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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (3286) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2013
Poured reddish amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet cinnamon, Medium body, flavour as the aroma. Not really my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeratarian (88) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Pours a medium brown with 1/2 inch tan head. Aroma of spices, but more from yeast, Belgian clove, banana. Taste is spicy cinnamon, clove then some hop bitterness. Finishes dry and malty. Really interesting beer. Almost a Belgian Christmas ale. I would indulge in another for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Put together a mug book .. . Pours a medium brown .. . Mild foam .. . The nose is a ruddy burnt thanksgiving pie .. . Light mouth .. . Starts off promising but falls a bit short .. . . I don’t know how to tie a tie..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GSH1976 (207) - Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Pours a very dark reddish/brown with about 1’’ of head which dissipated quickly leaving minimal lacing. The first thing I noticed in the aroma is clove but there is also some pumpkin and cinnamon present. Taste is spices with clove the most dominant and there is a little bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. Not awful but not what I like in a beer and one is enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3833) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Pumpkin, clove, and molasses nose. Hazy cola color, medium yellow head with little retention. Tobacco and pumpkin flavor. Finishes with green leafy hops. Drinks a little hot. Odd, hoppy pumpkin ale, distinctive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark brown color. Not quite stout-y looking, but darker than a lot of pumpkin ales I’ve encountered. The head is a creamy mocha shade, about one finger high. It’s both soft-looking and well retaining, all while leaving a nice ring of lacing down the side of the glass. S: The spice levels here are strong; lots of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove here. There’s something vaguely medicinal here that I’m not sure of, though. Otherwise, touches of pumpkin, brown sugar, and caramel round out the decent aroma. T: For about a second, it’s opens up with a pleasant layer of spices. After that second, problems ensue: the flavors become quite minty to the point of being medicinal. Luckily, the aftertaste is pleasantly roasty. The combination of the minty middle and the alcohol presence sends this one spiraling down into mediocrity - and straight into the realm of crappiness. M: The smooth body is a welcoming respite...until it dries up on the swallow, exposing some of the harsher flavors. Somewhat boozy, and also slightly overcarbonated. O: This reminds me that while there are a few rock-solid beers from this brewery (like Raging Bitch), some of their other stuff is painfully mediocre. Like this - actually, no, it kind of sucks. Will not be buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bengibbs6 (46) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2013
More spice than pumpkin. Very bitter at the finish. Not my favorite. Bitterness if off-putting ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
antonstoop (167) - - SEP 15, 2013
A dark ruby red beer, with an average head. In the nose there is a lot of spices, there is cinnamon, pumpkin, hop, fruit and it is fresh. A medium bodied beer, with a good carbonation. In the taste there is again a strong hint of cinnamon and pumpkin, the hops get pushed away, which is a shame. The aftertaste is contains mostly herbs and gives a dry mouth. An fun spicy beer, but not that good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (2854) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Decent pumpkin beer. Aroma was very disappointing. Very weak. Had to put the whole honker in the glass to pick out slight notes of malt and alcohol. Pour was a lot darker than most pumpkin beer. Looked dark brown in the glass, but when held up to the light it was actually an extremely dark and murky ruby. Never saw a beer this shade of red. The beauty of this color brought tears to my eyes. Taste was a lot better than the aroma. Strong cinnamon overpowers the other spices, but they are there. Notes of red hot candy. Not much other flavors coming through. Strong alcohol detected. Decent carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Keg @ Beer Run. The pour’s deep brown with red highlights. Modest creamy off white head. The nose is burnt brown sugar. Caramelized pumpkin. Ginger and cinnamon. Similar taste. Bug sweet nutty malt presence. Biting cocoa bitterness on the hot finish. Full body, rich. Overall, decent for a high abv pumpkin beer...

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