Ratman197 (14042) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GABF poured a hazy orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of cream cheese icing, spie and carrot cake. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of carrot cake complete with spice and carrot notes with a smooth finish. They nailed this one!
argo0 (13748) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Large beige head, brown-red body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, allspice, confectioners sugar, carrot cake, some nut, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, allspice, sugar, some walnut, carrot cake, light sourness. Medium body, some stickiness.
Drake (13171) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours a clear copper color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of carrots, nutmeg and other spices and a tart, earthy note. The taste is carrots, bread and earthy tartness, gingerbread and spices. Medium bodied.
Dogbrick (12341) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a growler. The beer is a clear brownish-red color with a medium light beige head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lace. Aroma of...well, carrot cake. Actual spiced carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. No way they could replicate that in the flavor though right? Wrong, a-hole. The beer tastes exactly like a freaking carrot cake, again with a cream cheese finish. I don’t know what dark arts are involved in concocting something like this but I am blown away. This beer was tried multiple times throughout the evening and at different temperatures and at no point did it not taste like carrot cake at the corresponding temp. Really amazing achievement in the field of "beers that taste like desserts".
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Churchkey for Shorts Tap Takeover. Pours a clear, deep ruby red with a small tan head that leaves sticky lacing. Nose is straight up carrot cake with all the elements: cinnamon and nutmeg, cream cheese frosting, walnuts. Incredible. Taste is heavy and dessert like with all carrot cake components: oily cream cheese icing, walnuts, and holiday spices. Very delicious and right on target for what it was aiming for, but overall is just too wildly heavy and rich on the palate and so sweet that 4oz is about all you will need. I can’t imagine drinking a pint of this for fear of type 2 diabetes.
j12601 (9890) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Sunset for their Shorts event prior to EBF. Pours a just clear orange brown. Spicy ginger, spices, raisins, and overall a big ol’ carrot cake aroma. Flavor follows the nose for the most part, but way too sweet. Sweet raisins and spice. Too sweet, full of caramel. Toasty and sweet on the finish. Novel and interesting, and it certainly does smell nice, but it was utterly cloying.
alexsdad06 (9727) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from growler. Pours a medium brown with reddish hints and a smaller beige head. The aroma and flavor were exactly as advertised. Carrot cake, sweet, nicely spiced with every detail covered down to the cream cheese. This was unique and very tasty.
onceblind (8409) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2011. Slight hazy murky copper, light off-beige head. Smells of deliciously sweet carrot cake with a cream cheese tone. Flavor is the same--dumb good. Rich cinnamon, carrot, cream cheese, pecan-like nuttiness, sweet cake-like goodness. Big bodied too with a nice linger. Just WOW.
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Wow, awesome carrot cake aroma - spice, cake, and even the cream cheese frosting. Similar flavor but more subdued with a touch of overwhelming spice. Yum.
nimbleprop (7848) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4oz pour at Churchkey. Pours a bright, ruby red with zero head. Aroma is exactly like carrot cake. Seriously, like smelling a moist slice of carrot cake, spices, cloves, cinnamon, cream cheese icing, sweet root vegetables. Flavor is very sugary, cream cheese icing, a little clove, nutmeg. Medium bodied, cloying, overly sweet finish. Flavor is exactly like carrot cake too. It’s incredible how well they hit this flavor profile. That said, this is a very, very sweet beer and more than a few sips would definitely be too much.