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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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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3.5
Bricks (1118) - Delaware, USA - MAR 25, 2016
An above average pumpkin ale, though I thought it to be a bit on the sweet side.

3.7
Mark_Eck (1921) - - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts, chocolate, and some pumpkin and spices.

3.7
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Poured into a perfect pint. 4.0 A: Clear deep amber color. Two fingers of foamy beige head. Retention is pretty good and a good finger of interrupted lacing is left. 4.25 S: Big potent pumpkin in this. Spices are just as strong with cinnamon and nutmeg leading the way and allspice and clove just underneath. Maybe a hint of ginger as well. Molasses and dark caramel. Toasted malts lead a sweet aroma. Very nicely done. 3.75 T: This is an in your face type of brew. The spice mixture is really potent, perhaps even a touch too much. The allspice flavor is the most aggressive and really hits you hard. Again, there’s a strong pumpkin component. Toasted malts, molasses, and dark caramel malts make a formidable malt base. I’m not sure if it’s the hops or the spices, but this has a bit too much bitterness in it. Still, it’s pretty damn good. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Decently creamy with a tinge of booze on the finish. 3.75 D: Great nose and good otherwise. This is an aggressive pumpkin beer that does a lot of things right and does a few things a touch too strong. ★ 1,117 characters DavoleBomb, Sep 26, 2015

3.6
slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Lots of spices in the nose and flavor, but has the body to support it. A little sweet, and more bitter than expected with a lightly toasted malt and caramel backbone.

3.6
tightslice (1271) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Location: Bottle from Beltramo’s in Menlo Park, CA
Aroma: Pumpkin pie spices
Taste: Rum-spiked pumpkin pie
Overall: A bit too boozy and bitter for me. Could of used some creamy / malty / nutty balance.

3.2
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a dark copper color that’s almost brown with dark burnt orange edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind. Sweet, yet spicy pumpkin pie aroma with a nice balance of caramel malt, autumnal spices and pumpkin puree. Some caramel malt and toffee followed by allspice, clove, ginger and cinnamon. The peppery spices are countered by pumpkin pie sweetness, vanilla and nutmeg. A bit more roast than expected for the style but still smells dessert like. Medium bodied with more roast and hop bitterness than the atom suggests. Roasted malt presence Long with dry, earthy hops and toasted pumpkin seed. This dry roasted character takes away from the better qualities of the beer in my opinion. There is still a stron zesty autumnal spice profile but most of the pumpkin pie sweetness found in the aroma is overpowered. Some caramel malt sweetness along with cinnamon, brown sugar and clove with some nutmeg and pumpkin puree buried underneath. The high ABV is very well masked but I wish it was better balanced.

4.1
jackafholmes (1015) - - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle from hop hideout, Sheffield. Dark brown with cream head. Aroma is carrot, pumpkin, orange, ginger. Taste is spicy and sweet and boozy. Prickly and full bodied with oil. Really nice.

3.4
Cokemonkey11 (843) - - NOV 9, 2015
Brown bottle, cork and cask, Edinburgh. Pours black with a thin tan head. Scent is mild, a little toffee. Taste is a bit coffee and a bit bitter/Pumpkin spice. Finish is dry and dense. Coffe/toffee taste. Good.

3.8
Leafs93 (2292) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Pours deep dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is pumpkin, cocoa and spices. Taste is sweet with some light bitters, mostly sweet. Medium bodied, smooth...almost creamy.

3.7
rlgk (18847) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2015
Bottle from The Boulevard in San Diego. Dark almost black beer with a nice lasting beige head. Malty carMel and pimpling aroma, grassy, cinnamon notes, some chocolate. Malty chocolate flavor, pimpling, caramel, licorice, grapes, cinnamon, some cloce, quite nice.


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