MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring for almost a year.
Opaque, brown-black with a khaki head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of pumpkin fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, allspice and mild nutmeg.
Taste of milk chocolate, toffee, vanilla, sweet roasted malt, pumpkin fruit, light molasses and a modicum of pumpkin pie spices.
Medium/full body and medium/low carbonization.
The fruit and chocolate malt come through strong and work very well together. The spices you'd expect in a pumpkin ale are quite subdued--perhaps as a result of the aging and perhaps for the better. The is a delicious ale.
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From notes, consumed 8/22/2013. 22 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Release 9. Black with 2.5 fingers of fluffy light tan head. Great lacing. Aromas of roast, coffee, pumpkin, spices, chocolate. Tastes of coffee, pumpkin, spices, light bitter hops. Medium body with a dry finish. MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bomber that helped me through my (almost) Solistice Brew Day. Pours a dark and dreary brown... fitting for the shortest day of the year. Aromas are sweet with chocolate, pie spices and dark brown sugar. Flavor is a mix of the above with a distinct vegetable pumpkininess to it all... not sure if it’s suggestion from the spices or if it’s there, but this is mighty fine stuff. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pour is dark brownish with nice off white almost tan head out of 22 oz bottle, release #4, aroma has notes of chocolate, pumpkin, sweet biscuit, nice caramel and toffee notes, some nice cinnamon and clove notes. Taste is a nice mix of caramel and toffee, chocolate and roast, slight pumpkin vegetal notes but really nice sweetness from it goes into a crackery, biscuity finish, dries out fairly well. Delicious stuff! Thisis12ptfont (1221) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Found this bottle interesting because I had just homebrewed a Pumpkin spice porter myself. Pumpkin spice is dominate on the aroma with some other fain notes of cocoa and clove. Appears a purple-ish black color with very tamed foam. Strong chocolate and coffee notes upfront with an assertive pumpkin background. Full-bodied with some pleasant earthy/smokey texture to it. Overall, this is a very well done Pumpkin Black Ale. Fairly similar to my homebrew except, this one contains more chocolate and earthy notes. I am very fond of this ale. A must try. I’d give this an A+ rating.
Strykzone (7659) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bomber from Hayduke. We shared it together via facebook chat. This pours dark brown and sports a large beige head that has strong retention. The nose is pumpkin centered and is like a pumpkin pie. The flavor offers more of the porter. It brings chocolate over the top of the pumpkin. Some hops add spice and bitterness. Vanilla is nice here. This could be a pumpkin pie / chocolate pie mix with some hops and vanilla. Some fudge in the finish. This beer might be the best collaboration I have ever had. Just a solid beer. hayduke (5677) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
This was a joint tasting with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. This brew poured a very dark brown with an attractive and long lasting tan head and good lacing rings. The nose shows the pumpkin for sure, but there is more with roasted malts and spices in the aroma. Medium to bold in body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is very rich and complex with the porter dominating unlike a lot of pumpkin beers and chocolate, coffee, vanilla, spices, and the finish is lingering and simply perfect.. I like the way the alcohol was hidden This is an outstanding beer. wildbeercat (359) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2013
22floz/650ml bottle into a shaker glass. Served cool.
Aroma: Milk chocolate and toasty malt backed up by a huge punch of spice and some faint pumpkin. Quite strong!
Appearance: Barely translucent dark blood-ruby body with a massive, creamy, tan head.
Taste: Oh wow that is fantastic.Starts off nice and creamy with the spice and pumpkin and rounds off with that chocolate and malt. Fantastic!
Palate: Feels really creamy. Finish is nice and spicy pumpkin with that wonderful chocolate.
Overall: This may be a new favorite. It is absolutely fantastic. superspak (6011) - Waterford, 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 (129) - 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.