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 | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of cambabeer
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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 BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Myotus
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured hard from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a quarter finger's worth after 2 minutes. Amber in color. Rising bubbles are small in size and very subtle in quantity. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of pumpkin and cinnamon entangle with mild aromas of nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, and baked pie crust along with hints of alcohol.
TASTE: Strong pumpkin and cinnamon flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by strong nutmeg flavors and subtle flavors of pale malts (weren't detected by my nose). Strong flavors of cloves and mild flavors of brown sugar, baked pie crust, and alcohol enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except pumpkin, which fade to mild.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: As beer warms, alcohol becomes more perceivable. This smelled absolutely incredible, but when it came down to the taste, the alcohol and spices had too big of roles.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -4.3%
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 Drk93TT
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Light red/orange with minimal head retention/lace

Smells like spice, pumpkin pie, sharp alcohol

Hit with the nutmeg, pumpkin, spice notes and fades to a malty red-ale type backbone with alcohol burn on the back end

Mouthfeel is awesome here. SO rich and complex on the palate.. big notes of amber/dark malt..pumpkins..apples..cinnamon.

A must try.. glad I found a 4 pack of this on vacation in MIAMI of all places.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and just a wisp or two of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Big pumpkin pie spiciness. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger. Strong layered caramel. Toasty malts with a sweet graham cracker component.

4.25 T: Taste is as good as the nose. Again potent spices mentioned above. Sweet maltiness coming in the form of toastiness, sweet caramel, and hints of molasses and toffee.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy and super smooth with a sweet tangy finish.

4.0 D: One of the better pumpkin beers offered. Definitely worth a purchase if pumpkin is your thing.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber orange with medium body tan head that leaves lacing till the last gulp big on spices smells really good like a pumpkin cookies nice malt back bone gives this it's sugar cookie smell and taste if you like pumpkin don't pass this bye

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Photo of Rye_Fly
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Beers... in general not a fan but for the fall you need a few to set the mood. Spooky Tooth is a good one, hits the pumpkin pie and has a bite. Also i like the 4 pack so you are not commiting to leftovers. Good brew, basically anything from Fat Head if solid.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill. Stemless wine glass.

S: sweet, yammy, estery, earthy hop presence. The nose on this is otherworldly.

A: very dark amber, little carb, sandy head. Retains a thin skim and ring. Decent lacing.

T: sweet arrival, earthy middle, with complex herbal spiciness; little alcohol on the finish.

M: mouth filling, weighty without being heavy. Astringent finish.

O: really awesome. Tastes like fall. Will be buying again later,

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Photo of barczar
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big nutmeg and cinnamon aroma. Ginger notes surface as it warms.

Flavor is fairly spicy, with a bit of fruity specialty malt. The abv is fairly well hidden, with a moderate sweetness that prevents the spices from overwhelming.

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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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 user785335
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Full disclosure, not a big fan of pumpkin beers, but this one was very good. Overall one of the best I've had. Flavors more pronounced as it warmed. Probably not enough pumpkin for real pumpkin beer fans, but for those on the fence, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep Amber color. Has aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin pie & and a light cinnamon / clove. Flavor profile matches aroma with a semi crisp finish. Overall one of the better fall / pumpkin beers. Really enjoy this one

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Photo of SGerrard
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a massive fan of pumpkin beers but this one is definitely worth it. The pumpkin flavor is present but distinctly muted. This is a worthy entry in the pumpkin beer category!

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Photo of AriX
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Got this on draft in Pittsburgh & it was love at first sip. The only pumpkin beer I've had that I have no complaints about as far as spices. Flavors are balanced not overwhelming fake or cloying. Can't even tell it's high abv goes down smooth. Extra good with cinnamon sugar rim on glass. Love this

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Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +2%

Poured into a glass from an ice cold bottle. I gave it an aggressive pour and got a two finger head with little carbonation.

I really enjoy pumpkin so a pumpkin flavored beer is right up my alley. I don't really smell a strong sent of pumpkin unfortunately but lets hope the taste is better.

The mouth fell is fresh and not bitter at all. Its somewhere in the middle, not thick but not thin.

The taste is slightly of pumpkin, damn it. Its good but not what I was hoping for from the name.

Overall this is a good beer I just wish it had a stronger pumpkin taste.

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Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +2%

Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth

Aroma: Mild cinnamon and nutmeg notes up front. Slight clove and pumpkin character in the background. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Hazy brick red pours with a low sudsy off-white head. Head retention is fair.

