Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 21
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: merc7186 on 08-17-2011

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Reviews by jmunsters:
Photo of jmunsters
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft a B Spot in Westlake, OH
A - Deep copper and amber with almost no head.
S - Pie crust, slightly funky yeast, booze
T - Booze, mild spices, old pumpkin
M - Thick, lightly carbonated smooth.
O - Imperial amber with a bit of spice and pumpkin. Not at all bad, but nothing at all special.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth

Aroma: Mild cinnamon and nutmeg notes up front. Slight clove and pumpkin character in the background. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Hazy brick red pours with a low sudsy off-white head. Head retention is fair.

Flavor: Prominent cinnamon and clove character up front. Slight peppery flavor sneaks up on the back of the tongue. Moderate clove-like phenols. Balance is to the bready malt character but masked by spicy overtones. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers and is spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly creamy. A slight alcohol warming.

Overall impression: A big, bold, spiced ale. The upfront pepper and clove character makes me think this was fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. Enjoyable and worthy of aging.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of RogerSterling
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Roguer
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly clear reddish copper brew, with just a hint of haze. Small light cream colored head with OK retention.

Impressive pumpkin pie aroma: pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. I can almost smell the buttery crust. A hint of brown sugar and caramel round it all out.

Flavor follows the aroma, and is surprisingly delicious. It's got quite a bit of bite to go with it, as well. This is the closest I've had to pumpkin pie in a glass.

Quite a bit of sting from a very lively mouthfeel. Medium-long sticky finish.

Pumpkin beers stand alone. It's not a style that I particularly love. Fat Head's absolutely nailed it. It's probably the tastiest pure pumpkin beer I've ever had.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Fat Heads. Review from notes.

A: Spooky Tooth was a darker copper color with a small white head on top that dissipated quickly leaving a thin ring on top with minimal lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, cloves, with some bready malt and a little toffee.

T: The taste was actually a little boring, some more pumpkin pie spices with some faint bready/graham malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Decent, but I preferred Phantom Pumpkin over the imperial version.

Photo of McNealc31
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

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!

Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin brewed by Fat Heahs Brewery & Saloon. This brew has an ABV of 9.0%. Now this Ale pours out a dark amber color with a thick white head. The color is almost brown. The smell is sweet with spics and grains. This brew does smell like pumpkin pie. The taste is bold with flavor. You pick up on pumpkin spice and the richness. For being a brew with an ABV of 9.0% this brew goes down smooth. There is no bad after taste of nothing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out 5. I will buy this brew again. Fat heads brewery & Saloon did a nice job with this brew.

Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon, allegedly a rare find here in southeast Stark County, Ohio (Northeast region)this early into fall. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's a 3 1/2 finger thick light brown head, awesome lacing, and a clear reddish brown body. More brown than red.

I smell nutmeg, cinnamon, and roasted malts.

Tastes like the same notes mentioned in the aroma, but now I DO certainly taste the pumpkin.

Mouthfeel is moderately full-bodied. A very surprisingly clean finish for such a flavorful brew. Outstanding job here!

Overall, a near-perfect 4.75 for Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon. This was a great choice for today's weather, which seems to mark the official death of summer. I will probably pick this up again.

Photo of screamking
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of BrewUSA
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is hazy dark and brown, like an iced tea, and sports an impressive 2 fingers of rocky off-white head. Retention is not bad for a 9.0% ABV beer, but eventually it dies down to a nice lacing. The nose has some sweet, bready, malty notes, pumpkin, allspice, and a trace of cinnamon.

The beer has a substantial body, a really creamy feel, and a big sweet and spicy flavor. There is lots of sweet malt up front and the spices come in at mid-palate. Notes of allspice, cinnamon, and a bit of nutmeg are all present. I don't know if I get a lot of pumpkin flavor, but the sweetness from the malt and the spices add up to a very pleasant flavor (and lots of it). The high ABV is certainly an indication of how hearty and flavorful this beer is.

I would not compare this beer to Pumking (that one is so distinct it's beyond comparison) and I don't think it's quite as good as Schlafly's. That one has more pumpkin flavor and a perfect blend of spices. However, this one definitely holds its own and the feel is to die for. Other than the lack of a strong pumpkin flavor, I'm not sure why this beer is getting lukewarm reviews. I think it's on the same level as DFH Punkin' Ale and certainly better than all but a handful of pumpkin beers out there.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of brewtus
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours reddish brown with a two finger lingering in head. Smell is lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, some . Taste is lots of pumpkin, yam, earthy up front, lingers into cinnamon, nutmeg, roasty, and vanilla flavors. aftertaste leaves a slight spicy bite on your tongue, no seriously. Texture is what you'd expect from a 9% beer, almost creamy. Overall this one really impressed me, so well balanced for the style, not overly spicy, not overly malty, not overly pumpkinnny. Reminds me of pie with whipped cream on top. Well done fatheads, keep bottling these great brews. So happy to grab this amazing pumpkin ale.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of BB1313
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing copper; off-white head that slowly fades and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas have your typical nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. There are subtle hints of vanilla as well. The caramel malts seem to overpower the spices though. Flavors match the nose. Lots of grains and spices. You know the drill. It's nothing new or out of the ordinary for the style. The mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied; creamy and has active carbonation. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed.

This is a solid Imperial Pumpkin Ale, but it's pretty safe and they don't exactly go outside of the box or try anything different, which Fat Head's is known for. It's not bad, but it's not exactly memorable.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.


Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

This is very good. I don't really like pumpkin anything. Fat Heads once again took a blah style and elevated it. I will definitely buy another for next fall!

Photo of ckollias
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew in a large pint glass poured out of a growler I got from the brew pub in North Olmstead.

“Rich Amber color with aroma of sweet pumpkin pie and savory spices with hints of sweet malt. Rich and creamy with a chewy mouthful that you can sink your teeth your into. Flavors of pumpkin up front then sweet malt, pie crust, spice, hints of brown sugar and a clean finish.”

A: Amber-copper color with a white one-finger head that quickly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Spicy pumpkin and sweet aroma with hints of cinnamon and caramel.

T: Similar to aroma this brew has a robust pumpkin and dominate cinnamon flavor. Hints of spices and caramel in the background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This is probably the strongest pumpkin ale I have ever had. It was a little sweet for me, but overall a very good beer.

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Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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