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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
The Big Brother version of our original fall seasonal. The Imperial is more robust and intense in flavor with a noticeably spirituous finish.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (5135) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2010
bottle thanks to jmu500 on tbs. poured black with a khaki head. pumpkin spices with light caramel. nice palate, heavy pumpkin spice flavor, nutmeg, and a nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, pumpkin, light chocolate, slight spice, slight smoke, and some roasting. Poured black in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished a bit, but lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, slight pumpkin, light smoke, light bamburg wood, light chocolate, slight spice, slight molasses, and a hint of cream. Medium to full body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, slight pumpkin, light chocolate, and light roast finish is lightly dry. 11%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle from mar. Black pour with a light brown head. Aroma is cinnamon, pumpkin, ginger, roasted, and slight hops. Taste is chocolate, ginger, clove, more cinnamon, and greatness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4101) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle courtesy mar. Dark brown color with a tannish ring of head. Aroma of grandma perfume, decorative soap and fall spices. Flavor is dry spice with some aging pumpkin. Finishes with a dry floral sense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12543) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of mar) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of pumpkin, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and roasted malt. Flavor of pumpkin, bread, roasted malt, caramel, some ginger, and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle:   Midnight black, large frothy light brown head, fairly nice lacing.   Pretty dark, darker than I would have thought.   Pumpkin spices are actually fairly soft.   Actually seems a bit like roasted pumpkin seed.   On the tongue it is actually has a bit of pumpkin, pumpkin seed, roasted malts, but also and oddly enough... freshly baked pretzels and salt.   Can’t say that about any other beer.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Its less of a stout than I thought.   Lots of pumpkin seed and doughy pretzel like flavors.   Its a bit salty too.   Could stand to be sweeter, to bring out the pumpkin flavors some more.   Really needed more cinnamon and nutmeg to balance it out.   Thanks Jon for the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bomber thanks to afrantzell. Pours nearly jet black with a well-formed beige head and some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is nice, roasty with pumpkin and spice notes, particularly cinnamon and nutmeg. A little mocha in there as well. The flavor is excellent, like an amped-up version of the non-imperial version. Very pumpkin-forward. Also dark chocolate, roasted malts, slight sugary sweetness, vanilla, and cinnamon. Really tasty. Smooth, rich, and rather creamy on the palate with an average carbonation level. This is definitely on the better end of pumpkin beers I’ve had. It’s easily up there with Midnight Sun’s T.R.E.A.T.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
gigantic thanks to tarheels for this awesome beer! 2010 vintage. pours black with a spongey brown head that seems to have tints of grey. big roasty pumpkin aroma, mildly spices. both the aroma and the taste are very earthy and warming, very comforting and nice. a very warming body, warms the belly for sure. must be at least 10%. great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Fresh bomber, 2010 vintage, perfect theme for passing out candy on the porch on a "chilly" 85 degree Halloween night. The pour yields an extremely dark mahogany body that is mostly opaque, save for a slightly translucent edge. A small head of smooth, dark khaki to mocha tinted foam fades away quickly, leaving just a swirly film. Dense, drippy sheeting leaves behind some micro-spot lacing, though most of the viscous liquid returns to the pool below. The aroma is based in dark caramel and moderately sweet cocoa, with nicely integrated notes of roasted pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon sugar. There’s a bready overtone from the dry yeast, which is nice, considering all the sweet elements that lie underneath. Flavors follow suit, sweet in the malt base with loads of lightly roasted caramel, semi-dry cocoa, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick. There are some sweet pie-like elements, maybe even some graham cracker crust, and the pumpkin seems natural and well integrated, not artificial like so many other pumpin brews are. Still there are flaws. Primarily, there is the body, which seems relatively thin up front, but quickly moves towards a sticky, sugary finish. Carbonation is good though, appropriately moderate, doing well to excite the tongue and dry things out a little. Good brew. I’m not a big pumpkin beer fan, and this one doesn’t approach the mastery of Midnight Sun’s pumpkin porter tandem, but it is solid nonetheless. Not a bad way to spen Halloween night after all.

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