5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Can: Deep cola in color, very soft roasted malts on the tongue, even softer pumpkin spices. Spotty lacing, body and mouthfeel are moderate to thin. Clean exit, but a little light. Soft hops, a touch ashy. Very simple and subtle, wished it were a bit bigger in roast and in spices. Thanks Dak! GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2014
Deep mahogany pour w/ fading brown head. Aroma is pumpkin and spices. Taste is a nice roasted malt, pumpkin and spice flavor. One, if not the best, pumpkin beers I have ever had. So tasty. BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Draft sample at OHSO. Typical dark porter color with a brown head. Aroma is vegetables, black tea and grass. Flavor is the sweeter side of pumpkin pie with some perfume. The base porter is a little buried. Good though. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
On tap: The aroma consists of light-moderate nutmeg, cinnamon, light chocolate, and roast. It’s a dark brown with some orange transparency and a small off-white had that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with chocolate and faint caramel. The finish has light-moderate nutmeg, light cinnamon, clove, and roasted pumpkin. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Metallion66 (104) - - SEP 22, 2013
I suppose this is just a case of my palate changing? The first time I tried this beer I was blown away. Every year after that it has been unimpressive. Thin body and mouthfeel, this beer is dominated by spices, but I don't really get any pumpkin.
Still a decent beer, but there are definitely better pumpkin options out there. Especially with the 6 pack (FINALLY, canned) costing a whopping $15.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2013
On tap @ The Parlor Pizzeria in Phoenix. Pours deep black with minimal khaki head. Smell is slight pumpkin, fall spices, little roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, spices and a little pumpkin. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Not big on pumpkin beers but this is decent. DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
On tap at the new Four Peaks tasting room. Medium brown color with a tiny, frothy head. Huge spice nose with nutmeg, cinnamon and some clove. The pumpkin pie spice blend is noticeable from the first sip, but is not overpowering; a pleasant bready characteristic develops as the beer warms. Medium palate with a slightly woody lingering finish. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Poured up on tap at Cornish Pasty Co. and enjoyed in the company of radarsock. It has a clear deep amber body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up malt sweetened dark fruity ester notes and a mild pumpkin and winter spiciness. As it warmed the pumpkin aroma grew to aid in the experience. The taste delivers sweet malts and sweet dark fruity esters like ripe plums and figs and then slides into thin layers of pumpkin meat and winter spice notes. Overall this is pretty sweet and estery with just a dash of dark roasted malts and where the pumpkin portion only plays a small role. Interesting take on a porter as well as a pumpkin brew. radarsock (1194) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Tried on numerous occasions but had consumed most recently at Cornish Pasty with Ibrew2or3. Pours a murky dark brown, and it’s quite possible that it had "black" written all over it. Short lived off-white head not even a fingernail in length. Smells of milk chocolate,duck fat, roasted malt, raspberry syrup and Holiday spices. Tastes predominately of milk chocolate, nutmeg, wood rosin, and some faint earthiness by swallow. And for the actual pumpkin characteristic? All I can say is that it was weak, incredibly weak, watery and dense. It was drinkable and was certainly one of the better seasonal Four Peaks has brewed, but to solely classify this as a "pumpkin porter" I think would be a mistake. ’Subtle’ was indeed the right word for the pumpkin -- it’s almost reminiscent of tomatoes, sunflower seeds and winter squash. maley1 (1273) - Calgary, CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
Dark brown pour with small tan head. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt and very faint chocolate. Taste of pumpkin, spices, slight roasted malts, and slight chocolate. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel. Light bodied and goes down way to easy, good beer.