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Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout - Rock Art Brewery

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Pumpkin Imperial Spruce StoutPumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 16
Gots: 12 | 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."

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 09-11-2009)
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Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a 2" head that falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: definite earthy and woodsy aroma here.

Taste: nice roasted malt profile with a big earthy tone. The spruce is definitely noticeable but not overpowering. Some pumpkin spice is there but very soft. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting earthy and woody aftertaste.

Overall: decent fall / winter time beer, but the pumpkin flavors were very mild.

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Thanks to Bruce for the opportunity to try this one.
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. Smells of roast caramel and ash with a spicy earthy menthol aroma that I assume is spruce. This beer smells a bit oxidized or maybe that's a mix of spruce and pumpkin. The flavor is a bit spicy and roasty. Herbal spicy menthol hits up front followed by a roasty caramel and toffee. This finishes with a long lingering bitterness that seems more intense than just hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a roasty bitter mouthfeel. This one is certainly out of the box, but it really didn't work all that well for me. The pumpkin is almost non existent and the spruce adds a harsh bitterness that I really couldn't get into.

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Pours with a large, rocky/foamy tan head that sticks around for a long time. Great lacing.

Aromas contain quite a bit of the minty and spruce twang. Good milk chocolate-like malty sweetness, but dominated by the hops.. surprised this quality has held up so nicely over the years.

Flavors bring the stout, but it's cut so well by the spruce. It's not dissimilar to a peppermint stout I've had before. Rich mouthfeel, but not imperial stout rich. Quite drinkable.

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22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: It's hard to get a feel for the color in dim lighting, but it looks to be charcoal black. An active, bubbly tan head quickly sputters into nothing. Not much lacing to speak of, just a few specks here and there.

S: Roasted malt scents of bakers chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Cola. Strong aroma of fresh pine needles and fir trees. Bit of a minty quality. Andes mints. Coffee beans underneath. An interesting nose, to say the least. Aromatic, but not very complex and exotic to the point of being a bit odd.

T: Strong hit of pine needles and mint on the attack. Roasty malt tastes behind this. Charcoal, black cocoa powder, black coffee. Bitter dark chocolate with a touch of acidity. Touch of vague fruitiness. Eventually the pine goes away altogether and the bitter, roasted acidity takes charge. Try as I might, I can't pinpoint any pumpkin. Finishes with bitter dark chocolate, acidic black coffee, and charcoal.

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Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout from Rock Art Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.