Flavor: Prominent cinnamon and clove character up front. Slight peppery flavor sneaks up on the back of the tongue. Moderate clove-like phenols. Balance is to the bready malt character but masked by spicy overtones. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers and is spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly creamy. A slight alcohol warming.

Overall impression: A big, bold, spiced ale. The upfront pepper and clove character makes me think this was fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. Enjoyable and worthy of aging.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-10-18 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear pumpkin/orange-ruby with a1/2-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving very little lace.

S - Sweet pumpkin pie spices over an underlying baked graham cracker crust. Inviting but not overly-complex.

T - A bit hop/bitter/tart forward but this fades immediately into sweet graham cracker crust, pumpkin pie filling, mild alcohol, vegetal (pumpkin flesh?) and mild lemon flesh near the finish for a refreshing twist. It finishes with some reasonable, quick-lived bitterness from the spices and hops, which is well-within the expectations for a pumpkin beer.

M - Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. I'm enjoying this higher-level of carbonation, which helps scrub the tongue without getting in the way of the flavors. The carbonic acid is probably helping provide a bit of tartness, which also compliments the flavors.

O - This is an enjoyable pumpkin sipper. As it warmed, it continued to please by offering up additional flavor subtleties. It certainly deserves consideration among the higher ranks of pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A- Poured a dark brownish-orange color with off-white soapy head that dissipated quickly and left no lace.

S- Lots of bready and crust notes, some pumpkin pie spices, and some citrusy notes.

T- Pretty big bready and pie crust malt backbone; pumpkin pie spices like nutmeg and ginger; and quite a bit of citrusy hops.

M- Very smooth and creamy, dry, soft carbonation, and medium body.

O- This is a really great pumpkin ale. The pumpkin pie spices are pretty prominent, but not over the top and quite a bit more hop character than usual. The pie crust flavor in the beer was really impressive.

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Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 Roguer
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly clear reddish copper brew, with just a hint of haze. Small light cream colored head with OK retention.

Impressive pumpkin pie aroma: pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. I can almost smell the buttery crust. A hint of brown sugar and caramel round it all out.

Flavor follows the aroma, and is surprisingly delicious. It's got quite a bit of bite to go with it, as well. This is the closest I've had to pumpkin pie in a glass.

Quite a bit of sting from a very lively mouthfeel. Medium-long sticky finish.

Pumpkin beers stand alone. It's not a style that I particularly love. Fat Head's absolutely nailed it. It's probably the tastiest pure pumpkin beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle marked 1421133140333 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of nutmeg and malt
Head small (<2 cm), off white, fizzy, very rapidly diminishing to a medium island of near-microscopic bubbles
Lacing none
Body medium red/amber, clear
Flavor begins sweet with a light spiciness and some malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75. Final weighted score: 4.025
The best pumpkin ale I’ve found so far this year. The appearance could be improved with some head and lacing – what’s the surfactant here, pumpkin or nutmeg? The spices are not overpowering but add a delicate sensory experience. The ale is sweet but not cloying. The 9% ABV is not evident in either drink or aftertaste; instead, a slow heat rises in the stomach several minutes after consuming. Just a darn good version of a pumpkin-based ale.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

From other people's descriptions I thought I was going to be in for a Pumking imitator, but that is not what this is. It has none of the pumpkin pie, creamy taste of the king and this one shows it's booze out front in the taste (I think it is a bit higher alcohol too).

It is dark reddish brown and has big bubbles that recede, leaving a nice lace. The aroma is slightly boozy pumpkin.

The taste is worthy of some serious discussion. It has a lot of malt, but there are large amounts of spice, pumpkin, and hops too, to balance things. It would be a busy taste if it were so well balanced.

It definitely has a boozy aftertaste, but it is not unpleasant. I am glad that this is very different from pumking. It is one of the biggest and best pumpkin brews.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin brewed by Fat Heahs Brewery & Saloon. This brew has an ABV of 9.0%. Now this Ale pours out a dark amber color with a thick white head. The color is almost brown. The smell is sweet with spics and grains. This brew does smell like pumpkin pie. The taste is bold with flavor. You pick up on pumpkin spice and the richness. For being a brew with an ABV of 9.0% this brew goes down smooth. There is no bad after taste of nothing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out 5. I will buy this brew again. Fat heads brewery & Saloon did a nice job with this brew.

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