shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
*22 oz. bomber* Look: Bright shade of orange, no head, active carbonation. Smell: Full of spices, leafy/ Earth tone, sweet caramel. Taste: Spices, caramel, mild acidity, finishes clean with more vanilla and caramel in the aftertaste, very moderate bitterness. Feel: Medium soft body, par carbonation. Overall: Very, very good pumpkin beer. Like the name says "Imperial PumKING". I mean the aroma tells you what youíre in for. What gets me is this brew is balanced to perfection. Full on the palate sweet malts and spices are on the heavy side but not over the edge. Drinkability is off the charts. 8.6 % abv is not detectable. Recommended.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nose is banana bread with a slight hint of pumpkin. pours reddish golden with good white head that sticks around. taste is bready with heavy nutmeg. the pumpkin is a bit disguised as banana. a pretty good novelty beer, but i will not buy again.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice aroma, smells like a bakery. Spicy flavor, pumpkin with some vanilla. Stronger than most pumpkin beers, right at the top of this style.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with almost no head. The aroma is of pumpkin, carrots, raisin, toffee, baked bread. It smells so much like a freshly baked irish pumpkin bread with a hint of peppermint in the nose finish. The flavour is just like the aroma. Dry baked bread slowly envelops the palate as the brew sits on the tongue. Carrot and pumpkin become the dominant flavours with some sweet toffee and light spices as complementary flavours. As the brew passes the tongue, raisins and nuts manifest as the dry baked pumpkin/carrot bread erupts. Hopsy bitterness amplifies the dryness and well complements the other flavours. Alcohol also becomes slightly apparent. In the finish the bitterness fades rather quickly. It takes a short while for the pumpkin bread flavours to fade. Thereafter, youíre left with a dryness and strange numbness on the roof of your mouth. I like this kind of finish a lot, it saves me from having to keep resetting my palate with crackers. This is the best pumpkin ale Iíve had, so far. Itís just like eating freshly baked pumpkin bread, as opposed to eating a handful of spices.
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A cult classic, the "king" of the pumpkin beers. 22oz bomber pours a crystal clear amber/orange color. Very spicy aroma with cinnamon and nutmeg notes reminiscent of a boozy pumpkin pie. Crisp, clean medium to light body with a malty mouth feel. The 9% ABV is apparent and the spices and alcohol comes out as the beer warms. A bit too sweet/spicy for me to enjoy a full pint but a stand out pumpkin beer for the season. Great selection for people not too huge into craft beer to try, especially if they enjoy pumpkin pie! Perfect to mix (~60:40) with Southern Tier Choklat, a Choco-lantern!
Caskalefan (148) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy, but refractive amber with a thick white head that eventually recedes to form a lasting ring.
Aroma of fresh pumpkin pie and pumpkin pie spice.
Flavor matches the aroma, and I think (unlike many other reviewers) that the body is creamy and ideal to support the flavor, and I donít think itís on the thin side for an imperial.
Finish is long and on the dryish side, and it leaves you craving another swallow. My favorite example of the style.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally a pumpkin beer that ACTUALLY TASTES LIKE PUMPKIN. The surprise is itís much weirder and not necessarily as good as you might guess.
You know how a pumpkin smells when you are carving a jack-o-lantern? Thatís how this beer tastes. It also has some strong bready notes and light pumpkin spice. The overall sense though is vegetal. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy thick and oily. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is a better beer, but doesnít taste nearly of pumpkin the way this does.
Buffalo Billís Pumpkin ale might be a nice compromise between something that tastes something of pumpkin and isnít too far off from a traditional bitter.
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber with some carbonation and a minimal head. The aroma is crazy... I can’t really put it into words... maybe a musty cake??? Some yeast in there, vegetables too. I wouldn’t have said pumpkin if I didn’t know it was a pumpkin ale, but I notice it if I know to expect it. The flavor is more of the same, with just a hint of beery alcohol to remind you that this is indeed a relative of your standard amber ale. The mouthfeel is solid, but not too thick, and the finish is long and smooth. A really great and unique beer... if you’re not a huge fan of pumpkin ales, don’t assume that this one is anything like the others.
One2remeber (145) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head falls off quickly into nothing.
Pale orange, crystal clear.
Rich, real vanilla cream aroma, no artificial alcohol burn. Real potent can smell from across. Banana bread. Pie crust. Very clean, blended smells.
Warming sensation on the middle to back, makes me smile.
A little burn from spice, not from booze, perhaps all-spice. No real pumpkin flavor, more last bit of pumpkin pie (crust and cream).
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle for 9 bucks. Ouch! This beer flies off the shelf, so I figured I had to pick one up to see what all the hoopla was about. Pours a clear copper/gold with a small white head. Smells like pumpkin pie, some spice and some malt. Taste is a little doughy, pumpkin, some spice, cinnamon and sweet on the end. Slightly thinner body but strangely creamy as well. I like this but I think it is a bit overpriced. Doesnít quite live up to the hype for me.