keepersj12 (3117) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2016 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. A nicely creamy khaki-colored head of two fingers crowns the body well. It doesn’t feature the best retention for the style, however there’s a nice patch of lacing down the side of the glass.
S: This is heavy on the pumpkin ale qualities, light on the porter ones. And even the former isn’t that impressive. Light pumpkin and spicing are the dominating notes - there’s little in the way of roasted malts, chocolate or coffee. Not bad, just rather unassuming.
T: The flavor is much the same way - the only dark qualities that I can really taste is the clean, roasted dryness of the finish. Mild, generic spicing opens things up, before it finishes with a slight roasted flavor. This is bland, to the point where it’s drinkable nature can’t make up for it.
M: Clean and dry on the finish...a quality that’s hampered by the slight heft of the body itself. That’s the only real problem with the feel. It’s the boring flavor that harms drinkability more than anything. Carbonation isn’t quite as blistering as some porters.
O: This one just bores me. While there’s nothing wrong with it, there’s nothing that pops out as being impressive, either. Basically it’s a middle of the road, please the masses kind of beer that simply isn’t for me.
I like pumpkin beers like this. It's not over powering at all. Nice bit of pumpkin pie spice in the aroma and flavor. Easy drinking with a bit smokiness.
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Pours a dark ruby red. Aroma of nutmeg and other spices. Taste is dark and sweet with pumpkin
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Pours a dark chestnut brown color tht appears black and nearly opaque in the glass with faint mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacin left behind.
Slightly smokey, robust dark malt aroma with a prominent autumnal spice presence. Strong roast character with hints of charred toast, oatmeal, coffee bean and dark chocolate. This is countered by heavy spices, especially allspice, coriander, clove and ginger. Some pumpkin purée in there as well with sweeter dark malt notes, notably chocolate and toffee. Somewhat artificial smelling with a overpowering potpourri scent that overwhelms the pumpkin. Smells like an overly spiced porter with just a touch of pumpkin.
Lighter bodied than expected with an overwhelming autumnal spice presence and acrid burnt malt flavors. I’m not picking up any pumpkin at all, just burnt malt and dry spice. Lots of pepper, clove and ginger without much else on the spice front to balance things out. Also, the malt character is lacking sweetness with overly dry charcoal flavor. Hints of ashtray, burnt wood and charred toast making this beer intensely dry and unpleasant. Even a little bit of pumpkin or sweeter malt flavor would help this beer but as is, it’s a mess of a beer that I dumped down the drain. katrinaez (2019) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Light but pleasant pumpkin aroma. Smooth and creamy taste. Pumpkin taste is also light but it hits the back of your throat. Drinkable. Tap. bth122 (1563) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Bottle. Gram cracker cinnamon cracker aroma. Caramel malt and toasted malt. Medium body. Nice finish.
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anders37 (26625) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2015
Draft @ DAS BEST Oktoberfest, Baltimore. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate spicy pumpkin aroma. Roasted malty spicy pumpkin flavor with hints of caramel. Has a roasted malty spicy pumpkin and chocolate finish. nearbeer (5417) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Pint on tap. Opaque, deep chocolate body has just a smattering of enduring bubbles. Nose is mocha, pie spice and a nice touch of squash. Tastes of spiced pumpkin on the front turn to dry cocoa and dark coffee. Finish is a nice mix of all the flavors with a lightly sour squash note. Near-medium body has a nice balance and a smooth, low-medium carbonation. BeerdedDave (1707) - Beckley, USA - SEP 9, 2015
on tap at the brewery; dark brown-black color; nice aroma of pumpkins and roasted malt; pumpkin flavor blended with roasted malts to make it more tolerable; as much as I hate pumpkin beers, the dark, roasted malts make this one work bkurtz (1094) - Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle - Pours a clear brown with amber highlights. Aromas of allspice and clove (pumpkin pie) somewhat artificial. Taste is muddles with some tartness, spice, caramel; it’s all over the place, not for me. generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body has a deep copper like amber color with good clarity. It’s head is small, white In color and fades slowly as I drink.
Smell: There are some nice pumpkin pie spices coming through with a deep maltiness backing it up.
Taste/Palate: I get really nice light coffee notes and a good malty base. It also has a nice balance of pumpkin pie spice. The palate has a firm feel with good carbonation. For me this is one of the more drinkable pumpkin beers. Everything is in very good balance.