nuplastikk (5383) - 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.
Narnad (1515) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very viscous black with a very dense, heavily creamed deep tan head that looks the density of cheese cake. Aroma has a hefty roasted barley, light black patent and a late, faint pumpkin spiciness. Flavor starts off with a pretty strong kick of pumpkin spices with the nutmeg and allspice coming through stronger than the rest. Following this up is a very smooth roasted barley flavor that adds a modest roasted bitterness and finishes up with a sweet chocolate presence. The beer has a modest density with a very creamy feeling due to the low fine carbonation. Overall a pretty tasty brew. It’s interesting to see pumpkin in a porter as I would of thought the heavy roasted dark malts would of overpowered any spiciness but the spices come through perfectly. Good brew.
JK (5418) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2014 One of the the best products Summit has ever made. A thick and heavy porter. Black with roasted malt. Aroma has cloves and spice. Full flavor, malt, spice including nutmeg and cardamom. The pumpkin compliments, rather than dominates. Thick on the palate.
rougeau13 (2311) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, nearly black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma strong with spices, pumpkin, and roasted and chocolate malt. Full flavored, roasted, chocolatey, and spicy. Medium-full bodied and smooth. Excellent beer, every element is well done, with nothing overpowering.
BelgianBeerGal (3588) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz traded bottle (w/ nice detailing). Really pretty dark brown pour with active carbonation and a medium tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is dark, sweet malt but then the pumpkin pie and spice come through at the very end. Flavor leans a little more towards to impy porter side of the house with some burnt malt, coffee-like bitterness If you’re not getting much "pumpkin" out of this, let it sit and warm up towards room temp. I liked it as an impy porter.
GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep brown almost black with one finger of chocolate brown head and almost zero retention and lacing. Nose is malty chocolate roast, pumpkin, pie spice, coffee and a hint of both yeast and smoke. Tastes like pumpkin, sweet toasty chocolate malt and spice up front and has a really nice long bittersweet cocoa, coffee and smoke finish. Medium bodied palate with minimal carbonation. All in all a really intriguing change from the standard pumpkin beer, something with a little complexity from the malt rather than the spice and pumpkin.
arminjewell (9169) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from bottle, deep brownish black with nice tan head. Aroma has notes of pumpkin, spices, touch of yeast, leading into nice smoke, chocolate, and roast. Taste is some slight pumpkin up front, leading into spices and yeast mixing well, finishing chocolate, roast, and a delicious bitter smoke. Excellent brew, could drink this all the time!
sthlm (1268) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours very dark brown with a nice brown head. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, burnt malt, and faint notes of chocolate. Taste has lots of pumpkin and spices (nutmeg and allspice, I think) up front, followed by heavily charred malt. Makes me think of burnt pumpkin bread, but the flavors actually blend together pretty well. Medium-thin mouthfeel, smooth, very long finish. This is a nice beer that with a few tweaks could be world class. The pumpkin character could be upped a little, the chocolate that is mentioned in the deScription (and which is almost completely absent from the beer) could be greatly increased, and the burnt malt toned down. Regardless, well done, Summit!
GJF (1448) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pizza Luce. I found this wonderful. A very dark, roasted, full-bodied porter with a really nice dose of pumpkin flavor. I love that it’s actual pumpkin rather than pumpkin spices--roast malt with pumpkin flavor is a great combo here.