lamas (1457) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Slipstream (2238) - USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BuckeyeBoy (3686) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
vtafro (4929) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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. It’s kind of a mess with lots of sweetness but no real focus.
3fourths (8638) - 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 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.
skortila (4851) - 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.