Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout - Rock Art Brewery
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3.81/5 rDev +6.4%
Dark brown with a tan head. Malt driven aroma carries around some spruce to make a good first impression, like a spicy pine tree. Mild pumpkin pie spices follow up and round out the complex scent.
Medium-low resin hop bitterness with the first sip mingles with some acrid roasted grain. Lots of malt and more spices - almost like darkened toast with a pumpkin butter spread. Some ginger from the pie spicing pokes its head through but the rest of the gang mingle together well and coalesce into a bitter, spicy flavor.
More dry toast malt body in the aftertaste. Slightly thin body barely carries all the flavors on its back without becoming too watery. Hop bitterness finishes through the aftertaste and cleans up all those spices and malt.
Pumpkin Stout has to be one of the hardest styles to get right, there is just so many flavors to deal with between the roasted grain and typically overpower pie spicing. This brew manages to push the pie spicing to the background and showcase the darker grains and spruce flavors. Overall an interesting, complex and satisfying beer.
12-24-2013 01:40:22 | More by neophilus
3.88/5 rDev +8.4%
A- Pours a cola-color, but settles into the glass as a very dark brown. Some carbonation bubbles are noticeable on the edges of the glass and rise to create a cream-colored head.
S- Roasty malts, chocolate and vanilla, maybe some hints of pumpkin bread, but nothing that stands out as pumpkin or spruce. Surprisingly pleasant nose, but different than I expected.
T- Roasted malts come through again, with hints of vanilla flavors. Hints of piney hops (maybe spruce?), but the roasty malt is there in a big way. Really charred flavor that works really well with the piney presence.
M- Somewhat thin and maybe slightly over-carbonated. Medium-full bodied, with a slight carbonation tingle.
O- Overall this one was way different than I expected, but pretty good. The pumpkin was non-existent for me, but the flavor was pretty good.
12-02-2013 00:23:25 | More by stephenjmoore
3.11/5 rDev -13.1%
A - Thick dark brown hue, almost black. Heavy, brown head that leaves a lot of lacing that sticks around.
S - Milder. I get a faint scent of malts, and pumpkins. Almost smells like fresh baked pumpkin bread
T - More pumpkin with sweeter malts. Almost sickeningly sweet, nothing really cuts through it. Mild pine flavor in the background, which follows through to the aftertaste.
M - Thick, almost oily with lighter carbonation. If I could describe it in one word, I'd say it was "sticky".
O - Looks pretty and not the worst beer I've had, but I'm not a fan. Even after letting it warm, it's way to sweet for my taste, with nothing really balancing it out. Some may find it to be a good fall/winter beer, but next time I see it, I'll leave it on the shelf.
11-09-2013 02:05:03 | More by freakdiablo
Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout from Rock Art Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.