Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting beer. Pours a dark brown color with medium light brown head. Aroma is of light pumpkin pie, roasted malt, chocolate and notes of coffee. Taste is full on impy porter with rich chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and roasted malt, but in the finish comes the pumpkin pie. Wonderfully played out. I knew this was either going to be really good or horrible, and it’s damn tasty.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent brew. Mahogany body and superpb lacing. Mostly dark roasted malts and spices but faint pumpkin.
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle bonused by tyto, thanks a ton dude! dark brown murky pour with a slightly ornagish head. the aroma is, in order, pumpkin, lager yeast, roasty. the taste is similar, lots of nice choclate, and the pumpkin snd spice profile is there without a doubt, but very balanced, not overpowering the beer. i could use a lil more myself, but this beer could be enjoyed by just about anyone. good stuff.
zeke626 (456) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a pitch black body with chocolate brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, cocoa powder, pumpkin, nutmeg, and a hint of clove. Taste is chocolate and toasted malts with hints of spice and pumpkin throughout the palate. Slightly bitter and spicy on the finish.
Nsanders (835) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours near black with a mocha colored head. Aroma is of hops, dry pumpkin, nutmeg and allspice. Smells like a pumpkin pie without the sweetness and cinnamon scents. Light bitterness and a medium body. I would buy this one again.
islay (1712) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz. pour, on tap at Groveland Tap in St. Paul, MN. Pours an opaque, rich, chocolate dark brown. Moderate amount of taupe head. Aroma features chocolate with an unmistakable pumpkin and spicy character. Nice smell. Chocolate taste. A pumpkin spiciness and lightly vegetal character emerges in the flavor eventually. The pumpkin thankfully is muted in the taste. Some tar. Gingerbread cookie. A touch milky. Dark, dry, bitter chocolate finish. Dry, roasted coffee bitter aftertaste. Medium to heavy body. Silky in the palate. Nice liveliness. A bit of a challenge to imbibe due to its thickness. Unmistakably a big, substantial beer. This beer rates an across-the-board-solid 3.7. I’m pleasantly surprised, given that I’m generally a fan neither of porters nor of pumpkin beers.
Dregs (20) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Coffee, spicy malty aroma
Appearance: Black with a fluffy light brown head.
Taste: heavy sweetness with a light hop flavor.
Palate: This is a full bodied beer with a slick feel, average carbonation, and an astringent finish.
Overall: This is easily Summit’s best offering in their unchained series and sadly their most over the top beer. This is a great beer much better than my first tasting at the muddy pig in st. paul. however this was a bad first taste as it was following a bell’s batch 9000. I would definitely order/drink this again!
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour, a little cookie colored carbonation and an aroma of heavy pumpkin pie spices. Flavor is plenty of earthy peat initially, pumpkin, subtle spices and finishes creamy. Not bad, but I can’t see myself drinking this on a regular basis.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2010 Bottle to glass. Not much head, plenty lacing though. Nose is burnt malt and some dark coco. Flavor is awesome. Smokey peat, burnt malt and coffee and chocolate notes. Just great. Nice and thick. Another great Unchained beer.
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was told by the guys selling it to me that this one leaned really heavily toward the pumpkin. Hardly. The gist of the other ratings gets it right: this is a powerful imperial porter, so much so that the spicy inflections typical of a pumpkin beer (when given plenty of winter spices and not just a pumpkin character) have a hard time coming through. I found that to be the case even with warming. There’s a lot of dark, roasted, even burnt flavors, but quite enjoyable. Imperial Porters have a lot going for them in terms of palate, too. Bottle.