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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Why is there only one time of year – as goblins, ghouls, and ghosts frolic on front lawns – when we embrace THE FEAR? At all other times, THE FEAR dominates us, controls us, and prevents us from greatness. What is there to THE FEAR? Disagreement? Criticism? Humiliation? Whatever THE FEAR is that consumes you, embrace it, along with this Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Only then will the true artist in you rise up.

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4.5
YeastTamer2 (6) - - SEP 21, 2017 does not count
caramel, roasty, clove, Probably my favorite pumpkin/yam beer this year. I was served with a pumpkin spice rim.

2.9
mmasucci85 (7) - - SEP 19, 2017 does not count
I didn't really get too much pumpkin flavor. It was a good, smooth imperial ale, but the mouthfeel is a little thin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
JohnRMurdoch (5043) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2017
Bottle present from mr_h. Very dark brown, big beige head. Toffee vegetable aroma. Strong treacle pumpkin flavour. Sweet but sharp aftertaste with hot chilli kick. Interesting but not my thing.

3.7
edgallow (4469) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2017
12 oz bottle pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, caramel and alcohol. taste is spicy pumpkin and caramel

3.6
djd07 (15543) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Tap at GABF. Pours a dark amber with thick beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong nutmeg, pumpkin, spice. Medium body, pumpkin, cinnamon, boozy finish, very good.

4.1
johndoughty (5538) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle. dark brown with a small head. Spiciness dominated.Fulll bodied yet so easy to drink.. I always think of pumkin beers as being a bit of a novelty but this one would stand up in any company.

3.8
wyldeturkey101 (148) - - DEC 21, 2016
this beer gives me the fear, that i wont have another pumpkin ale as god as this again. now that i have my pun out of the way i can get on with the rest of this.the aroma is greatly potent with pumpkin and a bit spicy. the flavour mostly adopts all the elements from the aroma but ads a bit of cakeyness to the texture. the beer pours into a deep dark body with a creamy head that simmers down quickly but stays for a good duration in its simmered state. really enjoyed this beer and will be on the look out for it from now on.

3.7
simontomlinson (581) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2016
Creamy beige head left a decent cover on an opaque near black still body. Sweet aroma with pumpkin. Well bodied, smooth, velvet like, carbonated on the back & slightly cloying. Bitter on the front with coffee, dark chocolate & maybe hints of aniseed. This is followed by a sweeter aft of brown sugar, pumpkin, raisins, plum, cinnamon, spice, - almost Christmassy & lots more going on as it warms up.

3.8
jflopsu (1795) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2016
Pours a dark brown with tan head. A strong pumpkin, cinnamon, and spice aroma. A sweet malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, and spice taste with some caramel and alcohol flavors. A cinnamon and spice aftertaste.

4
superspak (6000) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2016
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/8/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/vanilla, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/vanilla, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/vanilla, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a great imperial pumpkin ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.


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