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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnnnniee (2645) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Thanks to Bruce for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. Smells of roast caramel and ash with a spicy earthy menthol aroma that I assume is spruce. This beer smells a bit oxidized or maybe thatís a mix of spruce and pumpkin. The flavor is a bit spicy and roasty. Herbal spicy menthol hits up front followed by a roasty caramel and toffee. This finishes with a long lingering bitterness that seems more intense than just hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a roasty bitter mouthfeel. This one is certainly out of the box, but it really didnít work all that well for me. The pumpkin is almost non existent and the spruce adds a harsh bitterness that I really couldnít get into.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4409) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2012
22 ounce bottle. I forget who threw this in as an extra in a trade awhile back. Wasnít fresh then - pumpkins had yet to be released. Now, pumpkin has faded. Brown sugar. Malty. Not bad. Would have been good for a braise.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2965) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Cola brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, pine, and hint of pumpkin. Pumpkin sweetness followed by roasted malt, pine, and chocolate. Thin body-more porter-like. A very good beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle at a friendís, picked up in Maine by him. Never would have guessed this to be a stout. Pours a deep brown, not really black with a tan head. The nose is lightly tart, resiny and a touch vegetal. Odd. On tasting, it is again tart with a moderate astringency. The spruce is clashing overall here and more of the vegetal notes come through. Faint brown sugar and cocoa. What a weird beer...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small white head. Nose is lightly roasty with some chocolate and some piney hops. Palate is full, fluffy with a nice bite. Flavors of chalky malt, piney hops, raisins. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesewelch (129) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Aroma is malty, caramel, chocolate, and lots of spruce. Color is black with tan head. Taste is sweet and very little bitterness with lots of malts and caramel. Fully bodied, somewhat thick with a bitter finish. Overall, I was looking for more pumpkin, which wasnít very apparent in my tasting. The spruce was definitely there, but I think it overpowered the pumpkin.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bomber from Fred. Thanks Fred. This is a good beer. Very seasonal. Spicy and good. Itís a nice match for the impieral Stout. Go find yourself some!

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Vermont hippie beer time. Dark and nearly still looking beer. Aroma is roasted squash and spruce. Taste is a bit bitter and astringent from the pine. Just a bit of roasted malt in the back. Bit of hard mineral after taste. very english ale tasting. grows on you but not like any imp stout or pumpkin beer I have tried before. I would say the spruce element is most defining in this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
I believe this is a 2011 bottle. Pours a mahogany brown, almost black color. Half finger head fades after a moment leaving an egg shell colored ring for a head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate syrup, and charred oak. Taste is juniper berries with espresso beans. Moderate alcohol booziness and slight oxidation on the end. I got this as an extra in a trade and figured it would be quite a bit past its prime. Even still itís not terrible and I would definitely get this or other Rock Art beers again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
22oz bottle picked up at the brewery in Morrisville, VT. Pours a black body with a finger-width, frothy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is malty sweet with big dark chocolates, caramel, spruce, and a medium roast. Some molasses, dark fruits, and a mild earthy spice. Flavor is similar. Spruce, earth, and roasts stand out a bit more up front with some bitterness before the sweet malts comes in with lots of dark chocolate, caramel, and a bit of a molasses note. Some dark fruits and a slight nuttiness towards the end as this finishes pretty dry and roasty with a burnt note alongside a moderate, earthy and spruce spiced bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a fuller body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice imperial stout with a sweeter malt backing and a dry, roasty, earthy bitterness with a good amount of spruce spice. Nothing special, but solid.


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