KajII (780) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. The pour was a very dark brown almost black with a large (2-3 finger) rocky tan head that was mostly diminishing and produced excellent lacing that was left sticking to the glass throughout.
The aroma was of a dark bread malt and a musty leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee, nutmeg, pumpkin and a bit of cinnamon.
The taste was lightly bitter and malty with a hint of roasted coffee at first then slowly acquired a mild chocolate presence with a touch of pumpkin and nutmeg that progressed into a mild bitter finish. The flavor lasted only a short while after the swallow which slightly affected the overall taste experience.
Mouthfeel was just a tad under medium in body and creamy yet a little dry in texture with a nice soft carbonation.
Overall a decent robust Porter with a very nice aroma. Although there was more pumpkin and spices in the aroma than there was in the flavor.
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a very dark brown, but not black, slight head that fades to a ring. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor is ever so slightly of astringent roast, followed by traditional pumpkin pie spice. That I really don’t care for. Spice is moderate to heavy on the finish. As usual with a pumpkin beer, you need a search party to find a trace of pumpkin. Unfortunately, no search party needed for the spice. Not sure the underlying porter is even that interesting. Not my bag.
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice heavier pumpkin beer which i can appreciate. Still a little too much spice.
osu97gp (647) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark black with a tan head. Aroma of light pumpkin, spice, chocolate, and dark roasted malts. Flavor of roasted malts followed by very light pumpkin. Ok.
Lorenasa (154) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark chocolate brown with a thick tan head which quickly disappears. Slight aroma of pumpkin. Chocolate and coffee flavor. Very little pumpkin flavor.
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Opaque mahogany with a thin tan head; medium-full body with medium carbonation.
Aroma: pumpkin and spice with subtle phenols and hops. A bright fruity spice note as well.
Taste: dark malty grain, astringency, phenolic spices, leafy hops, and subtle cooked pumpkin.
Tmoney99 (10455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured clear hazy orange copper color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid doughy pumpkin and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium balanced pumpkin sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid seasonal beer.
Nickls (1815) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Huge creamy light tan head , deep murky ruby brown. Spices, metal, clove and cinnamon. Taste follows suit with some slight toffee and toast. Lighter to medium body with vibrant carbonatio.
downender (6164) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Capital Alehouse (downtown), Richmond VA 9/11/2011. Dark brown with a slight, off-white head. Sweet, caramel and pumpkin aroma. Flavour had milk chocolate, more pumpkin and a hint of cinnamon and sweetish finish. Ok.
DiarmaidBHK (3375) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Pours black with half an inch of khaki foam. Slight hint of pumpkin on the nose. The taste is muddled and confused with nothing standing out. The combination of flavors is a bit off-putting.