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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Why is there only one time of year – as goblins, ghouls, and ghosts frolic on front lawns – when we embrace THE FEAR? At all other times, THE FEAR dominates us, controls us, and prevents us from greatness. What is there to THE FEAR? Disagreement? Criticism? Humiliation? Whatever THE FEAR is that consumes you, embrace it, along with this Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Only then will the true artist in you rise up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2616) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Cola brown color with an aroma of spice, pumpkin, and toasted malt. Flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and some caramel. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (4527) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown color with reddish highlights and a thin off white film for a head. The aroma is sweet pumpkin with the usual spices (cinnamon, nutmeg,..), some caramel, toasted with some woody notes. The flavor is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted bread, caramel with some earthy bitterness to the finish. I was actually expecting there would be more pumpkin than I tasted based on the nose. Decent, but there are better examples available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with khaki head and lacing. Nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, some pumpkin. Taste is pumpkin up front with some pumpkin spice. The finish is burnt brown sugar and molasses. A bit different for a pumpkin, pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
retinadoc (117) - - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Very tasty, sweet beer. Like a dessert drink. Subdued hop flavors, finish distinctly pumpkin, lingering sweetness. Sugar hides the high ABV. Would definitely buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4625) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Nose is heavy on the spices and low on the malt and pumpkin, herbal with cinnamon, nutmeg, dash of allspice. Deep chestnut body with some red and a short tan head. Slick malty body with medium sweetness and a big helping of booze, sloshing and aggressive but not too burny, with some woodsy/oaky and gourdy pumpkin notes, spices with surprising bitterness that is only aided by the readily apparent dryness. Mild herbal vein courses through. Medium body and surprisingly drinkable; seasonally appropriate and, well, yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (1862) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Tap at Stagshead. Pours dark brown with one finger head and delightful pumpkin pie nose. Tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, pumpkin, coffee, chocolate, earth, and vanilla. Rich and full mouthfeel. Just bitter enough to cut through richness, delightful

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
streve (95) - Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2012
12oz bottle. The pour is a dark brown with virtually no head. Very dark for a pumpkin...odd. Aroma is spicy. Nutmeg, cloves and a dash a cinnamon. Pumpkin and caramel also. Mouth is full of spice up front. The finish is quite dry with note of pumpkin. A little malty. Medium body. Pretty potent, and rightfully so, at least for what I paid. Apparently its the first time FD did a pumpkin beer. Not a bad first offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (4413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks alright; dark for a pumpkin ale though. A semi-transparent dark brown with off-white lacing. Smells solid; pumpkin and appropriate spices. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A decent example of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
maxwelldeux (3068) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with almost no head. Nose is fairly spicy with lots of cloves and nutmeg. WAY too spicy and pumpkin-y for my taste - it’s just too strong. No me gusta.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Poured a deep black/brown with a thick beige head. Aroma is pumpkin, clove, caramel, nuts, and floral. Taste is pumpkin, nutmeg, chocolate, herbs, and a bitter finish. It is quite smooth and easy to drink considering the high ABV.

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