1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

Spooky Tooth Imperial PumpkinSpooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

163 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 163
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%

Brewed by:
Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: merc7186 on 08-17-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 163 | Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of BrewUSA


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Heads Spooky Tooth

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 32/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 14/20

Overall 80/100

Ok Pumpkin beer... I like my Pumpkin beers way less boozy. The sting is too pronounced for my liking... Great taste though, would almost prefer it to be milder.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 05:10:52 | More by BrewUSA
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/27/2013. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of brown sugar, pumpkin, caramel, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of brown sugar, pumpkin, caramel, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt sweetness/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial pumpkin ale. All around good balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:20:48 | More by superspak
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel pours a somewhat clear copper color with a small head of beige head. Not much for retention and lace.

Nose is sweeter than pumpkin pie...lets go with sweet potato casserole with lots of brown sugar and marshmallows.

Taste is smooth and the sweetness and spices are perfectly balanced. Drinks lighter than the 9%...though there is a bit of alcohol flare up on the finish. Lots of toast and caramel. Mouthfeel is thinner than most Imperial Pumpkin ales. Not bad, Id drink this again...would love to try it fresh on draft.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 02:08:58 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of rlee1390


3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep ruby one finger white head.

S-Very spice heavy, cinnamon, nutmeg and the like. Some pumpkin.

T-Starts with nice spices, cinnamon and nutmeg again. Then a nice deal of pumpkin. Good balance.

M-Lighter to medium in body, not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-A good pumpkin ale, but for the price for a four pack the beer isn't worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 01:02:19 | More by rlee1390
Photo of portia99


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (bottled 8/28/13) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a lightly muddied copper color with a short, fizzy cap of tan head that drops away quickly but continues to fizz and swirl with bubbles from below. No real lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Very fruity and estery. A floral and perfumey prelude that leads into fall spices especially nutmeg and showing some brown sugar sweetness and some alcoholic notes.

T - Alcoholic, rather Belgian in character...super malty, yeasty and estery, fruity and spicy. I would almost call this a Dubbel if I was given this beer blindly. Caramelly, sweet, candy sugary malt base.

M - Noticeable alcohol, medium body full of fruity esters, mid-level fizzy carbonation.

O - Not bad...not wowing me either. A different kind of pumpkin ale than I am used to having. This is one of those beers that doesn't really have anything wrong with it, but doesn't do anything to impress me either. Drinkable, enjoyable, not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 23:29:59 | More by portia99
Photo of RogerSterling


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a Growler. Hazy orange appearance.

S - Gives a good, burnt pumpkin smell. Reminds me of fall.

T - More flavor in the aftertaste than anything. Subtle, then gives a good pumpkin finish. I think it has a good taste balance.

M - Initially not much up front, but then the heavier carbonation and 9% alcohol kick in.

O - Good beer. One of the better ones we get in Pittsburgh, although slightly overpriced. I think it has a very good taste, and is well balanced. Not too pumpkin-y, but not lacking in that area. If you like pumpkin beers, I definitely recommend it.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2013 01:27:24 | More by RogerSterling
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a murky brown color with some amber hues, small fizzy head disappears quickly leaving nothing behind

S- pumpkin pie spicing with some graham-crackery crust aroma from the malt. Ginger and nutmeg seem to stand out

T- there's a nice sweet and malty backbone that underlies the pumpkin spice flavors, some sweet brown sugar leads to a dry finish

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a thick and chewy, foamy mouthfeel that really adds a nice body to it. creamy and crisp finish that lingers dry, abv hidden very well, very nice

O- the malty sweetness balanced the spices well, the best part of this beer was the chewy and thick mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 22:44:31 | More by Treyliff
Photo of mynie


3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at every single beer bar in central Indiana. My half pint was poured at MacNiven's in Indy.

Pours a little limp, but I guess that's okay for its elevated ABV. Smells... also a little limp. Big nutmeg and a jolt of alcohol, but that's it.

