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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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The secret is in the 2.5 pounds of spice per barrel for this fall brew. We add the pumpkin during the mash at precisely the right time to create just the perfect balance of malt, hops, pumpkin and spice.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Pours dark amber with off white head. Aroma is spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is a bit harsh and spicy, with cinnamon noted. There is a note of alcohol once this one warms. Finish is bitter and long. Overall and OK beer, but there are many better pumpkin ales. Too much spice for my liking. Cannot really taste the pumpkin.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6944) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 22oz bottle. Mildly hazy orange color, active-looking carbonation. Thin, nice off-white head, leaving a nice row of lacing. Great pumpkin nose, sweet, but not too much. You can actually taste the alcohol in this one, which isnít awful... it actually kind of works. Good, crisp carbonation, easy to drink. 6 / 4 / 7 / 4 / 14

Re-rate, 9/12/12: Thin off-white head. Clear darker orange color. Some lace. Almost a balance of pumpkin and spice. Smooth lighter carbonation. Dry texture. Spicy taste, light bitter. Light spicy bite. Cinnamon, nutmeg. Solid double pumpkin. Kegs Iím seeing this year are labeled as 9%, but bottles are still 8%, which is odd... 6 / 4 / 6 / 4 / 13

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Cask at Churchkey. Pours clear copper-amber with no head. Aroma is huge spice nose, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice, pumpkin and bubble gum notes. Flavor is huge spice, lightly peppery, moderate malt, and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth, low carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1538) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Bomber. Pours a nice orange amber with a decent head. Pleasing pumpkin and spice aroma -- genuine, not artificial and also not too much. Smooth in the mouth but also with carbonation. Nice finish. All around a good pumpkin choice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(bomber, 11/7/10). Clear orange color, with particles suspended. Medium off white head. Moderate cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. Heavy spice flavor. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Bomber from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA, opened 6/28/11. This has a bit of age on it. Pours a hazy orange color with gobs of floating matter. Large creamy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of pumpkin, squash, clove and other spices. The taste is pumpkin, brown sugar, pie spices, a bit of squash. Medium-full bodied. Cracking this the wrong season, but its quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scott_Snyder (27) - USA - JUL 4, 2011
Quite a bit of sediment poured out in this beer. Very little head and no lacing. Otherwise nicely clear beer. Very subtle aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Rich creamy mouthfeel, awesomely full bodied. The expected spice flavor is accompanied by vanilla and a bunch of alcohol. Aside from the strength of this beer it is easy drinking for this style of beer. Not over the edge rich like some that wear out your taste buds.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhiner41 (185) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Aroma of pumpkin pie mixed with wet bread, almost a cinnamon mildew. After the glowing description of smell the beer is surprisingly good. Subtle hints of spice and a nice balance of malt. No real notes of hops in the brew. Color is a hazy orange. Not the best pumpkin on the market but drinkable. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Poured into a tulip. Appearance is fairly-dark orange with a white head and some pretty good lacing. Nose is pretty strong amounts of pumpkin as well as a bunch of spicing. Light sugar presence. Taste is a bit overspiced. Feel has a bit of extra spicing but fits pretty well balancing the sweetness. Drinks fairly well and is one of the nicer imperial pumpkins out there. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-09-2010

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2011
22oz bomber poured in snifter. Hazy burnt orange color with thin, creamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is full of cream, toasty/bready notes, and caramel. Taste is great with pumpkin, nutmeg, and other spices before giving way to a creamy dry finish. Boozey all the way through and nice on the palate too. Good beer.


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