Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Spooky Tooth Imperial PumpkinSpooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of ajm5108
3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours as expected. Aroma is mostly cinnamon with some paler malt tones that veer dangerously close to stale / sawdust territory. Taste is solid, it has the expected cinnamon / clove / nutmeg flavors, but the underlying malt bill is still disappointing.

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Photo of jmunsters
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft a B Spot in Westlake, OH
A - Deep copper and amber with almost no head.
S - Pie crust, slightly funky yeast, booze
T - Booze, mild spices, old pumpkin
M - Thick, lightly carbonated smooth.
O - Imperial amber with a bit of spice and pumpkin. Not at all bad, but nothing at all special.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark red nearing brown with a thin tan ring, Spooky Tooth's sweet, caramel maltiness is accompanied by plenty of pumpkin pie spice, but not too much to be overwhelming.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Snagged a single for 4 bucks bottled 8/18. Into a pint glass

A - Rockin inch plus of mocha head that sticks around for a bit. As expected for an imperial ale this is a rich deep mahogany brown.
S - Has mild tones of cinnamon but mostly nutmeg and a slight if any vegital smell. Sweet tones of brown sugar also seem to be present.
T - Wow its borderline acidic the way the vegital tone of the beer meets the cinnamon and I am usually all about the spice. It also seems the ABV comes out in the taste making it sort of a chore to drink. Kind of terrible.
M - Medium to heavy but taste kind of watery to me.

Overall in a way I don't like it just like I don't like the Bourbon Barrel aged heavy seas pumpkin. The alcohol in this taste like a regular pumpkin ale with a shot of rum or something added. Quite possibly the worst pumpkin ale I had of the season.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Fat Heads. Review from notes.

A: Spooky Tooth was a darker copper color with a small white head on top that dissipated quickly leaving a thin ring on top with minimal lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, cloves, with some bready malt and a little toffee.

T: The taste was actually a little boring, some more pumpkin pie spices with some faint bready/graham malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Decent, but I preferred Phantom Pumpkin over the imperial version.

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Photo of BB1313
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing copper; off-white head that slowly fades and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas have your typical nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. There are subtle hints of vanilla as well. The caramel malts seem to overpower the spices though. Flavors match the nose. Lots of grains and spices. You know the drill. It's nothing new or out of the ordinary for the style. The mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied; creamy and has active carbonation. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed.

This is a solid Imperial Pumpkin Ale, but it's pretty safe and they don't exactly go outside of the box or try anything different, which Fat Head's is known for. It's not bad, but it's not exactly memorable.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- The beer pours a clear beautiful caramel. The head is a modest 1 finger of off white foam. Lacing trails along the side of the glass with each sip. There does appear to be a significant amount of floaters however which detracts slightly from the clarity.
S-The smell is pure spice covering up anything else which might be present. It smells like a cheap candle.
T-The spice presence is initially strong with cinnamon and a bit of clove overwhelming the palate. Eventually the palate gives up trying to get anything else out of the beer. The more you drink it the easier it goes down. Still if your looking for actual pumpkin presence, you'll be disappointed.
F- Mouthfeel is light with a modest prickly carbonation. The beer is quite drinkable despite the 9% abv and high spice presence.
O- If you like pumpkin spices you'll find this beer to your liking. If you want some actual pumpkin presence you should look elsewhere. Overall I'd drink the beer again if offered, but it isn't something I'd buy again.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Head dissipates fairly quickly. The spice in the nose was nice, but the taste was too sweet and the alcohol was forced. Maybe this isn't my style, trying to be objective. The malt is nice, but the spices and sweetness are overpowering to me. Smelled like Christmas, though.

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Photo of screamking
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours brown with a thick 2 finger khaki head, which sits for a minute or two. The nose, as one would expect, is filled with pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Pumpkin seems to be the major factor in the aroma, more so then the spice part. You also get a hint of alcohol underneath as well.

The taste is mostly pumpkin spice, with the actual pumpkin taking a backseat. Once again the alcohol is very noticeable. At the back of the mouth you get more of a caramel note and a slight toffee note as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with middle of the road carbonation. This is a solid pumpkin, not as drinkable as most of the others on the market, but it a imperial so that's to be expected. Take a little time to drink this one and it will be worth it.

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Photo of ckollias
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew in a large pint glass poured out of a growler I got from the brew pub in North Olmstead.

“Rich Amber color with aroma of sweet pumpkin pie and savory spices with hints of sweet malt. Rich and creamy with a chewy mouthful that you can sink your teeth your into. Flavors of pumpkin up front then sweet malt, pie crust, spice, hints of brown sugar and a clean finish.”

A: Amber-copper color with a white one-finger head that quickly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Spicy pumpkin and sweet aroma with hints of cinnamon and caramel.

