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RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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 Goslingís Rum barrels for six months. Consume early and often, preferably with a pumpkin pie and/or símores.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2016
My two favorite drinks have come together in one awesome glass! I enjoyed a sample of this fine drink on draft at Union Jacks. The beer poured a dark ruby color with a small but lacing tan head. The nose featured pumpkin, rum, caramel malt, ginger and nutmeg. The flavors were so dang delicious! I could taste the rum literally being lifted away from the rest of the liquid as I swirled it around on my palate. The rum just sprang out and shared the spotlight with the pumpkin. This is amazing! Super smooth finish with a touch of booze on the tongue. Forget the pie and símores. Iíll take the bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Itzjerm (2296) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Why consume with pumpkin pie. It is pumpkin pie. Wow it is like eating pumpkins with cool whip. Thanksgiving? Crust and all is here. Wow. Thick on tongue thin head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - NOV 11, 2010
on tap @ Beer Trappe in Lexington, Ky. special event night with Adam Avery, I showed up just in time to get the last of the keg! strong aromas of rum up front with plenty of pumpkin in the mix. Iím not quite clear on appearance, the lighting was really dim.. amazing flavor, pumpkin ale aged in rum, what more could you want! Loads of spice, alcohol noticeable but not overpowering. I am fortunate to have tried this, just wish it was around all the time. Hands down best pumpkin ale!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fuguestout1 (10) - Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Wow! As a descendant of southern folk who regularly used bourbon in pumpkin pie recipes...I love this! Aroma is alcohol, pumpkin, and allspice. Flavor is pumpkin and spice and although the alcohol content is apparent, I didnít find it overwhelming, which is surprising given itís 13.2% ABV. I wish my grandpa could have tried this, although that party may have ended badly.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2011
Wow. I was very impressed with this one when I had it on draft at Falling Rock. Pours an amber orange color with a receding white head. Nose is pumpkin, cinnamon, spices (nutmeg, maybe a hint of cloves), lots of vanilla, and lots of complimentary rum. Flavors meld well together, with the front being rum, pumpkin and a bit of spice, mid is spices and a bit of pumpkin, and the finish is lots of rum. Get more complex as it warms, and while the pumpkin is not the only star in this show, the rum compliments it so well that I donít mind. Where else will you see a 13.2% pumpkin beer? The nose of this one blows away all but one other pumpkin beer, and the flavor is unparalleled.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1763) - 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 oí booze (rum to be precise!) which continues throughout the drinking experience! After the boozy onslaught thereís 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??

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, 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 Goslingís. 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (916) - 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!

4.4
   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!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - 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 canít even imagine all the planning and work involved in this beerónice job Avery. Well deserving a perfect score in taste.


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