legion242 (2099) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2013
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Poured a deep, deep brown with khaki head. Nose was faint but with hints of coconut, and oh shit, first sip is pure burnt coconut and anise. No pupmkin could be found. Such high hopes dashed.
EithCubes (4623) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber DOB 08/26/13, Iím stoked for this one - always wondered why seasonal pumpkin beers (pumpkinals?) never deviated from generic amber ale bases. Nose an earthy, vegetal character but also oaty, Cheerios-like notes and strong nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Deep brown pour out of the bottle is black in the glass, a creamy and dense tan-light brown head with strangely sudsy lace and faint legs. Taste is sweet with notable cinnamon and swirling malt, creamy medium body that smoothly and gently warms the chest, but disappointingly thin, really. For the main course, bring on the allspice and cracker! And nutmeg and vanilla, faint ginger. Dries out somewhat, adds a touch of roast with low bitterness and leaves a cracker/gingerbread residue very near pie crust with some light pumpkin. Some smooth chocolate and black/bittering malt, hops are muted and slightly earthy but clearly not the focus. Spices are again too heavy (have to go very slow here) but at least the thingís not too sweet, and itís nice to play the spices off of a roastier, more strongly bitter base. Takeaway: definitely happy with this (especially the delightful notions of pie crust) but far from ecstatic.
blipp (5646) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a thin beige head. Big big big pumpkin pie spices, sweet pumpkin pie spice and sugary pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Stout presence is very faint. Having had Pumking recently, I can say that this is definitely a bit more enjoyable, at least in my mind. Itís a bit too big and sweet for everyday drinking, but for a novelty seasonal, itís spot on and exactly what you would expect from Southern Tier.
redtechnj (185) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance- Dark reddish brown with an of white head.
Aroma-Deep roasted malt and pumpkin pie
Flavor-Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger bitter roasted malt finish. Another top notch beer from Southern Tier.
arkurzynski (1394) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour. Pumking nose with pumpkin pie filling, candy corn, gentle spice, and a whisp of roasted malt. Pick up a nice vanilla note that donít know that Iíve noticed in Pumking. Flavor is, again, Pumking with a trail of chocolate malt and brown sugar. Lingering light roasted malt and pumpkin. Not really an improvement on Pumking, but certainly a solid offering. Pretty thin for an impy. Iíll stick with the original.
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 08/26/13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like pumpkin spices, pumpkin, roasted malt, and some chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pumpkin spices, pumpkin, nuts, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, lactose and a bit of coffee. I think the pumpkin/spice flavors are stronger than the roasty stout ones, but thereís enough balance between those flavors that makes this an interesting beer to drink. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was pretty good, hopefully Southern Tier will make this again next year! $8.99 a bomber.
abcfan (676) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is full of pumpkin and spices. Pours black with a tan head. Fairly zesty on the tongue with a spicy alcohol burn finish. Was pretty good as an ice cream float!
ddemmingjr (667) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours dark blackish brown, creamy light brown head that persists. Nice lacing. Nose: cinnamon buns, pumpkin pie, ginger spice, cooked pumpkins, chocolate malts. On the palate, lighter bodied. Distinctive roasted pumpkins, chocolate malt sweetness, vanilla. What a great pumpkin fall beer.
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JaBier (4528) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at the pumpkin beer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 9/5/13. Darkest brown in color with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, cinnamon, ginger, caramel and some chocolate. Flavor starts with bitter and spicy cinnamon sticks, then some ginger spice and sweetness before a roasty finish.
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught via a 1/6 that I put on for opening Sunday, sadly it had no good fortune for the Mighty Vikings......this week. Poured a medium density dark black body with an average sized foamy super light beige head. Aroma is loads of pumpkin pie, some light chocolate, well done toast, overcooked pumpkin meat, milk. Body is medium overall with lighter carbonation and no trace of the high ABV, smooth and easy drinking, could easily knock these back. Flavor is a hair below the aroma, notes of pumpkin and light pie spice, dark toast, some burnt chocolate and deep roasted malts. Not bad for STís 1st attempt at a big Pumpkin Stout.