douglas88 (5787) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a very dark stout like color, black with a medium creamy brown head. A nose of spices, anise, clove. The flavor is nutmeg, sweet spices, some banana, no real roast, watermelon, a bit of charred wood. Pretty nice.
vicg12 (17) - - MAR 28, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not impressed with this offering from Stone. Must be said that the beer is getting pretty old now, but I saw it on the shelf at a local brew store so I had to give it a try. The pour is beautiful, beer is very dark and puts off a rich chocolate color head; leaves a decent lace. The smell smacks you in the face with an aroma of cinnamon, allspice and another spice I can’t put my finger on. The taste is what you would expect from the smell with a strong presence of cinnamon and allspice with an after-note of cloves, but the most predominate flavor is that of bitters! In my opinion this is not a good flavor for a beer. It just takes away from the fact that you are actually drinking a really well brewed beer. You concentrate on this overpowering spice pallet that leaves you forgetting that this taste is actually coming from a beer. Really complex flavor and I appreciate what they were trying to accomplish here, just not my cup of tea. Worst beer I have had from Stone. If I wanted to drink bitters I would have ordered a Prohibition style cocktail, so please, keep it out of my beer.
frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A vast array of flavors! Lots of prunes, dates and licorice on the nose. The clove is very present in the taste, as well as the ginger and cinnamon. A work or art!!!
Vcoggins (39) - Cypress, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black with a thick brown head. Aroma is of ginger bread, nutmeg, and dark roasted malts. Taste follows the nose with lots of ginger bread and pumpkin like spices. The mouth feel is medium-thick and coats well. This beer is very stout like, similar to pumpkin stouts. Overall a very good beer.
rdixon77 (601) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour. Slightly oily. The smell has a good dose of spice and yeast.My first thought was gingerbread on tasting...lots of cinnamon, anise, orange, clove taste. Pretty standard carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. Interesting and tasty.
merc7186 (1957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Anise, Cinnamon, Mild Cappuccino
Appearance: Dark Opqaue Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Brown Hue, Mild Lacing
Taste: Cinnamon, Anise, Mild Bourbon
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Spicy, Mildly Drying
Philym (919) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Dark brown/black with finger thick tan head.
Aroma: Cinnamon, allspice, clove, orange.
Taste: Medium bitter and sweetness with low sourness and a slight saltiness.
Palate: Thick grainy texture, medium/heavy body, average carbonation, lingering dry, spicy, clove finish.
Comments: Tasty and glass lace. The spice is very strong and generally the beer reminds me more of a stout than a Belgium style abbey beer due to the heaviness and average carbonation.
Dfonorow (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is black with a medium sized khaki head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and roast. Flavor is tangy and sweet with notes of citrus, belgian yeast, spice, roast, and dark fruit. Finish and aftertaste is cinnamon sticks and gingerbread.
jeremyh70 (652) - Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark brown with garnet highlights, a nice sized and very persistent tan head with good lacing. Aroma of the spices like allspice, ginger and cnnamon with some almost charred malt. Taste follows nose with the spices and malt and adds some cocoa and molasses. Finishes with some roastiness and lingering spices and drier than expected. Mouthfeel is medium/full with moderate/high carbonation. I think letting this age for over a year was a good idea. May have allowed the flavors to meld better.
chucklemation (405) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber with a jet black color and a very healthy foamy tan head. Has a huge combination of smells: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, banana. Taste is also highly complex, with cinnamon and ginger and medium bitterness in the finish. Has a full body, smooth mouthfeel. This is the best pumpkin beer I’ve had that’s not really a pumpkin beer. Among my favorite spiced ales, just a close second behind Unibroue’s La Terrible.