Imperial Pumpkin | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BEERMILER12 on 08-16-2013

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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4.92/5  rDev +32.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured the beer from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. There was light carbonation with a small head and only a slight retention, plus very little lacing. The color was a very black dark/brown with a vague amber/red hue when it was held up to direct light. I could smell hints of chocolate, clove, some ginger/allspice, and pumpkin too. This half stout was very smooth and creamy with smokey, toasted malts and it was quite sweet; which I think helped to hide the 10.5 ABV. The taste was quite interesting, which, after reading the label I'm pretty sure was the blackstrap molasses and brown sugar mix. The mouthfeel was pleasant, though heavy, with no bitterness or aftertaste. I am a big fan of the fall/pumpkin style and stouts are my go to beer, so this was a no brainer. I think Harpoon was able to capture a very quality beer with this effort and I could not be happier to recommend this beer to anyone... who of course enjoys sweet pumpkin stouts!

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.64/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of chocolate-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of earthy, rich, bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread, as well as aromas of brown sugar, dark molasses, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices such as nutmeg, ginger, all-spices, cinnamon and clove. Smells delicious!

Taste: As delicious as it smells, though less sweet. Lots of earthy, rich, bready, roasted malt up front, followed by some strong flavors of brown sugar and dark molasses-like sweetness, and pumpkin pie spices such as nutmeg, ginger, all-spices, cinnamon and clove. Finally, the beer finishes with a touch of sour pumpkin notes, to help keep the sweetness in check. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and for a stout, nicely carbonated to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 10.5%, there is there’s very little alcohol on the palate, which surprises me! The alcohol is extremely well masked.

Overall: This is a fantastic pumpkin stout! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Uzarnayme
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only pumpkin beer I've ever liked. The high alcohol content helps the flavor pass. A good value also.

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4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Aroma is strong pumpkin in addition to the toasty malt aromas with spices and chocolate.
Color is deep brown, with a minimal tan head. No question it's a stout.

Flavor is much less in the pumpkin, though it's there. Great toast, and spice along with the pumpkin, which I found milder than the aroma suggested. Alcohol was present, but somewhat subdued. Some imperials really hit you over the head, others hide it entirely. This was in the middle of those extremes.

Mouthfeel was expected: full bodied and complex.

Overall, a 4.5. Perhaps a bit overdone in the spices - the label lists a a lot of them. Great sweetness, mild pumpkin, and body. I really liked it!

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of mikeg67
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, dark fruit, brown sugar and spices (nutmeg). Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of dark fruit, molasses, toasted malt, pumpkin, vanilla, chocolate spices and herbal hops. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is how a Pumpkin beer needs to taste. Pours a dark brown, almost black thanks to the half stout. Dark roasted malt and Pumpkin spice all present on the nose. Upon tasting, the pumpkin spices get you first then the booze hits you! YEAH!! Love it!

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4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting mixture of an imperial stout and pumpkin ale.

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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Better taste with rice rum.

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Photo of cmq103
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flight Sampler at the Blend Bar & Bistro poured into a 4-ounce sample glass. Dark black in appearance with a nice off-white head. Dark roasted malt and pumpkin spices in the aroma. The pumpkin spices are noticeable but not overwhelming. Booziness is present in smell and taste, especially as the beer warms. A well done blend of an imperial stout and pumpkin beer. I'd see this one out again during the fall season.

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4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 2014

Appearance: Very dark brown, and appears to be clear. Lively carbonation produced a small brown head, quickly dissipating to a thin layer of fine foam. Very little lacing.

Smell: Immediate blast of dark sugar sweetness and spice - mainly nutmeg with some ginger. Some chocolate, fruity esters, and perhaps citrus peel. Alcohol very evident. Just a bit of diacetyl.

Taste: Initial flavors of caramel, chocolate malt, and dark sugar, followed by spices and a touch of hop flavor. Use of black patent malt and roasted barley is restrained, avoiding burnt tastes and dryness. Just a bit sweet, but balanced by bitterness. Alcohol is more noticeable on the roof of the mouth, rather than heat on the tongue. Very long aftertaste, sweet and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy, but smooth. Some warmth from the alcohol.

Overall: I was not sure what to expect, but Harpoon did an excellent job of combining your typical pumpkin beer with an Imperial Stout. Although I tend to prefer the traditional pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, ginger and clove, the nutmeg produced a delightful aroma and flavor. Not really any detectable pumpkin character, but I wasn't expected much in a stout. On the sweeter side, but tempered by bittering and not at all cloying. Definitely a winner.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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