DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle. Deep amber with orange highlights and a thick light golden head. Aroma is fantastically complex-- rye bread, pumpkin, crushed nettles, verbena, and black pepper. Sweet entry, again suggesting light rye bread, pumpkin, caramel, perfumey spice, with a surprisingly assertive hop bitterness finishing it all off. A really interesting beer that does not get lost in the creative process. It is not only interesting and complex, but is surprisingly drinkable, even sessionable for me. alexsdad06 (10430) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber brown color with a medium sized yellowish off white head. The aroma has pumpkin, but it is mostly hidden by the spices, citrus, grass, herbal and floral notes. Caramel malt adds some sweetness. The flavor has the caramel malt, lightly toasted notes, pumpkin with the usual spices with a strong herbal grassy presence. Medium bodied. phaleslu (10267) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2012
12 oz. bottle from alexsdad06- thanks again, Brad! Pours a hazy, deep brownish amber with a small off-white head that settles into a ring with some filmy swirls. Aroma of ginger, birch, yams, pumpkin, herbs and spices (must be the fenugreek and lemon verbena), and toasted nuts. Flavor of toasted nuts, earth, pumpkin, yams, birch, and the same spices and herbs but to a lesser degree. Light-bodied, with an earthy, toasty, herbal mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Hard to explain. Interesting beer; lot going on and some new ingredients to me. marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a pumpkin aroma. There is a very unusual complex flavor that includes pumpkin, sweet potato, lemon and unidentifiable spice tastes. It’s Thanksgiving dinner in a glass. An odd yet drinkable brew. deanso (10141) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - DEC 3, 2011
on tap at the Pony Bar, New York.
Thin white head. Clear amber pour. Interesting flavour. Hard to describe.
JorisPPattyn (10003) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
Draught Coppery clear amber, no head left. Nutty nose, leaves, earthy, Bock-like. Earthy, clay, autumn leaves, good (bark)spicy bitter finish, partly hops, partly hearbal. Medium bodied, very light slickness. Interesting, very difficult to place for me. Small wonder seen the ingredients. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
355mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a clear light amber with a decent yellowish off-white head. Nose is wildly herbal heavy with big lavender, candied yams, and other spices that seem familiar but I can’t quite place like powerful lemon herbal tea (I see now lemon verbena and fenugreek which I am not familiar with). Good combo though- no complaints but get ready for herbal overload. Taste is surprisingly neutral with a sessionable, light palate. Not expecting something so balanced and calm given Stone and the Bruery having their hands in this. Full attenuation, long bitter lemon finish. Refreshing herbal tea and fresh garden character. I really enjoyed this but I love herbal beers like Stillwater Cellar Door etc. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
My Bottom Line : onceblind (9683) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Perfumy citrus (the lemon verbena, I presume) trumps toasted almonds before moving into peppery birch and caramel sweetness.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam tops the nearly see-through brown gown.
-Light roastiness adds depth.
-The soft carbonation makes the spice mix feel too brash for my tastes. This doesn’t taste like beer much.
-This lemon verbena gets oppressive pretty quickly, if you are not into this type of flavor.
-I really don’t understand how they can make so many spelling mistakes in a beer name with 3 words (one of them being an article, on top of that). This is almost as bad as some t-shirts I saw in Japan which people wear having no idea what is really written on their shirt (like "Chair Army Fun", or "God Bless Meat Loaf")...
Dark dark burnt orange, not quite opaque as you can kinda see some copper/ruby clearness around the bottom edge. Nice creamy rocky head with an aroma of birch wood, some herbal autumnal spice aroma, with just a hint of pumpkins and caramel and rye. Great clean carbonated mouthfeel, with a nice flavor presence on a medium body. Impressively big for a 5%. Flavor started herbal and woody, with some sort of sage-like spice (not in a gross way, but in an autumnal way) and some lemon and birch bark. Very faint tones of sweet potatoes, and all on a light malty background thats toasty and bready and sweet with a touch of either honey or caramel, not sure . What a delightful and unique twist on a fall pumpkin beer. Well done! DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2011
12oz bottle (500th personal rating milestone). $4 from Dutch’s. Very deep amber-red color. Minimal khaki head, dots of lace. Crisp carbonation, texture is more dry. I can distinctly pick up on the roasted yams in the aroma. It isn’t powerful, but I’m thinking that it must take a whole lot of yams to produce this kind of a discernible note, which I appreciate. Roasty-sweet, good and rich. Definitely a premium beer, just not mind-blowing. It’s probably safe to say that this is indeed the best yam-beer I’ve tried, however.