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RATINGS: 117   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.

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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5458) - Pennsburg, 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 (4579) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2411) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Black pour tan head light ruby hue ... roasted malt aroma with a slight spice ...... a heavy and sticky brew sugary with sweet spruce tips and some spices, roasted malts and earthy pumpkin come out more as it warms ... dry bitter hop finish ..... good stuff shame I didn’t have any venison loin laying around ... abv hidden well a nice change of pace imperial stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bomber from Capone’s and CAH. Pours dark brownish black with off-khaki head. Nose is roasty dark malt, dark chocolate, heavy spruceey hops, mild pumpkin. Tastes very sprucey and hoppy, dark roasty malty, slightly rauchy with a hefty dark choc flavor, a rich palate, and the pumpkin takes a bit of a backseat in this. Some late heat, and overall this is a very unique and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Faint aroma of slight roasted malt, light chocolate, a hint of spruce, and NO pumpkin. Poured very dark brown, but not quite black, in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan/light brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, slight to light spruce, light espresso, light bitter coffee, and resin. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, espresso, and hop finish is medium bitter. Where is the pumpkin? Where is the spruce? 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout. So much potential for this beer, but no follow-through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1389) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2010
22 oz bottle. More of a very dark brown color instead of black. Not very much like pumpkin or spruce at all. Not sure what I expected, but otherwise an OK drinkable heavy stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2010
22 oz. bomber. thanks to jwattsrugger. dark brown color, with faint tan head. i get more spruce than pumpkin. drinkable for 8 percent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 6, 2010
22oz Bottle. Was my palate off last night? I hated one of the best reviewed ciders on the site and really enjoyed an Imperial Stout in the 5th percentile for its style. Anyway...while the nose was quiet on this and a bit soft in roasted character, the flavors lived. A dark, dark brown was the color, with a good finger of cocoa-colored head. Flavors were balanced and played well. Nice bright roast, a tiny bit of caramelized squash flesh and a slightly deodorant-like spruce twinge, however, not overwhelming or punishing. I expected something over-sweet, over-spiced, and over-alcoholic, but got a restrained reasonable mildly nuanced interesting seasonal stout. I appreciated that it didn’t have the overbearing density and booziness of more popular examples of the style, while still packing in a lot of flavor for a relatively drinkable example. Rock Art surprised me here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2409) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Decent sized head of fine bubbles. Light carbonation. Spicy and roasted malt aroma. No real pumpkin in the flavor or aroma. Kind of gets overwhelmed by the moderate dark malt flavor. The spruce, on the otherhand, is quite prominent. Lots of bitterness and a very dry palate. A decent brew but any pumpkin that may have been there was overpowered by the dark roasted malts and stout flavors. Moderate flavor and palate that makes this a pretty easy drinking brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2285) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Extremely dark brown pour with a beautiful, thick, tan head. Aroma holds chocolate and roasted malt, sweet pumpkin spice, creamy nougat, caramel, and a touch of evergreen hop. Flavor brings a lot more of the spruce hop out that mixes quite nicely with the roasted malt. The sweet malt presence and pumpkin comes through as well. This is quite a tasty imperial stout- not as complex or full as the top tier of the style, but really good flavor and definitely one of the best efforts coming out of Vermont (excepting HIll Farmstead, which has placed itself head and shoulders above). Palate isn’t super rich, but still holds some good body. Nice genuine brew!

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