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25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin

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BA SCORE
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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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aubzachsyd

Iowa

4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The best pumpkin beer that I've ever had. The combination of the pumpkin spice, vanilla and brandy barrel notes are incredibly good. I wish I would have bought more. And that Lakefront decides to make this a regular seasonal. Sure seems like it's more than 8% ABV though. Not that I'm complaining.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 03:35:22 | More by aubzachsyd
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TheSSG

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great, dense, off-white head that collapses into a nice half-inch head. Overwhelming aroma of sweet malt, tons of spice, and a nice vanilla-wood behind it all. As I swirl it around, I can draw in long drags of a deep, rich, oak atop spiced pumpkin bread. Good god, this smells like Autumn; heavenly. Radiant, transparent, burnt sienna color. A nice thick mouthfeel. Starts with a noticeable booziness (8% ABV!) just as the spiciness ramps up, almost immediately; cut to pumpkin malt; a flash of vanilla; like pumpkin bread or spiced cookies. The finish is lingering spice and oak blended in perfectly.

Wow. This is great. I LOVE the normal pumpkin lager (so this is right up my alley!), and this is just an intense version (reminds me of the Spiced Pumpkin liquor from Great Lakes Distillery). The aroma is absolutely perfect. The flavor is just a fantastic balance of spice, pumpkin, and those brandy barrels. Enough of a balance of all the flavors to really satisfy and live up to the expectations. One of the best things to ever come out of Lakefront.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 00:51:53 | More by TheSSG
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront tulip
8% ABV

A - A fleeting head isn't surprising from a beer with elevated alcohol, but this one maintains a ring of foam above the deep, clear copper beer.

S - Warming brandy barrel alcohol and soothing vanilla is a beautifully inviting way to usher one in to a big and robust pumpkin aroma and the perfect spirit to pair with this beer's melange of spice. Roasted pumpkin rind and sweet caramel malt finish out this clean lager wonderfully for an exceptional aroma.

T - Though imperialized, this pumpkin lager doesn't go for heavy pumpkin or loads of spice. Instead, maltiness prevails with sweet caramel and toffee flavors, exceptionally accented by pumpkin and spice and capped off by traces of wood and brandy with a trickle of vanilla on the back end.

M - Light carbonation gives this imperial pumpkin a heavier-feeling body than it really has but warm, soothing alcohol keeps it in check, finishing with a smoothness that perfect for a cold fall day.

O - Bottled the day of this review, a confession that the brandy is a little heavy is in order, though, that's relative considering some barrel aged beers don't get this smooth with out a minimum of two years of age on them. This imperial pumpkin sets the bars for pumpkin beers up a notch with it's wonderful lagering, interweaving the sweet malty base together with the pumpkin and spice beautifully. The addition of vanilla and ingeniously choosing brandy barrels for aging this imperial pumpkin puts the finishing touches on a beer that will not only fly off the shelves but reward those who are patient enough to wait for the coldest days of fall to indulge.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 11:49:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
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aasher

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to Jonathan for this bottle.

This beer pours a light bodied dark, burnt dark copper in color with a slight off white lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg with just a touch of brandy. For being barrel aged, there isn't much alcohol at all. The flavors are big and creamy. There is a lot of spice but they may have been necessary to take away from barrel character. There is a lot going on. The pumpkin aspect is in pumpkin spice latte territory. It drinks very smoothly with mild carbonation. I enjoy this beer a lot. It is both different and true to style. I love its barrel aged. I couldn't recommend this enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 00:52:58 | More by aasher
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workingclassbrew

Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got these for my wife who loves Lakefront Pumpkin Lager, this altogether much different beer.

Poured into a tulip glass, no head, virtually no carbonation. The aroma is as sticking your nose into a carved pumpkin. Took me awhile to capture that. Not very spicy, and only a touch of vanilla as the bottle notes.

The taste is the opposite of the tangy pumpkin smell. Very sweet brandy cask, as if the beer was pulled from the crevices of the cask. Heavy pumpkin guts, heavy warm alcohol, heavy carrot like sweetness on the back of the tongue. As it warms it gets sweeter, deeper, more intense almost more like a food than drink.

Truly an imperial beer. This is a beautiful beer to be relished, beautiful...

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:03:26 | More by workingclassbrew
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Easy to tell this is a barrel-aged offering, the ring of white foam dissipates in about a minute, leaving behind a dark amber body.

This is the best spice profile I have ever smelled on a pumpkin ale, maybe on any beer! Right away there is cinnamon and clove, then sugary and boozy cherries from the brandy barrel, and some light brown sugar and/or vanilla. Wow, I cannot quit sticking my nose in this glass.

The pumpkin spices are not as big on the palate, but the vanilla and brandy barrel smacks me in the mouth. After the palate is done processing that, there is a little bit of spicy cinnamon, baked sweet potato with brown sugar, and a long, sweet, boozy finish.

Heavy, this beer feels heavy on the tongue. Pretty sticky too, the after taste hangs forever on the cheeks, may have to start charging rent if it will not get out of here.

