jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with foamy tan head. Aroma is wood and other grasses, some spice, lemon, some sweetness. A bit dry, the presence of pumpkins and/or yams is completely absent, but this still a decent drink. Finishes with an earthy, woody, herbal-like taste that is very reminiscent of Stone’s recent green tea IPA collab. tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Pretty big disappointment. Bummer. Open this one up and the nose was already disappointing, in a strange way. The nose on this was fantastic, but completely devoid of any yam or pumpkin. Absolutely zero. However, the herbs and birch bark were readily apparent. This beer reminded me of when my mother took me antique shopping in small, old houses and buildings with really old wood and potpourri in Brunswick, Maryland. Nice wood and herb smells. The Fenugreek and verbena are stars here. The flavor is super disappointing, as it follows much of the same order. No discernable pumpkin or yam flavors, and your palate is bombarded with toasted and dried herbs, grass, and lots, and lots, and lots of tree bark. Naturally, this leaves the beer extremely bitter. The finish is harsh with bitterness, and the pumpkins and yams never show up to the party. You expect a beer like this to be sweeter - at the very least sweeter than this - and you expect seasonal brews like this to have nice fruit/vegetal flavors. This one absolutely fails to deliver. On top of that, the palate was slightly thin and unexciting. 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.
sethbreaker (180) - New York, Greater London, USA - APR 18, 2012
From the bottle. Aroma of roasted malt, toasty notes with some herbal sweetness. Mouth feel is fairly heavy for the abv. I get the pumpkin followed by a lemon citrus taste, root vegetable and caramel. Takes a while to pick out the individual flavours. Intriguing beer. rbfishstick (176) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Enjoyed via a bottle from Otto’s in Shorewood, WI. Pours a dark sable brown with a thin tan head. My first impressions on the smell was Deep Woods Off (bug spray) but upon further investigation, it was more the woody/barrel smells and dark fruit. The taste is still, but has a carbonated flavor. Not as thick on the palette as I expected and very bitter/hoppy with a sour fruit note in the background. The finish is of bitter hops with some dryness.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Dark and clear brown. 1-finger off-white head. Smells like a great kitchen on Thanksgiving day, minus the turkey. Flavor includes strong smokey and roasted notes, similar to a porter. Then you taste the lemony spice. This brew has vegetables and herbs, making it a real meal in a glass, yet the flavors remain balanced and restrained, leading to an end result that succeeds as a hearty winter beer and not just a novelty. yackery (168) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 12 oz bottle from Bristol Farms but widely available on draught in the SoCal. Aroma is woody, nuts, herbs, and clove. There’s a pine bite, but this is moonlight in the pines! The pine bites ever more as it warms and starts to overwhelm. But the aromatic experience is uniquely and well crafted.
The fenugreek (licorice), yams and sugars are burnt in giving a baked, spiced yam holiday quality about this beer.
Appearance is dark brown but quite translucent under a lively head and very fast lacing.
Taste is mildly salty / sweet, and umami and carrying the comistible aroma well.
Palate is quite lively at the very front but quite mild in the back with an enjoyable swallow.
This is the best unique piney beer absent the coffee/chocolatey subleties that I have enjoyed in a long time - a chewable beer. VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Very good. Color deep dark red-ish copper with a thin white head. Smells veg/pumpkin spice. Tastes smooth and slightly crisp on the palate. Definite pumpkin/fall beer flavors...but without using the usual ingredients to achieve this.