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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Formerly known as Extreme Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout.

It’s a big stout brewed in the colonial fashion with large amounts of pumpkins and spruce tips added to the kettle for flavor and bittering qualities. The pumpkins complement the malt flavors and are used to add sugars to the mash. Whatever you do, do not think this is going to taste like pumpkin pie. For a SLOW experience, pair with BBQ venison loin, extra sharp cheddar cheese, vegetarian chili, fresh warm soft pretzel dipped in a honey mustard or grass fed beef stew.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2015 Originally rating on 10/29/2012 as Pumpkin Imp Spruce Stout
Org: 7 / 3 / 7 / 3 / 14 = 3.4
Updated rating on 9/8/2015 as Spruce Stout, from 22 oz bottle, around $7, poured into shaker glass

Aroma: caramel, slight chocolate, spice/herbal, very little spruce. Much more spruce in 2012 version.

Appearance: black, big tan head

Taste: medium bitter, light sweet (2012: medium sweet & light bitter)

Palate: Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, long bitter finish (2012: full body, bitter finish)

Overall: A solid Stout, but the spruce is a tad lacking. It’s subtle and I’m not sure if it’s from 2014 or 2015 year. It’s early in the pumpkin/spruce tip season. It was on shelf, so I thought it was 2015, but didn’t think about it being last year’s batch until after I got home. It’s a nice stout with some good bitterness. Spruce is there on taste, but very little in aroma this year. Glad they removed the pumpkin reference, since squash/pumpkin is nowhere to be found in this batch.

2012: I was looking for more pumpkin, which wasn’t very apparent in my tasting. The spruce was definitely there, but I think it overpowered the pumpkin.

voyageurmike (510) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2017
Bomber from convenience store on North Hero Island. Dark brown medium bodied with spruce and roasted malt aroma and taste. Moderate bitter vegetable flavor. Roasted malt finish. Doesn’t really pull together well.

polo_marco (332) - milton, Vermont, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Smells like a fermented pumpkin pie. Color is perfect for a stout nice and dark. Taste is shocking nice deep nutty flavor. Pumpkin sets the sweetness off nicely. Spruce adds nice bitterness at the end. Flavor rushes over your tougue fast and smooth.might be my favorite stout considering I’m not a dark beer drinker. Way to make nice brews every time.

Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bomber from the brewery. Pours a clear dark brown with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of strong spruce, roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is chocolate, roasted malt, strong piney finish. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, well balanced. Very nice.

TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
(Bottle). Black/brown complexion with tan head. Malty toasted flavor. Not as much spruce as expected. Smooth palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

nealblind (1977) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Not pumpkin version. Dark brown pour some lasting creamy tan head. Aroma smoky, char, lactic caramel. Tastes spruce, dark malt, molasses. Firm bitter finish. Heavy creamy body.

Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Woody hop aroma with notes of roast and hints of spruce. Jet black and muddy with a tan head with average retention. Flavor has notes of nutmeg and roast. Hop bitterness is moderately high. The beer is slightly towards the bitterness side. Mouthfeel medium full with medium carbonation. A slight astringency is noticeable. Overall, it's an ok beer. I would like the spruce tips to come out more in the aroma and taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Slipstream (2704) - USA - NOV 15, 2014
This a fairly mellow stout. The taste is malty, with some toasted grains and a dash of acidic hops. There is a touch of spruce - I got that, but I didn’t really notice the pumpkin - if I had known the brew had some, I would have had my feelers out for it. Good overall.

swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2014
bottle from the brewery. medium bodied black pour. Pumpkin notes, medium roast, spruce tips add a unique note/flavor. not a big pumpkin beer fan but i guess fans of them would

umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle thanks to WillRunForBeer. Pours very dark brown with medium creamy head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma smells like sweet potatoes with some light caramel and flowers. Tastes like sweet potato, pumpkin, and cooked vegatables. Light caramel and a touch of spruce too (not sure I would’ve picked it out if I wasn’t looking for it). Light malty sweetness with a very light bitterness. Not bad but could use a bigger flavor. More pumpkin, more spices, more spruce.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a pitch black colored body that leaves a one finger mocha colored head that gently dies into the body. No carbonation is seen rising. The smell had the spruce in front with a bit of sweet hops. There isn’t much pumpkin noted no matter how much I let it warm up. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, it sat about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, nice and smooth with a nice creaminess coming out the more I taste this one. Overall, this is a nice double stout. Though no pumpkin noted anywhere in the beer, I’m not bothered by that and would still have this one again.

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