Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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4.75/5 rDev +29.8%
I poured the beer from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. There was light carbonation with a small head and only a slight retention, plus very little lacing. The color was a very black dark/brown with a vague amber/red hue when it was held up to direct light. I could smell hints of chocolate, clove, some ginger/allspice, and pumpkin too. This half stout was very smooth and creamy with smokey, toasted malts and it was quite sweet; which I think helped to hide the 10.5 ABV. The taste was quite interesting, which, after reading the label I'm pretty sure was the blackstrap molasses and brown sugar mix. The mouthfeel was pleasant, though heavy, with no bitterness or aftertaste. I am a big fan of the fall/pumpkin style and stouts are my go to beer, so this was a no brainer. I think Harpoon was able to capture a very quality beer with this effort and I could not be happier to recommend this beer to anyone... who of course enjoys sweet pumpkin stouts!
02-22-2014 15:52:14 | More by dpgoblejr
4.5/5 rDev +23%
Aroma is strong pumpkin in addition to the toasty malt aromas with spices and chocolate.
Color is deep brown, with a minimal tan head. No question it's a stout.
Flavor is much less in the pumpkin, though it's there. Great toast, and spice along with the pumpkin, which I found milder than the aroma suggested. Alcohol was present, but somewhat subdued. Some imperials really hit you over the head, others hide it entirely. This was in the middle of those extremes.
Mouthfeel was expected: full bodied and complex.
Overall, a 4.5. Perhaps a bit overdone in the spices - the label lists a a lot of them. Great sweetness, mild pumpkin, and body. I really liked it!
08-25-2014 02:08:37 | More by wrightst
4.19/5 rDev +14.5%
48° into a snifter. Date code "2014."
A: Dark brown, not quite opaque. Aggressively poured to achieve 1" foam head that dissipated to a thin lacing rim.
S: Sweet, spicy cinnamon and nutmeg, with a hint of licorice (or cloves?) and vanilla. Complex, but sweet...
T: Follows the nose. First blast is of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves in the front, and an earthy pumpkin flavor in the middle and finish... lingering with a vanilla essence.
M: Thinker than expected, likely the result of the cloying effect of the sweetness. I don't recall having a Harpoon beer that was this "full." Quite nice.
O: Very well balanced. My first pumpkin beer of the Fall 2014 season, and a nice start. Hides the 10.5% very well.
08-09-2014 04:26:34 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.19/5 rDev +14.5%
Oooh a nice imperial pumpkin black and tan.
This beer is very good all around with the highlight in the nose. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, cocoa. Excellent roasted stout flavor with pumpkin pie notes.
A beer that hits the spot perfectly when you are looking for something like this.
Harpoon with an excellent vision with this beer. Not many beers like this. A successful one-off. Hope they decide to continue to brew this annually.
09-04-2013 01:17:22 | More by palma
4.14/5 rDev +13.1%
Pumpkin ales.... They are everywhere now. How do we tell which ones are good?... Well it's easy to spot the good ones. And this is a good one. First of all I have waited forever for a pumpkin stout and now that it is here I am more than pleased. Great flavor. Very sweet and choc full of punkin and a touch of chocolate from the chocolate malt. Hops to take a backseat to the insane amount of sweetness and malt. But great beer.
09-15-2013 00:55:43 | More by Danno48
4.1/5 rDev +12%
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/18/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, toast, molasses, brown bread, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted/dark malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, molasses, toast, ginger, brown bread, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, pumpkin, cinnamon, toast, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pumpkin stout. All around great balance and complexity of stout and pumpkin ale flavors; and very smooth to sip on for 10.5%. A very enjoyable offering.
09-14-2013 07:03:43 | More by superspak
4.09/5 rDev +11.7%
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 15, 2013.
The pour is a gorgeous dark brown to nearly black with a short lasting tan fizzy head. Some ruby red hues around the edges. I do wish the head was a little silkier.
The aroma has a low pumpkin note but a much more forward dark fruit feel, ginger, molasses, and nutmeg scent.
The body is medium but the texture dissolves into carbonation bubbles rather quickly. Slight disappointment there.
Unlike the aroma, the taste brings forward a pumpkin and squash taste along with fig, ginger, and roasted malts with a low bitterness. But it tended to be boozy although that may well have been the hops playing up. I am confident at giving this a very good grade.
09-15-2013 17:00:21 | More by puboflyons
4.09/5 rDev +11.7%
22oz bottle poured into a DC Brau tulip.
A - Pours a solid black oil color with a thin line of mocha head that dissipates quick. Little to no lacing as the glass goes down.
S - This is the best part of the beer to me, heavy pumpkin pie scent. Some spice creeps thru but mostly just sweet pumpkin pie, well done.
T - Not as much pumpkin on the taste as the nose would lead you to think. Mild spice, with some toasted malts. It gets better as it warms. Alcohol is well hidden on this one.
M - it's a little thin for my liking. A little thicker and a little more carb could have helped this one.
O - Overall I like this beer, it reminds me of Sain Arnold Pumpkinator only it's cheaper and easier to get. I can see myself having a few of these over the holidays when it starts to cool off outside.
08-17-2013 02:22:23 | More by StArnoldFan
4.06/5 rDev +10.9%
Poured into a snifter
A- Pours pitch black with nearly no light coming through, small and short-lasting dark tan head that disappears quickly leaving nothing at all behind
S- classic pumpkin aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon with a nice vanilla bean component, sweet creme brûlée, some roasted malt with milk chocolate and brown sugar, very inviting
T- upon first taste, its a bit sweeter than expected, the base stout is slightly roasty with some chocolate and a hint of coffee. The spices bring out some raw pumpkin gourd, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. The finish is sweet with a linger of pumpkin pie spices continuing
M- Medium body and carbonation, slick mouthfeel and finish, ABV is hidden very well
O- This one had some great pumpkin spice flavor, more complex than in most pumpkin flavored beers. The base stout was pretty simple and straight forward, but allowed the pumpkin and spices to be showcased. The vanilla component, along with a nice spice blend, made this a nice sipper. Reccomended for the pumpkin fans
12-09-2013 00:45:21 | More by Treyliff
4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
Just in time for the fall season!
Pours a pitch black with a one-finger brown head into my glass. I suppose it could be a dark brownish tint as well.
Creamy with a good touch of nutmeg in the nose. Pumpkin pie stout is more like it. I'm not complaining.
Creamy and dry with hints of cocoa, nutmeg and perhaps vanilla(?) Warms the throat as it goes down.
Lingering cocoa and nutmeg. It's kind of harsh though with carbonation a little too high for my liking.
A decent stab at the holiday grab. Flavors could use some work (less carbonation, a more balanced touch of cocoa and nutmeg) but it fits the theme regardless.
09-22-2013 23:57:16 | More by Brad007
Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.