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Cigar City Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale



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RATINGS: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This high-gravity gob of gourd-y goodness incorporates pumpkin in the mashing process and then gets wicked with the spices including Ceylon cinnamon, Jamaican all spice, Zanzibar cloves and nutmeg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (2274) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2015
Pours a clear caramel with a thin film on top that leaves no lacing. Nose is of nutmeg, allspice and pumpkin pie. Taste is moderately sweet and loaded with nutmeg, cinnamon and caramel. Swilly for sure but still pretty well made. Both body and carbonation were moderate and mouthfeel is sticky. Some alcohol but nothing bad. Overall it wasn’t the best choice for basking in the sun but I found it to be still pretty good. A pumpkin beer a year is more than enough, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tom10101 (4004) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2015
How: Bottle (22 oz). Shared at Mont-Carmel tasting.

>>> A cloying nutmeg bomb with too much spices, sweetness and alcohol.

- Clear orangey amber with a medium bubbly beige head and little lacing.
- Nutmeg is really intense and overpowering everything else.
- It’s rather sweet as well which, combined with the intense spiciness, is the perfect recipee for a cloying beer.
- If it wasn’t enough already, the beer is also boozy.
- The pumpkin character isn’t super fun either, it’s borderline rotten.
- It’s not horrible for a pumpkin beer, but it’s still not something I could drink more than 2 oz. I’m sure a Bud Lime Pumpk-A-Rita would be easier to drink.

Flavors: Nutmeg (massive dose), cinnamon, caramel, pumpkin, cloves, alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
czar (5839) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
pours unclear copper-red with a small off-white cap, some retention and lacing. nutmeg and cinnamon explosion, massive masala dose, apple caramel pie, red fruitiness - rotten pumpkin meat, toffee, pepper, woodsy tannins, spirit - rum; some sweetness - demerara, peppery toffee; spices. light carbonation, medium body - oily; sweet, boozy and über-spicy nutmeg finish. blah.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JulienHuxley (4317) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle shared. Clear deep copper pour with disappearing head. Aroma is super cloying nutmeg, disgustingly spicy, caramel, bready notes. Taste is super spicy, undrinkable. Easy drainpour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
G_Ram9 (56) - - AUG 22, 2015
CCB nails it again with this one. Perfectly balanced the pumpkin with the spices for a delicious flavor and aroma. Taste is a lot like a sweet pumpkin pie at grandma's house. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RLiddell (58) - Valrico, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2015
On tap at CCB tasting room. Appearance is a clear, dark orange with a rather subdues off white head, which dissipates rapidly leaving minimal lacing. Taste is sweet pumpkin pie, nutmeg and cinnamon. This is my favorite pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1219) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Hazy orange pour with light white head. Aroma is cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is sweet pumpkin pie and a mild sour. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PartyFowle (668) - - MAY 13, 2015
Draft. Slightly hazy burgundy with a finger of silky tan head that deposits a bit of thin lacing. Aroma of a just- opened pumpkin pie filling. Sweet pumpkin purée, apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple, plus splashes of vanilla and toast. The flavor is almost like mulled apple cider in spice character. Tons of cinnamon; lots of clove; roasted pumpkin. Lingering toast with a touch of caramel. Alcohol flavor is in there as well. Medium body, mild massaging carbonation. Smooth alcohol heat in the nose. One of the best pumpkin beers ever. Complex, slightly sweet and delightfully spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (1021) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2015
From notes. Finally found the long-lost notebook from the 4 Elf Party at Dark Horse on December 13! So, that’s where this was found. Shared by someone as I was wandering around the line making friends. The pour is a darker brown with a lint of lighter amber in there somewhere. Not a true brown. There is an off white head that just leaves a couple soapy spots on the glass. The aroma is typical pumpkin beer. Heavy on the cinnamon and allspice. This one has a little more pumpkin and marshmallow going on with a decent graham cracker crust. I like the aroma on this more than I like most pumpkin beers. The flavor is very similar. There is a nice toffee addition on the flavor, and that’s about the only addition. The mouth feel is pretty decent. It’s not as thick as I would like it to be, and the carbonation is just light. The aftertaste is lingeringly spicy and then rolling though a surprising sweetness. Not too bad

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (651) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Smell is super nice pumpkin pie. Taste is pumpkin with fall spices, but it’s not really sweet like pumpkin pie.

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