Things go a little downhill from here. To me, the very best pumpkin beers are overloaded with pumpkin pie spices -- much like Starbucks' flagship PSL drink. Sadly, there aren't a whole lot of pumpkin spice notes to be found. Instead, it tastes like a coffee stout with some nutmeg notes thrown in at the end as an afterthought. I wanted so badly for there to be more pumpkin spice -- after all, it's called Pumpkin Spice Latte.
If you love pumpkin beers, you'll find this one to be middle-of-the-road in terms of quality, despite its impeccable branding. My recommendation is to go to Starbucks, steal its pumpkin spices, and mix them into the beer. Then you'll be in business.