Guerde (1150) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2010 (bottle) Pours black with a very thin tan head that rings around the snifter with very little lacing. Aroma is pretty much what I expected, with plenty of roasted malt, chocolate, and baked pumpkin pairing well together. In addition to this pairing is a decent amount of nutmeg and allspice which provides an earthy character to the beer. As this warms, a significant amount of smoke and over-extracted coffee is present, and it could stand to be diminished as it clashes with the pumpkin. Flavor also presents a similar effect, but in this case the ashy and astringent malt really overpowers the chocolate, spices, and especially the pumpkin which is regrettable. Only on the finish is the pumpkin able to resurface somewhat which creates a pleasant effect upon exhalation. Faint smoke too. Mouthfeel is slick and medium with smooth carbonation. Overall, a decent pumpkin/porter amalgamation, but it could’ve used more pumpkin and less astringent and charred "Scan-stoutish" qualities.
Dudeski (2) - Hugo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2010 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I just straight up loved it from first sip to last. The spice notes and hint of chocolate was right up my alley. A well balanced beer. The pumpkin name shouldn’t deter those that are on the fence. You wouldn’t even know it if it wasn’t in the name. In my opinion a must for the holidays coming up.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at bricks. Pour is black brown with a creamy suddsy head and strong lacing. Aroma is good brunt malt and pumpkin. Taste is more burnt roasted malt and spiced pumpkin. Palate is full and creamy with a sticky chaulky finish. Not bad, interesting style.
bluemooner (586) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 3 Squares in Maple Grove. Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and some spices. Rich flavors including roasted malt, chocolate, herbs, cinnamon, nutmeg and some vegetable notes. Medium body with medium carbonation. A pretty creative brew with plenty of flavor.
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Black color with a large head. Aroma of nutmeg, cloves and strong roasted barley. The roast really pours out in the flavor. Moderate to heavy spicing, mainly nutmeg. Dry cocoa notes. Really tasty.
JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Stub and Here’s. Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is spice and char and also a bit vegetable. Spicy cinnamon and ginger flavor with a nice roasty finish.
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. At Muddy Pig. Very dark pour with a hint of red at the edges when held up to light. Thin brown head. Nose is mildly herby. Smooth mouthfeel with chocolate, Christmas spices, and a hint of pumpkin. Slightly bitter finish. Very good.