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Lakefront 25th Anniversary Series #03: Imperial Pumpkin (2013)



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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Lager brewed with pumpkin and spices with vanilla added and aged in brandy barrels.

mrhoppy's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrhoppy (1287) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Pours a clear, dark amber color with a thin, off-white head. Aroma is brandy, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon. Medium to heavy on the palate with smooth carbonation. Flavor is sweet, vanilla, brandy, pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, a little boozy, with a light, pie spice finish that lingers for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pressboxjoe (259) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2014
I picked up a 4-pack at the local store never having heard of it. It was delicious - heavy on the brandy barrel flavor, but good. Went back a few days later and there was no more. A week later I returned and there was plenty more, so again I only got a 4-pack. And next time I returned it was gone again. Sure it was a seasonal, but I don’t know, seems like beers follow more predictable patterns on shelves. For a beer that no one ever mentions, it sure was tasty. And looks like I wasn’t the only one who thought so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6489) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Draft. Pours orange amber with a thin head. Pumpkin spices, vanilla, caramel candies, and brandy/boozy sweetness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6279) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
A pretty huge surprise from a brewer I’m not crazy about. Nice balance of malt, spice, vanilla and brandy. Looked like a fizzy yellow beer, but went down smooth and tasted great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1184) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Unique offering. Pour is amber with little to no head. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, apple brandy, and vanilla. Similar flavor profiles with a little kick. Pretty decent, although scores suffer a bit in appearance and palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Sampled at GTMW 2013, picked up four pack at brewery and a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a semi clear orange amber colored brew with a quick dissipating beige head that leaves behind some film top and minimal lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, brandy grapes and floral hops. Taste is full bodied, brandy and heavy caramel with some light cinnamon and vanilla. Finish is semi-sweet with a lingering pumpkin vanilla and brandy flavor. Allow one year of aging and the palate really smooths out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremyh70 (809) - Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Poured a hazy copper orange color with a small light tan head that settles to a ring with little lacing. Aroma of pumpkin bread with caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of brandy. Taste is sweet but not cloying with caramel and vanilla followed by nutmeg and all spice. Cinnamon creeps in along with some mild brandy booziness and some woody character. Finishes semi sweet with some alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is somewhat slick with a medium body and low carbonation. Flavors blend well but would be best with food because of the sweetness. Would pair nicely with pecan pie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle:   A fairly spicy example, a little alcohol, with some definite aspects of vanilla and brandy.   Fairly sweet but not cloying.   Very interesting beer, wished I had more than 12oz actually.   Goes down easy, if you like spices.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly full bodied.   Has that fullness, chewy caramel and brandy bits.   Warming spicy finish.   This was also rather tasty!   Thanks Bob!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1164) - Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Pour has little to no head, lower carb than average, hazed orangish red. Sweet aromas of fruit berry and brown sugar.Low in spice with some malt and vanilla bourbon notes. Sweet brown sugar taste with vanilla notes, orange some booze,malty sweet. Some tang in finish citrus balancing the sweetness some. A bit sticky sweet on the finish. Pretty good for a pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1529) - Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle - Fair sixe foamy head, hazy dark orange/copper color, definite pumpkin and brandy aromas and flavor, with mild spice and vanilla notes, pretty balanced overall, and pretty good for a pumpkin beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1724) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
Caramel pour with a light brown head. Aroma is pumpkin pie. Taste is pumpkin, spices and sweetness from the barrel aging. Pumpkin flavor balances well through the aging characteristics.

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