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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (11108) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Big thanks to my good friend Steve Klenk for this one, and what a gorgeous bottle this is, with an embossed ghost behind orange letters and pumpkin. Pours turbid pumpkin colored with off-white head. Nose is bready caramel malt, bourbon, pumpkin puree, cacao. Tastes of bourbon, pumpkin, big hops, cacao, vanilla. Rich, smooth, and complex palate, with bourbon up front, the pumpkin as a solid secondary taste, and finishing vanilla, cacao, and squash. This is as unique a pumpkin beer as I have ever quaffed, and I’m damned glad to have a friend like Steve to share it with me. Take a small bite of pumpkin pie, add a Hershey’s Kiss, then without swallowing take a big hit of Cognac, and you have this beer, and it tastes great.


4.3
zoucrew102 (2146) - - DEC 10, 2017
750ml corked bottle, 2016 vintage, thanks Russ! Rich bourbon aroma with notes of pumpkin, vanilla, oak and chocolate as well as bit of spice. Pours cloudy caramel colored with a thin tan head that has good retention and some lacing. Starts with nice pumpkin and chocolate flavors and a hint of spice in there as well. Finishes very smooth with excellent bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors that make this beer truly wonderful. Very nice beer that lets the pumpkin shine instead of the spices.

3.2
HopsTamer57 (20) - - NOV 22, 2017
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3.7
magsinva (1444) - Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2017
Draft @ Pizza Paradiso - Pours amber with a thin white head. Minimal lacing. Big pumpkin, yam, brown sugar, rye, and vanilla. Not getting a lot of the Bourbon barrel. Overall, nice!

3.7
DiarmaidBHK (5947) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2017
Draft at Pizzeria paradiso Alexandria. Pours orange/brown with a thin khaki head. Solid pumpkin and chocolate notes on the nose and tongue. Has a touch of bourbon on the finish. Very quaffable.

3.1
Luvystypotables (2077) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2016
A weak aroma of spice and bourbon. Pours a clear orange color without much of a head. A sweet taste with a hint of spice. Medium body and a sweet malt finish.

3.3
ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - NOV 9, 2016
On tap at SLL tasting. Pours a dark copper color with an off white head, Smells strong of dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla and malt. Tastes mostly of dark chocolate, vanilla, hints of bourbon and pumpkin.

3.6
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Bottle:   Thanks Bert!   Caramel colored, moderate to large foamy pale caramel, so-so lacing.   Definiate cocoa and bourbon aged pumpkin on the nose.   Smells fairly inviting.   Soft cocoa on the tongue, mild pumpkin spices (strong but not bright), with a little caramel and Bourbon on the backside.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Cocoa comes to the back as it warms up.   Even a bit of vanilla makes an appearance.   Pretty tasty overall.


3.9
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2016
750ml corked and caged: aroma is of caramel, bread, vanilla, and spice with a hint on pumpkin. Appearance clear, amberish red with minimal off white foam. Taste is of medium sweetness, with caramel, bread, bourbon/ vanilla, and spice with a hint on pumpkin. medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish. very sold balanced drinkable beer.

3.5
BeerdedDave (1901) - Beckley, USA - JAN 14, 2016
clear amber color; no pumpkin in the aroma - cinnamon and oak; very mild pumkin flavor and pie spices; notes of oak and bourbon; as much as I detest pumpkin beers, this one is not bad

3.6
radagast83 (8510) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
750ml bottle. Poured a hazy, dark brown-amber color with a huge, huge, huge head. Was initially worried about infection because it was almost all foam, and the bottle kept slowly foaming over for at least 15 minutes. Aroma was light chocolate notes, with some mild pumpkin spices. Light sweet cocoa nib notes, light barrel notes. I actually really liked this one despite being a slow gusher.


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