BeerZack (269) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells kinda milky with pumpkin spice and some chocolate. Tastes like a pumpkin-mocha-frapaccino, where the initial spiced sweetness is balanced by a bitter coffee character.
FullObs (132) - Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown. The pumpkin flavor is faint if at all but in all fairness this bottle may have been sitting for some time. There’s a bit of sweetness and just a light spice which i prefer actually. Not too special here but not bad.
DuffMan (5247) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Did they JUST retire this? Because I just had it on tap 10 days ago @ Radio Maria in Champaign. It came in a shaker pint glass, the dark brown colour of an old penny, and with just a skiff ofa head. The aroma was nice-- sweet pumpkin with just a hint of roast. The palate didn’t quite deliver though. The backbone flavour seemed sweet and cola-ish, with a little pumpkin and a little roast, but overall it was weak and thin.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle share on 1/6/12: A bit light on overall flavor profile. looking for more spice character. A bit light on pie flavors, but overall balanced. nose had discernible pumpkin and roasted malt, but none too bold. overall a good drinking pumpkin beer, but just not for me. Just expect bolder flavors from "imperial pumpkin"
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Notes of earthiness and slight spice on the nose. Dark pour with tan head. This beer was awesome. The bottle I held on to wasn’t as good as the first few, but it was still a good beer. Picked up a little bit of chocolate on the back end. No pumpkin, although it was never too prevalent.
undsioux7 (769) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I must have forgot to rate this one, but it has been one of my favorites of the unchained series. I think the pumpkin spice goes better with a porter then the other pumkins out there for some reason.
loafgoat (53) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
More spice than pumpkin flavor, noticeable alcohol presence. Smoky finish sticks around but isn’t overpowering.
llcooldave (905) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BarZigKin for sharing his bottle. Slight roasted malt and a definite pumpkin & spice aroma. Pours black with a creamy cola colored head. Nice roasted coffee & cream flavor with a barely discernable pumpkin note. Overall it’s good stuff.
Headbanger (2488) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 9/7/11 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-46° in Lager Glass-Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of pumpkin, chocolate, and coffee. Taste of pumpkin, chcolate, coffee, spices, roasted malt. This light to medium bodied brew is well balanced and is a nice refreshing take for a pumpkin brew. Though for a porter and much less an imperial porterit seems a bit light.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Very dark, near-black brown without much head or lacing.
Aroma: Sweet chocolate and molasses, light soy sauce and coffee, and just a tinge of spices.
Taste: The sweet chocolate and molasses flavors are dominant, with some very light coffee and burnt roasted malt backing. Mainly tastes like a sweeter-than-typical Porter, although there are some pumpkin-like spices as well. Not sure I taste any actual pumpkin.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body but seems a little light for the word "Imperial". The finish is not as dry as desired from a Porter.
Overall: While an interesting and somewhat tasty beer, the mix of Porter, sweetness and light spice doesn’t gel as well as it should and dampens drinkability. The closest beer to this would not be other Pumpkin beers, but Anchor Our Special Ale, as that is also Porter-like with spices. Unfortunately, this does not hold a candle to Anchor.
Once again, this is a good beer, but I would label it more of a "near miss" than a "hit" in terms of the Summit Unchained series. So far, 1, 2 and 3 were "hits" (especially the #3 India Rye Ale), while 4 (Belgian Golden) was a huge "miss" for me.