DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Caponeís 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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
MaBeer1972 (1288) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bomber. thanks to jwattsrugger. dark brown color, with faint tan head. i get more spruce than pumpkin. drinkable for 8 percent.
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 didnít 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.
Dorwart (2372) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 isnít super rich, but still holds some good body. Nice genuine brew!
Sledutah (4663) - Utah, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Douglas88, thanks man
Aroma: Pours black with a nice big tan head and lots of lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Dark malts, piney and spices
Taste: Dark malts, spruce and chocolate with a slightly bitter finish
Very nice, easy drinkability.
douglas88 (5934) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to 46er3498. What a enticing idea, pumpkin, stout and spruce. Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head. A sweet nose of toasted malts, huge spruce here, pine. The flavor was nice; dominated by a mix of roasted flavors, including chocolate and massive sweet spruce. Somewhat spicy. Iím digging the spruce. Not much pumpkin. Good.
benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
looks like a great beer. Dark with a nice white head. has some nice malty notes. get a little of the spruce but not getting any of the pumpkin. pretty good but nothing extreme like advertised.