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25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin

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BA SCORE
92
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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%


Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pumpkin and spiced bock aged in used oak Korbel brandy barrels.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 09-05-2013)
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bottling date 9/4/2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/16/2013.

Pours a light mahogany body with a substantial 1cm offwhite head. Very pretty beer. Bits of lacing follow the beer as it goes down.

Smells ridiculously sweet. Pumpkin pie, whipped cream, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves up the wazoo. Its so much, on the verge of being a major mess. But somehow this comes off just right. Nicely executed.

Same as in the nose, but just right. Pumpkin pie, crust, vanilla whipped cream and holiday spices provide the majority of the flavours. There is a little bit of brandy-like sweetness, but not much. Not a whole lot of oak, but I am thinking the barrel is contributing the vanilla-like whipped cream flavours. Very sweet, on the verge of cloying but not quite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly watery but still substantial. Carbonation could be better, for a medium bodied barrel-aged beer it could be a bit thicker and creamier. There is quite a bit of booziness apparent here, which is not good for my drinking experience here.

Very fascinating beer. The brandy barrel treatment really complements the base pumpkin beer quite well. This is a sipper, but a great cold, rainy fall sipper at that. Its worth trying once, I don't know if I would ever want a 4-pack of this, though.. its a bit syrupy and too hot to be drinking on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:53:05 | More by Stevedore
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Bandi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

04-15-2014 03:27:12 | More by Bandi
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metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at The Queen's Kickshaw, Astoria, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving only a thin ringer of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pumpkins are present in the nose along with slight hints of nutmeg.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has some sweetness along with additional hints of cinnamon. No alcohol is perceptible. The flavors become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a little too sweet for my taste as a pumpkin beer, except if you wanted to have this for dessert. The pumpkin flavors aren't that strong, but balance out well with the spices. It's not that difficult to drink since it hides its alcohol rather well.

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04-04-2014 00:49:13 | More by metter98
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 09/04/2013 printed on the bottleneck. Another new beer to me from Lakefront Brewery, and my first encounter with a barrel aged pumpkin beer. I've been seeing this beer on the shelves for months now, so I'm excited to finally have it. I honestly have no idea what to expect.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours about the usual appearance of a typical pumpkin beer. Pours a dark coppery ruby orange with some ruby hues. Less than a finger of bubbly beige head that falls to a fluffy ring.

S - The smell is very pleasant. Typical gourdy pumpkin aromas: buttery diacetyl, cinnamon, brown sugar, creamy earthiness / woodiness, vanilla extract notes, and some alcohol fumes. Doesn't smell too much different than a regular pumpkin beer, but there is some noticeable syrupy qualities & vanilla imparted from the brandy barrels.

T - Taste follows the nose, with all the attributes of a regular pumpkin ale - cinnamon & brown sugar, lightly grainy, but with added syrupy brandy alcohol presence, earthiness / woodiness, and vanilla extract. The vanilla doesn't always taste entirely natural, but it works very well with the rest of the flavors.

M - Feel is smooth, clean, lightly syrupy and with lots of sticky vanilla / burnt brown sugar spice lingering on the palate. Body is a hefty medium with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice pleasant introduction to the world of barrel aged pumpkin beers for me, and by far my favorite beer that I've tried from Lakefront Brewery so far. Glad to have tried it, and I will be sure to grab the other beers in the 25th anniversary series while I still can.

Lakefront Brewery 25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin ---4/5.

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Glass Used: Nonic pint

Appearance: Hazy orange-brown with a brown sugar cream head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving only a ring around the surface of the glass.

Smell: The intoxicating aroma plumed from the pour of this one. Cinnamon, nutmeg, tons of vanilla and pumpkin-sweet potato. Right at the tail end of the inhale you get the oakey brandy. Excellent aroma off this one.

Taste: Wow. Vanilla and brandy right up front, while the pumpkin-sweet potato barges in mid palate. Oaky-boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and sticky but in a good way.

Overall: Another great discovery thanks to my friend Pintofbrown. I have had my fair share of pumpkin ales this fall and would gladly put this in the top two with no qualms giving it a blue ribbon.

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25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.