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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A native plant of North America, pumpkins were first used in beer in colonial America as a substitute for hard-to-find malt, and none other than the father of our country George Washington had a highly touted recipe. This imperial porter pumpkin beer combines the robust, full-bodied style of a porter with a, frankly, crazy amount of pumpkin.

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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andybrownback (7) - - SEP 11, 2014 does not count
Sweet. Heavy mouthfeel. Moderate pumpkin makes it a little too sweet. Not *too* much pumpkin. Smell is of pumpkin more than anything. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (11601) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Draft. Dark brown. It is a typical porter (cocoa, coffee, roasted notes) with a nice bit of pumpkin and a good amount of spices. It is a more mature pumpkin beer than most and isnt too sweet or spicy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4137) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Draft at Imbibe Wine. Nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and vanilla. Clear dark brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is pumpkin pie spice with hints of chocolate and bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4860) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/14/2015. Pours crystal clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, caramel, toast, brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and herbal/spice earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with balanced dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, toast, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and herbal/spice earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, caramel, toast, brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pumpkin porter. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. I felt like the malt flavors should have been a bit more robust at 7%, but it was nicely enjoyable otherwise.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1380) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Pours a very dark brown to black with a decent sized khaki head that settles to a thinner ring and leaves some splotches of soapy lace. Nose involves some fleshy pumpkin, pie spices and dark sugars that almost mimic a Belgian Dubbel profile, along with some dark chocolate, some toasted notes, perhaps a hint of smoke, maybe some plums. Pretty sweet flavor, also decently bitter for balance. Medium bodied, pretty active, somewhat creamy, finishing toasty and toward dry with a prickly bitterness. Very nicely constructed brew, everything works together well.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Taste is, of course, pumpkin, baking spices, autumn leafs, malt, caramel and wood. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (2660) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Beer 2000! Dark brown with a tiny beige head. Aroma of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, roast, molasses. Tastes roasty and lightly spiced. Medium bodied with slight fizziness. Decent, but a little weak.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2014
From a bottle at the Fall Harvest Festival. Appearance: finger tan head, amber brown color, clear, ok lacing. Aroma: nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, molasses. Palate: full body, average carbonation, light bitter finish, slight creamy texture. Taste: sweet spices into a nice sweet pumpkin, and then onto a light bitterness with some spice lingering as well. Overall, very good balance, love the spice balance in here, very good seasonal.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
foyle (409) - Wyoming, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Appearance: pours a thick, rich light beige head. Color is deep red-black. Aroma: heavy aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon and other spices. Some coffee and earthy hops as well. Mouthfeel: medium bodied and creamy with a quite dry finish. Flavor: pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, with some lingering earthy hops. Overall: another winner from Alaskan.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
78samh (260) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2014
12 oz bottle pours dark brown. Aroma is spiced pumpkins. Taste is massive spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, anise and pumpkin. A slight roasted coffee flavor and a nice malty sweetness. Molasses as well. Could be darker but definitely a good seasonal porter. Well done pumpkin beer.


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