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RATINGS: 377   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.


1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
ClarkVV (4342) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Draught at Publick House, October 2014.
Clear, drab copper-beige with some light auburn tints and a small, fleeting beige head.
Alcohol, pie spicing, candied fruits and not a ridiculous amount of rum or pumpkin (though they’re certainly both present). With warming, obviously, the booze and spice do get pretty unbearable.
First sip is sweet, nearly syrupy but for the loosening effect of the rum/booze. Warm pumpkin pie and spices makes an appearance but is massively outdone by the candied sweetness. Light citrus and fruitiness on the edges. Low carbonation not helping the cause, leaving a heavy, cloying, boozy effect on the palate. How anyone rates this thing above a 2 is beyond me....Just disgusting.

2.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2015
What do you do when someone brews a 16.7% Pumpkin Ale and ages it in rum barrels... You age it some more in hopes it mellows out.

Well I must report that this has barely done that, still aggressive and is even sweeter than it was fresh. Avery keeps it crown (over Founders, Southern Tier and Firestone Walker) has the producer of the most hard to drink big beers in the USofA. There are parts of this that on their own are tasty... I like the bold rum notes and the spices alone are a brash hit to the groin but when you add it all together, it is a confluence of overbearing spice, booze and cloying sweetness that just does not work. Diabetes with a side of Pumpkin spices. Argggh!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1352) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Shared with the boys on July 5th at Residence inn in Boca. Small pours were dark brown and syrupy. Aroma is BAM pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and dark chocolate. The taste is simply delightful with the pumpkin, spices, deep caramel, vanilla, and dark chocolate notes. Thick body and oily. Not as boozy as it was when I had it fresh. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2978) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a thin tan head. Aroma was boozy pumpkin pie with rum, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. flavor was very boozy and quite sweet with brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, and nutmeg. Full body, syrupy texture, low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (638) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle. Medium brown pour, disappearing head, aroma is pumpkin pie, for the most part. Nice to have a pumpkin beer that hits that mark for a change. Flavor is sweet, pumpkin, spice, booze at the end, with some bitterness showing up. Enjoyable, with limited use.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkleu357 (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2015
From notes on 3/29/15 On Tap. Glad I got the 6 ounce pour. Not that it isn’t good, it is just soooo sweet. Might as well be drinking a glass of rum. Tastes basically like a rum candy.

3.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
c1raider (87) - New York, USA - APR 3, 2015
This was a very unique beer... Think sherry meets port meets fruity beer. Very sweet with a syruping like texture. A beer to share, maybe not worth the premium

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
soyorganic (298) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Sweet pumpkin taste, awesome, delicious. It tastes like rum and pumpkins. Nice carbonation. I love this ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mep3222 (889) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Smells like a sweet roasted pumkin mash with rum. Oaky, woody, complex pumkin flavors with rum backing. Sweet but not overly for how strong it is. Most authentic pumpkin flavors of any I have had in a beer and the rum flavors go awesome with it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2015
[Tap] Muddy light brown color with virtually no head on top. Heavy aromas of pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, booze and sweet potatoes. Flavors of yam, pumpkin puree, alcohol, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, vanilla, rum and clove. An alcohol burn is there, but not overpowering considering the high ABV. Oily palate. Lightly carbonated. About 4 oz. of this stuff is all you need. Tasting notes from 10/2014.


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