ddemmingjr (798) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours clear mahogany, thick cream 2 finger head with great retention throughout tasting. N- lemon zest, citrus, cola, pumpkin, subtle wood notes.quite interesting. T- herbal, burnt bitterness, very earthy, zero sweetness. quite dry and short finish. definitely not your typical pumpkin ale as it’s more of a vegetable concoction. wish I liked it more as it’s not something I’d drink a ton of.
after4ever (7654) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz. Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head that disappears immediately. Loose stringy lace. Big dark peppery spicy nose, more ashed out and toasty than the usual pumpkin pie spice bombs you get with so many pumpkin beers. Probably a little too darkened out and ashy, really. Creamy medium body with restrained carb. Toasty gingerbread and pumpkin pie spice on the mid palate, but leaning more toward an unusual blend you would put in your pepper grinder than to something that seems like a holiday dessert pie--more savory than sweet by far. Long peppery ashy finish. All the toasted spices and bark and whatnot make this kinda seem like a brown ale with black patent malt--and too much of it--in the grist.
radagast83 (7515) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a relatively clear light copper color with a thick frothy off-white head. Aroma is yams, pumpkin with mild spices, but not too much. Flavor is about the same - the yams and pumpkin come out, but there’s not a whole lot of "pumpkin pie" flavor to this one - it’s okay, but nothing too spectacular.
Ratman197 (13666) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of lemon, carmel, yams and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of lemon, toffee, light yam and light spice with a crisp lingering lemon finish.
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2015 Smells like caramel, lemon, woody. Deep clear red in color. Tastes amazing. Medium body with rich malts, spices, slight bitterness. I was leery of it at first but, I LOVE THIS BEER! YUM.
crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fairly dark, but transparent, brown with very little, light-tan head. Aroma of malt, yam, pumpkin flesh, and an earthy spiciness. Flavor is pumpkin and yam with, much like the nose, an earthy spiciness. Mildly bitter finish. Despite the full flavor, quite refreshing. This is an excellent pumpkin beer for those who enjoy pumpkin flavor, but quickly tire of overused pumpkin pie spices.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Blend of copper and ruby, deep in color, moderate frothy beige head, little lacing.   Is that toasted fenugreek I smell?!   Lets just say this has some unusual spices on the nose.   I smell the yams, and pumpkin, but the rest is very new.   Its like a dull earthy cinnamon.   Not as spicy on the tongue as suggested by the nose.   Getting perhaps that birch bark on the tongue.   It has a slight earthy/tree aspect that seems akin to bark.   Not your sweet cinnamon/nutmeg type of Pumpkin beer.   More earthy and... shall I say "alternatively" spiced example.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Mild sweet earthiness and yams on the exit.   Interesting... and not what I expected.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange brown with a 1/2 finger creamy darker beige head, pretty good retention. Floral and herbal nose, some woody (birch, I imagine) and lightly pumpkin notes follow with a bit of toasted and roasted malts. The flavor has some lemongrassy notes (apparently the verbena) The finish has earthy bitterness (peaked at a 4) along with some nutmeggy and woody tones, dry. Medium body with low carbonation. It was probably like $5/bottle, and that is about 2x what I’d have rather paid for as good as it was. Not poorly made, just didn’t wow me.
markwise (5241) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to the kind soul that opened this at the last Tampa crew tasting. Pours a dark caramel color with an off-tan head. Nose is pumpkin, lemon, sage, roasted pumpkin seeds, and some citrus with cocoa. Flavor is equally complex with the dominant flavors coming out at various times. The pumpkin and yams seem to be present throughout with the sage, lemon, cocoa, and citrus popping up at random intervals. Interesting, medium to full-bodied beer with lingering pumpkin, yam, lemon, and sage in the finish.
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very herbal, almost medicinal. Some gourd and spice also, faint citrus on finish. Okay.