Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout | Rock Art Brewery

Pumpkin Imperial Spruce StoutPumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout
202 Ratings
Pumpkin Imperial Spruce StoutPumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A big stout brewed in the colonial fashion with large amounts of pumpkins and spruce tips added to the kettle for flavor and bittering qualities. The pumpkins compliment the malt flavors, and were used to add sugars to the mash. What ever you do, do not think this is going to taste like pumpkin pie. 50 IBUs."

Added by Brad007 on 09-11-2009

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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of NYR_Rob
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from the cellar, was last years batch.
I poured it into a glass, it has a dark black body with a 2' tan head that fizzes away. The aroma has a choclate and malt aroma to it, no sign of pumpkin or spruce. The taste is chocolate and maltness goodness just like a good stout, again no pumpkin.
The mouthfeel is a little heavy but overall if i would have drank it like maybe 6 months ago i still would of had some pumpkin but the stout part of this is excellent, aged well.

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Photo of NickBeery
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Beermaine
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Givemebeer
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bomber into a goblet. Excited to try this Imperial pumpkin stout, and my first beer from Rock Art.

A: Pitch black color with a creamy head and some nice lacing. Truly very nice looking beer.

S: Smells sweet, pumpkin, roastiness

T: A LOT of roasted malts up front. Pumpkins are hidden in the background and theres the spruce in there that is noticeable.

M: Ultra-creamy. Thick mouthfeel with a semi-sweet finish. Love this part.

O: It's nice, but the thick heavy dark malts cover up the pumpkin flavor more than I would have hoped. This is worth a try if you want a stout with a touch of pumpkin flavor. Happy to have had it.

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Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of fpreh1957
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DaPan
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black, with ruby red highlights against the light. Little head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Smells like hints of black licorice and brown sugar - molasses..rich candy..

Taste of spruce and medium bodied porter. Lots of sweetness, no pumpkin. I suspect that the age of the bottle has contributed to the pumpkin receding into the background,

Good mouthfeel, mildly bitter finish.

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Photo of 1Sundown2C
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown bordering on black in color with very light amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark cola brown + reddish amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall tan head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some light hints of chocolate. There are light to moderate aromas of spruce with just a hint of pumpkin.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark roasted malts along with some chocolate malts. There is a light to moderate flavor of dry cocoa powder and some hints of sweet milk chocolate as well. There are light flavors of pumpkin and spruce. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Interesting to see someone doing something other than an ale with pumpkin (and not something that tastes like pumpkin pie). I wish the spruce flavors and aromas were a little more prevalent and there was a little more earthiness from the pumpkin.

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Photo of csustar001
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of yourefragile
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark cola brown with a thin bubbly tan head. Nose of yam, pine, earth, anise, and holiday spice. Thick, lightly carbonated body. Sweet chocolate and anise flavor, rich malt, not much like you'd expect from other pumpkin beers. More like a pine-y/minty sweet speciality stout.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle that is stamped July 19. Not sure if that means expires in July 2019. Sampled on September 8, 2013.

The pour is black as night with a huge, lingering soft tan head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is dark malt and spruce grove forward with a much more muted pumpkin spice note. It's there but you have to seek it out. Some chocolate. No alcohol note. Very enticing aroma.

The body is bold and creamy.

The taste is mildly sweet up front with a piney dressing. Yet it is not overly hopped. Moderately bitter and dry finish. Pumpkins are in the background. Warming and smoother as it goes along.

I'm not sure why it gets low BA ratings. Probably because the pumpkin is not in your face. But this is still a topnotch beer.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a oversized goblet. Color was a nice opaque almost black, with just a hint of lacing for a dirty white head. Aroma seemed more of molasses and brown sugar with just a bit of earthy pumpkin. Absolutely nothing from the spruce. Flavor alternated between burnt sugary sweet, and piney twang from the spruce. The spruce definitely developed in the mouth over time. Not a bad flavor, but a bit of strange feel in the mouth. Coated well, but the spruce just tingled the tongue funny. Not a bad beer, but didn't pick up many pumpkin notes. Stood stronger if not sold as a pumpkin stout.

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Photo of kdivers
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Sean802
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of twenty5
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jrempel
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of SupremePie
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of duracell
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 202 ratings
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