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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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cards04 (2380) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
So pumking was the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had.. Till I tried this. Pours a muddy orange/brown. Aromas are absurdly pumpkin like. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin loaf.. You get the picture. Very sweet, almost sherry like pumpkin sweetness and brown sugar. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.. A nice warmth going down the gullet.. And a great buzz shortly thereafter. Awesome stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1882) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle to snifter. Hazy copper with hint of tan head. A: spicy, boozy, vegetable. T: sweet boozy spicy pumpkin. Just too much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Pours a dark black color with a tiny little head. Aroma is boooooooze, rum, raisins, oak, sugar. The taste is, well, it’s so much booze. Overwhelming booze. I like pumpkin beers. I like rum. I like Avery for the most part but this? This was not done well in my opinion. Maybe 2014 produced an unusually harsh bash. I loved the Pumpkyn beer they make that’s the same strength. This one was just not good. Age it for 10 years and maybe it will have mellowed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (7943) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2015
Bouteille 33cl via trade shared with the Shape folks, Belgium. 2013 bottle. De couleur ambrée-orangée, col blanc qui disparait rapidement. Arôme offre un bouquet agréable de citrouille le tout accompagné par un bouquet efficace d’épice ’all-spices’ qui ne tombe pas dans l’artificiel. Palais offre ici tut le bon côté de la citrouille. Une certaine épaisseur s’en dégage avec une pointe de douce. Le rhum accompagne le tout et est en symbiose avec le profil attendu de cette bière.Le tout reste collant aux lèvres sans pour cela tomber dans le trop sucré. Retrouve un épicé (cannelle, girofle) typique de saison et cette impression de pumkin pie sur stéroïde. Bière difficile à boire seul et nous n’étions pas trop de 4 pour y arriver.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
aleigator (496) - GERMANY - JAN 13, 2015
Many thanks to Michael for the bottle. Pours a clear, firey dark red color, with a soon vanishing head. Has an almost overwhelming, wooden barrel character, which gets enhanced by an incredibly zesty, herbal, sweet spiciness, featuring glazed pumpkin and burning booze, all put into an intriguing balance. The brews complex, honeyed maltiness interacts well with the slighty fermented, earthy and sweet pumpkin, both smells blending together hold the barrel intensity at bay. This is so much sweeter than I expected it to be, with loads of molasses, toffee and cane sugar, kicking my teeths in, finished off wih an intense alcoholic burn, while the barrel’s woodenness gets almost swallowed entirely by the sugar. The malt foundations gets overpowered by the sweetness already during the very beginning, joined by a sharp alcoholic impact, and only manages to try finding its balance during a later stage, due to the calming herbs and spices, which all in all aren’t capable to stop the sugar madness too. The rum barrel is very well integrated though, providing a burning, slightly bitter counterpart to the sugar, which would result into a slightly dry, medicine-like impression, if it wasn’t for the muddy, leafy herbs of mace, cardamon and vanilla, to provide some sort of balance. FInishes with caramelized malts among molasses and an confirming booziness, leaving enough space on the palate for the actual pumpkin to fit in, supported by wooden herbs.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tcon25 (302) - Duvall, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle pour at home. Batch #4 bottled sept 22 2014 16.73%. Slight pumpkin aroma, smooth finish , leaves a small amount of rum after taste. Really good beer here, I enjoy everything from this brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3491) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Incredibly delicious pumpkin beer. Lots of sweetness, but its big alcohol cuts through it well, balancing things out. Texture is thick and chewy with a mild carbonation. Intensely rich elements of pumpkin pie, bread dough and pastries. Pleasant hoppiness. Alcohol is hidden dangerously well. Yams, rum and raisins linger nicely in the aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (1117) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Clear amber/brown color , thin off-white head. Aroma of rum , pumpkin, spices and malt. I like rum , so I like this smell either. Heavy sweetness in taste . Excess of sweetness as for me . Also there are spices , grain , pumpkin and some alcohol in taste. Warming , alcohol finish and aftertaste. Very interesting , but I expected for more...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (655) - Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2014
2013 12-oz. bottle. Heavy nose of strong rum and molasses, nutmeg, and ginger with hints of cinnamon and actual pumpkin aroma (not just the typical spices). Crystal-clear dark copper in color with no head. Incredibly rich taste of straight-up pumpkin pie (crust and all) and maple syrup; hot booze is quite apparent but not particularly rum. Slick mouthfeel. Delicious but maybe another six months in the cellar would smooth it out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (8694) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2014
12 oz bottle. Bottled on Sep/2013. 18.53%. From jcnielsen. Huge thanks to Justin!
Hazy amber brown colour with a small light tan head. Sweet malt, sourness, pumpkin sweetness, spices, rum and more sweetness in the aroma. The flavour is... Wow! It’s really strong with spices, sweetness, rum, alcohol and more sweetness. Extremely strong. The alcohol burns. This is not a light beer... I’m passing out.


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