hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2007
12 oz bottle. Almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, allspice, chocolate, caramel and light roast. Taste is chocolate, light roast, with pumpkin and spices in the background. A bit thin, but pretty nicely done regardless.
brewandstew (11) - Salisbury, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle; Pours a very dark brown, not quite a true black, with an auburn/ burnt sienna head. Aroma of coffee, nutmeg, allspice, and maybe cardamom? Flavor of harvest spices and root vegetables come through, with hints of coffee. I was pleasantly suprised with this brew; not too spicy, not over the top with the pumpkin. A quality stout overall, and I would def get this again if it were available. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice deep black with a frothy shiny beige head and some lace. Aroma is good chocolate notes light coffee, some vegetable and spice, light nutmeg and earth- kinda reminds me of a pumpkin pie muffin or something. Light chocolate flavor, some mild roasted barley, light sweetness with a drying acrid bitterness in the end- som light pumpkin flavors. Overall a bit on the thin side but the pumpkin stuff is kept in check and doesnt overwhelm. Nice pumpkin beer interpretation. I liked it. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2007
A mid-sized, actively fizzing, cola-brown head slowly dissipates. The body completely revealed is an opaque, very dark brown/near black. Light auburn hints peek out from the chocolatey elixir. Allspice, cinnamon and light clove greet me in a satisfactory nose. Beyond the pumpkin typified, roasty and bready grains and dark fruits peek out. I really wasn’t expecting this much spice, but I dig it so far. Very mild coffee, chocolate mousse, tar, sweet smoke and burned grass conclude the aromatic festivities. Very mild ginger and earthy pumpkin bounce around the outskirts of the scent-array. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, a great accomplishment considering the semi-robust strength indicated. The flavor is mild, a mesmerizing continuation of the aforementioned. Spice and smoke clear the path for roasted malt, peanut butter chocolates and mild raspberry and raisin essences. Light Coca-Cola tartness grows with each warming sip. Acidity present is quite bold for the style, and while it does seem to overly disperse the flavors across the palate, it also makes this far more interesting than it would be without the prickly gaps between spice and malt. Mild hoppiness adds greatly to this effect. Pumpkin notes are minor, as they were in the nose, but much more would likely throw this too far into an unpleasant realm of dark beer confusion. The finish is lightly smoky, lightly bitter, moderately roasty and sweet, very slowly and only partially drying as candied molasses notes linger on all by their lonesome. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well-dispersed, watery at times, sticky at others; altogether incredibly unique(much moreso than anticipated). Carbonation is fizzy but fun. A very tasty brew, one to look out for should it return next year. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle from Bendo and served in standard pint glass with Pumpkin Pie: Deep brown with reddish highlights topped by a lasting frothy tan head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, pumpkin, toasted bread, coffee, and chocolate. The taste has an interesting acidity along with the spicy and smoky flavor. I get some pumpkin character along with a hint of burnt malt finish. The mouth feel is sprite and thin-bodied. While the flavor profile does not quite mesh, the beer did indeed taste better once I had it with some pie.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2007
(12oz bottle) Fluffy, medium beige head atop red-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, nutmeg, some roast, clove, light ginger, smoke. Taste is medium sweet, roast, chocolate, some smoke, nutmeg/pumpkin. Creamy medium body with light burnt acidity. I like the idea, but I think it can be better executed. hapjydeuce (1005) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Bottled, medium black pour, initial loosely organized beige head that settles after a minute or two into some fine lacing. Aroma is a combination of subtle espresso and coffee, smoke, earth and pumpkin. Some alcohol is detectable, and a moderate dose of hops. Watery flavor that doesn’t say much, but keeps me interested. Sweet pumpkin and roasted malt flavors are pretty one-dimensional, good bitterness though. Flavor fades instantly on the palate. Refreshing for this time of year. Braudog (6900) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle: Pitch black with but a thin shield of dark brown foam. The aroma is killer ... killer pumpkin that is ... like a Halloween horror movie. Full of a spicy, gourd-filled kick of flavor, this kicks you in the tail of your tacky costume. Smoky and chocolatey at the basis, this beer’s real charm is in that fall kick of pumpkin and nutmeg. What a cool, dark brew for the fall. Well done! (#3210, 11/18/2007) jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2007
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Brazen Head on cask-pours a light tan head and black color. Aroma is pumpkin, dark/medium malt-chocolate, spices. Taste is pumpkin, dark/medium malt-chocolate, spices, some (cascade?) hops bite, some alcohol. Occasional. OK carbonation.
Cask - this is a medium bodied stout, a little sweet and spicy, not a lot of pumpkin flavor - a solid lighter stout.