Ernest (7512) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, roasted grain), with a note of vanilla, hint of clove.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Fairly disappointing, but not in the way I imagined. I saw this massive list of spices they used, and expected them to be overwhelming. Quite the reverse...they hardly reveal themselves in the nose at all (even after warming). Hint of clove, maybe? Zero pumpkin. It really just smells like cheap cocoa powder, vanilla, and some roasted grain, but not much else. Ok flavor balance, certainly not as syrupy-sweet as most of this brewery’s products. It’s much more a Porter/Stout stylistically than a spice/herb/veg, at least from this sampling IMHO...someone looking for big pumpkin pie spices is going to be disappointed. And while I was actually hoping it *would* be toned down in that regard, the degree to which they’re toned down is nearly to the point of nonexistence.
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Interesting and delicious, I had a full glass and I found it less sweet and more beefy / full-bodied than the other BRU beers on tap at the time. Roast-heavy aroma with smaller hints of charred wood and inky black patent. Plenty of cocoa / chocolate / coffee notes with more cara malt chewiness in the background, especially noticeable in the finish. Still, the malt is beefy and the carbonation frothy giving it the bounce of cake. Thankfully not overly sweet, and the pumpkin doesn’t show up at all for me, not even a hint. Astringent and tannic finish of burnt and lightly-smoked malt. This is the one BRU beer during this visit that seemed to work.
adnielsen (10580) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ BRU. Pours a hazy reddish brown appearance with a dark brown head. Coffee, dark grape, chocolate, twangy aroma. Weirdly fruity, brown sugar, dark chocolate, cocoa flavor. Strange
brokensail (16328) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ BRU. Black pour with an off-white head. Roasted malt, coffee, rice, licorice, and a touch of water on the nose. Kind of a sour dark fruit aroma. Weird. Flavor is roasted malt, cocoa powder, and coffee. Sour dark fruit, light ash, licorice, and plums. Really weird.