Tastes good but not really exceptional. Pie spice, warming booze, and that's about it. The ethanol punch is pleasant. But, like so many pumpkin ales as of late, it tastes much more like spice than actual pumpkin. The effect is nice, because pie spice and sweetness are nice additions to alcohol, but nothing but its ABV really separates it from the dozens of other, less outrageously expensive pumpkin ales that have recently flooded the market.

If you want a candy-flavored pumpkin, check out the canned ale put out by the Onion Brewery. This is okay, but not worth the price.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2013 22:14:31 | More by mynie
Photo of metter98

New York

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at King's Table, Beavercreek, OH

A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet pumpkins are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of pumpkins with bits of sweetness and hints of nutmeg.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because only hints of alcohol are present in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 02:13:48 | More by metter98
Photo of PaulyB83


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date a bit smudged from being in the fridge but looks like 09/18/13

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Dark amber copper with a small off white head that quickly dissipated

S- Nice pumpkin with medium spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice with some of the alcohol coming through and not much in the way of hops.

T- Good amount of pumpkin, nice balance of spices, slight hop and roast bitterness on the exit

M- Lighter than I expected given the alcohol and fairly medium bodied.

O- For me a pumpkin ale is all about spice and pumpkin balance and this one really comes through with that. Was expecting a bit more sweetness and could due with a tiny bit more spice but I'd rather have less than more.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:24:09 | More by PaulyB83
Photo of Cylinsier


3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear amber orange, off-white head is a thin film.

Smells of cinnamon, cloves, and semi-sweet pumpkin. Some brown sugar in there too.

Flavor is of cinnamon, sweet and somewhat tart pumpkin, maybe some cloves and nutmeg, and a little molasses. Malts are bready and sweet. Perhaps a bit of nutty sweetness as well.

Medium body with a coarse but mild carbonation.

A pretty interesting pumpkin ale that brings a bit more spice and a distinct syrupy sweetness that I haven't seen in other pumpkin beers. On that count, it gets points for standing out in a good way and is worth trying for sure, probably more than once. That said, there are still a few better pumpkins out there for my money.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:02:07 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of screamking


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours brown with a thick 2 finger khaki head, which sits for a minute or two. The nose, as one would expect, is filled with pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Pumpkin seems to be the major factor in the aroma, more so then the spice part. You also get a hint of alcohol underneath as well.

The taste is mostly pumpkin spice, with the actual pumpkin taking a backseat. Once again the alcohol is very noticeable. At the back of the mouth you get more of a caramel note and a slight toffee note as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with middle of the road carbonation. This is a solid pumpkin, not as drinkable as most of the others on the market, but it a imperial so that's to be expected. Take a little time to drink this one and it will be worth it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 02:20:02 | More by screamking
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Next up on the pumpkin beer marathon is an imperial from Ohio – Spooky Tooth! Cheers.

A: Clear, shimmering body, burnt orange in color, with a small dusting of beige head. There’s bubbles everywhere through the body, but when they reach the surface, the do little to support the already tiny head.

S: Spice and pumpkin in fine form, showing deft balance between pungent nutmeg, allspice, and ginger and brown sugar, toasted pie crust, and the filling of a freshly-baked pumpkin pie. The aroma is intense; really, that balance is that there’s a hell of a lot of spice and a hell of a lot of sugars. Still, the end result is a bold, full nose.

T: All about spice – “hot” is not a bad way to put it, especially as I can feel the chili pepper spice coat my throat as it descends. Cinnamon is intense, with a taste like Red Hots, but the spice is quelled intermittently by vanilla oak, toasted coconut, and dense caramel flavors. The role of pumpkin in this beer is as an ever-present tone of soft earthiness, an added flavor that surfaces every once in a while through the spice and sweetness (like the pumpkin in pumpkin bread). Soft aftertaste of sweetness plus booze, like a rum and coke.

M: Texture is not this beer’s strong suit: it goes down with a slickness achieved only by a noticeable lack of carbonation on a boozy body. Drains a bit of the drinkability out of this one.

