DCLawyer (1423) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 Bottle->willibecher. Deep brown with small tan head. Roasted malt, holiday spices, pumpkin notes, as expected. Not really a porter, and not really good. Mild and boring.
r464 (1918) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pumpkin, malt, toast, leading to a bit of char then a thinning finish. A bit dark in the middle. Interesting, different, but a bit too light in the end.
coyforce (600) - Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly metallic aftertaste on this brew. Dark pour. Flavor is a bit of burnt chocolate and pumpkin with spice.
Beergeek23322 (2229) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
09/28/2013. Sampled at a tasting. Dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, spice, dark fruit. Nice balance and a good seasonal.
Nejhleader (1228) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a nice bit of a pumpkin toast atoms. Kinda creamy body. Has a bit if a pumpkin taste with classic porter.
dpjuart (1049) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Bistro, Staunton. Pours black with little head, rimming red hues. cinnamon and roast nose. Pumpkin sweetness, chocolate and roast, some spicy cinnamon. Mild astringent bitter. Pretty darn good.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. A nicely creamy khaki-colored head of two fingers crowns the body well. It doesnít feature the best retention for the style, however thereís a nice patch of lacing down the side of the glass.
S: This is heavy on the pumpkin ale qualities, light on the porter ones. And even the former isnít that impressive. Light pumpkin and spicing are the dominating notes - thereís little in the way of roasted malts, chocolate or coffee. Not bad, just rather unassuming.
T: The flavor is much the same way - the only dark qualities that I can really taste is the clean, roasted dryness of the finish. Mild, generic spicing opens things up, before it finishes with a slight roasted flavor. This is bland, to the point where itís drinkable nature canít make up for it.
M: Clean and dry on the finish...a quality thatís hampered by the slight heft of the body itself. Thatís the only real problem with the feel. Itís the boring flavor that harms drinkability more than anything. Carbonation isnít quite as blistering as some porters.
O: This one just bores me. While thereís nothing wrong with it, thereís nothing that pops out as being impressive, either. Basically itís a middle of the road, please the masses kind of beer that simply isnít for me.
Ed5388 (2054) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle thanks to dmac. Pours a hazy deep dark brown color with a finger of fizzy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, sweet pumkin, caramel, and cinnamon. Thin mouthfeel. Taste is pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate, and burnt malt.
hfmejias (706) - Dover, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 Fl. Oz. bottle. Poured dark brown (almost black), off white head, quite foamy, lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices and roasted malts are dominant but there also some pumpkin in there too. Taste is also roasted malts a starts a bit sweet, but the characteristic sourness of a porter kicks in right away, spices are there and also the pumpkin but the are a bit faint (regrettably) but overall a nice solid beer.
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from a 6er from Crossroads Spirits. Poured a good looking blackish/brown with a large frothy beige head. Aroma was really awesome, on first whiff I would have thought I was smelling some type of spiced muffin, notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted pumpkin that combined with the dark malts really made me think of a carrot cake type muffin, very nice. Big full mouthfeel with foamy carbonation, a bit too big. Flavor sadly drops off big time from the awesome aroma. The spices are there but very muted, some medium toast and grains, a touch of light cinnamon and some wet bread. Overall this started great but did not hold up.