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Stout brewed with artificial flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2012
12oz bottle from Johncy’s Liquor Store in North Liberty, IA. 7.6%ABV according to the 4-pack. Pours a black body with a finger-width, frothy, dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie spices and a bigger vanilla up front with a nice chocolate malt backing, a touch of pumpkin, and a light roast. Flavor is heavy vanilla up front with a good amount of pumpkin pie spices coming in with some dark chocolate, brown sugar, a light roast, and a touch of pumpkin. Finishes clean, smooth, and mostly dry with lots of vanilla, chocolate, and a balanced roast and pumpkin pie spicing. Lengthy aftertaste following a full body and a somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, this is fairly vanilla forward, but there is a nice pumpkin pie spicing, chocolate, and light roast to balance. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tripplebrew (777) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Pours an opaque chocolate brown with frothy tan - tinged head. Aroma is a mix of nutmeg, a lot of cinnamon, and vanilla and almond. Flavor is a mix of vanilla, brown sugar, nutmeg, clove cinnamon. Body is light and and surprisingly clean on the tongue. creamy mouthfeel that doesn’t linger. light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle. Poured an opaque black color. The head was light brown and a few fingers high with decent retention. Smelled of potpourri with cinnamon, clove, cocoa, coconut, and vanilla notes. Medium bodied with moderate sweetness. The flavors followed the aromas. Didn’t get any pumpkin. Reminded me somewhat of New Belgium’s Cocoa Mole without the chili burn. Not unpleasant. Unfortunately the pumpkin was drowned out by the other flavors/aromas without sharing in the spotlight in any way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1075) - Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2012 Opaque black although it has a slight red hue around the bottom,if you try looking for it. Mild creamy head,looks thick. Smell is absoulutey pumpkin with vanilla, maybe a bit musty pumpkin but its nice not alot of other spice going on but it has some faint cocolate in the background letting you know it might still be a stout. Taste is very smooth silky with malty pumkin mild mellow chocolate,the pumpkin is pronounced earthy/musty,this has rich big silky body,not cloyinly sweet.It has a very nice mellow roasty smooth slight coffee finish. Although I dont dig artificial,this is pretty nice and I just taste alot of earthy/musty real pumpkin in a good stout. There is some ashy tobacco/coffee finish. Somewhat sweet but balanced well. This is a pretty nicely complex beer overall,there is alot going on in all the right places. I dig this and its my first pumpkin stout,what a surprise to find this not to mention the only 4 pack on the shelf. I consider myself lucky. This is tastey.It kind of reminds me of a nice smelling vanilla cigar. I dont smoke but it leaves you with this.I will enjoy having 3 more over the fall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Sweet pumpkiny aroma... Like a warm blanket, makes me think of fall. Very pleasant. Milky flavor. A bit over sweetened and somewhat acidic. Not a great combo. Like the aroma, but flavor-wise, I’ve had better pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (2651) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle at Dan’s courtesy of Aaron, thanks man!! Pour is dark, opaque brown with little-to-no head. Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, marshmallows, light nutmeg, pumpkin pie filling, and graham cracker in the aroma. Taste is spice, pumpkin, marshmallow, very sweet, yams, and crust. Syrupy mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. not bad, but a bit too sweet for my liking, on the verge of cloying. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6173) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish brown with white head, aroma has vanilla, dark chocolate oak, dinner Ted fruits, spice. Taste is sweet vanilla, trashy earth and spice notes. Sweet and slightly dry. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house, courtesy of pepsiedcan. Deep brown appearance with a small tan head. Spicy, candy corn, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg aroma. A bit fruity, a bit veggie, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla bean, caramel flavor. Not bad but definitely nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1167) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2012
(bottle) This seemed like an interesting sounding beer, so I decided to give it a try. Pours almost jet black with a little bit of light brown around the edges and a very thin and splotchy tan head. No lacing. The aroma is a blast of vanilla, pureed pumpkin (Libby’s canned), coconut, and assorted pie spice. Nothing really "stouty" to speak of, although it does smell like chocolate chip muffins for some reason. The flavor is even more intense than the aroma, with a huge dose of semi-sweet chocolate chips that just lingers on right through the finish. An almost equally strong wallop of vanilla and shredded coconut flies right in along with the chocolate. Little tiny kicks of spice, but it’s all pretty low-key. Not really much pumpkin to speak of here, but there’s just a tad on the finish. This almost tastes barrel-aged in a way which ratchets up the .rar quotient. The mouthfeel is medium to full and the carbonation is appropriate. This is an incredibly sweet beer, and most of the time I hate these kinds of creations, but for some odd reason I really dig this. I liken this to drinking a liquid cookie, so if you’re in the mood for a dessert in the form of a liquid rather than a solid, give this semi-sweet chocolate chip pumpkin composition a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured cola brown with a short cap of tan head. The aroma picked up lots of semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla, with lesser pumpkin meat present.. some nutmeg and cloves joined in.. as it warmed up, vanilla really took over. The flavor was along the same lines.. vanilla dominated, with chocolate, molasses, and maple sugars all fighting for attention.. pumpkin meat shows toward the back.. dry nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon come on strong right at the finish. Medium-plus bodied with low-ish carbonation on the palate.. OK flow.. overall this was too sweet, with too much vanilla and too much going on in general. That said, I want to see every solid brewer out there do a pumpkin imperial stout.. I LOVE the concept!

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