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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


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2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stoutjunkie (12) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 7, 2015
coffee, chocolate, bread, aroma. brown, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, slick feel, thin feel, soft carbonation, long finish,. Surprisingly good beer, i thought it may be too much for me as the 9%abv. but this is a fantastic beer any day of the week. #hopeoverfear. Good bye Scottish labour! ;-)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sebilinz (890) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown nearly black body with tan head. Aroma is spicy with some malts and hints of fruits. Taste is pumpkin with cinnamon and spices. Aftertaste is pumpkin malts and spices. Nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swampwater (51) - Preston, Lancashire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2015
Aroma: Lovely hit of cinammon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Appearance: Dark brown, with a light caramel head.
Taste: Malty at first, then a big nutmeg, and cinammon hit. A mellow pumpkin aftertaste.
Palate: Bitter at first, then spicy, with a sweet finish. Medium body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Wow! Not my thing, normally, but the spices and pumpkin really elevate this beer to another level. The smell alone is enough to make you hungry for pumpkin pie! Warm, spicy, and comforting. Not too strong, considering the ABV. Autumn in a bottle!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (1468) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
25.10.2014. Dark brown. Aroma and flavour are spiced, pumpkin, too alcoholic. I am also not a fan of pumpkin beers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilverfoX (632) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2015
cloves and nutmeg aroma from a cola like body with a frothy white head, very smooth with the nutmeg and cloves and a nice sweetness, different and nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (14852) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle from The Bottle Shop Canterbury and drunk at home. Although I don’t seek out pumpkin beers, I do seek out Flying Dog beers as they were some of the first American beers we could get in the UK 10 years ago. So I’m always keen to try one. And some pumpkin beers do work. This one is black with a lasting tan head. Pumpkin spice aroma perhaps with a little roast and a little chocolate. Flavour is spice balanced by a sweetish chocolate. Hides the ABV well. Some sting on the finish. Otherwise it’s quite a pleasant balanced drinkable pumpkin spice beer. Fine

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
devman171 (1184) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Way too much nutmeg for me here, tasted light bitter spices, I am no pumpkin lover

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5872) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, aroma and taste of sweet toffee malt, light pumpkin, soft spices.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2350) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Strong pumpkin aroma. Dirty copper color with an off-white head. Dry in flavor; spiced pumpkin flavor...really a strong pumpkin beer. Notes: GABF ’13

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rayaron (603) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle sample at tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear deep brown with small beige head. Very spicy and sweet aroma, clove, ripe fruits (banana, peach), brandy, syrupy, coriander and apple pie. Very rich and sweet flavor, very spicy, clove, syrupy, black pepper, cinnamon, some bitterness, earthy, some wood notes, toffee, tart, apple pie, sweet and spicy sticky finish. Light carbonation, medium to full-bodied.


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