matthewgerke (67) - - OCT 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint on tap. Poured dark brown, slightly cloudy, with a medium tan head. Different take on a pumpkin beer – had all of the classic spice notes (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg) but much more muted than other pumpkin beers. Great balance of the pumpkin flavor and smoky malt. Very drinkable for a high alcohol pumpkin beer.
JFGrind (1845) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber medium bodied ale with spiced aroma, pumpkin flavors and mild bitterness. For the high alcohol content this beer has a plenty o’ flavor. Sam Adams has done a good job brewing an Imperial Pumpkin Ale.
beerbastard (690) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pumpkin brown. Well balanced aromas of clove, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie like spices. Flavors are similar, well blended with a pleasing sweetness. This has a nice palate. No bitterness with a dry and a lite spicy burn finish. This is a fun beer to drink. This has a dunkel weizen bock quality to it.
Onionkid (366) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Man, lots of pumpkin and spice in the taste and aroma. Here’s the thing...the taste also has a bit of a malty, boozy aspect. The pumpkin is strong but maybe not quite as strong as something called a "double pumpkin" would lead me to believe. Honestly, their regular Harvest Pumpkin Ale may be better as a pure pumpkin ale. But this is solid, the booze adds a lot of character to it, and overall I’m a fan! 8.5% abv.
mullinger1980 (1) - USA - OCT 1, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A different pumpkin beer. Dark fruit and spice. Pumpkin is present, but not over powerful. Spice is not overdone either. This beer almost reminds me of a Belgian strong ale.
mcox90 (1547) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a hint of orange with a one finger beige head. Nice spicey aroma with a "just right" amount of pumpkin scent. Mixed in with the spice is a whiff of alcohol. Pumpkin flavor with dark malt. Gut warming.
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt orange pour, fluffy tan head. Loads of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in the nose. Flavor is sweet and fluffy, pie crust, pumpkin, spice.
scarletfire65 (955) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma and flavor of canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Solid sweet malty base carries it well. A bit of warming alcohol on the finish. One of the better pumpkin ales.
queenholly (2924) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Malty pumpkin and subtle pumpkin spices aroma. Clear amber with a small ivory head, moderate lacing. Smoky malty pumpkin, pumpkin spices, and alcohol flavor. Medium body.
superspak (2611) - Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, batch 1 bottled recently. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a good cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toast, biscuit, allspice, nuttiness, and light herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balance aromas with good strength. Very pleasant. Taste of pumpkin, caramel, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, ginger, nuttiness, and light herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, pumpkin, nuttiness, and spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors, with a great spice balance; with no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pumpkin ale! Great flavor balance overall with just the right amount of spices; very smooth to drink. A very pleasant and highly enjoyable offering.