dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. Didn’t pick up any of the pumpkin influence...more of a marketing tactic than anything. Medium mouthfeel. Pass!
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
italianjohn (2891) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
DocLock (9998) - 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 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.
michael-pollack (4959) - 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 (1825) - 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 (1086) - 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 (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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 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.