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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3408) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - OCT 23, 2015
This was poured into a snifter due to the fact that this is imperialized. The appearance was a dark brown color with a creamy to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a slim half minute. Lacing runs light. The smell has a spectacular balance of the pumpkin, pumpkin spices and subtle sweet cocoa to blend together. The taste was mildly spicy over the sweetness making a great effort to bring back the sweetness of the cocoa malt in and all around. A light mainly sweet cocoa to somewhat pumpkin aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs somewhat light allowing the spices to run as the harshness to my tongue. Overall, imperialized pumpkin ale, yup, this is what I was looking for this Autumn. I need to make more trips to New York for more of this.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (6671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Dark brown with a thin light beige cap. Mild nose with a gentle cinnamon and earthy roast malt, and a gentle autumnal dark earthiness. Flavor is much the same; semisweet, earthy, gentle autumn flavor, gentle pumpkin spice, a wee bit of booze. Just kinda mild and whatever.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (473) - Camarillo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2015
Inky black with thick white creamy head that holds well. Nutmeg and Pumpkin pie aromas with wet earth on the nose; nice mouthful with warming finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (1088) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Very boozy. Pumpkin is not overwhelming, there is a light cocoa and vanilla taste. Dark brown/red. Clean mouth, but heavy booze taste. Tap

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joecon (31) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Bought this at a local grocery store. Fantastic! Pumpkin isn't overpowering. ABV is 9%. Dark and smooth. Just try it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcnielsen (2983) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with off white head. Spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet potato, pumpkin aromas. Malty, spices, pumpkin, slight booze flavors. I enjoyed flying Flying Dog’s other pumpkin, Gourd Standard, more.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (2512) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Dark brown pour, opaque, off whit head. Some pumokin spice, nutmeg, light toastd malt. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARH (1100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2016 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. The aroma is root beer with vanilla and cinnamon at first. This is followed by sweet toffee with a sweet potato / pumpkin pie note a and mild coffee with an undertone of sugar. The beer appears slick, with a rich, glossy, dark black brown hue topped by a big, soft foam, beige head that has an above average retention and leaves decent lace. The taste is a medium high sweet with a medium bitter. The texture is chewy and slick with a foamy carbonation and a full body flavored with chocolate, and bread crust with an earthy, vegetal undertone. The finish is sticky but with a clean flavor of wood, smokey spice, and a light pumpkin puree, that fades, and is replaced with a chalky feel. The aftertaste is dry, slightly chalky and woody, lightly astringent, with bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and burnt bread crust that?s mildly lingering, and eventually leads to bitter clove.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (329) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Clear light brown pour with light tan head. Spiced pumpkin in aroma. Taste didn’t quite bring me to thanksgiving and pumpkin pie. While our did Skinner a balance of sweetness and spice, it does not evoke thoughts of pumpkin pie.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1647) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head with decent lacing. Aroma is of pumpkin meat, pie spices, caramel, sweet malts, coffee, lightly roasted malts, and some toffee. Taste is about the same as the aroma with the addition of some dark chocolate and mild hop bitterness. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly bitter, long, slightly warming finish. Overall, tasty, complex pumpkin that hides its high abv very well.


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