What an awesome beer. Just to be clear, I would have guessed around 10-12 percent ABV on this one, runs a little hot on the palate. Those flavors from the brandy barrel though, they compliment the spicing and style very well! I highly recommend this sweet, boozy, pumpkin monster of a beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 07:08:11 | More by Pintofbrown
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darthvohn

Texas

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 03:49:04 | More by darthvohn
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into my Lakefront glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark orangish color. Little hazy. Very little head when I poured it. Odd.

Smell: Yep. Smells like a sea of spices. Somewhat like a pumpkin pie, I suppose.

Taste: Once you get past the initial shock of boozy taste there's a really nice array of spices that just go and hit you. Reminds me of my grandma's pumpkin pie - yes, with booze.

Mouthfeel: It's got a thicker feel to it, but not obnoxiously so. Helps the after taste linger, which is not a bad thing at all.

Overall: Yeah, I'll have no problems getting through this 4 pack. It's pretty darn good - better than their 25th Anniversary Stout that I had recently for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:36:46 | More by don1481
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a vibrant amber/reddish orange with minimal head and lacing. Has viscous apperance and nice clarity. Nose features familiar pumpkin spice notes with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice very forward. The brandy elevates these notes and brings on a brown sugar like sweetness along with some vanilla. No booziness from the brandy, just the essence of brandy which works well with the base beer. The taste is sweet up front with brown sugar, cinnamon, and all spice with notes of vanilla in the background. This is a nice array of fall flavors and would make for a nice dessert beer. The finish has a nice notes of cinnamon and vanilla. Mouthfeel is sturdy with mellow carbonation. Overall, this is a well executed brew. Lots of big flavors and spices which could easily become heavy handed, but they work nicely and strike a nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:17:10 | More by homebrew311
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Crimson to dark amber appearance with an off white head that breaks fairly fast to a nice covering skim. Lacing is minimal.

S. Lots of baking spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) and pumpkin with a sweet cherry infused brandy note to add a unique twist. Smells very inviting.

T. Baking spice, pumpkin and Brandy Old-Fashioned flavors (a Wisconsinites dream).

M. Nice and creamy with low carbonation.

O. This is the first pumpkin beer that I will buy more of after trying a single. Not my favorite style but this is a special beer. The pumpkin doesn't taste fake and there is enough other interesting flavors to keep me coming back for more. Really well made stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 23:23:53 | More by bound4er
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy rusty orange with heavy carbonation activity and a slightly orange hue to the head.

Pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar aromas.

I love the sweet brown sugar and pumpkin spice contrast. Cinnamon, vanilla extract, and slightly boozy.

Medium bodied and soft, smooth. Light alcoholic heat in the end.

I found it to be a fantastic pumpkin ale and the barrels gave it a nice but subtle vanilla and booze quality.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 00:35:38 | More by Vonerichs
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lakefront Imperial Pumpkin

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip. Chilled...

A) It's a bit of burnt orange, like the maple leaves dropping in my backyard. Very little head generated on the pour, and what was there didn't stick around.

S) A nice amount of pumpkin and spice, lightly toasted malt, vanilla, brown sugar, and a little of the brandy. Very nice...

T) Enough pumpkin and spice to keep lovers of pumpkin brews quite happy, but what really separates this offering from other pumpkin beers, is the barrel aging. Nice vanilla flavor, brown sugar, a little wood, and enough brandy to warm you up, but not overwhelm. This is great at room temp.

M) Medium body with very light carbonation. The light carbonation works for me, as I found this quite smooth. Let it warm up, and sip on it like a good brandy. The aftertaste is full of warm pumpkin flavor, and it coats the mouth.

O) I hope Lakefront considers making this a seasonal release, rather than a one shot deal. It is a perfect pumpkin sipper for those colder fall evenings, that start to make you think about the long winter that awaits.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 00:17:34 | More by RoamingGnome
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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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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The bottle states this is a lager, but the color is more emblematic of a porter. I won't argue the style, just the color.

Smell - The booze is easy to detect in this one. Booze and cinnamon mesh well in the aroma, given a sweet impression more than a biting one.

Taste - In the initial taste, the brandy makes an immediate impression. With the brandy comes notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and nuances of pumpkin. I think the brandy smothers the pumpkin, but this is still pretty darn good. I really appreciate the many layers of taste in the brandy.

Mouthfeel - One can taste the brandy, but not feel the burn. It is thick enough to linger, and smooth enough to go down easy.

Overall - This is the best pumpkin beer of the season for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 23:40:37 | More by JohnnyHopps
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a FW teku glass. 9/4/13 bottling date.
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dark orange color, fairly small head. Smell is very intense and i get it even from aways off. lots of nutmeg and pumpkin flavor as well as a lot of cinnamon and a ton of vanilla. the taste has a lot of pumpkin flavor at first with a lot of vanilla, then even some bourbon? flavor. its a big ABV beer and very full bodied. goes down smooth but definitely a sipper and one of the most intense pumpkin beers ive had to date.

overall this is a terrific beer! and the best ive had from lakefront

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 23:04:24 | More by Axnjxn
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had low expectations for this, but was pleasantly surprised.

