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Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter - Starr Hill Brewery

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Boxcarr Pumpkin PorterBoxcarr Pumpkin Porter

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BA SCORE
76
okay

351 Ratings
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | 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 microbrewlover:
Photo of microbrewlover
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a dark brown/black with a one finger mocha head which dissipates fairly quickly. Some of the head remains on the top until the end; light lacing stays on the glass until the end.

The smell is delicious with all of the pumpkin spices, nutmeg, anise, cardamom and allspice being there. There is also a light smell of roasted grains and malts.

Sadly the taste does not follow the nose, the spices are there but do not dominate. Neither does the roasted malt smell dominate. There is a light taste of pumpkin which is not anything to write home about and there is a little bit of a soapy taste on the back-end.

The feel is fairly thick and chewy. There is a soapy aftertaste.

Overall this is another variation on the pumpkin ale style which sadly does not have much pumpkin in it. If only the taste followed the nose this would have been an excellent brew. Since the taste falls short I am forced to rate this as only "okay".

microbrewlover, Nov 15, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of wac9
2/5  rDev -39.6%

this beer lacks the darkness of a porter i dont taste the porter i taste the pumpkin yeah so it doesnt stand out in a crowd vits doesnt out by it self its lacks a want vto come bvack to it its a shame it could have been wonderful but the word you look for is lacking this beer is lacking the great pumpkin taste that even linus wont wait up for

wac9, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of aszatk01
3/5  rDev -9.4%

aszatk01, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of BigMarty1980
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

BigMarty1980, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of tripelz
2/5  rDev -39.6%

tripelz, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of dankjohn
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%

dankjohn, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Oberson58
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Not my cup of tea.

Oberson58, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Bike2work
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Bike2work, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of mjh0527
3/5  rDev -9.4%

mjh0527, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

amstokesdb9, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of ryser2k
3/5  rDev -9.4%

ryser2k, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of dmk91
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

dmk91, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of jtladner
3/5  rDev -9.4%

jtladner, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of murbray
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

murbray, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ianjsullivan, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of OCain
4.6/5  rDev +39%

OCain, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of homebrewer88
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

homebrewer88, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

acurtis, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of cclark67789
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

cclark67789, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of bensbeers
2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

bensbeers, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of crwrunner
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

crwrunner, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

whatname, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

tdm168, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

secondtooth, Oct 12, 2011
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Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter from Starr Hill Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.