jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle from Wine Warehouse, C’ville. The pour’s deep orange amber with a small off-white head. The nose is quite spicy. Loads of ginger, cinnamon. Cocoa powder. Sweet toffee and vanilla. The taste is rich caramel. Quite flavorful malty flavors that don’t come across as too flabby. More spices. Cinnamon, brown sugar. Pepper. Some toasted nut. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, a really nice pumpkin beer. Nice. Eberndt (235) - - SEP 2, 2013
Great pumpkin beer. Better than pumpking but not as good as schlafy’s. Sweet flavor and aroma. Wife liked it. Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2013
I’ve heard a lot of good buzz about this one from many of my beer friends. Some say it’s even better than Schlafly’s, so... I’m doing a comparison tasting and drinking a Schlafly at the same time. Here goes:
Ap: Pours pretty thick, with a slight bubbly head that quickly withers away to nothing, and a beautiful dark dark orange-red (almost bronze) color. The carbonation is moderate.
Ar: Deep smell of pumpkin. And I mean HUGE! All the standard spices are there (nutmeg, brown sugar, etc.), but the smell of the actually gourd is prominent.
T: Much sweeter than Schlafly and not as much pumpkin "roast" overall. I really love the crispness. The spices are a little more muted than the Schlafly, and the sweetness is a bit more "tart."
P: Really good. Nothing offensive about the sugar content. It feels exactly the way it should for this style.
O: Since I love pumpkin ales and the harvest time of year in general, I’ll drink this again. Definitely in the top 5 pumpkin ales available!
UPDATED REVIEW! The 2011 version is much better than Schlafly’s (the local phenomenon). It’s richer, creamier, and more pumpkin-like.
Honestly, I couldn’t imagine a better pumpkin ale. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle: Amber, thin sudsy white head, little lacing. Cinnamon, slight mulled spiced wine as well on the nose. Has a bit of raisin as well. Strong spices on the tongue, but not sharp or bright. Seems a little muddled, but not bad. Does retain that raisin and mulled spiced wine character tho. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Finishes a little flat, spices are there but not strong or bright. Has a bit of that raisin and mulled spiced wine lingering. A little different, but a nice change. hopscotch (11085) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Clear burnt-amber pour with a tiny, creamy, white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma delivers loads of pumpkin pie spices, vanilla, graham and pumpkin meat. Medium-bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation. The flavor is a melding of sweet pumpkin pie spiciness, vanilla and caramel. Finishes malty and sweet with a hint of crusty bitterness. Kudos to biggsbowler for sharing this bottle of world class beer!
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Drake. Pumpkin malt, nutmeg, and brown sugar aroma. Orange amber with a small ivory head. Slightly sweet roasted pumpkin malt, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg flavor. Medium body. Against the Grain’s Flesh Gourdin still remains my absolute favorite pumpkin beer. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle gifted by Chaney. Thanks Brandon.
The beer appears orange to brown hued. A fine color for an autumn beer. The aroma brings pumpkin right up front, followed by cinnamon, nutmeg, pie, vanilla, malt. The flavor is great, with flavors of pumpkin pie, vanilla, and Fall spices. A bit sweet, but not too. Certainly one of the better pumpkin ales I have had.
Serving type: bottle
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Draft at Hell’s Kitchen, Norfolk, VA. Clear medium orange body, no head. Nose of nutmeg. Sweet, soft body with lots of allspice and nutmeg. Somewhat flat, but well-balanced and the sweetness is short-lived and not syrupy. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Eh ok pumkin ale. Just like everyone else’s. It taste like pie yeah!!! didn’t stand out much twj2000 (8) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2012 does not count
Nice spicy aroma, deep copper color, does indeed taste like pumpkin pie with a hint of carrot cake.