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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Boo! Has there ever been a better feeling then when you were a kid spiriting around the neighborhood in a white sheet with a bucket of candy bars? No, not really. But we figured if we loaded up an Imperial pumpkin ale with natural chocolate flavor from cocoa nibs and stick it in a bourbon barrel for a few months it might come pretty close.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Best by November 2015.
Glass: Firestone Walker reserve tulip.
Appearance: Clear copper body with a head that arises with gusto. Dense and tan with good retention the head hides the body beneath.
Aroma: The aroma leans barrel heavy; coconut, bourbon and oak are noticed primarily. A dash of bitter bakers cocoa is noticed. Overall the aroma is mild and barrel prominent.
Taste: The flavor is rich and palate filling. Hints of bourbon and oak mingle with a mild malt base. The mid-taste add hints of coconut and a moderately thin flavored mid-taste. The finish adds cocoa balanced with sweet malts and light bourbon. The finish is nice, as is the intro, but I find the mid-taste lacking. The finish is soft and has a lingering vanilla presence.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: If they were to beef up the malt base then I think this would be a homerun. As it is I find it hard to recommend, but the bottle is great so there’s that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1786) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 14, 2014
750ml shared. Poured murky dark orange color with a white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was bourbon and vanilla, mild spice notes as well. Flavor is primarily bourbon and vanilla notes underlined with the pumpkin pie spices. Followed by the cocoa nibs. Very well balanced and flavorful. Worthy of a second bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3003) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a murky dark golden amber with a creamy white head that left light lacing. Aroma of bourbon, pumpkin and vanilla. Smooth flavor of oaky bourbon, pumpkin pie, vanilla, subtle cocoa and some pumpkin spices. Medium body, light carbonation, dry finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (14693) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle shared at RBWG Asheville Opening Night Dinner. Thanks to Jack for this one. Big stuff, lots of bread and sugar. Some wood. Minimal pumpkin character. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, more hefty malt character. So so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TimsRatings (421) - - FEB 19, 2014
From bomber. Dark amber color. Aroma of spices and bourbon - an odd but interesting pairing. Taste follows suit. Did not notice any chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
[ Bottle ][ RBWG Premeet ][ 750mL ][ RBWG Globe ][ Free ][ 2/6/14 ]
>> Low haze golden pour with okay lacing. Nose is sweet candy, mildew, gamey honey. Taste is dry, woody, papery. Eh, medicinal finish. Weird. None of the flavors I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (11242) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle shared at meet and greet. Etched glass. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of orange cake, light malt, cocoa, pumpkin pie, light bourbon and oak. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10891) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy orange with a large, creamy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is oak, pumpkin, cinnamon and yams, cookie malt and earthy hops. Flavor is malt forward with pumpkin, spices, light hops and bitterness, oak and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5517) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Slightly hazed gold pour with white head and lace. Aroma of fruitiness and some light herbal hops. Flavor is sweet dried fruit and a good warmth. Medium bodied and a tad fizzy. Ok beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5658) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a murky orange-brown color with a huge very creamy orange-cream head that lingered forever and left great lacing. The aroma was faint with sweet orange . The flavor was sweet and malty with moderate ripe fruits, chocolate and bourbon. Long finish of creamy chocolate and bourbon. Moderately full bodied and smooth. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice.

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