GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at The Happy Gnome. A little odd that they had this one on tap in May, but there you go. Poured a clear medium orange color with a thin off white head. Smelled of graham cracker, nutmeg, and vanilla. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with mild bitterness. Mixed spices carpet bombed my tongue including the likes of allspice, vanilla, nutmeg, and clove. They were accompanied by pumpkin and toffee notes. Not the best pumpkin beer I’ve had, but pretty good.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Happy Gnome. Pours clear light copper with a decent off-white head. Smells like spiced pumpkin pie and roasty malt. Flavor is a little more fruity and floral than spicy. Light and smooth with a lingering cinnamon/nutmeg finish.
JK (4614) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 Brown color. Pumpkin pie spices in the aroma. Nutmeg and cinnamon in the aroma with malt. rerate 10/2009. Well carbonated, but still the same flavors and aromas. score unchanged.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Growler] shared at Skyview’s Lex/Larp Cellars Farewell. Pours an orange amber with a lot of floaties and a small soapy head. Aroma is lots of fresh pumpkin with the nutmeg to back it up. Flavor is primarily pumpkin, with some background cinnamon and nutmeg. This beer had one of the better true pumpkin flavors.
BVery (6971) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
TAP: copper pour, with pumpkin, graham cracker, spice nose and taste. Silky smooth, lots of spice and pumpkin character in the flavor, great beer!!
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler courtesy of Skyview. Copper color with a medium head. Aroma of cloves and alspice. It tastes like it does have some pumpkin in the beer and not just spice, though not nearly as much as Pumpking. Ginger and alspice dominate.
Guerde (1184) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(growler from Skyview at the Farewell to Lex/Larp Cellars event) Pours dark copper with a medium off-white head that leaves a thin film on top. Good spice and pumpkin aroma, so much so that it almost smelled like one of those fake pumpkin pie candles. Spice aromas of nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon as well. The taste is just really great for a pumpkin beer, with a lot of baked pumpkin flavor that then changes to more of a sweet and lightly bitter/spiced finish. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is smooth. I’m normally a little more biased when it comes to pumpkin beers, and this beer really nails it in the flavor department. Well done indeed. Thanks Bob!
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tyranena. Poured medium orange with a moderate cap of off-white head. The aroma was very sweet with graham crackers, caramel, and fruity notes laced with strong nutmeg and pumpkin meat.. so sweet it was almost candied. The flavor was quite sweet again with a candied backing.. pumpkin meat, cloves, and nutmeg all surrounded, laced with abundant alcohol.. just a touch of licorice on the very back. Very sweet as mentioned on the palate and stronger than expected.. too strong and spicy on the back, but still solid overall.
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewery taproom in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a creamy off-white head that has some nice retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with plenty of pumpkin spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, a touch of clove and raisin mincemeat. Taste is medium bodied, very light carbonation with a good balance of caramel and multi-grain malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, raisin and cinnamon. Finish is smooth, creamy with a nice caramel and pumpkin pie filling along with a mild bitterness. One of the best balanced pumpkin beers I have tried.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Heritage, what a deal! Really tried hard to get a growler of this, to no avail. Smells of rich pumpkin and spices. Lots of pumpkin flavor in there, along with nutmeg, cinammin, but not overpowering. So drinkable, unlike ST Pumking, which is awesome, but gets to be a bit much towards the end of a bomber. Just awesome stuff. They really need to make this a BGW brew