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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8978) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Big thanks to my good friend Steve Klenk for this one, and what a gorgeous bottle this is, with an embossed ghost behind orange letters and pumpkin. Pours turbid pumpkin colored with off-white head. Nose is bready caramel malt, bourbon, pumpkin puree, cacao. Tastes of bourbon, pumpkin, big hops, cacao, vanilla. Rich, smooth, and complex palate, with bourbon up front, the pumpkin as a solid secondary taste, and finishing vanilla, cacao, and squash. This is as unique a pumpkin beer as I have ever quaffed, and I’m damned glad to have a friend like Steve to share it with me. Take a small bite of pumpkin pie, add a Hershey’s Kiss, then without swallowing take a big hit of Cognac, and you have this beer, and it tastes great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tobias (205) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2016
750ml corked and caged: aroma is of caramel, bread, vanilla, and spice with a hint on pumpkin. Appearance clear, amberish red with minimal off white foam. Taste is of medium sweetness, with caramel, bread, bourbon/ vanilla, and spice with a hint on pumpkin. medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish. very sold balanced drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (1071) - - JAN 14, 2016
clear amber color; no pumpkin in the aroma - cinnamon and oak; very mild pumkin flavor and pie spices; notes of oak and bourbon; as much as I detest pumpkin beers, this one is not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (6334) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
750ml bottle. Poured a hazy, dark brown-amber color with a huge, huge, huge head. Was initially worried about infection because it was almost all foam, and the bottle kept slowly foaming over for at least 15 minutes. Aroma was light chocolate notes, with some mild pumpkin spices. Light sweet cocoa nib notes, light barrel notes. I actually really liked this one despite being a slow gusher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (2627) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2015
On tap at PNP Charleston. Clear light Amber with medium/small off-white head. Aroma is nice pumpkin, light body, lower carbonation, and pretty good small-bubble lacing. Taste is pumpkin, some bourbon, and hints of chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2015
Draft @ Pizzeria Paradiso - Dupont Circle, Washington DC. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy pumpkin aroma with weak hints of chocolate. Fruity malty weak woody pumpkin and chocolate flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy woody pumpkin and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3286) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Pours dark amber with off-white head. Aroma of allspice, pumpkin, hint of cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon. Spice flavor with nutmeg, cinnamon, and some cardamon with cocoa and molasses sweetness with vanilla and hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2541) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 15, 2015
On tap 4 oz. sampler at Pizza Paradiso in DuPont Circle, Washington, D.C. Clear, dark amber-red with an off-white head and fair lacing. Aroma of allspice, toffee, pumpkin, maple syrup and nutmeg. Taste of allspice, nutmeg, brandy, pumpkin, toffee, cinnamon and maple. Medium/full body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5321) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Dark brown coloured body with a rich and dense ligth brown head, about four centimetres tall. Aroma of allspice, canella, cloves and a good dose of nutmeg, all with a lot of rich peaty malt and some noticeable caramelised sugars. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong rich malt flavours abound with a good deal of spices and a lot of sweetness at the end. Aftertaste shows caramel, toffee, pit fruits, malt and a lot of spices that permeate and a soft alcohol warmth at the end. Overall, a very nice spiced beer with a rich flavour throughout and a nice complexity. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Costco in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia on 21-August-2015 for US$8,99 sampled in the mountains of Shenendoah National Park on 19-September-2015.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (1287) - Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Caged, corked bomber into snifter glass; cloudy dark carmel-amber color with light tan head. Aroma notes of caramel malt sweetness, pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger), oak, cocoa, vanilla and lightly herbal. Taste adds gingerbread cookie, pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla ice cream and more chocolate. Medium body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy, tad slick with some lingering roast sweet/spice finish. Not a spice bomb, but also kind of thin. Overall pretty good, more of a chocolate/bourbon pumpkin ale compared to most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1370) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Tasty pumpkin! Has a bit of a bourbon flavor going on. Very interesting & different take on pumpkin. I’m digging it! Attractive pour & solid mouthfeel makes this worth a try!

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