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25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

135 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 23
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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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coz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-18-2013 02:48:47 | More by coz
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-17-2013 04:38:23 | More by jjheinrichs
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fatboy91

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-14-2013 18:48:29 | More by fatboy91
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-13-2013 21:03:33 | More by Mikeypnh
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Dicers

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-11-2013 04:27:23 | More by Dicers
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Danmullens1

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-10-2013 04:22:34 | More by Danmullens1
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-09-2013 03:23:51 | More by bobsy
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jschott75

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-08-2013 01:53:35 | More by jschott75
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UHCougar12

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

11-07-2013 01:21:56 | More by UHCougar12
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-05-2013 18:38:31 | More by sendbeer
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RayOhioFelton

Ohio

3/5  rDev -28.1%

11-05-2013 03:56:25 | More by RayOhioFelton
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aubzachsyd

Iowa

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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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homebrew311

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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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josephwa

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-31-2013 02:19:15 | More by josephwa
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MaseFace

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

10-29-2013 23:15:11 | More by MaseFace
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

10-26-2013 22:28:19 | More by st9647v3
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-26-2013 21:11:09 | More by tobelerone
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.9%

10-26-2013 00:18:58 | More by capuchinpilates
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workingclassbrew

Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Mphis

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

10-23-2013 05:00:26 | More by Mphis
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runfoodrun

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

10-23-2013 04:50:35 | More by runfoodrun
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oline73

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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
25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.