phaleslu (10747) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2017 musinj6 (510) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark muddy black with small head and fair lacing. Aromas of chacolate and pumpkin malt with very light hops and some leathery hint to it. Full bodied with creamy, sticky mouthfeel with average carbonation. Medium, bitter finish. Moderate sweet and bitterness that is well balanced.
22 oz. bottle from the Bottleworks. They rebrewed the 2012 Hop in the City beer, and I'm not sure if it'll be a regular fall beer going forward or not. Pours a deep brown color with slight amber edges and a small beige head that settles into a ring and a wisp of film. Notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, mild roast, tobacco, and ginger. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, sweet, slightly spicy mouthfeel. A little muddled and even muted spice-wise, but it's good. jbruner (5401) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2017
Sampled at the brewery from a bomber bottle. I was straight up told it was just a combination of their pumpkin ale and their oatmeal stout. It is what you would think, a darker beer with some pumpkin spice, dark caramel malts and ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Meh. slowrunner77 (12994) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 24, 2017
Big spices up front in the nose and palate. Rich body, though the stout flavors and nose struggle a little to get out over the spices. Light roast and chocolate. Still quite pleasant. tfontana (1148) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2016
Bottle pour into shaker pint glass. Appearance is very dark brown with nice sparkle, finger-width off-white foamy head with poor retention. Aroma is strong pumpkin spices. Taste is as aroma. Palate is medium bodied with smooth, creamy texture, average carbonation and finish like taste. Overall, it’s billed as a mix of two of their classics, but the stout quality is lost behind all of the pumpkin spices. Not bad by any means but other than the palate not much of a contribution from the stout. Finhead (1830) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2016
Black pour with a small, tan head. The aroma has nutmeg and mild chocolate. It has a full body with creamy texture and average carbonation. The taste is sweet with a slightly dry finish.
wlajwl (7120) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, roasted malts and mild sweetness. The flavor is nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted malts, fruit, chocolate and an acidic/tart finish. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewpub, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big cinnamon, ginger, and clove into a bit of cocoa powder, roast with a slight hint of the pumpkin, slight coffee. Taste was a mix of caramel, chocolate, coffee into a bit of pumpkin, big pie spice with cinnamon, ginger, hints of earth, finishing spicy. jandd1983 (4637) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2015
On tap at the Tap Room. It poured a dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma was fairly light with some roasted malts, chocolate and a nice amount of pumpkin. The taste was dark roasted malts with a smooth, slightly bitter-sweet chocolate in the middle. The pumpkin was faintly present throughout but more so at the end. It had none of the typical spices that usually come with a pumpkin beer. Including very little bitterness. Very nice. MrBunn (2849) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
On tap at Schlafly’s tap room. Aromas are a kapow of pie spice that covers up almost everything else and seem a little odd given the dark brown body. Flavor is a nice Mix of chocolate and pie, with most of the emphasis on the pie. It’s smooth and sweet with a nice silky feel on the palate. Interesting and decent. alcaponejunior (445) - Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Had this at the Schlafly hop in the city festival in my sampler glass, and loved it so much I bought a growler of it. This review is from a growler that is a few days old. The beer maintained its quality very well in the growler. Schlafly growlers seal tight and keep the carbonation well.
The appearance is pretty good, especially for a growler serving. It had a lightly tan one finger head that dissipated into a thin sheen on top, with ok lacing.
Aroma is wonderful, but not too over the top. You can really tell that it’s a pumpkin beer, spiced, and a stout. Pumpkin aromas are subtle and a little sweet (I can see this may have been made with butternut squash too, at least that’s what it smells like to me). The spices are absolutely perfect for a fall/holiday/pumpkin beer, not too over the top but obvious and delicious, with nutmeg and clove standing out, and most importantly (at least to me) not an overload of cinnamon. Roasty stout aromas complete the olfactory experience!
The taste follows the smell quite closely. Roasty malts are followed by a nice spiciness and a moderate pumpkin flavor. There’s just a tinge of hops bitterness to complete what is a very balanced and delicious beer.
Mouthfeel is medium, with a lightly roasty and spicy aftertaste. Carbonation is light but ample, creamy, and not inappropriate for the style.
Overall I think this is a wonderful pumpkin beer and a very nice fall treat. I recommend trying a glass if you can get some before it’s all gone. Anyone who loves pumpkin beers should find this one quite interesting. The thing I like most about it is that it’s NOT over-spiced (a trait that I feel kills a lot of holiday beers).