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RATINGS: 383   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1460) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2011
On tap at the Elysian Brewing Great Pumpkin Fest in Seattle, WA. Colour... amber-orange with no head at all. Nose... decidedly rummy with a baked squash and mild spice essence. Palate... starts off with a blast o’ booze (rum to be precise!) which continues throughout the drinking experience! After the boozy onslaught there’s more of the baked squash aspect, but it is particularly pumpkin (rather than a general squash flavour) with a brown sugar glaze, a dash of pie spice and hints of oaky dryness. I must admit, most of the Great Pumpkin Fest offerings were down hill after this baby! Where can I find bottles of this gem??

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2302) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at Churchkey. Pours a dark walnut with a vivacious head. The nose is absolutely massive; pumpkin and banana bread, gingerbread, candied almonds, vanilla wood, and that dark and stormy quality from the Gosling’s. The flavor is also insanely big; candied sugars, orange peel, pumpkin puree, fall spices, chocolate covered cherry, nuttiness, wood, and pineapple rum. Extremely sweet on the palate but not quite cloying, with the 15.9% ABV burning at the finish. Absolutely loved it; my favorite pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 27, 2011
bottle courtesy of adneilson, thanks! wow. this is one HUGE pumpkin beer! the biggest ever i would say! wow! this is an intense and interesting beer. first off the bat, RUM!!! tons of rum, and in a good way. theres a delicious burnt sugar, molasses, prune, pumpkin thing going on here. this is a very hearty pumpkin brew, not light by any means. pours dark brown, looks, smells and tastes like a barleywine with pumpkin mixed with rum pretty much. it deliciously sweet and decadent, and is the only pumpkin barleywine i can think of. most people either do a lighter pale brew or a stout, interesting to see this take. great stuff, glad i got some to last for a while!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Excited for this one! Aroma is figs, caramel, plums. Smells like a big malt monster. Minimal pumpkin, spice, or rum on the nose. Even a little dusty yeast. Pours a thick amber bordering on brown. Head fades almost instantly. Taste... dear God! Sweet caramel and rummy oak dominate the front end. The spice really hits in the middle and sticks with you. Definite cinnamon flavors and vanilla. The pumpkin flavors are there as well. The rum is apparent upfront but fades into the background. This really blends well together. The booze is well hidden but is present. Has some tawny port-like qualities, but with more spice and flavor. Very nice and very interesting. One of the few 10+$ beers I have been completely satisfied with. Get your hands on a bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2261) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle from BevMo: Color was a medium brown hue that appeared similar to a glass of dark rum and had no head whatsoever. My nose picks up on a scent of sourness usually associated with a Belgian Flemish ale, though, some scents of pumpkin puree and other pumpkin spices come through in the aroma. Also, the aroma suggests a touch of sweet sugary syrup like malts while the rum barrel aging adds additional spices. As for the drink, the flavors are boasting of spiced rum along with the pumpkin spices. An intensely sweet flavor of candy sugars, molasses, maple syrup, and possibly a pinch of brown sugar. This beer is really held together by the barrel aging since the rum really rubbed off well and morphed this pumpkin beer into one that stands out compared to the rest. I just can’t even imagine all the planning and work involved in this beer—nice job Avery. Well deserving a perfect score in taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
12oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a clear, copper with deep russet at the base with a thin, whispy, khaki head that leaves tight rings of lace around the edges. aroma is fantastic with beautiful notes of fresh, homemade pumpkin pie, cinnamon, clove, and spicy nutmeg backed by subtle notes of candied yams, orange peel, and ginger with smooth, spicy, and slightly woody notes of rum emerging as it warms. flavor is absolutely spectacular with huge notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and clove blended seamlessly with the subtly sweet flavors of my mom’s fresh baked pumpkin pie (complete with the perfectly toasted crust) and backed by notes of toffee, pecan sandies, spiked holiday cider, and rum balls. palate is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a wonderful balance of pumpkin pie sweetness and spiced rum warmth. overall, absolutely the best pumpkin beer i’ve ever tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle thanks to CLevar! Clear dark orange pour, very little carbonation and a good rummy and pumpkin aroma. Flavor is smooth and slightly pumkin spiced and a nice syrupy sweet rum flavor which mellows and warms on the aftertaste. Goslings was a perfect compliment to this beer, I can’t beleive this is 16%!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (6507) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a clody copper with small off white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is vanilla and caramel. Thin mouthfeel with a rich malt with caramel and light spice and cinnamon. Easy to drink, an impressive Pumpkin beer from Avery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2012
(12oz bottle phaleslu). This was a beer I’d been wanting to try badly and low and behold if Peter doesn’t send this as a bonus. Awesome! Pours a hazy orange-red color with thin tan head. Aroma is pumpkin, sauteed apple, spices, brown sugar, rum, vanilla. Taste is sweet with a nice mix of pumpkin, vanilla and rum. Full bodied with a sticky flavor. A little bit of alcohol warmth, but ohhh so smooth. I just realized this is almost 16% abv! This tastes like its 8-9%. Freaking awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
Sampled on tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood. Pours clear cherry red with a small ring of head. Flavour of candied sugars, dark fruits, spices and honey. Flavour of rum, candied sugars, dark fruits and wood. Full bodied, sweet, heavy, very smooth, oily. REALLY nice. Perfect pumpkin beer for those not so hot on the idea of a pumpkin beer! By far my favourite pumpkin brewskie!

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