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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Boo! Has there ever been a better feeling then when you were a kid spiriting around the neighborhood in a white sheet with a bucket of candy bars? No, not really. But we figured if we loaded up an Imperial pumpkin ale with natural chocolate flavor from cocoa nibs and stick it in a bourbon barrel for a few months it might come pretty close.

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2.9
weihenweizen (4207) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2015
On tap at PNP Charleston. Clear light Amber with medium/small off-white head. Aroma is nice pumpkin, light body, lower carbonation, and pretty good small-bubble lacing. Taste is pumpkin, some bourbon, and hints of chocolate.

3.3
anders37 (27588) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2015
Draft @ Pizzeria Paradiso - Dupont Circle, Washington DC. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy pumpkin aroma with weak hints of chocolate. Fruity malty weak woody pumpkin and chocolate flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy woody pumpkin and chocolate finish.

3.7
alobar (3966) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Pours dark amber with off-white head. Aroma of allspice, pumpkin, hint of cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon. Spice flavor with nutmeg, cinnamon, and some cardamon with cocoa and molasses sweetness with vanilla and hint of alcohol.

3.4
MadRobin (2989) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2015
On tap 4 oz. sampler at Pizza Paradiso in DuPont Circle, Washington, D.C. Clear, dark amber-red with an off-white head and fair lacing. Aroma of allspice, toffee, pumpkin, maple syrup and nutmeg. Taste of allspice, nutmeg, brandy, pumpkin, toffee, cinnamon and maple. Medium/full body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
jgb9348 (6583) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Dark brown coloured body with a rich and dense ligth brown head, about four centimetres tall. Aroma of allspice, canella, cloves and a good dose of nutmeg, all with a lot of rich peaty malt and some noticeable caramelised sugars. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong rich malt flavours abound with a good deal of spices and a lot of sweetness at the end. Aftertaste shows caramel, toffee, pit fruits, malt and a lot of spices that permeate and a soft alcohol warmth at the end. Overall, a very nice spiced beer with a rich flavour throughout and a nice complexity. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Costco in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia on 21-August-2015 for US$8,99 sampled in the mountains of Shenendoah National Park on 19-September-2015.

3.4
radio_nowhere (1474) - Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Caged, corked bomber into snifter glass; cloudy dark carmel-amber color with light tan head. Aroma notes of caramel malt sweetness, pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger), oak, cocoa, vanilla and lightly herbal. Taste adds gingerbread cookie, pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla ice cream and more chocolate. Medium body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy, tad slick with some lingering roast sweet/spice finish. Not a spice bomb, but also kind of thin. Overall pretty good, more of a chocolate/bourbon pumpkin ale compared to most.

3.7
jrodooo5 (1749) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Tasty pumpkin! Has a bit of a bourbon flavor going on. Very interesting & different take on pumpkin. I’m digging it! Attractive pour & solid mouthfeel makes this worth a try!

3.9
superspak (6212) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, pumpkin, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light cocoa, and herbal/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, pumpkin/spices, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, pumpkin, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light cocoa, and herbal/oak earthiness. Light oak/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pumpkin, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light cocoa, and herbal/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, pumpkin/spices, and bourbon barrel flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged imperial pumpkin ale style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, pumpkin/spices, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.6
dmac (6576) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle from Canal’s Rio Grande. Poured a muddy light brown under a larger foamy light beige head. Aroma is solid, notes of light chocolate, bourbon, pumpkin pie, vanilla ice cream. Flavor of pumpkin skin, light pie spice, bourbon soaked oak, vanilla beans and pie crust. Medium body with average carbonation a dry finish with a slight touch of heat. Solid beer.

3.4
solidfunk (9729) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Actually taste more like gourd than many pumpkin beers. Pours dark amber with good head and lacing light sweet finish and a hint of clove. Some barley. Small sample at whole foods.


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