Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle thanks to Jstax. Pours a medium to dark brown color with a big frothy head that settles but sticks around... Aromas are very rustic. autumn leaves, warm spice, brown sugar. squash. On the palate the mouthfeel is dead on. Nice rich bubbles bring the forward sweet malts to the front as a nutty spice moves in mid palate. As the flavors meld and morph you get a kola nut, creamy late palate that finishes with a nice rich finish. cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Frankly, the ingredient list doesn’t sound all that enticing, but I love The Bruery and Stone. Bottle is over a year old. Lets have a look. Nice dark brown pour with amber hues. Good sized head that holds. Complex aroma. Lemon verbena, earth, chocolate, pumpkin and some other spicy notes and birch I suppose. Flavor is pumpkin and toastiness. A little sweet. Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky texture, finishes a bit flat with earthy veg and light bitterness. I’d say this has held up well. However, it’s only the third best Spice/Herb/Veg brew I’ve tried today. HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle: pours a clear light brown with a small tan head. The aroma light on the pumpkin with notes of the yam. I can detect some fennel. The taste watery with a little lemon on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium. Overall this beer isn’t one of my favorites.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pours a deep, rich color - like melted butter and brown sugar. Two fingers of creamy foam with persistent lacing.
You can smell the hops, which almost covers the fresh pumpkin. Toasted herbs are also present - kind of like a dry grass smell with a bit of sweet smoke to it. There’s also a sugary aroma that I can’t put my finger on. Might be the yams? Okay, sick of smelling it, only because it is making my mouth water.
Not feeling the taste, though. It’s not as interesting as it’s smell would lead you to believe. Bitterness up front, but doesn’t finish as dry as I expected. The pumpkin is tough to pick out of the complex combination here. There’s a bit of sweetness and a bit of toasted vegetable flavor that I noticed in the nose, but nothing really jumps out. It’s complex but not really that remarkable. The aftertaste is slightly metallic and there’s a bit of resin to it.
The carbonation is nice and smooth. The mouthfeel is good, overall. Nothing to write home about.
Overall, different, but not different enough (in my opinion). I expected something really off-the-wall from this collaborative beer. Maybe not crazy, but something memorable at least. trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Pours a reddish brown color with a thich light tan that leaves decent lacing. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, yams and pumpkin. Tastes of all the same ingredients I mentioned above in the smell with slight lemon and a good hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with great carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall this was a great collaboration beer. I?m surprised how good it still tastes a little over a year after it was bottled given the low abv.
mithrilbalrog (24) - Ithaca, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Toasty caramel malt aroma with light (barely-noticeable) cooked pumpkin-yam scent, a hint of soy and maybe some fig. Pours brown with minimal haze and minimal head. Taste is sweet-umami with some bitterness and a light sourness. Similar to a good brown ale with added complexity. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture and soft carbonation. A good beer, but not as weird as I expected. Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Poured into a standard pint glass.
Bottled in September 2011, this beer probably should have been enjoyed sooner. I was able to find it again and couldn’t resist giving it a shot.
Pours dark, clear amber pour with a finger of head. Head dissipated relatively quickly leaving a thin layer that hung around. Moderate to minimal lacing. The smell is earthy, malty, slightly spicy smell. The flavor is dominated by hops and spice up front. The pumpkin and yam flavors are not very apparent to me, however there is a bit of a sweetness in the middle. Moderate body and carbonation. I can’t help but wonder what this beer would have been like fresh off the line. Clean finish and overall pleasant feel. I really enjoyed this beer. It was unique, flavorful and drinkable. HonusWagner (2191) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
This just struck me as being strange for the sake of being strange. It was mostly just a boring brown ale with some weird, slightly interesting spice and fruit elements. But I don’t really know what the hell toasted fenugreek is doing here, and neither the pumpkins nor the yams come through all that clearly. BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2012
This beer has a deep amber color with a light head. It has a spicy but almost fruity taste and goes down smooth.
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Interest spice character is up front. Well rounded medium mouthfeel and complex finish.