RichTheVillan (5199) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear orange pour with a big frothy white head, aroma had yeast and funK along with some citrus action, taste has tangerine, yeast action some funk and clove, pleasant enough.
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
ttoadee (1078) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellow, finger white fluff. Nose is funk and citrus. Bitter. Middle is banana, soft malt, spices, wood bark. Finish is dry and yeasty.
Hophaze (188) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid beer! Pours a golden color with a medium head. Aroma of fruits and spices. Almost like a farmhouse ale. Easy on the palate
rarbring (1959) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overall: Spicy, herbs, citric peel.
Note: Bottle 355 ml at Gnarly Burger - The Restaurant. Reviewed 2015-11-11.
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the Cafe Abseits tasting during the Bamberg Excursion. Many thanks to Cloin for this bottle. Pours orange-gold with a frothy, mostly-white head. Great hop and funk melange. Nice fruity notes coming through, such as melon and grapefruit. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Great balance on the finish, nips of funk, moderate sweetness, more fruits. Great stuff overall.
angelkostvo (972) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow colour, big white head. Aroma of orange, coriander, flowers and camomile. Taste is light bitter, slightly tart, yeast notes, light body, thin texture, fizzy carbonation.
teorn88 (4717) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog rating. Keg at Kings Arms tap takeover, London. it pours a clean golden color with small creamy white head. Aroma is lightly crisp, citrus, grass, light yeast, spices, melon. Taste is mellow sweet melon, light honeysuckle, grass, citrus, peppery yest and light esters. Medium bodied with soft to good carbonation. Overall, interesting
ccex (1121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle pours a hazy dark golden color with small white head that leaves several rings of lacing. Aroma has honey, Belgian yeast, bread, biscuits, lemon and some floral hops. Taste is bitter upfront despite the honey and yeast. It finishes like a Saisom, with some spices. Body is medium with average carbonation and a slightly sticky/oily mouthfeel. This is an interersting one which is hard to classify but worth another try.
619photos (15) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Deep golden color accented by foamy legs and head. Presents itself well but thats where it ends for me personally. Nice citrusy bitterness up front with a finish reminiscent of a saison... and I do not enjoy a saison. I wont be getting this again; it is not a bad beer, just not suited for my palate.