JoeMcPhee (10212) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Very, very dark black beer with a light tan head. Aroma is very toasty and chocolatey. Dark bittersweet chocolate over a rich caramelly maltiness. Lots of cocoa and a bit of licorice as well. Flavour has a touch of pumpkiny sweetness but it is quite subtle in the rich chocolate, plum, and cocoa. I was expecting something like Cape Anne, but this isn’t that at all. Like the pils, the pumpkin contribution is subtle, but it’s definitely there. Sticky toasty/roasty flavour with a kiss of oakty stickiness. Quite a delicious stout. skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Tap at the past two Elysian Pumpkin Fests. Pours dark black with somewhat of an orangish tanned thick head. Huge aroma thick with coffee, dark dark chocolate, and roasty malts. Somewhere in the background a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg are floating around. The flavor is a lot of the same notes...thick roasted malt backed by a sweet and dark chocolate body, pulpy with pumpkin at points. The finish is lovely! Hints of bitter chocolate and hops, but lots of pie spice! Damn this is good shit! after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Draft at the Pike Street brewhouse. Pours grainy ebony, nearly black, but not quite. Densely moussy (but shallow) tan head. Mild nose of roast, cocoa, and just the faintest whisper of pie spice. Delectable, creamy medium body with firm carb. Big roasty chocolatey mid-palate with plenty of pie spice. Minimal hop. Long spicy finish. CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
(Draught) Sampled at Elysian Pumpkin Beer Festival on October 20, 2007. More cinnamon in the nose interlaced with a mint cream. Very cinnamon flavour, playing card gum and minor licorice. Very good. Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Tap. Black with medium brown head with a dark roasted malt flavor. I was surprised how subtle the pumpkin flavor is. As a normal stout it is really great even without the pumpkin. Interesting even if it not so pumpkin-like.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2007
10/20 On draught at the Capitol Hill brewery. Aroma ia s great chocolate note forward, followed by low roast malt. Appearance is dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Flavor is strong roast malt forward with a very low pumpkin character. The notes said it had seeds only, but the ratebeer description says meat as well. Full bodied, all other textures are quite low. Overall, I wouldn’t even have figured out this was a pumpkin beer had I not known ahead of time. Oakes (19681) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
Dark brown colour. Coffee roast nose with light chocolate notes. Milk chocolate character with late roast and a hint of cinnamon, just like Mexican chocolate. BillKismet (4177) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 11-19-06Dark porter/stout appearance w. an easy cream head. Mild, nearly indiscernable sweetish hop/malt mix w. a light roastiness. Not much, if anything, in the way of pumpkin. Mildly roasted taste, a medium-bodied stout.
10-21-07 - Deep chocolate note. Nice roast barley and chocolate malt emphasis. A fine stout, albeit pumpkin is undetectable. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 2007 Update: Chocolate/cinnamon goodness; I just love this beer. Bitter finish. I wish they had this all the time.
Chocolate and spice aroma is perfect for a pumpkin beer. Just enough, not overwhelming spice. Dark black with nice head. Chocolate, coffee, tobacco taste with a nice slightly hoppy finish. Very nice roastiness to it that is quite unique....guessing it’s from the roasted pumpkin seeds. I wanted to steal a keg of this. Awesome.