J_man (897) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definite wood and vanilla notes in the aroma along with subtle spices. Crystal clear amber orange with a voluminous light tan head. Rich caramel flavor and sweetness followed by a nice alcohol bite and then vegetal pumpkin flavor with spices. The oak aging really kicks in in the aftertaste along with a bourbon-like flavor (not sure if it’s actually bourbon or the toasted oak with all the alcohol floating around here). Finishes fairly hot with lasting toasted wood and vanilla/caramel tastes. Really nice Imperial pumpkin ale.
joet (2508) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a whole lot of boozy barrel which is great, not real spicy which is also good. A dark orange lots of effervescence, lightly creamy feel, sustained head. good head retention. medium-full to very full aroma. real balance of maillard, nutmeg, vanilla, booze, fresh pumpkin. a bit hot on the end but otherwise very solid and expertly done.
WanderinCelt87 (196) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a lovely deep amber brown with a beige head. Has a lovely aroma of malt spice and a hint of caramel from the oak. Tastes a little sweet with the pumpkin and spice but then I get a full malt taste that is almost overpowering. Goes down easy but leaves me with the sweet malt taste.
Lukaduke (2923) - Gray, Maine, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep amber color with a three finger fizzy eggshell foam. The nose has a trace of melted plastic, sweet malts, vanilla and a touch of pumpkin. The palate hides the off notes in the nose a bit more... but its still detectable in trace amounts. The beer otherwise is well balanced and a nice blend of boozy bourbon flavors of vanilla, creme brulee, brown sugar and pumpkin. Traces of fig and dates round out the palate and there is some bitterness and a touch of metallic flavor on the finish.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Paramus, just a bit over a year old. Drinking to celebrate Halloween, as 2 in the morning is about the last chance I’m going to have today. Pours a dark, murky orange-brown color with a medium sized fizzy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of chocolate, wood, whiskey, pumpkin. The taste is bourbon, wood, green apple, pumpkin, toasted malts, mild spice. Almost reminiscent of a mulled cider in some respects. Medium bodied, low carbonation, a mild bit of tartness, medium bodied.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at Kryptonite. From notes. Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. vanilla and oak with a hint of bourbon. Boozy, but less than expected. Very very good.
jkwood04 (5210) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours brown/copper with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of light oak, some pumpkin, lightly roasted malts, a little chocolate and spices, some vanilla, and light bitterness. Flavor the same with a good blend of it all. Average to smooth texture. A pretty good pumpkin beer.
merc7186 (2857) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Vanilla, Pumpkin, Mild Oakey
Appearance: Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Some Lacing
Taste: Vanilla, Pumpkin, Mild Allspice, Mildly Oakey
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Spicy
alexsdad06 (8430) - Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared with the wife. Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet pumpkin with a nice balance of spices, oak, very subtle bourbon notes, vanilla, mildly toasted malts and caramel. Too drinkable for the abv. Solid drinking pumpkin beer.
b3shine (7860) - Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a mostly transparent deep amberish brown with fluffy light beige head. Smells of pumpkin and spices with a fairly sweet backbone; much like pumpkin pie. Tastes like it smells with an oak presence as well. Pleasant on the palate. A good pumkin beer that is dangerously drinkable!