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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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4.5
Eberndt (235) - - SEP 28, 2013
Nice murky orange amber color when poured. Very full flavor without tasting too "thick". Dark chocolate undertones are a nice aftertaste. Wife liked it.

4.3
themaker75 (16) - - SEP 6, 2014
Nice and full bodied. The bourbon barrel does not overpower the beer. Perfect for a cool night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
zoucrew102 (2236) - - 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.

4
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Draft at the VA Craft Brewers Festival, Devils Backbone, 8/24/13. Pours a hazy orange color with a large creamy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of pumpkin, chocolate, whiskey, herbal hops. The taste is chocolate, mild pumpkin, whiskey, caramel, spice. Medium bodied, subtle, well balanced. Very nice.

4
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Dark orange pour with small white head. Aroma of pumpkin, chocolate, whiskey, and some vanilla extract. Flavor is of pumpkin, with hints of chocolate, coffee, whiskey, and some cinnamon and caramel. Reminded me a bit of an alcoholic pumpkin coffee. Very smooth finish and alcohol is well masked. Great beer!

3.9
Emeister84 (2654) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Aromas of chocolate, pumpkin, peanut butter, and subtle raisin. Hazy dull orange, or light poo poo brown, with a mostly lasting, bubbly white head. Chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon right up front, some pumpkin but pretty subtle, flavors are very well integrated. Medium bodied, smooth, with fluffy carbonation, and a vanilla and soft pumpkin finish.

3.9
RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle into a goblet. Pours a nice orange/amber, fluffy white head and light lacing. Very pleasant vanilla aroma with hints of spice and fresh pumpkin. Taste is creamy vanilla, spice,pumpkin, slight booze burn, a bit of oak. Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Not a pumpkin pie bomb by any means. Such a refreshing change of pace for fall seasonal beers.

3.9
FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a murky orange-brown color with a huge very creamy orange-cream head that lingered forever and left great lacing. The aroma was faint with sweet orange . The flavor was sweet and malty with moderate ripe fruits, chocolate and bourbon. Long finish of creamy chocolate and bourbon. Moderately full bodied and smooth. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice.


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