matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to friend and RateBeerian; willblake for this festive bomber of brew!
My 2005 Halloween Treat
Pours a dark chestnut body and a tall and resultant tan head. The body must have an admirable viscosity, as there is a impressive fine bubbly lacing draping the inner glass. The nose is distinctly full of spice. Not even suggestions… Lets call it a blasting; a blasting of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, chamomile, cardamom, light hints of vanilla sticks and hazelnut…. every bold spice in the cupboard has can be found here! The base seems to be a mild brown ale or a nutty amber… regardless, it blends very well with all the spice! A small taste of vegetable in the finish… butternut squash… but most likely sugar pumpkin. A real treat! The palate is sticky sweet….. a great feast brew!
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle - Pours copper with a nice offwhite head that stays well and laces down the glass. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and a bit of vanilla. Flavor is big pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and other spices. Some vanilla comes in on the back of each sip as well as big caramel flavor. Buttery smooth mouthfeel witha nice full malt profile behind the pumpkin. This is the best pumpkin brew I’ve ever had and I’d like to make this one a tradition on Halloween going forward.. Nice!
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - OCT 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big nutmeg, cinnamon nose with of course pumpkin. Dark mahagony color and fizzy head that turns low and tight. Apple cider taste, barley malt, cinnamon and spices. Oily mouth feel, full body, big pumpkin taste. This has a fun side and serious side. Very enjoyable and full of character.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber/golden color. Small head. little retention. Aroma is of spicy pumpkin, some cloves and maybe cinnamon. "Hot" spicy flavor with hints of vanilla toward the end of bottle. Not real malty, maybe a bit too much contrast in spiciness to malt pumpkin flavor. Good seasonal.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2005 Thanks to ricklikebeer for this one. Pours a deep amber color with a slight tan head. This almost smells like pumpkin pie, with alot of spices and maybe just a bit of alcohol. Taste is much the same with some sweetness in there, but no alcohol taste to mention. This gets a 5 for palate because its almost creamy, and leaves a nice coating on my tongue. Plus, the pumpkin spice flavor pleasently lingers around. Thanks for another great beer Rich!
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Starts off with that typical aroma, maybe not as sweet, and then some smokeyness - that’s interesting... Dark amber color, medium head, some lacing. Taste is nice - spices (esp. nutmeg), caramallized sugars, pumpkin, light hops at the end. It wasn’t overly sweet, so I didn’t hate it.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Hopdog. Pours a medium amber color with a fizzy white head. Nose is alot of cinnamon, some pumpkin spice and some malt, nutmeg. Taste is slightly pumpkiny, but more so nutty. hints of nutmeg and spices ensue, a nice bitterness in the finish, but leaves the mouth dirty.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Viscous pour and magnifying bold copper in color, filtered to all hell as only Weyerbacher can do. Sudsy, thin head and briefly cascading lace. Pumpkin pie is unsurprising in the aroma, pulling on nutmeg and whipped cream to accentuate its character. Other wafts lead to impressions of faint pepper and cloves, squeezable plastic toys and brown sugared pralines. Hits the lips and just as I’m about to crucify it, the finish surprisingly gifts a happy trait in line with warm pumpkin-esque eggnog. Sip numbers two and thereafter bring out a bleeding orange citric acidity, along with artificial nutmeg and carrot cake to serve as spicing. Biting at first on the palate and then sweet at the swallow. Moody balance, finishing with a stale lemon juice sting that’s partially blanketed by a cafe pumpkin steamer. I’ve got Decadence in the cellar, but after that, I’m calling it quits on Weyerbacher. Thanks for the bomber, Thaichile.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
light copper clear color, lots of fizz. dense foamy light tan head. strong malty pumpkin, nutmeg, cardomom aroma. a little yeasty too! body is light to medium, very fizzy. malty pumpkin flavor that’s a little boozy for a pumpkin ale, which is great! feels so much lighter than 8% though. clove and a little cinnamon in there too. finish is a spicy caramel malt. This beer lives up to the description and then some. all other pumpkins should fear and follow this one. hands down my favorite pumpkin beer and one of my favorite labels as well (yes some cheesy illustrator graphics can be cool). Weyerbacher has really come around with this one!
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange color with a thin head. Very strong clove aroma with a little cardamom and pumpkin. What I definitely noticed about this beer as compared to other pumpkin ales is the outstanding presense of pumpkin. That may sound odd, but most pumpkin ales just have a lot of the mulling spices without the pumpkin. This has a nice, dry pumpkin hit with more cloves and some nutmeg flavor. Alcohol is hidden well, though it sneaks up on you fast. Outstandinly tasty brew.