T: Similar to aroma this brew has a robust pumpkin and dominate cinnamon flavor. Hints of spices and caramel in the background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This is probably the strongest pumpkin ale I have ever had. It was a little sweet for me, but overall a very good beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at every single beer bar in central Indiana. My half pint was poured at MacNiven's in Indy.

Pours a little limp, but I guess that's okay for its elevated ABV. Smells... also a little limp. Big nutmeg and a jolt of alcohol, but that's it.

Tastes good but not really exceptional. Pie spice, warming booze, and that's about it. The ethanol punch is pleasant. But, like so many pumpkin ales as of late, it tastes much more like spice than actual pumpkin. The effect is nice, because pie spice and sweetness are nice additions to alcohol, but nothing but its ABV really separates it from the dozens of other, less outrageously expensive pumpkin ales that have recently flooded the market.

If you want a candy-flavored pumpkin, check out the canned ale put out by the Onion Brewery. This is okay, but not worth the price.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mahoghany brown in color with a fingernail of tan covering most of the top. The aroma is of pumpkin pie spice, but I must admit I had to really seek it out. The flavor is a wallop of allspice along with some pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The mouth is a bit carbonated and lightly sticky.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Spooky Tooth into a pint glass.

A- Dark amber to almost brown colored beer with a finger of eggshell head.

S - Getting allspice, clove, pumpkin.

T - Again allspice, clove, light pumpkin at best.

M - Nice mouthfeel on this pumpkin beer. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A very smooth beer.

O - A good effort from Fat Heads. Recommended ! Cheers!

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Photo of kbwalters
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold into a tulip glass; bottled on 7/28/15.
Look = 4.0 Pours a deep rich amber with 1 finger of light brown head that fades to a ring, nice dense lace too.
Aroma = 3.5 Cinnamon, nutmeg and the pumpkin pie spices lead the way with an underlying sweetness; overall pretty weak though.
Taste = 3.75 Sweet toffee and caramel notes in the backbone highlighted with light cinnamon and nutmeg flavors; follows the nose mostly. Alcohol can be detected too.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with high carbonation, fizzy, lightly syrupy
Drinkability = 3.75 Pretty high ABV without much drawing me back for more.
Overall = 3.7625 Not a great pumpkin ale but ok. Aroma and flavors are too weak. Could be the age I guess.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this in a trade. Thanks to @csp0380.
A - Pours a clear dark orange with a 1 finger head that settles to a nice cap.
S - Aroma is mostly spices.
T - Nice pumpkin and spice flavor. Nothing crazy or out of place.
M - Soft creamy mouth feel. Low carbonation.
O - This is a good solid drinkable pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

This is very good. I don't really like pumpkin anything. Fat Heads once again took a blah style and elevated it. I will definitely buy another for next fall!

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Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (bottled 8/28/13) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a lightly muddied copper color with a short, fizzy cap of tan head that drops away quickly but continues to fizz and swirl with bubbles from below. No real lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Very fruity and estery. A floral and perfumey prelude that leads into fall spices especially nutmeg and showing some brown sugar sweetness and some alcoholic notes.

T - Alcoholic, rather Belgian in character...super malty, yeasty and estery, fruity and spicy. I would almost call this a Dubbel if I was given this beer blindly. Caramelly, sweet, candy sugary malt base.

M - Noticeable alcohol, medium body full of fruity esters, mid-level fizzy carbonation.

O - Not bad...not wowing me either. A different kind of pumpkin ale than I am used to having. This is one of those beers that doesn't really have anything wrong with it, but doesn't do anything to impress me either. Drinkable, enjoyable, not memorable.

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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A tulip glass may not be the perfect stemware for this brew but that is what I'm going with.

A vigorous pour gets me three fingers of doughy tan head. Body is a deep mahogany amber tone. It is a beautiful fall beer. Nose is very full and musky spicy notes. Clove, cinnamon and nutmeg all are present. With first sip you get socked in the tongue with nutmeg. The malts are big and sweet and carry the pumpkin feel more in the back ground then up front. The spices are the real dominant factor in the flavor profile of this beer. The carbonation level may be a bit on the high side as well. I feel like I should add this to a up front pumpkin brew to make the perfect pumpkin beer. This is not bad at all but it is a spice bomb.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Next up on the pumpkin beer marathon is an imperial from Ohio – Spooky Tooth! Cheers.

A: Clear, shimmering body, burnt orange in color, with a small dusting of beige head. There’s bubbles everywhere through the body, but when they reach the surface, the do little to support the already tiny head.

S: Spice and pumpkin in fine form, showing deft balance between pungent nutmeg, allspice, and ginger and brown sugar, toasted pie crust, and the filling of a freshly-baked pumpkin pie. The aroma is intense; really, that balance is that there’s a hell of a lot of spice and a hell of a lot of sugars. Still, the end result is a bold, full nose.

