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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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 472
Photo of coldy
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As far as Pumpkin beers go (I am a fan), this is one of the better part mea for sure! Beautiful color and just the right balance of pumpkin and spice. The beer is 9%ABV, but is extremely drinkable, and you could have a few in a sitting, which is rare for a Pumpkin beer.
Like many Fat Heads offerings...very much above average and worth the price of admission.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Bierport in Pittsburgh, PA.

This one pours a dark clear amber, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like your typical array of pumpkin spices, with more emphasis on cinnamon and nutmeg- smells like autumn. Not getting much actual pumpkin, but I do get some vanilla, which is nice.

This is pretty creamy, and pretty tasty. It's not substantially different than most pumpkin ales out there, but at least it's a good version of the style. You get most of the usual spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, etc) with nutmeg being the dominant flavor. The caramel and vanilla flavors are also nice, with some breadiness that reminds me of pumpkin bread.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, but not all that rich. This has good carbonation, but it's maybe a little low for the style.

Fat Heads makes good beer, and this is no exception. It's not the most exceptional pumpkin beer ever, but it did the job.

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Photo of philbe311
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - A finger's worth of audibly fizzy plush perfectly uniform medium khaki colored frothiness... Limited retention gives way to a splotchy lacing and thin collar... A few carbonation bubbles can be seen bursting through the surface... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation... The color is a light to medium coppery bronze with a slight amber hue when back lit...

S - A big highly inviting aroma... A touch sweet... A touch spicy... Near perfect proportions... Sweet pumpkin pie... Rich autumnal spices... Pie crust... Caramel... Perhaps even a touch of bubble gum... Very pleasant and quite enjoyable...

T - A bit sweet and malty to start... Sweet potatoes and pumpkin seeds... Light caramel... Next comes a moderately intense wave of spiciness... Nutmeg.... Cinnamon... A touch of clove... The finish is crescendo-ing pie crust... Good rich flavors throughout with decent complexity...

F - Dense and rich... Medium to full bodied... A bit more prickly carbonation than expected... A bit sticky...

O - A great label... True to it's "imperial" billing... This one has big aroma, big flavor and a big body to go along with it... Hides the 9% ABV rather well... Overall, a bit less than the sum of its parts...

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Photo of airpup
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer and am so sad that the Portland fatheads is not having it in stock. Instead, they are doing a rum aged version on a day I cannot go into downtown. On top of that, they never bottle fatheads beers here.


Thanks! I'll mail you some good stuff from the Portland, OR area for your troubles

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Photo of BergBeer
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Translucent amber with a thin head. Low activity.

Nose: Brown sugar malt with notes of honey, ginger, nutmeg, mild pumpkin, and a light cinnamon. Sticky sweet.

Taste: Big sweet toffee malt with a body of rich baking spices, graham cracker pie crust, pumpkin pie filling, ginger, and nutmeg. This fades to a lightly bitter malty finish with more hints of cinnamon.

Feel: Big bodied and sticky. Booze is lightly present on the finish. Cloying but pleasantly.

Overall: A great pumpkin beer. It's big and bold yet balanced to where nothing is disruptive. While I could see where it could be considered sweet I feel it is in the right amount for something akin to pumpkin pie in a glass. The sweetness accompanies not overwhelms. Feel how you want about pumpkin beer but this one is top notch.

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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 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 mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet, lots of pumpkin pie, spices, sugary sweet. Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but too sweet in the taste to be great, and I normally love sweet beers.

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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 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 SerialTicker
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at Brick Oven Bistro in Sandusky, Ohio. $6.25 for a single bottle.

Well, I liked it. Nothing about it stands out compared to any other "it's good" pumpkin ale, though. I am impressed that this is 9%, though, since it only has maybe the tiniest hint of warmth. Sweet malt, cinnamon, pumpkin... like the label says, this is basically just missing some whipped cream and it's a pumpkin pie. Definitely one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Really, I'm surprised by the 87 rating... but it's not TOO far off.

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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 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 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 Myotus
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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 -4.4%
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 TurboBrew
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 +5.4%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.3%
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 +8.2%
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 -1.5%
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 -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 user785335
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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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