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Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter - Starr Hill Brewery

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Boxcarr Pumpkin PorterBoxcarr Pumpkin Porter

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 06-29-2011)
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Reviews by Mises85:
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3.91/5  rDev +18.8%

Had on tap in pint glass

Appearance: Not pitch black but classic english porter color with 2 finger head.
Smell: Roasted Malt, some subtle coffee notes, oil.
Taste: Coffee (more of the instant variety), touch of alcohol, slight pumpkin (but not overpowering), and semisweet chocolate finish.

Verdict: I think it was not bad, my first pumpkin porter to be exact. I like how the pumpkin doesn't crash your taste buds unlike southern tier's pumking. Not the best porter but definitely would have again.

09-22-2013 00:34:16 | More by Mises85
More User Reviews:
Photo of aszatk01


3/5  rDev -8.8%

10-19-2013 16:27:14 | More by aszatk01
Photo of BigMarty1980


3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

A- Dark brown/Rusted Copper color.

S- Very rich coffee aroma with hints of pumpkin

T- Taste is of pumpkin pie crust with a hint of chocolate & coffee

M- Typical body of a Porter. Robust & full

O-Great beer for a cooler than normal, over cast day in Fall.

10-11-2013 20:33:26 | More by BigMarty1980
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2/5  rDev -39.2%

11-03-2012 02:36:58 | More by tripelz
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

04-19-2012 19:47:00 | More by Bike2work
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

08-07-2013 00:16:04 | More by mjh0527
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-14-2013 01:49:29 | More by amstokesdb9
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

09-23-2013 15:30:13 | More by ryser2k
Photo of dmk91


3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-31-2012 04:40:41 | More by dmk91
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -8.8%

10-24-2013 00:55:42 | More by jtladner
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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

07-19-2014 13:04:28 | More by murbray
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-17-2012 22:23:30 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.23/5  rDev -1.8%

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark, almost black, brown with a thin, but fully covering, light brown head.

S: Earthy pumpkin and sweet malt match slight cinnamon and sligh smoke.

T: Malt, smoke, coffee, and a hint of pumpkin and smoke on the finish. It reminds me of pumpkin coffee.

M: Medium and dry

O: Every year I think I have had every pumpkin beer, and every year I find six more to buy. I know that most will be okay, though not great. A pumpkin porter appealed to me beyond the alliteration involved; a porter with a touch of earthy or sweet pumpkin seemed like a good idea. And it is; well, at least the idea is not bad. The pumpkin is present, slightly, in the finish. Otherwise, the smoke of the porter takes over most of the flavors.

10-02-2012 20:42:05 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of homebrewer88


4.15/5  rDev +26.1%

A: dark brown with a tan head

S:light roasted malt pumpkin and spice (cinnamon, nutmeg)

T: pumpkin and spice but not super sweet, light roasted malt flavor

it was a good beer i was expecting more of a sweet pumpkin and spice taste but it was well balanced. I will buy this one again.

08-24-2011 20:30:53 | More by homebrewer88
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2.5/5  rDev -24%

09-09-2013 00:25:24 | More by cclark67789
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2.6/5  rDev -21%

Let me start by saying I'm not sure why this was called a porter. Was more ale-y than a porter or stout and should have been labeled an ale. Color was that of dark chocolate with a moderate sized head. Smell was sweet and spicey - brown sugar, molasses, nutmeg, cloves. Also thought there was a nice hint of roasted malts in the smell...then I drank it. The taste was similar to other pumpkin ales but completely overpowered by smoke flavor. I get that this is intended with the rauchbier style, but i'mnot sure that they were going for this. The pumpkin was evident in the taste but I was expecting more. Had a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, too smokey for my taste buds. The smell was the highlight of this brew. There are other pumpkin/fall seasonals that I prefer abd I probably won't try this one again. Cheers!

10-08-2012 01:41:12 | More by bensbeers
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2.8/5  rDev -14.9%

Appearance- Very dark brown with a huge tan head.

Smell- Has a strong smell of something clove or nutmeg maybe. I can also smell some cinnamon. Whatever it is it has a nice crisp weather spice smell. It smells like a fall beer. I don’t smell anything that would usually resemble a porter.

Taste- Dosen’t taste anything like a porter. Has a strong taste of nutmeg and cinnamon and that is just about it. It leaves your mouth with a bit of a tingiling feeling the way mint would. I actually think I might taste a bit of mint in it. It also seems a bit on the light watery side in the after taste, kind of a little flat.

Overall- This is not really what I was expecting. I guess I was expcecting something with a strong chocolate taste that a porter usually has with a hint of pumpkin in it. Instead it just taste like water with cinamaon and nutmeg sprinkled in it. I am a little disappointed. This is my first pumpkin beer and hope I will find something better.

08-27-2012 00:49:12 | More by crwrunner
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-20-2013 00:20:26 | More by tdm168
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3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

Coal-black with a thick foamy head of off-white bubbles. Lace slight and not too noticeable.

Nose is heavy on the spice -- I get some clove and nutmeg, alongside the requisite pumpkin. Nice and appealing.

Taste is an unusual mix of roasty malts and pumpkin & spice. Very flavorful, and lighter in body than expected. I was not sure how the porter would gel with the pumpkin, but this one works just fine. Enjoyable!

10-12-2011 19:39:37 | More by secondtooth
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3.18/5  rDev -3.3%

Exploded upon un-capping. That's a minus.

Thinnish tan head, essentially opaque brown body. Decent surface memory.

Smells like a dark, malty porter, with a trace of pumpkin. Second pour in a better glass yields a nose with some nutmeg and pumpkin pie smell.

Taste is somehow watery. There's the porter for sure, and also some pumpkin, and neither is bad. This would be a good sweetish porter, but somehow the pumpkin is accompanied by water.

Mouthfeel has carb that's probably killing the taste-- could be part of it.

Pumpkin porter has been done before-- this one is unexceptional.

08-07-2011 01:28:22 | More by zaphodchak
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-29-2011 01:29:44 | More by hyoung41
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4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

08-20-2014 18:19:33 | More by Bierleichen
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-20-2013 23:21:01 | More by avisong
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-16-2012 23:30:00 | More by cliff1066
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3.05/5  rDev -7.3%

12oz bottle with freshness date of January 2012. Touche to the brewery for doing this, love to see best by & freshness dates on brews!

Pours a jet black with a thin coffee khaki head that falls quick. Head retention is nearly absent. Kind of weird, no abv here - so I am expecting a bigger beer for having such head retention. Alcohol legs, check.

Smells really good - roasted dark malts, pumpkin, all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, bready notes, and a little yeast funk.

Taste is definitely reminiscent of a pumpkin beer - alot of those seasonal spices here, as mentioned in the nose but not much maltiness, none of those roasted malts I was expecting.

Pretty disappointing in terms of body. This one was really light (4/10) & almost watery. Looks are deceiving here, for being such a dark porter & low head retention - Im thinking thick & malty. Nope, notta, not anywhere close.

Picked up at Total Wine & More for $1.99. Had to try a Pumpkin Porter, but this was not such a great introductory.

09-13-2011 18:54:35 | More by hoptualBrew
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Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter from Starr Hill Brewery
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