superspak (5504) - Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; release #12 bottled 7/22/2012. Pours nearly opaque clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, pumpkin, caramel, cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, vanilla, dark bread, ginger, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, toast, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, dark bread, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of dark malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent pumpkin porter! All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. stef92 (128) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Release #13. Poured dark burgundy almost black with a thick cream colored head. Definite pumpkin & spice on the nose. Taste is more porter than the typical pumpkin beer that overwhelms with cinnamon & nutmeg flavors. Very smooth with hints of caramel, vanilla as well as pumkin.This is a special beer. c_lee_burton (193) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2014
22 oz. Bottle. Nutmeg, chocolate, and butternut squash on the nose. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Some nice lacing. Great balance with a mix of chocolate, coffee, pumpkin, hops, roasted barley, and nutmeg. Great football watching beer! mysticbrew (118) - - OCT 4, 2014
From a bottle in a tulip. Dark chocolate pour with non-persistent creamy tar colored head. Head lacing hangs to the finish of the glass. The rich flavor of coffee, chocolate and toasted malt. Subtle flavor of pumpkin and nutmeg as the beer warms and the fizz dissipates. There is a creamy silky mouthfeel with a bit of a smokey & spicy finish. Very tasty.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Alphadelic (2235) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2014
A roasty, slightly spicy aroma. Smooth and roasty in the mouth with some cinnamon and vanilla, a touch of pumpkin flesh flavor and sweetness. This is like a wonderful pumpkin version of Anchor’s Our Special Ale.
chucklemation (1617) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Pours a dark mahogany with a thin, long-lasting off-white head. Aroma is toast/nut, chocolate, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice. Flavor is roast, toast, chocolate, pumpkin, and nutmeg, among other spices. Has a dry, slightly bitter finish. I really enjoyed this. Every sip yields some new flavor and aroma. J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Chocolate and roasted grain on the nose with a beautiful crystal clear ruby/amber colored body and a tan head. Delicious dark and milk chocolate pour over the tongue followed by a nice alcohol perkiness that keeps things from getting too sweet or thick. The body is full and slightly creamy, but thins out later on which is nicely to style for a porter. Dry graininess shows up with a bit of bitterness and some vanilla notes. I didn’t really get any pumpkin in the flavor, this struck me as a straight on strong porter. Finishes up with a dark coffee aftertaste and more dark chocolate. Although I was hoping for more pumpkin flavor, this is one tasty beer. Travlr (24292) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Draft. Listed as the Epic version. Nearly black, large thick brown head. Aroma of gourd and coffee grounds, not much spice. Taste is fruit, coffee, chocolate, prunes, dates. Medium body. Very nice. notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Thanks to Armin for sharing - dark ruby pour - aroma of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), vanilla, rum, light pumpkin flesh, bittersweet chocolate - full to medium body - nicely dry and roasty, with a fair amount of cocoa - light amount of cinnamon - a bit or earthy pumpkin on the tail end - a fair amount of black malt bitterness - lingering coffee and roast - a very nice brew. strap (912) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2012
pours dark with a small offwhite head. aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla and a few other spices. pumpkin flavor isn’t overpowering with a hint of vanilla and roasted malts. overall a solid seaonal brew.