Brandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Brandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin AleBrandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #13
ABV:
13.4%
Score:
91
Ranked #2,763
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.62%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
282
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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Fall
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  18
Gots
  36
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Brandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin AleBrandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Notes: Doppelbock style, brewed with pumpkin and spices, ale yeast. Aged in brandy barrels.
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Reviews by FBarber:
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

So I've had this fresh and aged now. The fresh bottles were very hot - strong alcohol burn that detracted from overall flavors. I aged a bottle which I have now consumed. Of interest the aged bottle gushed quite spectacularly upon opening.

With regards to the beer itself. It pours a dark deep ruby color - mostly clear. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly. Smell is more of a sweet syrupy pumpkin spice aroma. Some boozy brandy notes also come through on the nose - less so in the aged version. Taste follows the nose with notes of sweet pumpkin spice, vanilla, oak, brandy, and a strong alcohol burn on the finish. Even in the aged version that burn is still there. Although sweet - it avoids being overly sweet or syrupy. The feel is more on the thinner side. The carbonation is very strong - providing a lasting prickly sensation in the mouth. Overall this is a well done and unique pumpkin beer - the brandy is a nice combination with the pumpkin and spices.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

if more people got to taste these types of barrel aged strong ales from lakefront, they would have a much better reputation among the beer nerds, pedestrian day to day beers aside, but i reckon they hold these pretty close to the chest, and i feel fortunate enough to have been able to have a few special beers on draft. this is a rad beer, brewed with the malt base of a dopplebock, european sweet malts in high proportion, and a lot more squash than spices which is awesome, and a ton of this brandy barrel character, which is decidedly not a whiskey barrel. really impressive depth of flavor here, and hold on, can we talk about the alcohol? this is a doozy, but not something that is readily perceptible to the drinker, its smooth and warming and autumnal and strong, but there is none of the fusel hotness that usually is there in beers this strong. nicely done there. tons of oak and brandy on the nose and in the flavor, sweet and strong and smooth, with the squash right there behind it, held up nicely but not overtaken by the grain. spices appear to be cinnamon and allspice, but its mild enough for the beer to be tasted and appreciated independently of them, which is not often the case in these pumpkin beers. great carbonation too, not common in beer this strong. i like everything about this one, and am sure its the best beer i have ever had from lakefront. i didnt even know they did this kind of thing. wonderful stuff here, a needed reworking of a played out seasonal style. bravo!

edit: better from the tap than the bottle in my experience, syrupy and still from the bottle, a little too sweet too, but still really interesting and good. the brandy is perfect for this!

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Photo of Lucular
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like an imperial pumpkin beer but I would never have guessed this clocks in at over 13% abv. Spices are complementary and not overwhelming. Brandy barrel is apparent but again not dominant.

Edit: Just had a 2016 bottle (my last) at 2 years old and it's probably mellowed out a bit but really hasn't changed much. Drinks incredibly smooth for 13% abv. Overall I think I preferred it fresh.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.07/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a cinnamon amber color with a head that disappears into nothing, with absolutely no film or lacing.

The aroma is a peppery heat mixed with cinnamon, a touch of vanilla, and a hint of squash.

The taste immediately reminds me of mint chocolate. The cinnamon and vanilla pair well together but the pumpkin gets lost. There is a fair amount of brandy barrel woodiness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied.

Overall, there's some nice notes in the taste and aroma with this, but some of the flavors cover up the more earthy squash or pumpkin vibe. Very boozy too, as the 9.5% ABV is not covered up too much.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brandy barrel aged pumpkin ale pours a dark copper color with a small head. Big pumpkin aroma with lots of vanillia. Taste is very warm, lots of pumpkin, nutmeg and vanilla and a warm brandy aftertaste. Good feel. Overall this is how a pumpkin beer should be.

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Photo of slayernation
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +1%

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4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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3.96/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of cejaev
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Alwhitmer3
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.16/5  rDev 0%

Photo of darktronica
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smells marvelous, like a caramelized kabocha glazed with maple and lightly dusted in cinnamon--one of the few pumpkin ales where I get good doses of both the spices and the gourds. The taste, however, does not follow through. Flavors are more straightforward; I have difficulty finding the doppelbock base, as the dominant taste is a boozy nutmeg. The use of brandy barrels is an interesting and welcome addition, imparting just a hint of tartness and juicy baked apple, but I wish that wasn't subsumed by boozy heat and a tingly mouthfeel; this could do with a bit less carbonation, as that would help to smooth out the experience and allow some of the aromatic complexity carry over into the flavor profile.

Absolutely a seasonal worth trying, and one of the better pumpkin ales I've tried.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of PatrickG
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Brandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 282 ratings