Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2013 A pumpkin and spice nose. Pours a dark brown with a foamy, mostly diminishing tan head and nice lacing. Taste is mildly sweet. Some vegetable, spice, chocolate, and bitter coffee notes at the end. Medium bodied with flat carbonation. Overall, interesting, but not one Iâ€™d buy again. keepersj12 (3112) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Release #7, not dated though. Pours dark brown with a small white head that quickly diminishes leaving a cap that laces nicely. Very porter like in aroma and flavor with the underlying pumpkin that just makes it’s presence known, not overpowering. This is not a pumpkin pie type brew, this gives full representation of the vegetable. Well done. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2012
22oz bottle purchased while in Minnesota. Monicas choice... Pours a cola like consistency, less intense at the edges with more reddish brown hues, and topped with a thin to medium khaki head that eventually settles down to a thin film... Aroma of pumpkin, molasses, and roasted chocolate malt. Pretty solid actually... Smooth consistent flavors with semi-sweet pumpkin, molasses, nutmeg, as well as the expected porter flavors. Body is a touch softer/lighter but overall holds up well. Carbonation is fairly sprite and lively. Flavors are well formulated and on par if not better than anticipated. Beaver (1789) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium creamy tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves some lacing.mttan02 (29) - Tolleson, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2012
The aroma is a bit subdued - sweet chocolate malts and some pumpkin and pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice).
The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a little roast and a lot of pumpkin spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a nice pumpkin porter.
Bomber of batch #7. Pours very dark, with a nice tan head. Very good lacing. Clove on the nose, and the tongue. Not overpowering though. Glad I got to try this limited release.
Kobal (64) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Pours dark brown, nearly black with deep ruby highlights. Typical head with nice lacing quality. Slight spice but little pumpkin on the nose. Taste starts with mild sweetness with notes of vanilla and whipped cream. A bit of pumpkin then shows through, transitioning into roast coffee and chocolate. Dry, lingering finish. Body is medium to light for a porter with a slight sparkle of carbonation at the end.
Not as pumpkiny sweet or spicy as many other pumpkin beers, mostly because the solid roasty porter base is the star of the show. Also, the year of aging may have mellowed the spices. I’m not complaining, though, as this is one of the tastiest porters I’ve had in some time. The pumpkin and spice elements add a great touch without overwhelming. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2012
22 oz. bottle, release #1- Pours black with red highlights in the light with a one finger light tan head. The aroma is pumpkin, not pumpkin spice, but the real thing, not much roastiness actually, pretty smooth and mellow. The taste is creamy and smooth, a nice pumpkin flavor, roasted malt, toasty, it has a little spice, but not full blown out pumpkin pie spices. I really dig this, much more than I thought I would, a nice way to kick off my infatuation of pumpkin beers around this season. b33r (875) - Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Dark brown color with small light tan head and nice lacing. Aroma and flavor full of roasty malts and sweet fruitiness. Very different and balanced- pretty nice overall jeffs515 (123) - Ogden, Utah, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Aroma is spice malty roasty and chocolate. Pours almost a black with creamy tan head. leaves a really nice lacing. Taste is vey chocolate with some spice not getting much pumpkin but leave a good taste. overall this is a great beer. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle... Poured deep, dark, near pitch black with a thin moderate forming, light tan head that faded relatively quickly. Nice spicing on the nose. Hints of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, malt, and pumpkin. Tasted of worty malt sweetness, pumpkin, and pie spice. Some toasted sweetness and mild roast too. This was quite nice.