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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (36093) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2013
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to amber with a small off white head. Aroma is caramelish, cinnamon and nutmeg spiced. Sweet. Caramelish and nutmeg. Cinnamon and cardemomme. Medium spiced and slight sweet impression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (18659) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2013
26th September 2013
Amsterdam. Bottle in my hotel room. Clear deep amber - red beer. Good pale cream coloured head. Light palate, a little soft. Mild minerally carbonation. Thin creamy malt. Good pumpkin, fruity and not too much added spice. Light dry finish. Mild bitter linger. Not bad but I am sure I have had better Imperial Pumpkins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (16429) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Draft. Clear maroon color, beige head. Aroma of burnt caramel on toast. Taste is roasted coffee grounds and light spice. Finally, a pumpkin beer that diesn’t taste like pumpkin pie!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (15319) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12916) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2013
Bottle from BOE, split with JF at the pre 5K tasting, 12/11/13. Almost clear mahgony brown with a big old beige head. Nose is dark toffee, light booze, pumpkin pie, orange peel, woody, light medicinals, nutmeg. Taste comprises mashed pumpkin, dark toffee, light spice, clove. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the finish. One of the better pumpkin beers I’ve tasted - solid enough fayre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12596) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours coppery brown with a slight beige head. Aroma: The expected spice for pumpkin, but it is a bit different from the usual. Full bodied, or nearly. Flavor is a version of the typical pie spice, but it’s different. Woody? Herby? Something. And it’s flavor is oaky or woody? Certainly a strong flavor that includes pie spice, but is a deal more. I’d say this is one of the best "pumpkin" ales I’ve had. Not to be missed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12346) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Snallygaster, draft. Clear cola-brown body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, ginger, cola, some milk chocolate, allspice. Taste is moderately sweet, cola, some milk chocolate, allspice, light ginger. Medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12064) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Draft. Poured hazy dark brown orange color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sweet spice and pumpkin aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth pumpkin spice flavor with a medium to heavy spice sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11587) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2012
12oz bottle-trade with jtclockwork-tight tan head with trailing lace-mahogany. A-cinnamon, brown sugar, med malt. T-cinnamon, spice hops, brown sugar, molasses-dk malt. Occasional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11237) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
A dark mahogany red ale with a thick brown head. In aroma, classic ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, pumpkin pie spices, with light coffee notes. In mouth, a smooth sweet treacle with cinnamon and cardamom, treacle, well done, rich and caramelly. On tap at Rattle ’n Hum, Sept 21, 2012.

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