O: Spice! Heat! They don’t call it “the pumpkin beer with a kick” for nothing. I think the palate might have been a little too over-the-top to be great, but it’s certainly delicious otherwise – Fat Head’s continues to command my respect.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 23:43:19 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of Brenden


4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a darker take on the style, a red-brown color that's too dark to see through while still keeping just a very little clarity. The tan head is sparse but showing fair retention. The patchy island of foam that remains through the entirety of the session leaves a ring followed by heavy spotting.
The aroma gives off pumpkin flesh and a sturdy spicing, particularly nutmeg and cinnamon, under a strong malt.
Nutmeg and cinnamon are up front on the tongue, but this beer hits the mark in having plenty of spices without being overspiced. It's also somewhat fleshy. There's some bite in this beer with a good dose of pumpkin and a bit of buttery crust in the back.
The body is light but firm with lots of bite from crispness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 17:17:08 | More by Brenden
Photo of McNealc31


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours darker than a lot of pumpkin beers. More brown than orange. Amazing aroma. Loads of warm spices and some pumpkin, too. The complexity is evident from the first sip. Using 8 malts and 7 spices and other flavorings, the balance is phenomenal. All the familiar pumpkin pie spices plus, guess what, pumpkin (which is lacking in many other pumpkin beers). Completely hidden 9% ABV.

Top tier pumpkin beer. No doubt about it!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 00:15:51 | More by McNealc31
Photo of raznug


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Spooky Tooth pours a deep amber color and is topped with ½” of white head that dissipates rather quickly.
Smell: This beer smells of pumpkin and its spices just like I was hoping it would.
Taste: Flavors of pumpkin and spices are the first things that hit the palate but they are followed quickly by hints of malt.
Mouthfeel: This is a rather thick brew for a pumpkin but it does have a rather clean finish and not to bad of an aftertaste considering that I am not a big fan of pumpkin pie spices. This isn’t the best pumpkin that I have ever had but it is pretty good effort.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 20:42:11 | More by raznug
Photo of HeightsEats


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Color is dark golden, head bubbles up but only slightly. Aroma is pumpkin, medium roasted malt and spice. The flavor is the most balanced I've ever tried for a pumpkin ale, full pumpkin flavor with a counterpoint of spice, neither one dominating, and then sweet malt. There aren't a lot of hops here, but enough to give the beer a clean finish. Mouthfeel is full-bodied but not overly heavy (less so than Dogfish Head Punkin), with the alcohol very well hidden. I have never before had a pumpkin beer that so perfectly combines pumpkin, spice, ABV and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 00:28:35 | More by HeightsEats
Photo of rodlavers


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, light tan head thins immediately, leaving a thin white ring in the glass, minimal lacing. Dark rich amber in color, but fairly clear. Sweet pumpkin puree, sweet malt, with a some spices noticeable in aroma. Taste is similar, with an added buttery/creamy feel to it. Aroma and flavor improve as it warms. It's smooth, with a slight bite on the end, not terribly hoppy, but definitely rather substantive, or chewy, as they say. Excellent finish. Overall, not a bad pumpkin beer, I'd give this one another shot sometime for sure. I think I'd prefer a bit more hops, but this good. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 22:06:05 | More by rodlavers
Photo of DrDemento456


3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Snagged a single for 4 bucks bottled 8/18. Into a pint glass

A - Rockin inch plus of mocha head that sticks around for a bit. As expected for an imperial ale this is a rich deep mahogany brown.
S - Has mild tones of cinnamon but mostly nutmeg and a slight if any vegital smell. Sweet tones of brown sugar also seem to be present.
T - Wow its borderline acidic the way the vegital tone of the beer meets the cinnamon and I am usually all about the spice. It also seems the ABV comes out in the taste making it sort of a chore to drink. Kind of terrible.
M - Medium to heavy but taste kind of watery to me.

Overall in a way I don't like it just like I don't like the Bourbon Barrel aged heavy seas pumpkin. The alcohol in this taste like a regular pumpkin ale with a shot of rum or something added. Quite possibly the worst pumpkin ale I had of the season.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 02:17:54 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of stakem


4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear burnt copper color with a finger of yellowish tan cap. Rising bubbles maintain a thin film across the top and spots of lace sticking to the glass. When held to the light, ruby clarity is seen through the body and yellow or orange around the edges.

