GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep chocolate brown with some burgundy hints around the edges. The most noticeable part of the appearance is the enormous creamy tan head that sits atop the beer and goes nowhere throughout.
First thing I noticed in the aroma is the spices, nutmeg and allspice mainly. The pumpkin is present but not as prevalent as the spices, and maybe a little chocolate and roasted dark malts.
Taste is more of the same though there is a bit of tartness to the taste in addition to the pumpkin spices, fresh pumpkin and chocolate malts.
Mouthfeel is lively, overcarbonated a little, which makes it come across as lighter bodied than it really is.
Lots of spices and chocolate in this beer though the carbonation takes away from the heft more than it should. Good beer.
thirdeye11 (5343) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) near black pour with dark tan thin bubbles. Nose of cedar, pumpkin, nutmeg, spices, very aromatic and delicious smelling! Taste of cedar, aromatics, clove, dry chocolate malt, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Excellent!
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady, mostly soft pour into my tulip glass produces a voluminous, almost four-finger thick, pale brown colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dessert spices with notes reminiscent of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. A second take reveals a spicy, woody, distinctly cedar note here that boosts the overall spice character and even becomes as dominant as, or even more so than the spices. The total spice character is supported by more muted notes of toasted whole grain, touches of roast, and perhaps a hint of vegetal character (is that the squash or the roast malt contributing that). I like how the spices intermingle with the cedar and are supported by the toasted whole grain character here in the aroma; it definitely makes it inviting, if not overly beer like; I certainly wouldn’t have minded if more of the base beer, Milk Stout character had come through.
Somewhat light bodied, the beer doesn’t quite have the richness I was expecting for some reason. Spicy cedar notes and an astringency and woodiness to this beer and there is a roasted note that lingers in the finish. There is also a touch of tartness to this beer that seems contributed by the roast, some nutmeg notes and perhaps a hint of pumpkin character (though this last might be a stretch). The beer is still quite effervescent, despite it taking ten minutes for me to take my first sip. The prickly carbonation and carbonic acid mixes with the cedar and the bitter, burnt roast character to provide a sharpness to the finish that begs for some balancing, creamy malt character up front; unfortunately the malt richness just isn’t here. As the beer warms up, a nice, chewy, whole grain toasted character becomes more noticeable and helps to add some balance to the middle of this beer.
Cedar is definitely a weird beast in beer, because there are so few beers made with it there is a certain “ooh, that is interesting” quality to the beers that I have had with it, but having said that, I have had enough that I now want these beers to have an integrated, well executed use of the cedar. This beer has a touch too much cedar to be balanced; certainly a bit more malt richness would have helped, or better yet, cut back on the cedar. Having said all that though, this is still quite an enjoyable beer; one that I am happy to be drinking, but likely won’t go out of my way to purchase again unless I have heard that the balance of this beer has been tweaked with. This certainly has quite a bit of potential though.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25oz bottle. Way past pumpkin season, but it’s not going to last til next halloween. Popped open into my brooklyn tulip. Pours out a decent red/orange hue, good carbonation. Some spices in the aroma, not overpowering, nutmeg and cinnamon, not as much pumpkin maltiness. Palate is a bit over carbonated overall, but well balanced sweetness from the pumpkin and spices. I could enjoy this one each season if it were made.
deekyn (864) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2012 On tap at beer revolution
A - dark brown high tan head that lasts. Strong lacing. S - aromas of belgian yeast, pumpkin, bubble gum and spice( nutmeg). M - medium body airy feel with high carb. Lingering bitter end. T - oaky and cream taste on the nose, hints of leather, dried red fruit, chocolate, burned malts on the palate. Lingering bitter end. Nutmeg and wood dominate this brew throughout. O - good but very woody and nutmeggy stout. 3.4
robertjm (719) - Albany, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Beer Revolution - Huge frothy head. Had to double pull to get a full glass. Overloaded with spices. Not really catching the pumpkin. Almost bandaidy. A bit too overwhelmingly spiced for me. If this is a milk stout I’m a Super Model!!
Errl (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle thanks to Bu11zeye) Pour is a dark brown with almost no head..Nose is coffee, pumpkin, cedar,spice,candy...Taste is cedar,coffee, corriander,pumpkin, spice..We need more Cedar aged beers, this one was perfect.
BoBoChamp (4724) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2011, with pumpkins, thx to Secret Santa!, complex Stout, malty/roasted and slightly spicy/sweet, not too heavy, balanced, clear, rocky head, good and original brew, yet expensive!
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster. Rating #35. Thick dark black pour with a tan head. Sweet spicy aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg are what I’m getting. Pumpkin and nutmeg come through in the flavor, a little bitterness from the spices. Tasty. (2161)
madmitch76 (12241) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
10th February 2012
Bottle shared with the Kernel crew. Opaque dark brown beer, tidy tan head. Fresh pumpkin nose. Crisp semi dry palate. Pumpkin, almost inevitable over spiced. Too much nutmeg. Minerals. The beer is saved from the morass of Pumpkin beers by the nice touch of cedar, The unsweet wood providing another dimension and relief from the spice. Semi dry crisp finish. Okay, but would not want a whole bottle.