KajII (800) - 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.
jsmerig (1455) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark ruby red. Aroma of nutmeg and other spices. Taste is dark and sweet with pumpkin
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corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color tht appears black and nearly opaque in the glass with faint mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacin left behind.
Slightly smokey, robust dark malt aroma with a prominent autumnal spice presence. Strong roast character with hints of charred toast, oatmeal, coffee bean and dark chocolate. This is countered by heavy spices, especially allspice, coriander, clove and ginger. Some pumpkin purée in there as well with sweeter dark malt notes, notably chocolate and toffee. Somewhat artificial smelling with a overpowering potpourri scent that overwhelms the pumpkin. Smells like an overly spiced porter with just a touch of pumpkin.
Lighter bodied than expected with an overwhelming autumnal spice presence and acrid burnt malt flavors. I’m not picking up any pumpkin at all, just burnt malt and dry spice. Lots of pepper, clove and ginger without much else on the spice front to balance things out. Also, the malt character is lacking sweetness with overly dry charcoal flavor. Hints of ashtray, burnt wood and charred toast making this beer intensely dry and unpleasant. Even a little bit of pumpkin or sweeter malt flavor would help this beer but as is, it’s a mess of a beer that I dumped down the drain.
katrinaez (1098) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light but pleasant pumpkin aroma. Smooth and creamy taste. Pumpkin taste is also light but it hits the back of your throat. Drinkable. Tap.
bth122 (1439) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Gram cracker cinnamon cracker aroma. Caramel malt and toasted malt. Medium body. Nice finish.
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anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ DAS BEST Oktoberfest, Baltimore. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate spicy pumpkin aroma. Roasted malty spicy pumpkin flavor with hints of caramel. Has a roasted malty spicy pumpkin and chocolate finish.
nearbeer (4673) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint on tap. Opaque, deep chocolate body has just a smattering of enduring bubbles. Nose is mocha, pie spice and a nice touch of squash. Tastes of spiced pumpkin on the front turn to dry cocoa and dark coffee. Finish is a nice mix of all the flavors with a lightly sour squash note. Near-medium body has a nice balance and a smooth, low-medium carbonation.
BeerdedDave (1184) - - SEP 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at the brewery; dark brown-black color; nice aroma of pumpkins and roasted malt; pumpkin flavor blended with roasted malts to make it more tolerable; as much as I hate pumpkin beers, the dark, roasted malts make this one work
bkurtz (1018) - PERU - JUL 1, 2015
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle - Pours a clear brown with amber highlights. Aromas of allspice and clove (pumpkin pie) somewhat artificial. Taste is muddles with some tartness, spice, caramel; it’s all over the place, not for me.
generallee08 (767) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body has a deep copper like amber color with good clarity. It’s head is small, white In color and fades slowly as I drink.
Smell: There are some nice pumpkin pie spices coming through with a deep maltiness backing it up.
Taste/Palate: I get really nice light coffee notes and a good malty base. It also has a nice balance of pumpkin pie spice. The palate has a firm feel with good carbonation. For me this is one of the more drinkable pumpkin beers. Everything is in very good balance.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6372) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with orange highlights and a large foamy orange-tan head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was malty nutmeg and clove. The flavor was bitter, roasty, and woody with nutmeg, clove and nuts. Medium length finish. Medium body. Meh.