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Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout - Rock Art Brewery

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 16
Gots: 13 | 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:
"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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3/5  rDev -15.7%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Colosdog, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Davepoolesque, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Kmlund, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of BTVflatlander
3/5  rDev -15.7%

BTVflatlander, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

GuinnessAtRogerWilco, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Mikeypnh
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Mikeypnh, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

GarthDanielson, Oct 14, 2013
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1/5  rDev -71.9%

brez8791, Oct 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

NYR_Rob, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

chefhatt, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of NickBeery
4/5  rDev +12.4%

NickBeery, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Beermaine, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Varkias41, Oct 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

LoveStout, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

acurtis, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Givemebeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bomber into a goblet. Excited to try this Imperial pumpkin stout, and my first beer from Rock Art.

A: Pitch black color with a creamy head and some nice lacing. Truly very nice looking beer.

S: Smells sweet, pumpkin, roastiness

T: A LOT of roasted malts up front. Pumpkins are hidden in the background and theres the spruce in there that is noticeable.

M: Ultra-creamy. Thick mouthfeel with a semi-sweet finish. Love this part.

O: It's nice, but the thick heavy dark malts cover up the pumpkin flavor more than I would have hoped. This is worth a try if you want a stout with a touch of pumpkin flavor. Happy to have had it.

Givemebeer, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

brokentee, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of fpreh1957
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

fpreh1957, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black, with ruby red highlights against the light. Little head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Smells like hints of black licorice and brown sugar - molasses..rich candy..

Taste of spruce and medium bodied porter. Lots of sweetness, no pumpkin. I suspect that the age of the bottle has contributed to the pumpkin receding into the background,

Good mouthfeel, mildly bitter finish.

DaPan, Sep 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

1Sundown2C, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown bordering on black in color with very light amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark cola brown + reddish amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall tan head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some light hints of chocolate. There are light to moderate aromas of spruce with just a hint of pumpkin.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark roasted malts along with some chocolate malts. There is a light to moderate flavor of dry cocoa powder and some hints of sweet milk chocolate as well. There are light flavors of pumpkin and spruce. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Interesting to see someone doing something other than an ale with pumpkin (and not something that tastes like pumpkin pie). I wish the spruce flavors and aromas were a little more prevalent and there was a little more earthiness from the pumpkin.

dbrauneis, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of csustar001
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

csustar001, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark cola brown with a thin bubbly tan head. Nose of yam, pine, earth, anise, and holiday spice. Thick, lightly carbonated body. Sweet chocolate and anise flavor, rich malt, not much like you'd expect from other pumpkin beers. More like a pine-y/minty sweet speciality stout.

yourefragile, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle that is stamped July 19. Not sure if that means expires in July 2019. Sampled on September 8, 2013.

The pour is black as night with a huge, lingering soft tan head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is dark malt and spruce grove forward with a much more muted pumpkin spice note. It's there but you have to seek it out. Some chocolate. No alcohol note. Very enticing aroma.

The body is bold and creamy.

The taste is mildly sweet up front with a piney dressing. Yet it is not overly hopped. Moderately bitter and dry finish. Pumpkins are in the background. Warming and smoother as it goes along.

I'm not sure why it gets low BA ratings. Probably because the pumpkin is not in your face. But this is still a topnotch beer.

puboflyons, Sep 08, 2013
Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout from Rock Art Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.