nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours a deep transparent copper color...yellowish-light tan head. The aroma holds a decent amount of clove, nutmeg, pumpkin, and cinamon. The flavor is neat, the usual pumkin ale attributes stay intact...baked pumkin flesh...cloves and nutmeg with the cinamon actually adding some real heat...almost kinda like red hots. The body feels a bit thin, but most of these pumpkin offerings do...I always hope for a larger malt profile...perhaps some age on this would do it some good in that department. Though I do find it kind of odd that this one isnít very sweet...which is a characteristic I usually find present in most Weyerbacher brews. Nevertheless, it is a pretty well put together brews ...none of the spices are overbearing and the pumpkin adds a nice bitter/sour dry finish. The whole experience is pretty warming...the spices are inviting...and the dryness seems to make it feel a bit more sophisticated, while its balance seems to pull it all together.
gmstein (5) - Cheshire, Connecticut, USA - AUG 31, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great flavor and aroma. Nice use of pumpkin and spices. However, i feel that it should have a little more body to be imperial.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, HUGE cinnamon aroma and flavor. Spices are really in your face, with only a hint of pumpkin aftertaste. Very slight hop bite in there as well. Iíd like to sip more of this on Halloween or maybe after Thanksgiving dinner. Very good.
ghostmonkey (204) - budd lake, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle . . poured DARK amber color with no head . . aroma at first is STRONG spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), very much like actual pumpkin pie . . very abundant cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin flavors with no real strong after taste . . nice fall beer to keep you warm . . alcohol is covered up very well . . nice finish but VERY spiced . .
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours the color of pumpkin pie
smells liek pumpkin pie but spicier
taste like cinnamon nutmeg and booze
wow big deal
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz shared with Dan. Aroma is very strong, mostly of nutmeg, also get some cinnamon, pumpkin, perhaps brown sugar? Taste is pumpkin, nutmeg, tastes like a pumpkin pie with a clean finish. A bit over the top but a pretty decent offering overall.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2006
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear amber medium ligth tan head. The aroma is 100% spices. Smells a lot like juicy fruit chewing gum. The flavor is terrible, watery pumpkin spices. Its like taking a can of pumpkin pie mix and adding 10 gallons of water. Yeeecchhh. Not for me.
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of nutmeg, pumpkin, cloves, with some malt; orange body with a small beige head, flavor of pumpkin, nutmeg, wiyh some malt, and a little hops in the finish. Alcohol well covered.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 Pumpkin, sweet spices in the palate: cinnamon and cloves predominating. Light sweet malt, with a light alcohol flavor as well. The finish was light. This is the first Pumpkin beer Iím rating, so Iím probably just going hard on it.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with hopdog, thanks Steve!) Unfortunately, the best part of this pumpkin beer is the wonderfully amusing label. Now granted, Iím not much of a fan of pumpkin beers, but Iíve had some fantastic examples of just how tasty a pumpkin beer can be (see: Elysian Night Owl). This just doesnít match up. The spices are plenty strong initially and the sweet malts seems to provide a pleasant base. But things quickly go awry when an unwelcome perfuminess and a moderate bitterness set in, clashing with the spices, and then the malts become bready in the finish. Starts well, but the subsequent aftertaste is not pleasant to me at all. The usual pumpkin pie spices are present in the nose , but it just doesnít speak quality to me. The body is medium, perhaps medium-full, with standard carbonation and a mild astringency in the finish. Medium-dark amber and somewhat hazy in appearance. The pour yields nearly an inch of beige head, but it fizzes like soda, dissipating to a thin ring very quickly. No lacing, obviously. I was hoping this would be a really nice pumpkin beer, but itís merely mediocre for this style of beer.