Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter - Starr Hill Brewery
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Reviews by FenwaySquid:
2.98/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, BBD of Jan 2012 notched into the label, poured into a Sam Adams glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color, completely opaque but I can see some bubbles rising inside. The head formed creamy light brown but faded pretty quickly.
Smell: Clove and nutmeg with some pumpkin in the background.
Taste: Roasted malt with faint pumpkin and spice, again mainly clove. The finish is more of the same, lingering nicely.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, thin and watery. The carbonation was medium and blended okay.
Overall: Not enough flavor and way too thin. I had high hopes for this one, oh well. If you're new to pimpkin beers or dark porters in general this isn't a bad one to try. If you're looking for some big roasted malt or strong pumpkin flavors, go elsewhere.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2011 00:28:18 | More by FenwaySquid
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1.94/5 rDev -40.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
Pours a dark chestnut brown color tht appears black and nearly opaque in the glass with faint mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacin left behind.
Slightly smokey, robust dark malt aroma with a prominent autumnal spice presence. Strong roast character with hints of charred toast, oatmeal, coffee bean and dark chocolate. This is countered by heavy spices, especially allspice, coriander, clove and ginger. Some pumpkin purée in there as well with sweeter dark malt notes, notably chocolate and toffee. Somewhat artificial smelling with a overpowering potpourri scent that overwhelms the pumpkin. Smells like an overly spiced porter with just a touch of pumpkin.
Lighter bodied than expected with an overwhelming autumnal spice presence and acrid burnt malt flavors. I'm not picking up any pumpkin at all, just burnt malt and dry spice. Lots of pepper, clove and ginger without much else on the spice front to balance things out. Also, the malt character is lacking sweetness with overly dry charcoal flavor. Hints of ashtray, burnt wood and charred toast making this beer intensely dry and unpleasant. Even a little bit of pumpkin or sweeter malt flavor would help this beer but as is, it's a mess of a beer that I dumped down the drain.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2013 08:51:11 | More by corby112
Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter from Starr Hill Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.