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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkinWell (389) - - SEP 1, 2013
Pours black with medium body. Lightly carbonated. The pumpkin spice doesn?t really come through, though there are certain hints of oak and chocolate on the palate. Overall, not bad. I?d buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
22oz bomber bottle, no best before date, at tasting on 20 January 2013. Thanks to Theydon_Bois for sharing. Iím generally not much taken by Pumpkin beers in general so the word "extreme" and "pumpkin" on the label didnít bode well. Add in the word "spruce" and I thought I be in for something very weird indeed (and not to my taste). If fact it was not a spice bomb at all. Seems itís just pumpkins in the mash and Iím not sure there are any spices at all. I think I did get something from the spruce but describing it is eluding me - certainly not a pine forest type thing going on. So what we end up with is a serviceable Imperial Stout with some chocolate notes. Maybe a little short of depth and a touch sweet but very decent for what it is. Drinkable and easy going for 8%. No world beater but way more palatable to me than I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (15381) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
Bottle at the ChrisO Snow Tasting, London - thanks to Colin! Pours clear, red-brown with a light, off-white cream head. Mellow aroma, some semi-dark malts. Light to medium sweet flavor with toasted dry malts, moderate leafy bitterness, earth. Medium bodied with very high carbonation. Sweetish finish, some semi-dark bread. Not much pumpkin, not much spruce. Fairly bland, actually, and certainly not extreme.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ ChrisO Snow Tasting.

Clear medium to dark brown amber colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, old malt, pumpkin, squash, vanilla, earthy, light orange peel and wood. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration, dark malt, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130120]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (11835) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 16, 2013
660ml bottle (Snow@ChrisO)
Sweetish aroma, a bit of a mess, but intriguing - you do want to know what the quirks are. Agressive carbonation. Gently spicy - a sprucy sweet juiciness. OK, but rather boring. Thank god it wasnít actually extreme, or like all the other inane pumpkin beers that Iíve suffered through historically.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (10037) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO Snow Tasting, thanks to Colin. It pours deep brown with a small, light tan head. The nose is pumpkin, squash, vanilla, earth, orange peel and wood. The taste is caramel, pumpkin, squash, honey, wood, spice, sweet tangerine and metal, with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a great depth of flavour and fairly unbalanced. So-so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (6536) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle at Chrisoís snow tasting 20/01/2012. Hazy caramel brown colour and beige head. Aroma is spruce, nutty with a little alcohol. Nicely balanced and interesting spruce / piny character. Chalky carbonation /water profile. touch of roast in there as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle at Chriso Snow Tasting, from an IP trade with Kurt, 20/01/13. Hazed dark brown with a thin tan head that soon dissipates. Nose is dark fruits, drak malts, spice. Taste comprises dark malts, background chocolate, touch of wood (spruce I guess), fruit, light soap. Medium bodied with some bitterness in the finish. Ok - drinkable stuff but lacks depth and ultimately fails to deliver for an 8% beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2013
0.65l bottle from my secret Santa 2012. This is a deep dark plum-brown one with a nice big but quickly fading brown-ish top. On the nose I get some sweet licorice tones, some Christmas spices, slightly ginger tones, pastilles and some soft leather/vanilla confetti chocolate. Smells quite nice this! Itís average+ on the carbonation and the mouthfeel is soft oily to almost watery. Well, perhaps not watery, but at least a bit lighter than I would imagine. Immediately I notice a really present bitterness. Forest-like bitterness with spruce, branches and some herbal heather. Snickers chocolate with some soapy hints. It has a good amount of flavor this, and itís quite tasty. Exciting to try, and actually quite a pleasant one. 26.12.2012

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (15793) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle at Chriso Snow Tasting. Rubber on aroma. better in mouth. Ok ish. some choc sponge

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