The taste was certainly different, but reminded me of a mix of rootbeer flavored Bottle Caps candy, booze, and pumpkin beer. As strange as that sounds, it was really quite good.

Overall, this isn't something I would seek out regularly, but I would certainly drink it again, and that's I don't say often regarding pumpkin brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 21:21:07 | More by thebigredone
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 23:49:41 | More by mfnmbvp
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oline73

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

The beer pours a clear reddish amber color with hardly any carbonation at all. What carbonation you can see goes away completely really quickly. The nose is full of pumpkin, dark fruit, and booze. I'm also getting some spice as well. Very nice smelling beer. The taste is really aggressive and pretty darn good. I'm getting pumpkin and some spice with a lot of brandy sweetness. Vanilla shows up as the beer warms. This one is a bit hot, maybe it could use some time. Surprisingly, there is a lot of carbonation, even if it looks like there won't be any. The finish is hot, warming, and a but buttery. This is a good one on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 01:32:13 | More by oline73
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 2013-09-04
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Lakefront's Imperial Pumpkin is a delicious pumpkin ale, one that seems to manage blending spices, pumpkin, and barrel aging all into an effective beverage. While I don't enjoy the obvious ethanol, and think this could be trimmed to 6-7.5% ABV without little consequence, the overall combination of flavors is masterly. One of the few barrel aged beers that I think works (that is, hasn't completely overshadowed the original base beer).

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles that yield a frothy appearance. Retention is average, the foam lasting roughly one minute in decline to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few small islands of residual foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is minimal, a few dots cling to the glass' walls. The beer's body is a dark amber brown hue, with light bringing out dark golden orange tints. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, though low in number and activity.

Aroma is of butter, caramel, brandy, pumpkin pie filling (pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon), and ethanol. Delicious, the best part of this beer.

Front of palate detects butter, pumpkin pie filling (pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves), and caramel. Mid-palate increases the intensity of the butter, pumpkin pie filling, and caramel, adding brandy and ethanol to the mix to add complexity and potency. Back of palate finds cinnamon, nutmeg, ethanol, burnt caramel and butter. Aftertaste of ethanol, buttery dark caramel, mild cinnamon and nutmeg.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is lightly foamy (1/4) and otherwise smooth (3/4). Closes semi-dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 08:41:51 | More by falloutsnow
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This wasn't very well carbonated but it was a little too cold out of the fridge.

This ale is like pumpkin pie in a bottle. Slightly sweet and very good spice flavors. The bandy barrel aging adds some nice complexity but still lets the base beer shine through. This is a real good pumpkin ale, yum.

I'm going to cellar a few of these and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 00:03:45 | More by jdkitchi
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TTAmod

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip. This is a brandy barrel-aged imperial pumpkin ale.

A- Dark, clear amber. Slight tones of dark brown. Short-lasting off-white head. Lacing is actually quite nice, though.

S- Smell is your typical pumpkin-style ale. The pumpkin comes through a lot, but there is also the typical pumpkin spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, etc.

T- The taste really layers on the flavors and is quite complex. The brandy barrel really shines through in the beginning...strong boozy, slightly sweet woody taste. Pumpkin and spices kick in about half way...ends slightly woody and boozy.

M- Tastes higher than 8%. Carbonation is lacking, which is probably a good thing. Medium body and very smooth.

O- An interesting pumpkin beer. In my opinion the brandy barrel aging overpowers what I really love about the regular LF Pumpkin Lager....either way, I'd still buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:31:32 | More by TTAmod
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 00:49:13 | More by metter98
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weonfire

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Light brown- almost a burnt orange. translucent, finger of white light head - no lacing. lots of carbonation rising

S - Pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, carmel, faint cherry brandy

T - Immediately has a nice taste of soft pumpkin, vanilla, cherry & warm carmel. But quickly turns to a somewhat bitter spice and a heavy presence of alcohol.

M - Med - low body. Great carbonation. Alcohol is the major presence. Soft burn in the throat.

O - Yes, 8% ABV is considered a 'Big' beer. But there are many beers out there where much much higher ABVs dont come thru as much nearly as this does. That being said - the initial pumpkin flavor is very pleasant. Possibly a bit too much vanilla for my taste- makes for a somewhat bitter finish. Luckily the spice is relatively level is low. Overall, I was really looking forward to the Brandy barrel aging. Unfortunately I'm not gathering much or at least as much as I'd hoped. I'm guessing it was a cherry brandy that most flavors got lost in the pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:52:37 | More by weonfire
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x37x

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep ruby red color in a tulip glass with no head. The smell is amazing... cinnamon spice with a bit of pumpkin. All wonder is lost with the taste, a harsh medicinal body with a lot of syrupy sweetness and booziness to it. I can't drink more than a couple of sips of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:59:27 | More by x37x
25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.