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RATINGS: 680   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This beer is made in the pumpkin beer tradition, except instead of pumpkins we used yams, and lots of them! A big Belgian-style brown ale of 10% ABV, this one is bringing pumpkin beers (or yam beers) into new territory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Tap at Capones. Pours a lightly hazy deep chestnut with a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of sweet potatoes, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and nuts. Flavor of sweet potatoes with brown sugar and cinnamon on top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottle from Craft. Pours turbid ruddy brown with minimal head. Nose is malty, molasses, nutmeg, red winey, cherry, spices. Tastes on the tart side, with fruity and caramelly flavors, and spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Well hidden alcohol. This one was very unique and one I’d love to try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2009
On tap at Papago. Pours prune in color with a trim tan head. Smells of malt, red grape skins, and I want to say carrots. Tastes sweet up front, bitters on the mid palate, and finishes with wine yeast. Notes of raisins and holiday spices also bring this some cheer. Matures into a distinct clove and maple sugar flavors after it warms slightly. One of the best beers I’ve had from The Bruery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle pours deep copper/amber in color. Thick tan head. Aromas of vegetables, pumpkin/sweet potato pie, molasses and brown sugar. No bitterness but a nice brown body with breadiness, candi sugars, and a nice vegetable body. Tastes similar to pumpkin pie but lighter. Focus on the vegetable and not the spice. Light spice like nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom. Nice take on the "pumpkin" beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2009 750ml Bottle: Aroma of yeast, light acetic acid, light yeast, slight spice, slight cinnamon, slight nutmeg, and slight yams. Poured very deep orange/brown in color with a small, tan head that that disappeared. Hazy. Very slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of yeast, slight brown sugar, light yams, light spice, light cinnamon, slight brown sugar, slight clove, slight hops, and a hint of banana. Medium body. Average texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, spiced, cinnamon, yeast, and banana finish. 10%ABV is totally hidden.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8774) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2009
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a medium and hazy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of cinnamon, other spices, nutty, and vegetables. Tastes of cinnamon, spices, maple syrup, brown sugary, and caramel. Alcohol content overall well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5254) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2009
[Draft @ Capones] Lightly hazy red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, oak, citrus, and wild yeast. Taste of nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, some molasses, starch, and a little tartness in the finish. A spiced "sour", kind of weird, along the lines of something Bullfrog would do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (3896) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Draft at Capones. Pours a slightly hazed brownish red with a smaller off white head. Aroma was nice with notes of cinnamon, all spice, yams, maple syrup, brown sugar and even a slight hint of nutts. Fuller bodied that is both syrupy yet smooth, slightly bubbly carbonation and a very well hidden ABV especially for a 10%er. Flavor is just a s complex as the aroma and the yams give a nice touch that is similar to pumpkin but just different enough to really set this beer apart. Very nicely done and would love to find some more of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thefle (168) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Draft amber with an off white head. Candied fruit plum pumpkin maple cane sugar. Sweet tawny full etoh warming. Candied sweet caramel to finish. aka, thats what ciesla said.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Pours a dark burnt orange/coppery brown color with dark amber hues when held up to a light source and a .5 finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Very earthy and spicy aroma with a strong vegetal presence. Lots of brown sugar and cinnamon spice with molasses, honey and a prominent vegetable note. Lots of yam. Crisp and heavily carbonated mouthfeel with a huge spice character and earthy vegetable presence. Full bodied with a nice sugary honey/molasses presence and a spicy dry finish. ABV is very well hidden. Once again the flavor is dominated by a strong spicy and vegetable presence. Lots of brown sugar, cinnamon, molasses, honey, earthy hops and a huge yam/sweet potato characteristic. Alcohol is almost undetectable with a very subtle hop presence. This is a very unique complex beer in which the extreme variety of flavors balance each other out quite nicely. Never to spicy too yammy which is a good thing. It kind of reminds me of a liquid Thanksgiving.

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