walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Okay, I like this beer, but it tastes like a scented candle. It smells like a scented candle too, but not as much as the flavor. Vanilla, cinnamon, some clove. Alcohol incredibly well hidden. Taste is all pumpkin, without very litttle bready beer flavors underneath. Mildly sweet. nickd717 (4679) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Bottle via trade thanks to truehumand on BA. Pours clear pumpkin orange with a dissipating off-white head. Aroma is pumpkin, pumpkin spices, gingerbread, corn, and biscuit. Flavor is sweet and very pumpkin pie like with loads of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, butternut squash, and some bready pale malt. Palate is smooth and creamy and slightly warming. Finish is long. Nice pumpkin beer overall, but maybe not quite the king of pumps (or pums I guess - what happened to the other P?). ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2009
Slightly hazy orange color with a rather big white head that leaves some lacings.
The smell is very very weird. Powerful pumpkin aromas, holiday spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), bread crumbs, dough and a general character of pie. Gingerbread snaps. Notes of oranges. Perhaps some malts beneath this pumpkin pie madness. I actually like this, in a strange way.
The taste is not as crazy as the smell, but it’s still rather weird. Again, pumpkin and spicy pie flavors dominate. It’s sweet with lots of fruity notes (pumpkin, oranges). Notes of nutmeg and cinnamon levels the sweetness a bit. Lots of dough character - it’s like drinking a pumpkin pie. At times, I think I can even taste pie crust. The finish is somewhat bitter, which is quite pleasant here, and has notes of pumpkin and spices. No sign of the alcohol.
Medium body, easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.
This is one strange beer. However, I must say I enjoyed it. It definitely achieves what it sets out to achieve - being one big pumpkin beer. I wouldn’t want to drink a whole lot of it though, nor drink it very often.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review) jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Best pumpkin beer that I have ever had. While many like to brag that their brew is pumpkin pie in a bottle...this beer is one of two that actually delivers. olsvammel (7220) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2009
It tasted very sweet like liquid cockies and spounge cake, lots of sugar and sweets. Very odd but also very interesting. Not sure how I would have liked this in a full glass but as a sample it was quite nice.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2009
22 oz bomber pours dark orange/hazy brown with solid tan head. Aroma is insanely complex: clove, cinnamon, vanilla, molasses and others. Tast is incredibly sweet, with tons of spice carrying through. Not a ton of pumpkin flavor, but ST managed to do something with the body to give it an almost dry-like pie crust feel on the tongue. This is an incredibly unique beer with the ABV hidden well. I wouldn’t say it’s a great "pumpkin" ale per se, but it’s a fantastic spiced beer. Advice: drink in limited quantities. PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2009
If any pumpkin beer would get me over the hump on this style, it would be this one, but alas it was not to be. Bright amber color. Rich cooked pumpkin aroma, like a can of pumpkin pie filling. No spice, which was good. Flavor was just a little pumpkin, more graham cracker and light malt. Semi-dry finish, where it could have used a little more residual sweetness. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Pours a brown/orange. Aroma is intense pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, pie filling, some caramel malt. Mouthfeel is a bit slippery, flavor is explosively vegetable, pumpkin pulp, spice. Depth of flavor blows away all other pumpkin beers I’ve had. That being said I don’t really like pumpkin beers. b33r (875) - Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 Rerate: Bright orange color with nice off-white head and moderate lacing. Aroma and flavor still have strong notes of butter and corn, but I think it has gotten better. The pumpkin is definitely evident, with a nice mix of spices and sweetness. It’s very smooth and creamy with a medium, oily mouthfeel.
vikasdesai (18) - USA - SEP 25, 2010
9/19/2010: (2, 3, 7, 3, 15 = 3) Oh I wanted to like this so bad, but the aroma. OHH the aroma is so bad. It smells like corn on the cob. Not that that’s a bad smell, but it shouldn’t be the smell of a beer. It’s so corny and buttery, I don’t know what it’s about. The flavor was okay, and spicy, but it still tasted like buttered corn to me. Just really strange.
only good thing about colder weather after a nice summer is the influx of seasonal brews, and this is the crown jewel, is there anything that smells better than this? Adrianna Lima? i digress..., hides the 9% about as good as you can, touches of cinnamon and nutmeg and sugar with hops, with a wonderful amber color signifying the onset of fall.