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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Dave & Michelle, thanks! Cloudy golden amber color, large fluffy white head, solid lacing. Aroma of salted pretzels, I am not kidding. Taste starts with light vanilla, spice, slight booze at the finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (10781) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9597) - Hanover, Maryland, 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Draft at the VA Craft Brewers Festival, Devils Backbone, 8/24/13. Pours a hazy orange color with a large creamy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of pumpkin, chocolate, whiskey, herbal hops. The taste is chocolate, mild pumpkin, whiskey, caramel, spice. Medium bodied, subtle, well balanced. Very nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, 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 (8241) - , 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 15/20
DocLock (7832) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5229) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Murky, hazy amber pour with a tall, fluffy white head. Aroma is mostly booze with soft wood note and light pumpkin. Taste is strong boozy notes from the bourbon barrel treatment, light cocoa, soft spice, light pumpkin and soft wood. Body is medium and slightly chewy with a boozy warmth and strong, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more bourbon notes, soft wood, light vanilla, soft cocoa, pumpkin notes and light spice. Glad I got a second bottle. Needs some age despite the fact this was bottled in July.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5002) - 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 (4909) - 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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