Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: Very nice spiced stout. Just a so, so pumpkin beer. If you want a great beer get this, but if you are craving a pumpkin ale, skip it. Lots of chocolate.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with a large, light brown head that kept a nice sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma was a little weak, but contained moderate milk and dark chocolate, sour coffee, cocoa, and hot chocolate powder; lighter roasted malt; hints of soy sauce; slight cinnamon; sour pumpkin; and all sorts of chocolate. The initial flavor was ever so slightly sweet and slightly sour and bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet, acidic and sour, and moderately bitter with an average duration. There was chocolate, roasted malt, sour coffee, hints of sour pumpkin, cocoa, subtle cinnamon, more chocolate, some dark fruit, hints of soy sauce, and maybe slight licorice. The medium body was silky with soft but lightly tingly carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.
hayduke (5062) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer for Thanksgiving. Pours black with a dark tan head. Nose is rich roasted malts with some chocolate. Medium body. Very smooth mouth feel. Flavor is a nice roasted malt, the chocolate, and the pumpkin is obvious. Finishes with the pumpkin seeds and cinnamon. Really easy drinking and delicious. Great beer.
phaleslu (9800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Prufrockstar - thanks again, Chris! I make sure my pumpkin ales don’t make it past Thanksgiving, so that’s when this one got opened. Unfortunately, I’d already sat on it too long. 2015 vintage. Pours a dark coffee brown, nearly opaque, with a moderate beige head that settles into a ring and a bridge of film. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, roasted and toasted malts, dark chocolate, and tobacco. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a spicy, toasty, roasty mouthfeel. Lingering roast finish with mellow spice. It’s dipped a little bit but held up surprisingly well. I gave it a couple benefit of the doubt points because the age is my fault and it didn’t take too hard a squinting to see what it’s like in top condition. Good pumpkin stout.
chinchill (4647) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle with a packaging date of 14 Sept. 2016 served in goblet. Pours essentially black with a modest size tan head that soon reduces to a ring. Near minimal lacing.
Delicious, bready aroma with cinnamon and faint signs of other spices. The flavor follows but does not have quite as much cinnamon as the aroma suggests. The flavor contains notes of cinnamon, brown bread, nutmeg, vanilla, baked pumpkin, and brown sugar, with faint coffee and chocolate. Lightly sweet but neutral by the aftertaste.
Feel: full and creamy smooth body with excellent, soft medium+ carbonation.
Overall: a pleasant surprise, one of the best pumpkin beers I’ve had. Notably similar to the Buffalo’s Black Pumpkin I had 2 nights ago, but more spicing and less bitterness.
hman43 (1341) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours black with a dark brown head that is quite frothy. The initial aroma is sugary sweet. It has strong aromas of cinnamon, pumpkin, and roast. It has a smoky, roast cinnamon and pumpkin tastes that are prominent. There are hints of fruity esters, a wee bit of chocolate, and slight spice. It has a moderately-heavy body with a smooth creaminess to it. The finish is somewhat bittersweet with the roasted flavors being forward. Overall, this is a roasted stout with enough that it gives the impression of smoke that highlights the cinnamon and pumpkin.
arkurzynski (2358) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Fruity pumpkin nose with sweet cinnamon and light vanilla. Smooth roasted malt with sweet pumpkin and ample spice. Sweet, but good.
trapped (2692) - New York, TURKEY - NOV 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Malt and Mold. Inky black with small frothy beige head, coffee aroma, medium carbonation, medium bitter roasted malt taste, somewhat thick body, medium bitter finish. A bit watery and the pumpkin is unnoticeable.
monk191 (1905) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good pumpkin stout overall. Pours a nice thick black with a brown head. Smells of cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is very creamy, with vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon upfront, followed by a bit of pumpkin and some bitter coffee in the finish. Had in the bottle.
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RRistow12 (756) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Man these guys know how to make a pumpkin beer. Pours black with thick tan head. Awesome aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa. Flavors similar to nose with some nice pumpkin spice. Roasted malts compliment the spice to make a very well balanced spiced beer. Definitely one of the best pumpkin beers.
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nickd717 (4428) - Sofia, BULGARIA - OCT 9, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma is bomb, big pumpkin pie spice, backed up by roast and chocolate. The flavor is also great, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, mildly sweet chocolate and coffee malts. Medium-full bodied and smooth on the feel. Really solid offering, have to admit I like it even though it’s technically BMC. If there was peach in here, those Budweiser clowns would disavow it.
jercraigs (10145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2016-09-22. Black body, large foamy tan head and lace. 4+ Aroma has a good amount of pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin that may be real or inferred. Notes of what I think is nutmeg, ginger and light cocoa. Hints of gingerbread. Flavour is pleasant, moderate bitterness throughout, muted dusty cocoa, sweet dark malt base and similar spice character as in the aroma. Nutmeg, cinnamon. Lingering spice in the aftertaste.Palate is silky smooth yet somewhat lighter bodied than my preference , pleasant effervescent carbonation. I quite like it - Very glad I bought it despite the non-optimal bottle date. 8/5/8/4/16+ Bottle at Premier Gourmet, Toronto.