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RATINGS: 75   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - 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 (2626) - 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 (3801) - Fort Worth, 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 (11971) - 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 (6300) - 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. † Canít 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 (3560) - 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 Iíve had. Itís easily up there with Midnight Sunís T.R.E.A.T.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (907) - 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. Thereís 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. Iím not a big pumpkin beer fan, and this one doesnít approach the mastery of Midnight Sunís pumpkin porter tandem, but it is solid nonetheless. Not a bad way to spen Halloween night after all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2010
22oz bottle: Pours an opaque black with a spotty-lacing froth of beige head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel and chocolate nose with some pumpkin flesh and a dash of cinnamon and coffee. Starts with good rich caramel and milk chocolate sweetness with some chewy pumpkin flavor and herbal hoppy bitterness before a drier semi-sweet finish. Pretty complex and a unique concept, but could use a little less sweetness and more pumpkin flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2010
22oz bomber. Pours deep, deep brown, almost completely black with a small off-white head that recedes to a small collar and leaves only traces of lacing. Aroma is pretty tame with pumpkin spices like nutmeg with hints of chocolate malts. The most dominant aroma is the dark roasted malts with the pumpkin spices taking a back seat. The taste really kicked it up a notch for me with thick chocolate malts and pumpkin spices. The mouthfeel is wonderful, smooth and creamy, with hints of spices mixing with the roasted, dry malts in the finish. Certainly not the most original or extreme of pumpkin beers, itís still very dirnkable and is really just a porter with a hint of pumpkin thrown in. Good stuff.

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