Headbanger (3663) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 12/5/15 (Specís-Addison)-48į in Shaker-Pours black with a tan head for a cover. Aroma of pumpkin and spices. Taste of pumpkin, spices, sweetness, vanilla, chocolate, and slight alcohol. This full bodied brew is well balanced and was quite a surprise.
mike67 (1009) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, dark fruit, brown sugar and spices (nutmeg). Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of dark fruit, molasses, toasted malt, pumpkin, vanilla, chocolate spices and herbal hops. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.
GenDV138 (4615) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle (2015) poured into a nonic pint glass. Dark brownish black with a finger of light tan head. Aromas of pumpkin, roasty notes, caramel. Tastes of pumpkin, spices, roasty notes, brown sugar, light booze. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Solid imperial pumpkin stout. Nice surprise from Harpoon.
dnstone (2437) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet molasses and spiced aroma and taste. Flavors are well balanced; sweet with light pumpkin spice and roast character. Deep brown-black color.
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Panzuriel (1627) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber purchased at Meijer in Westerville, OH. Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin is an inky black brown pour with a decent ring of off white head. Nose is mostly pumpkin pie spices, cloves, nutmeg, and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is a good amount of earthy pumpkin taste with a decent, if not a bit overpowering spice hit. Body is full and has a good just this side of creamy texture. Alcohol is evident as well. Ideally, I like a little less spice in my pumpkin beers, but this is nearly perfect.
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black our with little or no head or retention. Not much of a looker, but still dark and mysterious. Before getting my nose anywhere near the glass, this thing is an olfactory monster. Strong pumpkin pie spices emanate with some malt candy and toffee behind. Tastes almost as good, maybe a bit much on the spices though. Surprisingly smooth at this ABV, and I think the stout side of this brew is solid. Overall a little on the sweet side, and I enjoy some of the sweetest brews. Finish is pretty clean. One of the better of this category.
samsmith33 (772) - - OCT 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at blend. STRONG. Malty nose. Roasted meat. Spice. Alcohol is strong. Taste is vegetable, oatmeal, nutmeg, brown sugar.
FlandersNed (385) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from 9/13: Held up/developed really well! Somewhat sweet, slightly dry w/plenty of pumpkin, well-balanced spices & chocolate. Full+ body and medium+ carbonation.
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.0 A: Black color. Did not get much of a head to form, but it was a light brown color.
3.5 S: Pumpkin spiciness - nutmeg, ginger, clove, cinnamon - are most prominent. Next is roastiness, molasses, caramel, and chocolate underneath. Itís not bad, but the aromas donít have the right proportions. Itís hard to explain.
3.5 T: Pumpkin spices mentioned above with cinnamon being the most prominent. Perhaps a bit too much roastiness and not quite enough sweetness. Molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Again the flavors seem out of proportion. I wish I could make this more clear, but it seems I canít. Boozy warming on finish.
3.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Definitely needs more creaminess, but not too detrimental.
3.5 D: Itís okay, but has problems that I canít really explain. I love pumpkin beers, but Iíve only had a handful that are done really well.
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Bulk_Carrier (3174) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - SEP 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After checking out the ABV, I opted on the tulip for this one.
The appearance was a black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing was barely there.
The smell starts off with some ginger, light allspice, subtle pumpkin, light breadiness and a tad of raisin.
The taste was mainly sweet with an ample sweet to spicy (ginger to all-spice-esque feel). The aftertaste is somewhat pumpkin-esque leading into a sweet to subtle sticky sort of nice pumpkin-esque finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body, as thereís a good sipping quality about this one. Carbonation feels good for a pumpkin ale (imperial, eh, okay, I get it), sure, no difference for anyone that knows anything about pumpkin ales.
Overall, I went into this with low expectations and came out with WTF was this? Uh...way better than Iíd thought it would be. Haha, yeah, I would have this one again, definitely.