pdx77 (1477) - Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a corked and caged bottle. One of my all-time favorite pumpkin beers, and I really enjoy pumpkin beers. The addition of oak aging really brings out the pumpkin pie flavors.
PorterPounder (6143) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 750 ml cage-corked bottle. Slightly murky dark copper, light filmy off-white head, brief lacing. Aroma has some pumpkin spice notes, some like date-like fruitiness, Flavor is full-bodied with some solid spiciness reminiscent of pumpkin pie, nutmeg, some ripening vegetables, a touch of dates and raisins in the finish. Mouthfeel has a nice, thick smoothness to it. Slight booziness in the finish, but overall pretty solid,
rayaron (638) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy brown with small brownish head. Very sweet aroma, spicy with notes of pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, toffee and tart. Very sweet and spicy flavor, notes of clove and toffee, some maltiness, notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, plum and bourbon. Moderate carbonation, medium to full-bodied.
DSG (8346) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Nice deep reddish amber-brown with a beige head. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt, caramel and some cookie. Sweet flavor with caramel, a bit of cookie, pumpkin, spices, and a light vanilla hint. Rounded mouthfeel. Decent.
Stuu666 (6180) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours deep amber, nose is pumpkin, vanilla, cloves, caramel, taste is similar, fruity.
nuplastikk (5033) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle to the dome c/o Elise. Wow, the spices still dominate...would’ve thought the barrel would come through more. A monster of a pumpkin beer sure, but not seeing how that is desirable. Kind of gimmicky, not one I’d seek out again. There is some vegetal pumpkin that is nice to see in the style. Its a beast, but that’s about it.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper pour with a light brown head. Aroma is pumpkin, spices, oak. Taste is oak that mellows out the pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin pie in a liquid form. Oaky and dry. Alcohol is well hidden. Great lacing. Little sweet, and thick. IMHO, the best pumpkin beer I tasted this 2014 season.
JMurph72 (22) - - FEB 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: oaky, nutmeg, vanilla, and other spices. Lots of pumpkin and spices while drinking.
Appearance: deep clear amber with a thick white/tan head
Taste: initial sweetness with a light bitter, medium sweetness finish.
Mouthfeel: sticky, light to medium bodied.
charule (1556) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from recent BA trade. Poured clear amber with thick white head. Aroma of oak pumpkin spice sweet vanilla. Light carb med bod. Tastes similar to aroma with more wood
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours clear and burnt-orange with copper highlights and a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. The aroma offers pumpkin, then vanilla, then spices, and then caramel - in order of big to subtle. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor is a holiday swirl of pumpkin, sweet vanilla, caramel and a healthy quantity of tannic bitterness. Bittersweet long-lasting finish. Very nice!
chinchill (2905) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large 2014 bottle.
Pours red-brown with a fine head that leaves ample sticky lacing.
Flavor matches Uinta’s description, with vanilla, oak and bourbon from the barrel aging, medium and dark malts, and pumpkin and pumpkin spices.
Weaknesses are a less than optimal blend of flavors and overly obvious high ABV. The aroma is not plaqued by these issues and, consequently, is better than the flavor.