T: All about spice – “hot” is not a bad way to put it, especially as I can feel the chili pepper spice coat my throat as it descends. Cinnamon is intense, with a taste like Red Hots, but the spice is quelled intermittently by vanilla oak, toasted coconut, and dense caramel flavors. The role of pumpkin in this beer is as an ever-present tone of soft earthiness, an added flavor that surfaces every once in a while through the spice and sweetness (like the pumpkin in pumpkin bread). Soft aftertaste of sweetness plus booze, like a rum and coke.

M: Texture is not this beer’s strong suit: it goes down with a slickness achieved only by a noticeable lack of carbonation on a boozy body. Drains a bit of the drinkability out of this one.

O: Spice! Heat! They don’t call it “the pumpkin beer with a kick” for nothing. I think the palate might have been a little too over-the-top to be great, but it’s certainly delicious otherwise – Fat Head’s continues to command my respect.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle purchased from the Saloon in Pittsburgh. Poured into a Fat Head's Pint glass...

A - Pours a deep orange/copper color that is quite clear. A small, off-white, creamy head forms and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Fairly standard pumpkin beer aroma here. Cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, and nutmeg stand out the most. Creamy vanilla and some caramel/burnt sugar also make an appearance.

T - Pumpkin pie spices and vanilla all up front. There's some brown sugar, caramel, and roasted malt flavors coming through as well. There's some ever so slight hop bitterness, but still remains a sweeter beer.

M - Very creamy and smooth. Probably the best part of the beer. Fuller bodied and very easy to drink. Not too much in the way of noticeable booze on this one.

O - This beer was new this year and quickly became a great go to pumpkin beer for me this season. It had the creamy, fuller bodied feel that I want these beers to have. Look forward to havving some next year.

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Photo of beergoot
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper body; thread thin head with some lacing along the glass. Solid aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Holiday pumpkin pie spice flavor; caramel and sassafras; some mild sugar char; bitterness developing long into the finish. Heavy body; coarse on the palate.

Had this on tap at The Old Bag of Nails in Mansfield, OH; served colder than what it probably should be. Still a fine tasting pumpkin ale. It doesn't go overboard with the pumpkin flavors and cloaks its ABV quite well. It is fine enough as served but would quite possibly be better in some categories if it were a bit warmer to allow scent and flavor to open up.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel pours a somewhat clear copper color with a small head of beige head. Not much for retention and lace.

Nose is sweeter than pumpkin pie...lets go with sweet potato casserole with lots of brown sugar and marshmallows.

Taste is smooth and the sweetness and spices are perfectly balanced. Drinks lighter than the 9%...though there is a bit of alcohol flare up on the finish. Lots of toast and caramel. Mouthfeel is thinner than most Imperial Pumpkin ales. Not bad, Id drink this again...would love to try it fresh on draft.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a murky brown color with some amber hues, small fizzy head disappears quickly leaving nothing behind

S- pumpkin pie spicing with some graham-crackery crust aroma from the malt. Ginger and nutmeg seem to stand out

T- there's a nice sweet and malty backbone that underlies the pumpkin spice flavors, some sweet brown sugar leads to a dry finish

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a thick and chewy, foamy mouthfeel that really adds a nice body to it. creamy and crisp finish that lingers dry, abv hidden very well, very nice

O- the malty sweetness balanced the spices well, the best part of this beer was the chewy and thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jumping on the imperial pumpkin ale train, Fat Heads brewers seem to want to take the beer back to jus that- beer! ...but without completely abandoning the common pumpkin ale aspirations to create a beer that mirrors grandma's pumpkin pie.

Beyond its crystal bronze hue, the tawny ale overcomes its short foam stance with tantalizing perfumes of toasted caramel and pie spices. Its early palate is chocked full of graham cracker, pecan, praline and peanut brittle in an utmost savory display.

Beyond there, the ale's almost butter pecan taste is decadent and malty-rich. Holding its rich barleywine character, the full flavor of brown sugar links up with the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove tandem that hits that pumpkin pie flavor on a high note. Toasty in its finish, the bitterness sets in, seemingly coffee-like or of the strained spices that trail in taste.

Its lavish and full body lingers on the palate with toffee and brown sugar with a wonderful warmth that's mostly of the imperial alcohol strength but also of the cinnamon spice. An afterglow of graham cracker and spiced rum leads into the next savory sip.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, light tan head thins immediately, leaving a thin white ring in the glass, minimal lacing. Dark rich amber in color, but fairly clear. Sweet pumpkin puree, sweet malt, with a some spices noticeable in aroma. Taste is similar, with an added buttery/creamy feel to it. Aroma and flavor improve as it warms. It's smooth, with a slight bite on the end, not terribly hoppy, but definitely rather substantive, or chewy, as they say. Excellent finish. Overall, not a bad pumpkin beer, I'd give this one another shot sometime for sure. I think I'd prefer a bit more hops, but this good. Cheers.

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Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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