hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 Bottle... Pours dark brown with a mid-sized, beige head. Good retention. The bouquet is very reminiscent of chocolate pumpkin pie - if there is such a thing. Full-bodied and oily with nearly-expired carbonation. Up front, the chocolaty-sweet flavor offers a nice amount of raw pumpkin and subtle pumpkin pie spices. Burnt, carbonaceous bitterness balances things out on the backside - without diminishing the rich, chocolate and pumpkin pie essences. Roasty, bittersweet, lightly acidic finish. Exciting brew from an otherwise humdrum brewery. Bottle courtesy of HonusWagner!
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured very deep brown with a short-lived dark beige head.. great color, but the head didn’t stick around very long. The aroma picked up lots of sweeter chocolates with fine accents from pumpkin meat, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla.. sweet and totally decadent. The flavor found sweeter chocolates and pumpkin meat at first, with some acrid roast coming shortly after, and continuing through the finish.. burnt, smoky malts and pumpkin-y spices accented.. balance was solid. Medium-bodied with ideal carbonation on the palate.. a touch of malty sourness worked well here.. not the greatest flow, but balance between the components was very good, and I’d drink it every day.
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great pumpkin beer, not too fragrancy and seasoned like some pumkins. Wish i wouldn’t have shared with my friends...
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of drowland, aroma of pumpkin, sweetness, a little water, some malty bitterness, nice stuff for a pumpkin beer. Not quite Pumpking level however.
WisconsinBeer (698) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep slight viscous black color. Just a hint of foam on top. Flavor is heavy roast, dark chocolate, some nuttiness, a hint of pumpkin and spice at the back end. Just a hint of booze and hops at the back end to dry it out. Thick and creamy, lingers on the palate. Medium to full bodied. Well done for the style.
jlruthven (527) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour is much more viscous than expected for a porter, even one as strong as this. All black, no brown highlights, fluffy brown head that dimishes by about half. Lots of roasted malts in the nose, plus raw pumpkin, hints of brown sugar and chocolate. A bit of coffee on the tongue, a little more pumpkin, slight ginger, and an herbal funkiness I can’t quite put my finger on. Enjoyable brew, but very strange, and tough to pin down.
cbfobes (2089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours black with a nice tan head and lacing in the glass, the aroma is sweet with malt and has a nice touch of nutmeg and other spices, the flavor is strong with chocolate notes mixed in with the pumpkin and the nutmeg, pretty tasty brew.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Jake Melnick’s. Pours a black body with a thick, two finger-width, very dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a heavy lacing throughout. Aroma is smooth and rich chocolate, some roast, caramel, and some pumpkin spices with nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Flavor is similar. Very smooth, rich, darker chocolates with lots of caramel and a soft roast. Nutmeg and pumpkin spices come out at the end with more and more bitter cocoas and dry roasts as this dries and accentuates the spice and bitterness nicely. Still has a rich chocolatey goodness with the light-moderate bitterness in the finish before leaving a bitter cocoa and roasty aftertaste that lingers for a lengthy duration. Smooth, creamy, medium body and very soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very tasty porter. Roasty with tons of rich cocoas, a pleasant bitterness, and a light pumpkin spicing. Very easy drinking and enjoyable.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a mostly opaque black with a creamy froth of beige head. Has a lightly roasty dark caramel and chocolate nose with some pumpkin pie spice. Starts with good fullness and sweet toasty dark maltiness with a chewy pumpkin flavor and good roasty malty balance in the finish. An enjoyable and complex brew.
Petrucci914 (891) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for sharing, bro. Drank a while back. Pours dark brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma is pumpkin pie, crust, roasted malts, light coffee and chocolate. Tastes much the same and very balanced.