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

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 388
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 27
Gots: 84 | 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 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 WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (384 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 mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,500 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fatheads Brewery & Saloon
Spooky Tooth

APPEARANCE: Pours a pumpkin like deep orange color, bordering brown. Off white sticky foam leaves plenty of lace. Looks almost like a cream topped pumpkin pie in a pint glass.

SMELL: Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, fresh gourd, cinnamon, caramel, burnt sugar and a firm, nutty maltyness.

TASTE/FEEL: Subtle pumpkin flavor with a complimentary dose of spice and vanilla. Brown sugar, nuts and toasted malt qualities coming out nicely. Mild hoppy bitterness keeping everything in check, still finishes a bit on the sweet side. Full bodied ale and oh so smooth. Goes down quickly and effortlessly with solid flavors and a silky smooth feel.

OVERALL: A fine pumpkin ale from the world class brewers at fatheads. Hides the alcohol very nice and has a great feel and agreeable flavor. (826 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (857 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 Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (732 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Cylinsier
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at the brewery this past Wednesday night, August 17th, 2011 into a clean, clear pint glass.

A No head over a deep caramel and indeed pumpkin color. That is what I expected from the look of the beer but the look remains good. 4.0

S Nice, pleasing pumpkin scents mixed with a sweet malt alcohol warmth is exactly what I was hoping for. 4.0

T Good, solid tasting Imp. Pumpkin Ale as it is a huge, sweet bodacious bomb of pumpkin which is not only what I expected but also what I hoped for. 4.0

M Smooth, thick and big. Good, syrupy feel. 4.0

D/O Cannot be that high IMO due to the ABV but I did enjoy the pint that I drank. 3.5

Notes: Another solid beer from Fat Heads which is quite consistent in my opinion. (728 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orangish color with a slight head which leaves a little lace. The aroma is of pumpkin along with the nutmeg and cinnomon. The taste has a nice pumpkin flavor which is rounded out by cinnamon and nutmeg along with a touch of sweetness and vanilla. The mouthfeel is moderatley carbonated. Overall it was a solid pumpkin beer, one of the better ones in the class. (375 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,646 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 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 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)

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