BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a deep reddish-brown color with a moderate, bubbly off-white head that faded to a bubbly layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, pumpkin, light dark fruit (raisin), along with some light bourbon. Smooth, sweet entry with some brown sugar and a moderate spiciness (nutmeg and cinnamon are most prominent) paired with pumpkin flesh and a light dark fruitiness (raisin, fig) peaking through in the background that linger into the moderately dry finish where the oak makes its presence. Crisp, tight carbonation paired with a medium texture, the dryness on the finish does a good job of offsetting the sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good pumpkin beer that manages to balance sweetness relatively well, unlike some others I’ve tried. Pumpkin beers aren’t my favorite, but this one’s pretty solid.
benpickens (478) - Camarillo, California, USA - JUL 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with frothy white head; pumpkin pie and vanilla aromas from the oak; spicy rich palate with alcohol burn in the finish. Nice.
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark golden amber with fluffy head. Aromas of dark fruits, spice, and cinnamon. Flavors of pumpkin, caramel, all spice, nutmeg.
ordybill (1301) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 Oz corked bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark copper color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is a fantastic blend of fruit, spices and malt. The taste is a very nice mix of fruit, spice, hops and oak. A really good pumpkin ale.
pagvan229 (14) - panama city beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great aroma fall spices. Poured amber with little head. You can taste all the fall species ( cinn, allspice, pumpkin,and bourbon in the back palate)
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter.
4.25 A: Clear deep amber color. Two fingers of beige creamy/frothy head. Retention is good for a beer this big and plenty of lacing is left.
4.25 S: Lots of pumpkin spices - cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, clove, ginger. Pumpkin meshes well with an intense caramel maltiness. Touch of toastiness. Oak adds another layer of complexity with just a hint of vanilla.
4.0 T: Perfectly sweet - in the moderate range. Caramel, oak, and cinnamon are the strongest flavors. The other spices mentioned above aren’t far behind. Vanilla, toastiness, and a hint of brown sugar.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light to moderately creamy. Smooth with a light tannic finish.
4.0 D: Really good beer. Love pumpkin beers.
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hman43 (1072) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a ruby red color with a slightly off white full head. There is pronounced lacing as the head retreats. There are aromas of pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices, hints of oak, and alcohol. The flavors present are pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, spices, oak, and toast. It is moderately bodied, but fairly smooth. There is pronounced alcohol warming, but it is not over bearing or hot.
ZacM612 (522) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by BelgianBeerGal. Deep orangish brown with light beige head. Aroma is spicy and sweet. Malty with a spicy finish.
BelgianBeerGal (3722) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Florida bottle enjoyed in TX. Pours a clear bronze color with a small khaki head. The aroma is vegtal pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg like a speculaas. Very mellow and malty flavor that finishes spicy. Great fall beer.
DocJitsu (1588) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy dark bourbon color with an ample, long-lasting beige head. Pumpkin pie nose with some underlying fruitiness. Healthy mouthfeel, which lends itself to the largeness of the flavor. Drinks like a Barleywine with a sliver of pumpkin pie dunked in it.
JStax (4996) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle thanks to drsilverworm. The beer is a clear brown color with a beige head of foam. The aroma bas strong oak character with more rounded spice notes. The taste has strong wood character, just like the aroma. Earthy bitterness in the back end. Big body and lower carbonation.