Cigar City Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale

I love pumpkin beers and this beer is one that I’ve tried to find for years. I saw it on a shelf awhile back and grabbed the last bottle. Let’s crack it open.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A liquid monument to the glory of the pumpkin, the most noble of all the gourds, this Imperial Pumpkin Ale is brewed with cinnamon, Jamaican allspice, Zanzibar cloves, nutmeg and vanilla to emulate the flavors of a decadent, piquant pumpkin pie. The gourd is good, indeed.”

Random: This beer is a special release from Cigar City.

The beer poured with a two finger, tan-colored head. It was thick and took awhile to dissipate. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a mahogany brown and clear with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant. It started with pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg and lots of vanilla extract. Ginger and allspice came through next. There was a scent of booze along with ginger. The taste was just a bigger version of the nose. It started with lots of pumpkin pie. The spices were bold with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove. It also had a lot of ginger and vanilla. The booze was apparent on this beer, for sure. There was also caramel and toffee. The body was thick and sticky with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky. I thought this beer was good, but definitely a slow sipper because of the sweetness.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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