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RATINGS: 1108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices(Cinnamon,Nutmeg,Cardamom,Cloves). This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is heartier, spicier, and more caramelly and pumpkiny than its faint brethren! Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night, or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream. If you don't agree this is the mother of all pumpkin ales, then you just don't like mothers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5019) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Pours deep amber into a shaker. Bright white head quickly subsides to hug rim. The label says cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves. I donít know what cardamom smells like, but I can smell it here. Upfront crisp and malty and full with a lasting spice burn.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2007
22 oz bottle. Smells spicy (mostly nutmeg), with acidic vomity undertones that remind me of less-than-great microbreweries and homebrews. Very thin taste... has a spicy, cinnamony quality but virtually no aftertaste. If you want a great pumpkin beer, find yourself some Southern Tier Pumking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Bomber. Pours fiery ruby red with a nice compact white head. Aroma has ginger (even though itís not included in the spice list?) and in the background some pumpkin stuff. Nutmeg is very apparent but the smell sickens me (long story). As it warms up the pumpkin pie smell gets more appetizing and rounded. Ginger is still the most obvious smell to me. Taste is watery, normal, with a finish of pumpkin. The taste is a downer. Very average. Drinking this side by side with the Southern Tier Pumking was a bad choice because this beer is quite inferior. Not bad by any means just not good enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2007
2007 bomber bottle. Pours deep copper and clear, with a nice frothy head. Aroma is of hearty, spicy pumpkin pie with lots of all of the listed spices coming through. Wow - the flavor is very full for a pumpkin beer. Some complex malty/winey notes (reminiscent of an old ale) merge harmoniously with a solid pumpkin base and an excellent balance of spices (cardamom was a great idea). Mouthfeel was nice as well - smooth and medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation; no alcohol. For the style, I canít find many faults with this one. Easily the best pumpkin beer Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - SEP 3, 2007
bottle. great pumpkin ale. dark clear copper pour with white head. definate notes of pumpkin and spice. you can actually taste the pumpkin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattDaddy (1) - Broomall, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2007 does not count
Picked up this beer as the hankering for the seasonal pumpkin ale was upon me and I have been very pleased with Weyerbacher so far. This beer did not disappoint and lived up to the hype. Without a doubt the one that all other pumpkin ales need to live up to!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009
Date: December 10, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip
Appearance: cloudy dark red, creamy cream colored head
Aroma: strong spiced pumpkin aroma with lots of cinamon and nutmeg
Body: creamy body
Flavor: strong pumpkin flavor, lots of spices but not too strong, touch of sweetness brings out the pumpkin and perfectly balance with the cinamon, a hint of clove
Overall: creamy rich spiced pumpkin ale, best of breed

Date: October 14, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: 3.5 to 3.1
on draft the spices are way over the top and hide the great pumpkin charlie brown that should be underneath,

Date: October 07, 2009
Mode: bottle
spices in the bottle are much more back in balance,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 5/10
Score: *4

Date: September 26, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: roadtrip
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.8 to 3.5
maybe a bit spicyer this year hiding some of the pumpkin character, not as creamy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Iíve been looking forward to this very much as Iím a big fan of pumpkin beers. Pours an orangish brown with a fluffy head. Great aroma of pumpkin and spice. The flavor is all there along with the aroma; pumpkin and spice like an autumn pie. I find it a little watery and the finish has a metallic hint, but it improves as it warms a little. Overall itís very nice, but Iím not sure why itís called "Imperial" other than it comes in a 22 oz. bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle. The beer pours a burnt copper in color with a frothy head. Right off the bat, you are hit with the fresh pumpkin pie smell coplete with all the spices needed. There is a bit of caramelly sweetness, balanced by the freshness of the fruit. The alcohol is well hidden behind the huge flavors. This beer is now my favorite pumpkin fall beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4755) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Oh no, not another imperial brew. Scary label. Smells like sweet waxy plums and alcohol, reminds me of a sweet alky mixed drink. Surprisingly not as alky as I expected with the name imperial on it. Has that typical pumpkin beer background. No alky content on the label but i bet itís pretty high. Good carbonation that is welcomed. Odd veggie or spice palate that is not as sweet as the aroma. Finish is medium bitter medicinal malt bite mixed with old canned pumpkin. Aroma, look and carbonation save this from being a drain pour. After three samples, evidently pumpkin beers are not my thing.

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