tkingsbury2 (31) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Yikes! Gave this Stone combo a shot since most of these are quite nice. This one came up short, it was like a bitter flower exploded in my mouth. Won’t get a second one of these. BigDaveE59 (30) - - MAR 29, 2012
Never tried a collaberation beer before, this was all stone brewery. Not much change, really couldn’t tel it was a pumpkin beer. Quite disappointed as far as my expectations go, but I like stone brewery products, so, this beer gets ok ratings from me. 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. Tree777 (16) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Meant to buy the The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone More Brown than Black IPA but bought this one instead but was not disappointed at all. Nice pumpkin spiced beer. TheBishopco (15) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2011
I do not like pumpkin ales, so take this review with a grain of salt.
Received in trade from P1Meatloaf. This beer seemed like the perfect beer to have with my Thanksgiving dinner. Smells and tastes strongly of lemon verbena, almost overpowering. The other flavors mix and fade in the background and the traditional pumpkin spice and flavors are hardly there. I expected more from these three breweries working together. Overall, not horrible, but certainly not good either.
beerelephant (12) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Definitely not the best Stone Collaboration but I wouldn’t ask for my money back and am happy to have tried it. Appearance is exceptional - deep mohagony red with a light cream head. Interesting aroma - primarily pulling yams, smoked meats and brown sugar. Also getting a bit of clove and traces of pumpkin. Taste is where this one falls a little short - smoked wood bitterness initially overwhelms the palate, but I do get a good amount of biscuity malt and yams, some pumpkin, and a bit of allspice and brown sugar. The burp effect is actually quite nice. Overall, a solid cold weather, campfire beer. Wray043 (11) - Lincoln, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Shared whith beerboxer,Not my favorite, off white head,dark brown color, yam smell ashvillain (9) - Ashville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2012 does not count
Very complex aroma comming out of the bottle. I initially caught wisps of lemon then somthing more mysterious, eventually I could smell the birch. Pours a big creamy tan head out of the bottle. Looks like dark cola in the glass but turns a brilliant ruby color when held up to the light. Out of the glass I again can smell the citrus. I then pick up somthing like marshmellows and more mystery. The first taste is slighty bitter with a bit of roast. Possible some of the toasted fenugreek and some birch comming through. Very interesting beer. I’m glad I tried it but I probably wouldn’t buy it again. I scored it high for originality