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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Formerly known as Extreme Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout.

Itís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a creamy tan head that looks like a buckwheat pancake. Aroma smells like a forest fire, but in a good way. Flavor shows the same with some roast malt, and cocoa powder. Overall body is moderate to full, creamy, and soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Smell is of evergreen, lightly toasted brown bread and a strong cleaning alcohol astringency. Flavor is intensely piney in the front, middle and finish with a medicinal property that lingers at the finish. There is a chocolate something or other trying to make an appearance but it barely succeeds. I can feel the malts mellowing this a bit but I really have to search for there flavors here. This hits me as more of a porter in balance and body. Somehow I like this beer for its dedication to the season and for the way it reminds me of fall/winter in some parts of our undeservedly gorgeous country. Thanks Rock Art. 2010 22oz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (887) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Pours near black with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts and pine needles. Very little pumpkin to speak of. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, with overall roastiness. Finishes dry from the spruce. Different and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1588) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours opaque dark mahogany with a 1/4" tan head. A little bit of spotty lace. Aroma is chocolate, toffee and pine needles, but I am not getting any pumpkin. Palate is heavy with a creamy texture and low carbonation. Flavor is cocoa with a hint of spruce. No pumpkin though. A nice stout, but donít buy it expecting any pumpkin flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Black pour, creamy tan head. Aroma of smoked pine trees! Some citrusy hops too. Flavor is hoppy up front, light lactose, maybe a hint of cooked pumpkin. Finishes with an alcohol warmth. This is pretty damn good. Would get a higher score if it was from a "cult" brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1741) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Sample at Julioís NE Beer Festival. This one was OK but curiously enough did not taste any pumpkin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Pours dark brown with off-white head. Light in color for an Imp. Aroma of some faint pine and ??. Bitter with light sweetness. Medium body with thin texture. Malty sweet finish. Not getting much pumpkin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Dark chocolate pour with a 1/2 inch latte head that left a spot or two of lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, cocoa and perhaps a little pine. Flavor shows chocolate, pine, and ash. Didnít pick up any of the pumpkin influence...more of a marketing tactic than anything. Medium mouthfeel. Pass!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Dark brown mahogany color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, spices, spruce, caramel, some smoke, cocoa, and alcohol. Taste of roasted malts, spruce, spices, dark chocolate, and alcohol with some acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Tap at CAH. Pours a hazy deep almost black with a medium creamy lacing tan head. Aroma of spruce, chocolate and coffee. Flavor of the same. Some pumpkin.

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