Pours a rich russet amber color with a tan head. Moderate aromas of spice, baked pumpkin slices, warm apple cider and fresh ground nutmeg. The mouth, medium-weight and robust, is loaded with strong spice; cardamom dominates the palate while clove and cinnamon prevail on the finish. Medium carbonation with a subtle hop presence despite the Imperial designation. A very clean finish considering all of the spiced notes, and very drinkable.
91 points, Wine Enthusiast (Nov 2009)
Good foaming off of this beer, good retention as well. Dark reddish amber color shows some loose sediment from a careful pour from the bottle. Sharp spicing, mellow gord meat and a caramel maltiness in the nose. Strong ale flavor, the 8% abv is not pushy but it shows. Spicing jumps from spicy sharp to herbal nutty, clove pokes through in the beginning and the nutmeg cleans up in the end. Big caramel maltiness is balance by the alcohol and spice. Finishes with an alcoholic bite and a hint of cooked pumpkin. Very tasty, very interesting. While I love a solid pumpkin ale imperial versions like this one actually seem more drinkable to me which could be a dangerous thing. ;-)
89 points, BeerAdvocate (Jan 2010)