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. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Cloudy brownish pour, creamy head. Loads of spices in the nose, roasted pumpkin, candi sugar, syrup and some gingery notes. Sweet flavor, spicy, yeast, tons goin on in this one and in a pretty good way. Tap at the Bruery Provisions on my crazy birthday San Diego trip with Storminorman. onceblind (10855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2011
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! J_man (1025) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Clear, dark copper amber with a light tan head. Starts off with a slightly vegetal aroma with cardamon and sea salt, and a little earthy wood. Really interesting vegetal flavor of pumpkin and bitter herbs, with a little allspice, ginger and cardamon. Finishes bitter and leaves that vegetal taste behind (which is a good thing here). This is a very interesting take on a pumpkin ale that isn’t like the traditional "pumpkin pie" beer (not surprising given who’s in on this collaboration), but doesn’t get so wacky that it’s no longer a pumpkin ale. Excellent fall beer! JStax (7306) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a dark amber, nearly brown with a thick head of off-white foam that leaves webby lacing as it dissolves. Aroma is relatively light, but can plainly pick up on the birch and yams. I also detect a little roasty character in here as well. Taste is interesting with the birch and yam playing nicely on one another but still letting a lemony tang come into play. I get an anise character in here as well. Palate is smooth with just a light carbonation to maintain the frothy head. Very good.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance is a clear dark brown with a small head. Good lacing however clinging to the sides of the glass.
Aroma has a definite herb character but it’s good. Some lemon in there along with a hop aroma reminiscent of Stone. Some roasted malt is detectable as well.
Really a lot going on here in terms of taste. The spicy/herb dominates but along with that is pumpkin and roasted malt that is almost coffee-like. The lemon shows itself towards the finish. Good assertive bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is just a little thin, I feel.
I was sort of worried about this beer but now I wish I would have gotten another one. A pretty excellent beer and perfect for fall.
Reid (2672) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2012
12 oz bottle from Lifesource, Salem. $3.49
Nice chestnut brown body with a nice thick ,creamy light tan head. Attractive
Some nice stuff going on in the "nose" : dark chocolate,coffee,lemongrass,resiny hop.
Taste is weird it has all sorts of wonderful flavours..all swirled up together as in a tornado..with aspects of each individual flavour popping out from time to time.bitter herbal finish I liked.
I especially liked the mouthfeel its pretty nice and smooth yet of course complex .
Unusual but i enjoyed this one..though maybe one at a time is fine! Syzzer (736) - Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2012
This is an interesting beer. Pours a nice full brown color with thick creamy head. The head presents a citrus-pumpkin aroma. The taste is not as great as the aroma, but still good. There is a distinct bitterness, moderately through the whole taste. THere is a slight squash flavor following the prominant lemony-grass flavor. pras (602) - Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Medium bodied, I picked up a minty note along with a citrusy finish. For a relatively low alcohol content beer, I thought it was full bodied and full flavored. burg326 (5628) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
64 ounce growler shared in Greenville from the Greenville Beer Exchange. Poured brown color with aromas of pumpkin spice, yams, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and a touch of cumin. Flavor was all sweet potatoes to me, some of the other aromas was lost because the yams and sweet potatoes were so prominent. Interesting beer, and would love to try again, or try to do it as a homebrew.