Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pour is black with no red to be seen. A dark tan head that lasts a couple of minutes and becomes a thick ring. Not a big aroma and it has roasted notes and a hint of smoke. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, wood. Pumpkin is very light here as is some spice. Feel is nice and is more substantial than most porters.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Poured a dark brown, almost black, color with a small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of roast, chocolate, and lighter spices. Not overly spiced. Lacing left on the glass.
SudsMcDuff (5659) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Pours a dark black .. great foam, but lacking lacing .. . aroma is mixed up, some spice and other oddities .. . flavour is nice, spice, and light roast- well done .. . my new favourite pumpkin brew and a worthy addition to the style of imperial porter - and the nicest Summit brew i’ve had .. . You could always subscribe to a site like Perfect Ten. I mean that could be anything, it could be a bowling site.
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Deep brown with a small tan head. Slight roasted malt and pumpkin in the aroma. Taste is big pumpkin pie, some chocolate, roast coffee, slight spiciness. Slick mouthfeel. Pretty solid.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, almost black with a large frothy brown crown that dissipates into a small layer akin to the surface of the moon. Aroma is full of heavily roasted malt backed up by pumpkin and its usual spices. Chocolate, coffee, clove, nutmeg and some mocha round out the tempting aromatic offering. Taste is mostly porter with the pumpkin lurking in the background. Smooth, creamy and acidic with a touch of roasted malt bitterness and dryness on the finish. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt with some spiciness and pumpkin make up most of the ballot. The pumpkin adds a nice touch. Easily my favorite Summit beer to date.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Capones. Pours a nice deep dark near pitch black with a thin head. Aroma is moderate spice, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, green- grass, roasty malts, good chocolate kick, toast, earth, leather, and caramel. Flavor is chocolate malt, leafy herbal hops, peppery spice with cinnamon, tobacco, roast, coffee, and slight astringent in the end. Overall pumpkin spice character wasn’t coming through enough to make me think pumpkin ale, but then sometimes pumpkin ales use too much spice. This was a bit strange overall though.
Wolfenkopf (170) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma of pumpkin and spices is obvious as soon as you open the bottle. It has a cola-like head when poured, fading slightly over time. The brew is a deep, deep brown. It tastes as your nose tells you it would, purely pumpkin and spices. These notes stick with you right through to the silky aftertaste. This is a nicely done porter.
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Flows out a near black body with a thinnish, albeith initially dense, beige head.
Smell: Smells mainly of roasted malt, baker’s chocolate, mild coffee, a bit of caramel, though beyond the malts, I’m snorting up some scents yielding light tones of pumpkin puree and gingerbread spices.
Taste: Malts of the darker variety, supporting tastes of caramel, unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and a bit of roasted grains. The pumpkin flavor is fairly reserved throughout, so gourdophobes shouldn’t entirely dismiss this offering. The traditional holiday spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc.) additions are aided by a dose of spicy English hops, though they are still secondary dark maltiness. Subtle spice character on the predominately roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s fairly tasty. I’d still recommend the Midnight Sun IPP over this, as it’s a bit more audacious in terms of flavor, but this brew is still worth picking up a bottle or two.
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Glowing red-black-brown color. Big beige head the quickly fades into an oily layer. Sweet sugary pumpkin aroma. Wow. They really nail it. Captures both Pumpkin Ale and Porter characteristics, combining them quite nicely. Rich, sugary, and full bodied, this is getting close to dessert beer. The alcohol doesn’t really show, just incorporates itself into the big flavor profile. Another solid Unchained.
PintPiner (22) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of chocolate and pumpkin. Dark foamy head with good lacing. Dark brown color. Low carbonation. Big, full body. Chocolate and pumpkin with a hint of spice. Very nice dessert beer. Paired it with pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate decadence cake and it was awesome with both.