wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2012 Light brown body with thin frothy head. Sweet candy aroma, red fruit, and lots of spices, nutmeg, and allspice. Flavor is very sweet but light bodied. Maple is unnoticeable until it warms and then only slightly toward the finish. The yams come through a lot like pumpkin giving some fullness to an otherwise thin body. Slightly sticky finish. Itís kind of a mess with lots of sweetness but no real focus.
3fourths (8381) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
year old bottle, no date. very low carbonation, pours nearly flat but produces a thin tan head with a short layer of slow-rising bubbles underneath. heavenly nose hits everything you want in a beer this time of the year, when the snow changes to rain and back to snow again, when pumpkin cookies and squash are in the oven. molasses, check. maple syrup, check. pumpkin pie spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger), check. yams? yes but no but yes. 10% alcohol is surprisingly welcome in a beer like this. overall the sweetness (maple syrup) is overdone, so it doesnít taste as heavenly as it smells, but thatís the only real complaint. the lack of carbonation made me wait until this was at room temperature (65-70 F) to really start enjoying it, and i think it would work even better if it were mulled.
skortila (4682) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle@UDRM. Tnx JBrus! Aroma is spicy, bit ginger alike. It has caramel malts as well. Hazy, red-brown coloured beer with a thin head. The taste is sweet, caramel malty and very spicy. i would say some mixture of spices like ginger/nutmeg/cinnamon/clove. Bit alcoholic mouthfeel. Not my thing.
blipp (6546) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Pours deep amber orange with a thin head. Malty aroma with pumpkin pie spices and the like. The flavor is malty, with a light sweetness, ginger, and other spices. Is there supposed to be maple in here? I didnít taste any. Not bad.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy brown-orange with amber and gold highlights. The head pours very thick, smooth, and finely-bubbled. The foam is light tan in color, and it neither leaves much lace on the glass nor lasts for very long. The aroma is thick and rich: sweet, malty, slightly acidic, spicy, and very thick with yams (and what smells to me like candied carrots). There are some interesting Belgian-like ester notes in the nose, too, along with a soft note of alcohol. The flavor starts dry but also malty and rich - very much like a Belgian strong dark ale. As it nears mid-palate, maple and molasses tones become quite distinct - along with subtle pumpkin pie spice notes (like a little nutmeg and a whisper of clove). The yam/carrot notes and acidity from the aroma are pretty much absent. The finish has a soft, balancing bitterness - almost as much from bitter ethanol as from hops. But despite the ethanol taste in the back and warmth, it finishes smooth and the alcohol is overall kept in check quite well. It finishes quite dry with a long maple+molasses+malt finish. The mouthfeel is pleasant - lots of small, tingling bubbles with a fairly thick body and touches of alcohol all over the mouth. Overall, a great beer. I will definitely be keeping my eye on these guys. I hope they send more beer to GA.
MsLucky13 (2) - Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2009 does not count
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great body, color and flavor. Sweet with fizzy carbonation. Less thick than expected.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours copper-orange with a soft khaki head. Initial aroma showed only nutmeg and what seemed like pumpkin. As it warmed the pumpkin turned to yam, the nutmeg got spicier, and additional notes of maple and clove emerge. Flavor tasted of baked yams, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, cooked bananas, and even oranges. Body is full and well rounded. For being 10% only, some of the alc popped through when it was too cold.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle pours a murky copper orange body with a medium beige head. Subsequent pours reveal a lot of sediment that appear to be powdered spice additions. Aroma is very spicy. Nutmeg and ginger stand out. A vegetal note of pumpkin is prominent(I get no yams). Spices also open the taste profile. Ginger and nutmeg, again. Belgian yeast and an assertive herbal hop bitterness are prominent. Molasses remains hidden, but maple syrup emerges as it warms. Comes off evenly balanced, to my surprise. An interesting sipper to usher in cold weather.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Roziís. Big beery aroma to match the sizable head that came out on top of this nice dark amber brew. There is a wonderful fall aroma here, lots of smaller notes of clove, ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar, a tiny bit of caramel and a good bit of earthy scent. The flavor comes off, well, thin. And not like this is watery, but it doesnít feel like the big 10%íer. It has a full, yet delicate flavor,but it really shines for its balancing act with all of these notes. And I spect them yams really just are there to give some added sugars, and smooth out the goodness.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle purchased at Greens on Buford Highway. Nice looking spice ale I must say. A somewhat dark brown orange color. The beer has a nice thin head that fades away rather quickly. I can definitely smells the yams. Lots of spices dancing in my nose. Nice cinnamon spice along with some soft fruits. Smells like a Thanksgiving day dessert. Very pleasant aroma. Spices come through at first. The cinnamon and yam come through as well and hit the back of my throat. This is a fairly spicy beer. Not a very creamy palate. If they would have kicked up the palate a notch in terms of texture, this beer would be amazing.