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

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Spooky Tooth Imperial PumpkinSpooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 388
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 27
Gots: 85 | 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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Photo of user785335
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Full disclosure, not a big fan of pumpkin beers, but this one was very good. Overall one of the best I've had. Flavors more pronounced as it warmed. Probably not enough pumpkin for real pumpkin beer fans, but for those on the fence, definitely worth trying. (261 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep Amber color. Has aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin pie & and a light cinnamon / clove. Flavor profile matches aroma with a semi crisp finish. Overall one of the better fall / pumpkin beers. Really enjoy this one (215 characters)

Photo of SGerrard
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a massive fan of pumpkin beers but this one is definitely worth it. The pumpkin flavor is present but distinctly muted. This is a worthy entry in the pumpkin beer category! (176 characters)

Photo of AriX
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Got this on draft in Pittsburgh & it was love at first sip. The only pumpkin beer I've had that I have no complaints about as far as spices. Flavors are balanced not overwhelming fake or cloying. Can't even tell it's high abv goes down smooth. Extra good with cinnamon sugar rim on glass. Love this (298 characters)

Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a glass from an ice cold bottle. I gave it an aggressive pour and got a two finger head with little carbonation.

I really enjoy pumpkin so a pumpkin flavored beer is right up my alley. I don't really smell a strong sent of pumpkin unfortunately but lets hope the taste is better.

The mouth fell is fresh and not bitter at all. Its somewhere in the middle, not thick but not thin.

The taste is slightly of pumpkin, damn it. Its good but not what I was hoping for from the name.

Overall this is a good beer I just wish it had a stronger pumpkin taste. (568 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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. (813 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-10-18 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear pumpkin/orange-ruby with a1/2-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving very little lace.

S - Sweet pumpkin pie spices over an underlying baked graham cracker crust. Inviting but not overly-complex.

T - A bit hop/bitter/tart forward but this fades immediately into sweet graham cracker crust, pumpkin pie filling, mild alcohol, vegetal (pumpkin flesh?) and mild lemon flesh near the finish for a refreshing twist. It finishes with some reasonable, quick-lived bitterness from the spices and hops, which is well-within the expectations for a pumpkin beer.

M - Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. I'm enjoying this higher-level of carbonation, which helps scrub the tongue without getting in the way of the flavors. The carbonic acid is probably helping provide a bit of tartness, which also compliments the flavors.

O - This is an enjoyable pumpkin sipper. As it warmed, it continued to please by offering up additional flavor subtleties. It certainly deserves consideration among the higher ranks of pumpkin beers. (1,099 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A- Poured a dark brownish-orange color with off-white soapy head that dissipated quickly and left no lace.

S- Lots of bready and crust notes, some pumpkin pie spices, and some citrusy notes.

T- Pretty big bready and pie crust malt backbone; pumpkin pie spices like nutmeg and ginger; and quite a bit of citrusy hops.

M- Very smooth and creamy, dry, soft carbonation, and medium body.

O- This is a really great pumpkin ale. The pumpkin pie spices are pretty prominent, but not over the top and quite a bit more hop character than usual. The pie crust flavor in the beer was really impressive. (631 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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! (157 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev +1%

Bottle marked 1421133140333 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of nutmeg and malt
Head small (<2 cm), off white, fizzy, very rapidly diminishing to a medium island of near-microscopic bubbles
Lacing none
Body medium red/amber, clear
Flavor begins sweet with a light spiciness and some malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75. Final weighted score: 4.025
The best pumpkin ale I’ve found so far this year. The appearance could be improved with some head and lacing – what’s the surfactant here, pumpkin or nutmeg? The spices are not overpowering but add a delicate sensory experience. The ale is sweet but not cloying. The 9% ABV is not evident in either drink or aftertaste; instead, a slow heat rises in the stomach several minutes after consuming. Just a darn good version of a pumpkin-based ale. (909 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%

From other people's descriptions I thought I was going to be in for a Pumking imitator, but that is not what this is. It has none of the pumpkin pie, creamy taste of the king and this one shows it's booze out front in the taste (I think it is a bit higher alcohol too).

It is dark reddish brown and has big bubbles that recede, leaving a nice lace. The aroma is slightly boozy pumpkin.

The taste is worthy of some serious discussion. It has a lot of malt, but there are large amounts of spice, pumpkin, and hops too, to balance things. It would be a busy taste if it were so well balanced.

It definitely has a boozy aftertaste, but it is not unpleasant. I am glad that this is very different from pumking. It is one of the biggest and best pumpkin brews. (759 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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. (588 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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. (817 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev -2%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange/light brown color with a one-finger head
S: Smells like pumpkin pie a la mode. Has that sweet/creamy nose of vanilla ice cream along with pumpkin and pie spice
T: Sweet, pleasant pumpkin notes, nutmeg/cinnamon/cloves, and vanilla
M: Fairly full-bodied due to the spice but especially alcohol; just a touch hot
O: This has pure flavors but overall it's a touch sweet and has a touch too much alcohol for my palate. Still recommended, I just think less sugar/booze would make it better (558 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
3.86/5  rDev -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. (265 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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. (1,350 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of RogerSterling
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.62/5  rDev -9%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (724 characters)

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Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.