williamstome (1865) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Black pour. aroma is pumpkin and malt. flavor is pumpkin and nuts and chocolate. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured near black with a light tan head. I got a lot of spice here, especially nutmeg. Some dark roasted malt, little bit of sweetness and pie crust. thornecb (5880) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Pumpkin and nutmeg aromas. Medium bodied with sweet chocolate upfront turning to pumpkin before the lasting spiced espresso finish. blipp (9171) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Pumpkin pie and spicy aroma with some lightly roasted malts. The flavor is more roasty than the aroma, with lighter pumpkin pie spices and light chocolate. Good stuff. Reynolds314 (3433) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Pretty good stuff. Aroma of allspice, coffee, burnt toast. Flavor is spices, pumpkin, good roasty flavor. My main complaint is the malts taste a little light and not very rich and flavorful. Could have been great but was only good.
mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle from Brackets for Beer. 2010 vintage. Black pour with a small off white head. Aroma was a heady mix of dark roast, bits of coffee and a light but present pumpkin spice. I thought the stout base for a pumpkin beer worked very well. Flavors were similar with more of the pumpkin coming through. Quite drinkable, mouthfeel was medium to thin. I wish others would attempt this style, it’s promising. zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2011
(22oz bomber 2010 vintage thanks to mar) Pours black with no chance of light getting through. Smell has doses of spice- cinnamon, clove, orange peel. I can smell the pumpkin and just a bit of lemon and roast and smoke. The taste lacks some complexity- pumpkin, smoke, cinnamon. I wish this was stronger- more imperial, but still good. scottw86 (1175) - Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Poured black with a thin tan head that faded quickly. Aroma is very nice with lots of roasted malt notes and nuts. Pumpkin is noticeable too, but it is not overpowering. Taste is full-bodied with lots of flavor. Thick and creamy roasted malt flavors with some pumpkin. Overall pretty sweet from the pumpkin and some caramel notes. A tiny bit of alcohol detectable. Aftertaste has lots of pumpkin with some sweet roasted flavors. Slightly doughy with some butterscotch as well. Overall quite flavorful and good. The pumpkin is not overdone at all. Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2011
This is really good.. perfect blend of pumpkin pie spices and roasty chocolate stout. Chewy foamy body. Excellent brew Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle opened by Azurelimits. Thanks, Pete!
Pours near black with a thin tan head and a tad bit of lacing. From the nose alone, it’s quite difficult to tell that this is even really a pumpkin beer. While after I few sniffs I can detect some spicing and sweet pumpkin in the background, the main component here is roasted malt. Not bad at all, just certainly not what I expect given the imperial pumpkin moniker.
Taste is pretty similar to the nose, with the roasted malt definitely taking the front seat. Some mildly familiar pumpkin notes bring up the rear. Mouthfeel is fairly nice with a full palate and a slightly-dry finish. Not much alcohol detected at all, which is surprising from such a big beer. Drinks pretty well overall, amping up the original beer’s malt without bringing in too much more pumpkin.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-18-2010