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It isn't all about pumpkin beer anymore, though we haven't abandoned it yet. But here are a variety of seasonal standouts.

click to enlarge Strangeways Brewing founder Neil Burton with its Gourd of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
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  • Strangeways Brewing founder Neil Burton with its Gourd of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter.

Hardywood, Rum Pumpkin, 10.5 percent
Aged in dark rum barrels, this robust libation is a new twist on Hardywood's beloved Farmhouse Pumpkin. Subtle brown sugar and pumpkin-pie notes meet big, spiced-rum flavor. A delectable belly warmer.

Strangeways, Gourd of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter, 9.2 percent
Rumor has it that all the vine-ripened pumpkins used in the creation of this righteous brew were exposed to heavy metal music. A juggernaut of malty goodness with an intoxicating creamy mouth feel, this imperial porter raises the bar on pumpkin beer with hints of vanilla, clove, ginger and a whole lotta awesome.

Legend, Vampire Imperial Red, 9 percent
Named after the vampire that rumor says fled to Hollywood Cemetery following the train tunnel collapse in Church Hill in 1925, this spooky spirit pours blood red. Bold, malty flavor finishes with sweet, caramel notes and a nice bite of piney hops.

Clown Shoes, Vampire Slayer, 10 percent
Ah, the leathery smell of freshly slayed vampire and a smoldering stake! This black-as-night beer has all the smokiness of dark roasted coffee beans up front, but finishes with tantalizing sweetness and a rich, chocolately aftertaste.

Three Floyds Brewing Co., Zombie Dust, 6.4 percent
Good luck finding this ghoulish delight. But if you do, share it only with discerning beer lovers. With enough Citra hop power to raise the dead, this American pale ale packs a punch of grapefruit and mango flavors balanced with a trace of bready malt. Save one in the cellar for the impending apocalypse.

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