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RATINGS: 402   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 Goslingís Rum barrels for six months. Consume early and often, preferably with a pumpkin pie and/or símores.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle, after a few draft samples last month. Pours translucent ruby chestnut, topped with a thin off white head. Beautiful aroma; the barrel characteristics predominate, with plenty of rum and lots of wood, with notes of vanilla, spice, and pumpkin in the background. Brown sugar and spice hit the palate for an instant, and are quickly overcome by rum. Intense finish, with lots of alcohol and dark fruit. I love the aroma, but the flavor doesnít measure up.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpitinga (33) - 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 yearís 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 Dredgeís "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 (45) - Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2015
A fine ale. My personal taste isnít 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. Iím happy I decided to give it a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3322) - 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 (1373) - 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 (430) - 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 (387) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rougeau13 (2275) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Beautiful reddish orangish amberish with an off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin and spices, rum barrel, caramel, dark fruit, and molasses. Taste is deep and rich, boozy, spicy, sweet, and fruity. Full bodied, syrupy, boozy, and lightly carbonated. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Rich amber/cider color; Medium body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, vanilla, pumpkin, some dark fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/vanilla, molasses, rich pumpkin, and spice; Warm boozy finish; Nicely balanced; Interesting & pretty smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ARH (979) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is a strong pumpkin pie spice, with some light boozy undertones that turn towards caramel and candy corn with notes of sweet apples and wood emerging late. Itís a hazy, honey hue with coarse, soap-like, white head that thins quickly with a runny, and light retention, and no lace. Itís taste profile is very highly sweet with a medium light bitter contrasting note. The tecture is thick, and syrupy with a sticky touch and a small amount of fuzzy carbonation. The full body has a mild boozy front with caramel, rum sugar, and roasty pumpkin pie. It finishes with a strengthening spice, warm alcohol, and a fruity touch. The aftertaste is woody with spiced alcohol and cooked sugar. Near mid glass, this turns to burnt bread crust and bitter spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brentv (533) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2015
From bottle on recommendation of a friend. Pours hazy copper color with a half-finger off-white thin head that dissipates quickly and leaves just a hint of foam around the edges of the glass. Aroma is big and sweet and autumn spicy. Taste is immediately sweet and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, orange gooey candy, and of course, pumpkin. Itís hot and boozy. Medium to light mouthfeel with good carbonation. A hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish. While tasty, itís too sweet and hard to finish.

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