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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The Big Brother version of our original fall seasonal. The Imperial is more robust and intense in flavor with a noticeably spirituous finish.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2239) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Pretty good stuff. Aroma of allspice, coffee, burnt toast. Flavor is spices, pumpkin, good roasty flavor. My main complaint is the malts taste a little light and not very rich and flavorful. Could have been great but was only good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (882) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle from Brackets for Beer. 2010 vintage. Black pour with a small off white head. Aroma was a heady mix of dark roast, bits of coffee and a light but present pumpkin spice. I thought the stout base for a pumpkin beer worked very well. Flavors were similar with more of the pumpkin coming through. Quite drinkable, mouthfeel was medium to thin. I wish others would attempt this style, it’s promising.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2011
(22oz bomber 2010 vintage thanks to mar) Pours black with no chance of light getting through. Smell has doses of spice- cinnamon, clove, orange peel. I can smell the pumpkin and just a bit of lemon and roast and smoke. The taste lacks some complexity- pumpkin, smoke, cinnamon. I wish this was stronger- more imperial, but still good.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1090) - Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Poured black with a thin tan head that faded quickly. Aroma is very nice with lots of roasted malt notes and nuts. Pumpkin is noticeable too, but it is not overpowering. Taste is full-bodied with lots of flavor. Thick and creamy roasted malt flavors with some pumpkin. Overall pretty sweet from the pumpkin and some caramel notes. A tiny bit of alcohol detectable. Aftertaste has lots of pumpkin with some sweet roasted flavors. Slightly doughy with some butterscotch as well. Overall quite flavorful and good. The pumpkin is not overdone at all.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3735) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2011
This is really good.. perfect blend of pumpkin pie spices and roasty chocolate stout. Chewy foamy body. Excellent brew

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle opened by Azurelimits. Thanks, Pete! Pours near black with a thin tan head and a tad bit of lacing. From the nose alone, it’s quite difficult to tell that this is even really a pumpkin beer. While after I few sniffs I can detect some spicing and sweet pumpkin in the background, the main component here is roasted malt. Not bad at all, just certainly not what I expect given the imperial pumpkin moniker. Taste is pretty similar to the nose, with the roasted malt definitely taking the front seat. Some mildly familiar pumpkin notes bring up the rear. Mouthfeel is fairly nice with a full palate and a slightly-dry finish. Not much alcohol detected at all, which is surprising from such a big beer. Drinks pretty well overall, amping up the original beer’s malt without bringing in too much more pumpkin. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-18-2010

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
On tap. Great beer, very tasty. Aromas of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is sweet, with long length. Palate is velvety, with a medium body. Black, with a thin head.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5488) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
(22oz bomber 2010 vintage thanks to mar) near black, depe tan bubbles. Nose of sweet pumpkin mash, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and chocolate. Taste of dry pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy. Thick body, pumpkin mash linger.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Tap at Barcade. Pours a deep dark woody ruby brown nearing black with a thinning head. Aroma is fruity esters, with big dark chocolate malts, hints of alcohol, and medium to high pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon is big. Flavor is earthy, leather, big dark burnt fruits and malts, chocolate, leather, earth, oily, tobacco hints, licorice, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, clove, some horsey phenolics, a bit sharp and boozy for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Bottled. Very pretty pour, opaque black with a billowing light tan head, leaves sheets of lacing. Pumpkin dominated nose on it, a little nutmeg and other pie spices, comes together sort of like a spice cookie. The pumpkin flavor seemed rather soft at first, but it seemed to dominate more and more as this warmed and I worked my way through it. Some pumpkin seed hints and a strong bitterness to the finish. Roasted malt flavors are present but in the background. Some acidic char is noticable. There are sweet caramelly flavors on the start, but it’s not as sweet as I would expect. Definitely leans more towards the pumpkin flavors than the roasty stout flavors. Moderate body to it. Definitely sets itself apart from other pumpkin beers I’ve enjoyed this season, and not in a negative way.


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