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Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout - Rock Art Brewery

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 09-11-2009

"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 compliment the malt flavors, and were used to add sugars to the mash. What ever you do, do not think this is going to taste like pumpkin pie. 50 IBUs."
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of neophilus
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of freakdiablo
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass. Of the few beers brewed with spruce that I've had, I liked them all so I want to give this one a go and see what it has to offer.

AP: Wow, helluva head on this, takes up half the glass. Colour of the head is like chocolate mousse and it's a dense foamy head as well. Colour of the liquid is solid black. As the head ever so slowly dissipates, it leaves dried foam on the side of the glass, similar to a Guinness. Otherwise, lacing is minimal.
AR: I get a bit of the spruce in the aroma along with some light char and roast with chocolate pudding. Baked black/brown bread as well. No pumpkin to speak of, but I do believe that is the point to this beer, so no deduction of points for that. There is a hint of baking spices in the background.
T: Starts off with a hint of the spruce which fades quickly giving way to black/brown bread and chocolate pudding flavours. The spruce comes back into play near the finish with a subtle note of smokiness and then the roast and char take over on the finish. Again, no pumpkin to speak of. Nothing complex here, drinks like a decent Dry Stout, IMO. Nothing to get you excited, but it's enjoyable.
M: Body seems a bit light for an 8% ABV Stout. Seems more like a 5% Porter. Silky texture, however with low carbonation and a bit creamy on the palate. Finish is off dry.
OV: A decent offering. Won't knock your socks off or anything, but worth a try. If the spruce was more prominent in the flavour and and it had a bit more of that smokiness as well then this would be more interesting and better.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with some dark mahogany highlights around the edges, and a thick, dense, creamy head that is light tan, and slowly settles into a filmy coating. Aromas of roast, bitter coffee, hints of pumpkin sweetness, spruce highlights, bittersweet chocolate, and earthy tones. Flavors are roast and sweet initially, with highlights of pumpkin, a solid dose of bittersweet baker's chocolate, woody notes, and hints of pumpkin. Creamy overtones help round some edges and keep an overall balance. The body is robust, creamy, and smooth throughout. The aftertaste is smoked, roasted, and bitter, with a chocolate and subtle pumpkin linger. Bitter, slightly dry finish, with a roasted linger. Good, solid, tasty brew.

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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from the cellar, was last years batch.
I poured it into a glass, it has a dark black body with a 2' tan head that fizzes away. The aroma has a choclate and malt aroma to it, no sign of pumpkin or spruce. The taste is chocolate and maltness goodness just like a good stout, again no pumpkin.
The mouthfeel is a little heavy but overall if i would have drank it like maybe 6 months ago i still would of had some pumpkin but the stout part of this is excellent, aged well.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout from Rock Art Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.