hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of a trade. Pour dark brown with a tan head. Nose is ripe fruit with spices. Pumpkin as well. Medium body. Flavor is complex with pumpkin, allspice, anise, chocolate, and plums. Tasty and enjoyable.
Finhead (1091) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown with a frothy, tan head. The aroma is spicy with pumpkin and nutmeg. It has a medium body with smooth texture and average carbonation. The taste begins bittersweet and slightly roasted, then finishes a little sweeter.
jandd1983 (2050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Part of the sampler pack. It poured an opaque black color with a small light brown head. The aroma was of faint pumpkin, chocolate, butter and subdued spices. It was medium bodied and slightly sweet with mild to moderate roasty bitterness. The taste was of roasted malts and chocolate flavors pushed the pumpkin into the background a bit along with the subdued spices. Very nice.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle via in-person STL trade. Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a big beige head that settles quickly into a film and laces the glass somewhat. Aroma of pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, wheat, toast, and nutty banana bread. The flavor is not quite as spicy as the nose would indicate, but smooth, with vegetal pumpkin, banana, clove, toast, chocolate, nuts, earth, and lighter nutmeg and cinnamon. Light-bodied, with lower carbonation and a smooth, earthy mouthfeel. Really different beer. Unmistakable German wheat character, like a dunkelweizen, but the pumpkin and fall spices add a different dimension.
wxman (1325) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a slightly hazy light brown with a nice tan head. Aroma has pumpkin and malt. Taste is not pumpkin at all, but rather caramel malt and buttered biscuits. Some vegital characteristics are noted after the swallow. This is pretty good stuff, and I don’t like vegetable/fruit beers generally.
gregwilsonstl (922) - Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black. Loads of pumpkin flavor and smell. Tastes kinda burnt at the end. Tasty. Cinnamon.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(tap) black brown with tan head. Aroma of spice and pumpkin. Flavor is spice and hints of pumpkin, roast malt. I’m not much of a pumpkin beer fan, but this was fairly tasty.
thegreenrooster (3056) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a black with a large tan head. Aroma is a nice pumpkin pie spice. Flavor is a decent roasted malt with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Finish has some vanilla and roast with pumpkin pie spice. The pumpkin is not as in your face as some pumpkin beers but this is still tasty with a nice malt profile along with a follow up pumpkin pie spices.
vyvvy (3565) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown with a soapy tan head. The aroma has pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, cream and light cocoa. Very clean for a pumpkin beer & nice balance of flavors. It has a medium / light body with pretty gentle carbonation that is on the sharp side. The flavor begins with a bit of a roasty bitterness, aroma spices (cinnamon and clove), dry crackery presence and a hint of pumpkin. The finish is pepper and clove heavy with some bitterness that may be spice or roast. Pretty decent, but low on the pumpkin (that’s a good thing for me).
Strykzone (4401) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Its always fun to be the first to rate a beer. This was part of a sampler pack and, I understand, is only available in that box. Visually this could pass for a stout being very dark with a tan head. The aroma is complex fruit including plums, sourness, and Fall spices. Pumpkin and Fall spices lead the flavor. It didn’t smell much like pumpkins but they are definitely tasted. Allspice. Mid glass black licorice sneaks in and then a bit of cocoa Somewhere along the way I forgot about this having pumpkin. The fruit remained throughout. It is kind of fun to see some playfulness in Florian’s brewing and this one is just that. This was a fun take on a pumpkin beer and was completely unique.