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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 543   ABV: 18.1%
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Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with pumpkin puree and a blend of five spices. Aged in extremely fresh Gosling’s Rum barrels for six months. Consume early and often, preferably with a pumpkin pie and/or s’mores.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3237) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
0.355l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. Lots of unfiltered floaters going on here! The beer itself is lovely amber in color and the small bubbly head that came on the pour quickly vaporizes. Oh, my there’s lots of nose here! Super woody and barreled we have a lacto sourness in the background. The rum rules this beer, super infused with sour red berries and sweet rum. Damn, it smells a lot, and I’m willingly admitting that I really like this aroma. Super cloying in the taste. It’s rich and almost cut-through thick in the mouth while the carbonation level is below average and prickling. Pumpkin-gingerish taste with red sour berries, wood and lots of rum. The alcohol is most definitely present but not disturbing in any way whatsoever so ever. Peppery stingy pumpkin spicy finish that lingers on into the late hours. A super interesting, flavorful and fun beer! Perhaps the best pumpkin ale I’ve ever had. 18.12.2013

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7938) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle split at the Manny G tasting, thanks to Bruce, 28/06/14. Murky orange amber with a moderate beige swirl and edgeing. Nose is big old pumpkin fuel, light spice, dark fruit rinds, ginger notes, caramel fudge. Taste comprises sticky pumpkin pie mix, malty, rich caramel, light spice, touch boozey syrupy. Full bodied, fine carbonation, smooth on the palate, sweet licks in the close and subtle booze tones in the close. Solid pumpkin affair, really not getting the 18% which is expertly integrated, thought I was drinking 7 or 8 % worth of autmunal pie filler !

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Bruce. Pours unclear amber-copper with a bubbly off-white head. The nose has ripe pumpkin, caramel, some wood, orange. Medium sweet flavor with boozy kick, rich pumpkin syrup, some autumnal spices. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish, caramel, sugar syrup, rich pumpkin, bread. Heavy-hitting stuff but pretty tasty. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6284) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bruce? It pours deep mahogany brown with minimal head. The nose is wood, soft fruits, pumpkin, earth, spice, vanilla, butter squash, and candy. The taste is bitter-sweet, wood, squash, pumpkin, spice, vanilla, wood, light alcohol with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation, a big pumpkin bastard, but decent enough.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3343) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Sample at Hopfest 2014. Comes reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of spice, pumpkin, and malt. Taste is rum, ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin, and malt. Nice sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3848) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 23, 2014
Draught at Beer Trappe. Big boozy rum based beer where the ABV clearly shows. A bit sticky at the end, but very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3017) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle, 2013 thanks to OKBeerFan! Pours hazy chestnut amber with a small quickly dissipating tan head that leaves a ring and some lacing. Aroma is rummy for sure, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, light funkiness, toffee, orange zest. Flavor has all of the above, fairly spiced, quite boozy. Sweet and sticky, only a bit of bitterness. Very rummy. A bit too sweet and spiced for me to really get into. Nothing even remotely subtle about this beer. Holy cow.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle generously shared by Sparky! Mahogany pour with slivers of orange, garnet, and plum at its core. Caramel, toffee, molasses, maple, pumpkin, nutmeg, raisin, and run soaked oak. Pretty damn sweet and syrupy. Alcohol was absolutely invisible. A bit sugary for my liking.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (658) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2014
12oz bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Nose is weird musty old spices, rum, wet cardboard, and something I can’t seem to place along the lines of baked beans and the meatballs that come in Spaghetti-Os. Taste follows the nose with a soft viscous palate, notes of spices, pumpkin, cheap rum. Finish is the same but does hide the high ABV very well. Just a weird one for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2045) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2014
2011 Bottle thanks to adnielsen ! Pours a deep caramel color with a finger of eggshell foam. Tons of boozy pumpkin, coconut soaked rum, kola nut, ginger, caramel popcorn, baseball card bubblegum... some earthy leather helps calm down the sweetness factor. Nice spice factor.


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