Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque black color. Great aromatics showing the pumpkin and lots of roasted autumnal spice. Full bodied with roasted stout character and hints of pumpkin and fall root vegetables on the back of the palate. Subtle finish.
robforbes (2228) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black with a medium brown head, and some lacing.
smell is of cocoa, slight pumpkin, some spice, and a touch of vanilla.
taste is smooth, chocolaty, cinnamon, a little nutmeg, and some pumpkin. ends smooth and the pumpkin flavor does not overpower the taste.
ACHops (1548) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2013 On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours thick inky brown with a substantial mocha head that fades quickly. Aroma is roasty malts and a hint of sweetish pumpkin. Taste is big, rich, lightly charred chocolate malts. Pumpkin really only shows on the finish, and is light. Fruity hops provide bitterness throughout that lingers a bit. The pumpkin is a nice touch, but this is just an excellent rich chocolate stout. These guys own pumpkin beers. Elysian:pumpkin beers = Stone:IPAs. This increased availability this year is a great sign, glad more people will get a chance to try it.
Sledutah (7374) - Utah, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Black with a medium sized tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, pumpkin, chocolate and peat
Taste: Roasted malts, pumpkin, spices and some bitterness
A real nice beer.
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by arminjewell. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, raisin, cookie and nutty malt. Flavor is roast malt with chocolate notes, pumpkin, spices, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body, medium carbonation.
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Dan’s courtesy of Armin. Thanks man!! Pour is deep brown with a brown head and good lacing. Pie crust, cocoa, nutmeg, spice, sweet potatoes, light peat, and licorice in the aroma. Taste is lightly roasted, heavy spice, marshmallow, soy, peat, and wood, with really no pumpkin characteristics showing up in the flavor. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Not bad.
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is... well I’m indifferent. Lots of roasty flavors. Lots of pumpkin pie spice. maybe a bit of pumpkin. First dark pumpkin I’ve had. Aroma is rarely great on a pumpkin beer, but the flavor on this... the darkness... is pretty awesome. Nice combo.
arminjewell (9567) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma has notes of big cinnamon, clove, cardamom, touch of nutmeg, hints of caramel, toffee, hints of earth, a bit on the spicy side. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, hints of chocolate, coffee, lots of pumpkin, with a ton of spice finishing fairly spicy and sweet,
adnielsen (10584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Thanks again Armin! Pours deep brown appearance with a small brown head. Slightly peppery, chocolate, pumpkin, light citrusy, cinnamon aroma. A bit tangy, orange citrusy, spicy cinnamon, pulpy pumpki, roasty chocolate flavor. Pretty tasty but a bit spicy.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is black with a moderate, tan, frothy head which is somewhat diminishing and leaves sporadic lace. The nose is very nice with obvious cinnamon, some allspice, graham cracker, slight pumpkin seed, burnt caramels, some molasses, and faint herbal roast. The flavor is similar with pumpkin and cinnamon prominent, still some molasses, still very caramelly, quite sweet for a stout, light herbal roast in there. The palate is silky, medium to full, soft to lively. The finish is long, mostly sweet, and still a bit spicy from the cinnamon, caramel and molasses, and herbal roast lingering. A bit sweet at times, especially for a stout, but the spicy cinnamon notes kept some balance as did the finish of the herbal roast. A good use of pumpkin in a no-traditional style but it could have used a bit more typical stout notes to balance the sweet notes. Nice fall beer.