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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1457) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2009
750mL bottle. A very murky amber pour with a thick British khaki head. A sweet aroma of brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, molasses, and my mom’s Joe Frogger cookies. Big-bodied. Kinda syrupy. The flavor starts off quite sweet with a good deal of caramel, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Yams, molasses, vanilla extract, and honey follow. Finishes with some nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of citrus. Warming alcohol throughout. A tasty seasonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2238) - USA - OCT 31, 2009
Sweet aroma with a touch of skank. A very sweet and malty beer, rich and dessertlike. Brown sugar, maple syrup, and a bit of yam comes thru also. There seems to be something a little Belgian in the flavor as well - perhaps it is the yeast. A good brew, but overpriced at $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of candy/brown sugar, overripe banana, nutmeg/allspice, vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly unclean. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic, metallic. Very sweet, with a rather unpleasant aftertaste and metallic twang. The aroma is pleasant, albeit clearly portentious of the sweetness level. Not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3686) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Bottle Pours out a brownish orange topped with a small head. Aroma was of spice, nutmeg, and week old pumpkin pie. Taste was nice lots of sweetness, candy, pumpkin pie, and more spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4929) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Bottle thanks to Jeff for sharing. Brown pour with some white head. Definitely different, flavors of maple, sugar, spices,and yams, sweet but not too sweet no notice of alcohol here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Pours an orange-brown with thin head. Nose is maple syrup, cinnamon, graham cracker, biscuit, caramel, candi sugar. Taste is fairly sweet without being cloying, lots of earthy maple syrup, mild spices, cinnamon, star anis, the yeast is quite faint, flavors all play very well together and does not come off fake like many of its compadres in style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Brown color with a small head. Aroma is very complex initially. A bit of cooked potatoes, sweetness, spice, honey and grass. Flavor has that sweet potato pie essence,some nutmeg and earthy spice and caramel malts.A bit strange but very original, well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2009
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. It’s kind of a mess with lots of sweetness but no real focus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8638) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2009
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 doesn’t taste as heavenly as it smells, but that’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
skortila (4851) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2009
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.

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