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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 543   ABV: 18.1%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8109) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2015
12 ounce bottle bought at Uptown Market. Pours a clear mahogany chestnut color with a small white head that dies down to nothing. A massive boozy spicy nose, the rum/pumpkin mix is wonderful. Sticky sweet, big sugary rum, spices, pumpkin but the overall flavor isn’t nearly as boozy or difficult as a 18% pumpkin beer would seem to be. Hot cherries, burnt toffee, rum and heat in the finish. Quite good. For what it is, this is awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6450) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Bottled, orange amber color, still, spicy pumpkin rum aroma, flavor is bananas foster, rummy sweet, bread pudding,great finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5461) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2015
12oz bottle, bottled SEPT 09 2015, foiled. Nose explodes with real pumpkin and traditional pie spice, really explosive and inviting; a little sugary, but waves of vanilla, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, apple, lesser allspice and faint ginger [the latter turns up more in the aftertaste]. Pours deep amber-brown with a fizzy tan head that isn’t long for the world. In the mouth, quite sweet but stopping just a step short of cloying, sugary, light-medium bitterness, and a huge fireball of scorching alcohol, not bold enough to ruin the taste buds, but enough to throb the throat and chest for a while. Stronger caramel and thicker malt as I go, touch molasses/treacle. Getting a lot of vanilla and barrel character, definitely oaky and tannic, but not so dramatically distinguished that I’d pick out “rum.” Full body but not fat, picking out more berry with time, even some maple in the sweetness, but unfortunately the great pumpkin impression fades as the cleansing, antiseptic spirit character grows to dominate all else – I feel like I’m doing shots after about three ounces. Still, for one of the bigger beers [at 18%], pretty well done, flavorful and stays on-topic without collapsing into a fuselly mess like some of Avery’s other offerings. I’m actually going to recommend this, as a sipper during a deep freeze, long after the lights of the jack-o’-lanterns have guttered. [2015.12.10: 3.4]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (626) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle shared at Darkness day. Brown caramel pour. Huge pumpkin aroma. Taste is really boozy pumpkin. Really good but too boozy for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpitinga (79) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Some things just go great together. Peanut butter and jelly. Coffee and cream. Rum and pumpkin. At this year’s GABF, Avery entered the big-batch PumKYn (bourbon barrels are near ubiquitous), rather than the small-batch Rumpkin (rum barrels are rare). Seeking greater profitability? Going with a crowd-pleaser to be judged against over-specified style guidelines by a room-filling number of judges? Whatever the reason, beer competitions are a poor (pour?) way to discover the great beers of this world. Better to keep an open mind and educate your palate through tastings (outside of competition!), preferably of beer on draft at a local brewery/bar. As to the latter point, see Mark Dredge’s "Tropical Fruit Juice IPA (or IPA in 2015)", 24 November 2015.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuzzcro (199) - Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2015
A fine ale. My personal taste isn’t very compatible with the strong rum flavor though I can tolerate it because the great spices blend well with it. It warms all the way down to the bottom of the belly. I’m happy I decided to give it a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3489) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2015
2011 vintage. Pours hazy burnt orange color with thin off white head. Aromas of rum, oak, pumpkin pie spices. Similar flavor with some booziness. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Glowing dark amber pour with thin soapy head. Big boozy spicy aroma. Rich pumpkin, Sugar and spice. Big booze bomb that warms you up. Pretty good when your in the mood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thechasm442 (662) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Served in a tulip. Burnt caramal color with little head and lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie spices, toffee, and lots of malt. Flavor is more pumpkin pie, rum, and deep wood. Heavy mouthfeel and alcohol is present. Good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (711) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Aroma: caramel, pumpkin, alcohol, pumpkin spices Appearance: cloudy amber, off-white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Awesome

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