VALIS (228) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very spicy, clove in particular, also a little cinnamon, nutmeg, black licorice. And clove. Did I mention clove? Because there’s a lot of it here. The spices actually mellow out as the beer warms to room temperature, or my tastebuds were just blown by that point. Sounds like I didn’t like it and that’s not true, but you really need to be in the mood for a liquid spice cabinet.
stt0229 (6) - - FEB 15, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definitely one of my favorites of the series. Great front end and after notes are not overpowering. Smooth and flavorful.
Strykzone (4901) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bomber was sent to me by Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. A very dark pour with enough red. A beautiful dark tan head is four fingers. Is that pumpkin pie in the aroma? So much to it. Oh my, the flavor is the same. Pumpkin pie spices galore. Cinnamon, brown sugar. Hops that grow and bring bitterness and citrus. A zesty bitterness that is noted very deep in the throat. This beer is so complex and changes from sip to sip. I feared it was over done with the complexity but not so. It managed to be able to hold up just fine. Chocolate was tasted later and the last sip was chocolatey mint. Amazingly complex. Delicious.
FatWater (20) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really don’t know if I love or hate this beer. I was expecting more of a Belgian abbey style, but got something completely different, almost like a dark pumpkin stout. Aroma was of pumpkin and fall spices. Appearance is almost black with a decent tan head that leaves some moderate lacing. Taste is of pumpkin, cinnamon, and cloves. Palate is thick and smooth. Overall it is a very good beer, just not to sure about the style it is advertised as.
boxofrane (2085) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a medium sized brown head. The aroma has some spicy pepper, cocoa, maybe some cinnamon. The taste is very spicy, big pepper, cinnamon, very dry.
rader58 (775) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample at Waldo Pizza. Pours jet black with brown head. Aroma of spicy, chocolate, nutmeg, clove, dried cherry, cinnamon. Flavor is clove, roasty, peat, port wine. Quite Spicy.
Block (1342) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick black pour. Oily. Aroma is of dark chocolate, hint of coffee, and caramel. Flavor is bold, some alcohol comes through. Heavy mouth feel. A good beer but about a bottle is enough.
kerenmk (2273) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Pours black, opaque with tan wave. Spicy - clove, nutmeg, some allspice and burnt aroma, dry and very mildly bitter in the mouth. Full body, some fizz.
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown pour. Nose of sweet, roasted malts, spice and dark fruits. Flavors similar- spicy, cooked fruits, Belgian fruity yeast, dark malts. Finished w/ a strong, dry hop bitterness.
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle, pours like crude oil with a thick foamy tan head. Aroma is reminiscent of a pumpkin ale. Sweet notes of pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, alcohol, sweet malt. Thick and creamy with a roasted maltiness up front, some dark chocolate, some winter ale spices, fading to an earthy maltiness with distinctive alcohol flavors. Finishes lightly bitter with a bite that makes you want another gulp. A very fine beer.