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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (4189) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 21, 2012
A - Half finger tan head. Dissipated fast. Dark brown S - Mild pumpkin spice, dark malts giving a porter scent T - squash, earthiness, pumpkin spice and spruce tips. Mellow hop profile. M - 30/70 carbonation, heavy bodied, smooth finish O - solid A beer. Could use more spruce tip.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3625) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Pours deep brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma is lightly roasty with hints of dark fruit...mild pumpkin but not much spruce. Flavor has plenty of spruce, some tea notes, and very roasty malts. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is lingering and burnt.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2012
This beer was worth trying, it is far from a standard pumpking beer with extensive spruce addition and little else to offer. The beer is worthy trying, but seems more like a novelty save the opportunity for a gin loverís beer to shine.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. Malty and sprucy nose with some grassy hops and a bit of a vegetal character. Chocolate malt flavor with a bit of fruit before a sprucey and grassy hop finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2012
This is a big thanks to mcox90. Pours deep deep brown the head is large bubbled and fades quickly to nothing. Nose really letís the spruce come out with big pines, herbal notes, purfume, potpourri, roast, and sweet malts-also some piney herbal hop aromas mixed in. Flavor lends the same only a very intense pronounced piney herbal resinous flavor along with fruity and sweet sugary malt flavors. Medium full body. really really interesting twist. liked it but hard to drink the whole thing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2539) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Opaque brown color, some yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Spruce nose. Brewer is right - nothing like pumpkin pie, spruce (thereís a whole forest here) adds the bitterness, malts are in background, not finding much pumpkin. $4.54 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3073) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle share at Paulís. The aroma is chocolate, brown sugar, pine. The appearance is translucent brown, tan head. The flavor is chocolate, brown sugar, pine needles. The finish is pine needles. Medium to medium/thick in body. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (7142) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle shared at Paulís Dec 3rd tasting. Pours a deep murky brown body with thin lacing. Aroma is pumpkin spice and chocolate. Mouthfeel is nice with notes of spice, roasted malts, chocolate, spruce.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9100) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Paulís tasting. Pours a ruby tinged mahogany with a thin white head. Spices, dark malt, coffee and a hint of roast. Dark sweet malt, earthy notes. Malt on the finish, a bit more spice and roast. Nice enough.


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