beer with subtle stout character, the flavor is more stout-like with lingering pumpkin pie sweetness. ABV is excellently masked, resulting in another dangerously drinkable entry in the Backwater series.
HopTsing (546) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
From the bottle poured a black brew with a nice brown head. Full bodied. Aromas of the usual pumpkin spice, and toasty malt. Malty, pumpkin spice flavor with a nice hop presence.
tia (1681) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very dark with tan head. Smells bready with a light spice. A little boy wonky, wearing between malt, spice, nuttiness, and roast. Comes together in the end.
commonshawn (1026) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Butcher and the boar with commonmac. 12oz tulip. Dark brown black with thick tan head. Subtle spice aroma. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Long lasting pumpkin spice flavor. Has the pumpking flavor but with a bit more body. Pretty much pumpking, which is great. I like this.
TychoJames (1034) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från whole foods bowery, nyc. Mörkbrun kulör. Doft av pumpa och kanel. Ganska söt smak med kryddig karaktär. Mustig och fin
FunkyF (835) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska i new york city. Svart med brunbeige skum. Doft av kanel och bulldeg. Bitter kanelbulle i smaken.
Nickls (2363) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep dark cola brown. Nose has some gourd, lots of Graham cracker, pie spice is there but not over the top. Flavor is subdued pumpkin pie spice, slight vanilla, slight pumpkin, and really missing the toast or any stout like qualities. Medium to thicker viscous body. If I take this as nowhere near a stout, but rather just a dark pumpkin beer then it’s solid.
anders37 (22702) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Alewife, Baltimore. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty sweetish spicy pumpkin aroma. Sweetish roasted malty spicy pumpkin chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy pumpkin chocolate finish.
monk191 (1736) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An incredible beer. Pours a deep brown-black with little head. Smells amazing, of horchata, cinnamon, chai and herbs. Taste is smooth, vanilla, chai, more horchata and an earthy finish. Not much pumpkin. Beautiful tasting, one of the best spiced stouts we have had. Another great beer from Southern Tier. Had on tap.