The aroma is sweet like pie. Some burnt pumpkin-like starches come across with a pleasant accent of caramel, vanilla and some vegetative qualities. Some spices are present like clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. A faint molasses note is there across the back bringing out more focus on malt with more sweetness.

The taste is sweet and very pumpkin pie-like but with a mild perfume alcohol note. A pretty strong cinnamon flavor is present that is almost on the verge of tannic and like cinnamon bark more than your typical spice. Mild nutmeg, clove and ginger are also present with a bit of vegetative or starch-like raw pumpkin flavor. There is a pretty decent amount of residual sugar that comes across like toffee, caramel and molasses. The sweetness coupled with the alcohol gives almost a fruity note with a lingering bitterness that doesnt quite fit but isnt strong enough to distract.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew. This is rare for me to say this but I think the alcohol is a little too high and distracts from the overall experience. Overall there are a lot of positive and enjoyable things going on here. If you havent had it and like pumpkin ales, this is a must. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 17:36:04 | More by stakem
Photo of neenerzig


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a somewhat cloudy/hazy medium copper/amber color with a slightly tan head that is about an inch or so thick when first poured. Settles to a good 1//4 inch thick surface coating about 5 minutes after first being poured. Decent lacing. Aromas of pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar certainly are indeed present. The taste is pretty much the same, some sweet caramel malt notes followed by big flavors of pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice along with hints of brown sugar. The 9% ABV is well masked, I couldn't taste the alcohol at all. Rounded out with a very light hop presence on the back end of the tongue that one could easily miss if one was not looking for it. Very tasty indeed! Has a somewhat crisp, smooth, sort of creamy medium to full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beer should be.


Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 02:54:53 | More by neenerzig
Photo of KAP1356


3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle purchased from the Saloon in Pittsburgh. Poured into a Fat Head's Pint glass...

A - Pours a deep orange/copper color that is quite clear. A small, off-white, creamy head forms and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Fairly standard pumpkin beer aroma here. Cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, and nutmeg stand out the most. Creamy vanilla and some caramel/burnt sugar also make an appearance.

T - Pumpkin pie spices and vanilla all up front. There's some brown sugar, caramel, and roasted malt flavors coming through as well. There's some ever so slight hop bitterness, but still remains a sweeter beer.

M - Very creamy and smooth. Probably the best part of the beer. Fuller bodied and very easy to drink. Not too much in the way of noticeable booze on this one.

O - This beer was new this year and quickly became a great go to pumpkin beer for me this season. It had the creamy, fuller bodied feel that I want these beers to have. Look forward to havving some next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 17:13:55 | More by KAP1356
Photo of DeFaz


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single of this at Belmont Party Supply, and it was definitely worth it. You have to know what you're getting yourself into here--this is a pumpkin ale, yes, but it's a strong one. The smell consists of brown sugar and pumpkin, and in the taste is the pumpkin, alcohol (it's not hidden at all but actually compliments the other flavors), brown sugar, and butter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. I generally avoid beers with a very high ABV as I find that the alcohol can distract from the taste, but with this one I found that the beer went down very easy and tasted great. The pumpkin flavor is fresh and bold without being overbearing, and the beer manages to avoid the overly sweet taste that some pumpkin ales struggle with.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 02:55:48 | More by DeFaz
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep ruby body, with all day tan khaki head flowing thick. Aroma has pumpkin spice, and gourd aromatics to boot. Perfume like but so decadent, it's pumpkin pie in a glass. Delicious so drinkable vanilla, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon this is a perfect pumpkin beer. I'm glad I grabbed some. Great flavor I will up date this when I buy a whole four pack, I'm sad I just grabbed a single.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 20:25:50 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of bluejacket74


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about an inch and a half off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, and pumpkin. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like nutmeg, pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar and a bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good pumpkin ale, it's one of the better ones I've had. Definitely worth a try. $10.99 a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 22:38:39 | More by bluejacket74
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
85 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.