RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Interesting. Great looking dark copper color. Aroma seems to have a hint of funk, with more of a pumpkin seed flavor than pumpkin meat. Bone dry. Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark Amber/brown with thin head. Aroma is pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, and spices. Flavor is cinnamon, slight pumpkin, and spices. Finishes clean with very little lingerng aftertaste. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
<i>22 oz bottle</i>
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Overall I think Mad Brewer has done a great job of setting themselves up as a respectable local brewery. Whenever I get the chance to pick up a new release I always give it serious consideration over national releases. This particular beer is not one of their best; in this season’s crop of pumpkin ales I would place it firmly in the middle. Better than another local offering (Thirsty Dog) it falls short of being worth a second look nonetheless.
<b>Aroma / Appearance</b> - A deep burgandy body is graced by a huge head which takes a few minutes to settle down. Nutmeg, spices, and ripe pumpkin are what you would expect to find and you do. It reminds me of a pie before the whipped cream has been swirled on.
<b>Flavor / Palate</b> - Squash and spices were not exactly what I had in mind when I bought the bottle. The nutmeg isn’t so bad but the slight vegetal flaw knocks this down a few points. The odd finish doesn’t help either. In the end I feel like this is a good step towards improving on it next year; as long as progress is made eventually something solid will be sold in a few years time. In the meantime save your money.
22oz bottle. Nutty looking Bombay Mahogany color with a light head. Very spicy aroma with clove. Very perfume like. Clove is very noticeable in the flavor and I think there might be a bit much spice as the brew is kind of astringently bitter. Not sure I get any molasses flavor (maybe in a burnt sugar sort of way) but I was thinking more along the lines of ginger and cinnamon. Light sweetness is over powered by the spice and bitterness. Wet mouth feel with bitter finish. Not great, but still drinkable. cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2009
12 oz bottle pours dark amber with bubbly tan head. Aroma dominated by clove with touch of cinnamon and coriander. Decent sweet caramel flavor and touch of bitterness. Leaves a slick buttery squash flavor on the tongue. Decent pumpkin ale.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Thanks go to Nathan for the bottle! Poured much darker than anticipated.. deep cherry pit colored with just a dusting of tan head when you agitate it. The aroma picked up deep, slightly sour pumpkin meat, nutmeg, and cinnamon with a bit of maple syrup if you dig really deep. The flavor amped up the spices and the sourness at the expense of some pumpkin meat.. the molasses showed up at the core.. cinnamon and cloves were the primary spices around.. finished sour with the pie spices. Medium-bodied with not too great balance between the slow-moving molasses sweetness and the brighter spices and sourness.. somewhat refreshing at the finish.. OK stuff. Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2008
Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. Dark with some white head. A cinammon story, very spicey, even astringency in mouthfeel. But common for a pumpkin style.Average mouthfeel, wouldn’t creaminess be lovely. dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Had on nitro at the pub. Lots of pumpkin on the nose, but I really don’t like pumpkin. It is a very pretty beer with a rich creamy head (almost like a orange brown Guiness). Flavor had lots of vegetable tones with the mild bitterness it has. Long pumpkin flavored finish. I think this beer is better than my score reflects because it is everything a pumpkin beer should be; but like I said before, I really don’t like pumpkin.