cfrancis (3574) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2017 Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: If I didn’t know this was a pumpkin beer, I might have never guessed it. Not a bad beer, just not the best pumpkin beer. It was almost like a doppelbock and a Belgian dubbel had a baby. The little bit of smoked malt blended well with both of those styles. Hid alcohol fairly well. I was kind of surprised that I didn’t like this more. Way too much going on. Definitely interesting, just not pumpkin-beerish enough for me.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark reed that was nearly blood-red in the glass with an average, creamy, off-white head that mostly diminished but left excellent lacing. The aroma was overly sweet and contained heavy caramel malt; moderate to heavy musty yeast, fruity pumpkin sweetness, smoke, toffee, brown sugar, hints of pumpkin pie spices, bacon, wet do and dog shampoo. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately bitter and lightly sour with an average to long duration. There was caramel malt, molasses, smoked malt, burnt caramel, maybe pumpkin spices (but it comes across more as spicy yeast), fruity pumpkin, dark candy sugar, maple syrup and bacon. The medium body was sort of creamy with soft but very tingly carbonation and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.
Pours dirty brown with a light brown head. Aroma is all spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is a little hot even sitting for about a year but it has mellowed nicely. Blends well with the allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon and of course pumpkin. Better than most. Bricks (1150) - Delaware, USA - APR 12, 2017
Smells of candy and pumpkin. Taste is a sweet, but naturally sweet pumpkin w/ spices. Great looking beer.. smooth. This is a winner. willisread (3640) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Tap at Gambrinus. Pours a clear orange with a tiny bit of head. Tons of yam, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Sweet, but not cloying. A tad boozy, but fun. OminouSC2 (898) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Amber color. A lot of spicy aromas, pumpkin, fruits, ginger. Sweet taste of pumpkin and spices. TygrKat (10) - - JUN 12, 2016
From a pint bottle. Pours very dark brown. Smells like pumpkin purée. Tastes and aftertastes like pumpkin pie. Very enjoyable, smooth pumpkin beer.
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a dark golden amber with fluffy head. Aromas of dark fruits, spice, and cinnamon. Flavors of pumpkin, caramel, all spice, nutmeg. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Hazy, dark amber-brown with a 1-finger khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, nutmeg, pumpkin fruit and pie spices.
Taste of caramel, ginger, pumpkin fruit, pie spices and sweet potatoes.
Medium/full body and high/medium carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone chinchill (5313) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2016
22 oz bottle with a very well designed label. Marked as 8.5% ABV.
This pours clear but dark, red-brown, with a decent bone-colored head. This soon reduces to a ring that leaves minimal lacing.
Aroma: caramel; dark bread, vanilla and surprisingly light spicing.
Flavor: For those of us who often find pumpkin beers over-spiced but who do not object in principle to the addition of such spices, this pumpkin ale hits the proper spicing level: The well chosen and balanced mix of spices is both obvious and light enough to let the underlying ale shine. There’s even a nice pumpkin note here that has none of the unfortunate vegetative characteristics found in some other pumpkin ales. Lightly sweet with hints of fruitcake and mild booziness.
Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth, the body is medium-full and well (light-medium) carbonated.
Overall: an outstanding pumpkin beer; certainly one of the best I’ve tried. gpekar (497) - Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Poured a very dark copper amber with a tall creamy khaki head. The aroma was very good with scents of caramel malt, toffee, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spices. The beer had a slightly creamy texture and good fall flavors. Nice caramel malt sweetness, nutmeg, pumpkin pie and a hint of cloves. There was a nice background hop bite that came along in the middle. There was a nice alcohol warmth coming through on the finish, but the 8.5% Alc was well hidden in the flavor. Stampion (288) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Not my favorite. Pours a dark brown. Smells of falls spiced. Tasted of pumpkin and heavy on the spiced. Sweet aftertaste. Good but not great.