Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark auburn color, slightly hazy, crowned by a small, tight head of khaki colored foam. The head settles quickly to a thin rim, leaving nearly no lacing behind. Predictably, the nose is heavily spiced and loaded with pumpkin. Notes of clove, cardamom, nutmeg, and celery salt lending a winter time feel to the underlying, rich caramel malt. The pumpkin note is fairly fresh and authentic. The flavor is laden with spices, celery salt asserting itself far too much for my taste, teaming with the peppery nutmeg to dominate the toasted pumpkin. Accordingly, the long and spicy aftertaste isnít too pleasant. The palate is substantial and creamy, initially balanced, but finishing on the overly sweet, sticky side. Though I can see how fans of the style would fall in love with this, it represents alot of what I donít enjoy about pumpkin beers (mainly aggressive spicing). This oneís not for me.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of an extra from TheEpeeist. Chris.. you truly are awesome. Pours a copper reddish dark brown, fairly hazy, a moderate tannish head that stays at a decent level, laces satisfactorily. Aromas are pumkin puree, vanilla, a touch of cinnamon, caramel and nutmeg come on a bit stronger, but I really do get the pumpkin behind all the spices in this one a bit more. Spices stand up fairly potent, as smoother sweet malts of caramel, toffee, vanilla fill in behind. Initial is medium bodied, preaching cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, and caramel, as the actual pumpkin does fall a bit behind. Creamy sweetness mixed with potent spices, a smooth caramel, vanilla, and pie crust, with pumpkin and spice. Very light bitterness on the back of the palate, lingering spice and sweetness. Overall, a pretty good pumpkin brew in my opinion.. very quaffable and very pie-like. Probably couldnít drink more than 1, 2 tops, of these.. but they are tasty.
hershiser2 (1146) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours a clear brown-amber with an inch of head. Aroma of pumpkin spice, caramel, cinnamon, ginger, and crust. Flavor of gingerbread, pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon, and pie crust. A bit on the sweet side - a tad too sweet for me.
Butters (3576) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark amber with fair light tan head. Nose is caramel and light cinnamen. Flavor is better than most. Cinnamen, pumpkin, and gingerbread. Lots of gingerbread. Great spiced brew.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Clear brown with a white haze. Nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is honey, graham crackers, pumpkin, clove and bubblegum. Smooth bitter finish. Good flavor saturation as compared to most other pumpkin brews iíve tried. Sweet and tasty.
Guerde (1112) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle from ksurkin) Pours a clear dark amber with no head. The aroma has a bunch of baked pumpkin, plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of pie crust as well. The cinnamon is quite strong in this pumpkin ale, which sets it apart from other pumpkin ales Iíve had lately. Another aroma that sets this apart from other pumpkin ales is a bit of hay, which was quite a surprise. The flavor has a little baked pumpkin and sweet caramel, that switches to a nice spice finish, with the cinnamon carrying on long after sipping. Mouthfeel is medium to full, and carbonation is smooth. This is a better than average pumpkin ale, but my only complaint would be that there isnít enough of the rich baked pumpkin in the flavor. Thanks Ken!
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle, with thanks to ksurkin for the nice bonus. Pours a clear dark orange with a moderate off-white head that settles to a thin ring. Aroma is a nice pumpkin pie spice, with nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. Flavor is more pumpkin pie, nutmeg, spices and a little brown sugar sweetness. A little reminiscent of a nice apple butter in some ways. Iím not really a big fan of pumpkin beers but this is a good one, thanks again Ken!
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Minimal off-white head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, nutmeg, bubblegum, some cinnamon, clove. Taste is moderately sweet, bubblegum, nutmeg, cinnamon, some caramel, light clove. Medium body, some stickiness, minimal carbonation.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle courtesy of dkachur. Pours clear dark amber with a 2 finger thick beige head. The nose is pumpkin, spice and malt. The taste is nutmeg, cinnamon, candied fruit and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is great Ė thick and creamy. Nice Pumpkin Beer. Not as good as Southern Tier Pumking, but itís up there and the mouthfeel is better. Thanks for sending this my way Dan!
zathrus13 (1661) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to ksurkin. Pours copper, with an off white head. Aroma is like pumpkin pie...pumpkin and spices. Also has some caramel. Flavor is like a liquid pumpkin pie. Rich and tasty, but not too heavy as to be overwhelming. The best pumpkin brew Iíve tasted. Beautiful stuff. Need more....