Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Sample at the Clybourn brewpub. This brew is a clear amber color with a thin off-white head that disappears quickly. Spotty lacing. Aroma of pumpkin spice and malt. Light body with flavors of nutmeg, bready malt and slight hops. The finish is short with a pumpkin aftertaste. Slightly above average overall. Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
16 Nov 2012, tap at goose island Wrigleyville. Light amber, clear. Nose is soft pumpkin pie, not too spiced. Med/thin body and mildly fizzy. Nut brown with some mild pumpkin notes and bitter, skunky finish.
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Draft at GI Clybourn. Pours a reddish orange with virtually no head. Nose is pretty phenolic, tending heavily towards cloves and peppermint. An earthy element as well. The flavor, however, is far more restrained. Earthy with a bland malt character. Spices contribute aromatics but not much flavor, but that minty note really permeats. Don’t get much in the way of anise or cardamom. Mint is distracting. Underwhelming. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
draft... clear bright orange, nice light tan creamy head... the aroma is lots of spice, cardamom dominates, light pumpkin... the taste is too spicy, while I can tolerate the nose the taste is too strong, comes off generic TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Flight serving on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice rich copper pour, glowing, transparent, nice hue with a frothy offwhite head that stays small, laces ok. Aromas are pumpkin puree, touches of cinnamon and nutmeg, clove, some sweet caramel, but a bit light and bland, bread and some toast, a type of tartness. Don’t get the anise which is a good thing. Initial is lighter end of medium, offering some pumpkin and crisp toast and biscuits up front. Some toffee, vanilla, and gentle spicy cinnamon and nutmeg show. Grows a bit into the middle with some dryness, a touch of heat, anise shows up a bit on the backend, gentle yet firm with this lighter than expected bodied beer. Some vanilla, more actual pumpkin pulp. A bit tart and dry, anise gives almost a cool minty feel on the backend. Not a big fan of this. It’s interesting, but not a beer I could drink beyond the flight. The spicing just doesn’t work for me personally. The finish and lingering catches on as it warms, but it’s just a little odd for me.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
From the menu: "** Chef Collaboration Series** Brewed with Top Chef Master Tony Mantuana of Terzo Piano. Brewed with Nichols Farm Fairytale pumpkins and spiced with star anise and cardamom."
Pours brings a moderately-bright, copper-colored brew with a good single-finger white head with a nice head and a good call as it falls down. The nose certainly makes a few of the listed ingredients known. Typical pumpkin character comes through and sits alongside quite a bit of character from the star anise. Nicely done and well-balanced. The taste is quite similar. Mildly sweet and spicy with the cardamom more toward the background. The star anise is subtle, but lends the dominant flavor. Good, crisp feel with nice carbonation. Overall, a bit much to really drink down the glass, but I certainly enjoyed it.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-30-2010 troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2010
[Tap] Pours a bright orange color with virtually no head. Spicy aroma of mainly ginger and pumpkin pie spices. Sweet caramel and light pumpkin in the taste. Ginger, clove, licorice and sweet cinnamon roll flavors throughout. The mouthfeel was pretty thin and kind of disappointing. Low carbonation levels. I was looking for more here. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Pours a clear amber. Anise licorice aroma city. Some Rosemary and wet malts underneath that bag of black licorice. Thin body. Earthy flavors that anise pale malts and a slight acidity. Not good. 6/3/4/2/11 zebra (2139) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2010
@ clybourn brewpub. clear reddish bronze. as advertised, spicy, more star anise than pumpkin imo. different.