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Rock Art Extreme Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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It’s a big stout brewed in the colonial fashion with large amounts of pumpkins and spruce tips added to the kettle for flavor and bittering qualities. The pumpkins complement the malt flavors and are used to add sugars to the mash. Whatever you do, do not think this is going to taste like pumpkin pie. For a SLOW experience, pair with BBQ venison loin, extra sharp cheddar cheese, vegetarian chili, fresh warm soft pretzel dipped in a honey mustard or grass fed beef stew.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2014
bottle from the brewery. medium bodied black pour. Pumpkin notes, medium roast, spruce tips add a unique note/flavor. not a big pumpkin beer fan but i guess fans of them would

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (1926) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle thanks to WillRunForBeer. Pours very dark brown with medium creamy head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma smells like sweet potatoes with some light caramel and flowers. Tastes like sweet potato, pumpkin, and cooked vegatables. Light caramel and a touch of spruce too (not sure I would’ve picked it out if I wasn’t looking for it). Light malty sweetness with a very light bitterness. Not bad but could use a bigger flavor. More pumpkin, more spices, more spruce.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hockeybeerguy (1853) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a pitch black colored body that leaves a one finger mocha colored head that gently dies into the body. No carbonation is seen rising. The smell had the spruce in front with a bit of sweet hops. There isn’t much pumpkin noted no matter how much I let it warm up. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, it sat about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, nice and smooth with a nice creaminess coming out the more I taste this one. Overall, this is a nice double stout. Though no pumpkin noted anywhere in the beer, I’m not bothered by that and would still have this one again.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
So i’m dumb, I went in thinking this would be pumking, its not.. not even close. but its also not very good.. the spruce pumpkin combo is interesting but doesnt meld as well as i would have hoped.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2013
2012 version... Take a very good, easy to obtain and relatively inexpensive beer... cellar it for about 12-months and you get awesome! Absolutely loved it!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Black pour with thin off white head. Medium body, minimal carbonation. Unique flavors; finish is gin-like bitter. Kinda sweet in the midpalate. Earthy and vegetative notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2085) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Draft at the pour house. Pours black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma has roasty notes, milk chocolate, some woodiness. The taste has a big roasted malt, light smoke, bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3453) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is pumpkin, roasted malts, spicy and earthy hops, spruce, and some chocolate. Flavor is dry, roasted malts, earthy hop bitterness, dried dark fruit, light espresso, and dark chocolate; dry finish with a touch of roasted bitterness. Full body and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9586) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate and coffee malt, earthy notes, spruce, dates and prunes with nutmeg. Flavor is moderate bitterness, dark fruits, spices, dark malt and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (733) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 27, 2013
From 10/23 notes. On draught at the brewery. Pours dark black-brown with small head. Nose is dried apple, apricot, cola, fruity, plum. Mouthfeel is rich, malty, smooth. Taste is raisin, plum, fruity, black cherry, subtle spices. Finish is creamy, dark fruit, berries. Pumpkin is very, very subtle in this. Probably the best beer with the word "pumpkin" in the name that I’ve had. Nicely done.


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