dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Don’t like pumpkin beer...pumpkin beer that’s oaked? eh, not so bad. This is a BIG beer, it’s sweet, but the oak helps to balance it and the pumpkin and spice isn’t too strong.
deyholla (8904) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a light spice note with some brown sugar, pumpkin and a bit of vanilla from the barrel. Flavor starts with light spice and has a bit of barrel which is joined by a nice pumpkin finish.
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best pumpkin beers. Taste of pumpkin and brown sugar. Spices come through nicely.
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algemo45 (62) - - JAN 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Might be the last pumpkin beer of the season, and what a way to finish. Pumpkin brew at its finest, seriously. Rich color, sweet aroma and strong gourdy flavor that gets you jacked up for more.
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dnstone (2398) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice deep copper color with off white sudsy head. Light boozey pumpkiny-woody aroma. Full bodied pumpkin flavors, spiced with woody notes and a touch of booze in the finish. Really a great pumpkin beer.
bubbleflubber (2072) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber into the glass, with a light cap that leaves mild lacing. Aromas of banana bread, pumpkin meat and spices. Malty and deeply spiced, there are pumpkin flavors alongside ginger, Allspice and cinnamon. The spices play well with the ABV, providing an oily mouthfeel and full, slick body. I think this works very well for an Impy Pumpkin Ale. Satiating and bold, Goes down well on a very cold winter's night.
bigguns22 (747) - Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
What I like most about this beer is it not just spices. To many pumpkin beer are more spice then pumpkin or beer. This beer is well balanced and the oak and bourbon notes are a nice change.
zoucrew102 (1012) - - DEC 31, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 750ml corked bottle, 2013 vintage aged in J&K Liquors’ cellar. The aging really improved this one. Oak and vanilla aroma with notes of pumpkin and a hint of spice. Pours dark amber colored tinged with orange as well as one finger of tan head and excellent lacing. Starts with excellent pumpkin and spice flavors, most notably nutmeg and cinnamon. Finishes smooth with vanilla and oak flavors with a touch of booze. The aging really brought out all of the flavors in this one. Wonderful!
12/31/12: Aroma is oak and bourbon. Pours dark amber color. Strong oak and bourbon with notes of pumpkin.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dull amber brew with some off-white head. Aromas of pumpkin, spices, some vanilla - lacking overall. Flavor is pumpkin, cinnamon and other spices. Didn’t get much oak out of this one.
ChainGangGuy (4599) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Bottled on: 09/04/12
Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep, dark amber-hued body with a tall, foamy, yellowed head. Thin blips of sticky lacing on the way down.
Smell: Sweet-scented (but doesn’t imply as much sweetness as comes across in the flavor) caramel, brown sugar, and coagulated dark amber honey. Toasty, crusty remnants. Squashy vegetal tones. Moderate spiciness. Vanilla, oak, and all the bourbon aromas you’d hope for.
Taste: Sweet, sugary tastes of caramel, cooked honey, light-colored brown sugar and plenty of toasted pumpkin. Also, toasted pie crust accents. Pumpkin pie spicing that’s exacerbated by the punchy alcohol. Vanilla and stern, angry-faced oak wood along with the strong bourbony flavor (I know, it says only oak, but it feels bourbony to me) letting loose a strong wave of alcohol warmth. Speaking of warmth, giving it some time to open up helps this one, either that or the alcohol is just kicking in and making me a bit more agreeable. Candyish, spicy, boozy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I decided to take on this 750ml all by myself, just to make sure I had enough. WAIT I RAN OUT ALREADY. It’s fairly good, but I would still lean toward Pumking, as this came across as a wee bit hot for me.