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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A native plant of North America, pumpkins were first used in beer in colonial America as a substitute for hard-to-find malt, and none other than the father of our country George Washington had a highly touted recipe. This imperial porter pumpkin beer combines the robust, full-bodied style of a porter with a, frankly, crazy amount of pumpkin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (1227) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark hue with a fizzy brown head that settled. Aroma is cola, soy, cloves, nutmeg. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium light body and zesty carbonation. Taste is sweet initially followed by a spice astringentness. Overall this is a decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (790) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Roasted malt, candy sugar and molasses sweetness in the aroma with a light vegetal component and some pumpkin pie spices. Crystal clear dark brown, copper and ruby with a light tan head. The pumpkin pie spices come through in the taste in perfect proportion and intensity. Cinnamon and nutmeg are prominent and delicious. The sweetness is equally appropriate with light butterscotch and molasses. The roasted malt flavor shines through and gives a lightly charred wood texture and flavor. Nice earthiness to it and some background pumpkin flavor with some light vanilla and cream in the background. With all that’s going on here, the balance is just incredible. The body and flavor are spot on for a porter. Leaves behind the spices and dark roasted malt flavors. This is definitely one of the best pumpkin beers I’ve ever tasted!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiveacestx (788) - Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle - very dark but not jet black (when held up to light). Has a light pumpkin spice aroma and taste. Some other spices are in there too like maybe nutmeg and/or cinnamon. Light medium body and smooth. A good sipping beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (684) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Tap. Pitch black. Nice lingering bit of head. Full body. Nose of charred malts and faintly of pumpkin spice. Tastes very mildly of pie pumpkin, with predominant charred malts and coffee. Heavy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (1647) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Pours a thin head on a black body. The aroma is a pretty even mixture of pumpkin and roasted malt. Not bad considering it’s a pumpkin ale. The taste is pretty sweet overall, lots of pumpkin (pie) and brown sugar, and a touch of roasted malt. The texture is sticky. If you like pumpkins and porter this is the beer for you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Somewhat tepid dark chocolate pour. Fleshy pumpkin and brown sugar sweetness amidst fulsome porter roast in the initial nose, though there’s a mineral cleanness to it that isn’t fitting. The flavor is similarly somewhat thin, characterized by sharp anise, bitter root, and clove notes that aren’t supported by enough deep malt. The pumpkin is appropriately subtle given this issue. High carbonation exposes the flimsiness of the body. Leathery, earthy brown malt finish, quite watery in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJestersBeer (2258) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2014
355ml bottle. Dark mahogany brown, with a brown head. Spicy, roasted aroma, cloves, nutmeg, chocolate, caramel, quite fruity. Off-dry, medium to full bodied, mid bitterness, balanced CO2. Roasted, spicy taste, cloves, cinnamon, fruit, chocolate, licorice, caramel. Well balanced, very drinkable. (2014-09-30)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2879) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2014
OnTap at the River Room, Whole Foods, Boise Very dark brown pour with a thin light tan head. Soft sweet rosated malts and pumpkin spice notes. Subtle and plays well with each other. Not over-done or chemically like some.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SODAK14 (306) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - SEP 28, 2014
A nice dark pour...for some reason I was expecting a more "pumpkiny" color. Not too much of a pumpkin flavor which for me was good. A nice malty brew and really smooth Actually a nice brew you could drink on any occasion not just the fall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Meh...this isn’t bad but nothing great. Aroma and flavor were the same. Nice roasted malt with an underlying spiciness. The pumpkin pie spices were balanced but kind of conflicted the roasted malt and light coffee flavors. Cinnamon and nutmeg were the big spice flavors. The finish left a little burn with me like there was chipotle in there. I’m not dumb enough to think that was in there but there was a slight spice burn. Nice surprise. Mild carbonation.

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