dlovell2 (2140) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Dark copper color with thick tan head. Pumpkin pie spice aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Smooth creamy feel. Caramel malt flavors and pumpkin spice. Nice. wxman (1820) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a clear pale amber with a decent white head. Has a cinnamon and sweet malt taste, but not much if any pumpkin. Pretty good. rxeight (3084) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 Dark copper orange. Lots of spice packed into this one. Cinnamon, nutmeg. pumpkin is there but not as prevelant as most. Covered up by all the spices and underlying booze. Not to big on all the pumpkin beers but this is probably the best. Which suprised my because I usually find sam adams to be fairly comprimised. BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2012 Bottle shared at Darkness Day 2012. Amber pour with a smaller clingy head. Pumpkin and cinnamon spices. Fuller smooth palate. Not bad. AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
Thick, sweet malt, like candy, with noticeable spice and pumpkin. Warming alcohol aftertaste. Surprisingly good.
Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Not sure I’m getting any of the pumpkin or spices in this one. Not a bad beer on any account bus disappointing in the pumpkin department. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
This beer looked really good, that was the best part about it. Pumpkin flavor was very weak. Palate was absent completely. I was very disappointed. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Reviewed 9/01. Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a burgundy color with excellent clarity for a dark beer. The head is a two finger offwhite color that recedes to about a half finger in a quick manner, but it leaves a nice ring of lacing on the glass.
S: Well spiced in general; there are notes of cinammon, cardamom, and allspice. If I really focus, I can get a bit of smokiness to it. Sadly, there isn’t much pumpkin, but it’s still an acceptable aroma.
T: An initial wave of light smoke gives way to...well, I don’t know. Normally, I’d pick out how the flavors progress in a story like manner, but there’s something incredibly nondescript about this. Everything just blends together to an excessive degree, to the point where I have a LOT of trouble picking out the pumpkin and the spices. I don’t hate the taste by any means - after all, how is it possible to hate something so bland and neutral tasting?
M: The body is neither heavy nor light, but it has a slight creaminess to it I kind of enjoy. Otherwise, like the flavor, it suffers from being too neutral and unassuming. Carbonation is on the lower side.
O: A good idea with a fairly poor execution, but at least it’s mildly drinkable. Sam Adams makes quite a few good brews - this isn’t one of them. To be fair, this isn’t my favorite style, but I nonetheless won’t be repeating this one. Bebum (993) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Medium body, full flavored, average length, very low bitterness.
Sweet pumpkin pie spices, strong but not pungent or aromatic, mineral background.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Finhead (1762) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Dark, mahogany pour with an off-white head. It has a sweet caramel aroma with light pumpkin. The medium body has a sticky texture with lively carbonation. The taste is sweet with some alcohol in the finish.