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Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 4
Gots: 41 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 06-29-2011)
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4.6/5  rDev +38.6%

OCain, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of tlazaroff
4.58/5  rDev +38%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very very dark brown but it looks black unless you hold it to light. The head is a nice thick foamy tan that leaves some lacing behind as it's consumed and swirled.

Starr Hill nailed it with this one, big freshly oven roasted pumpkin on the nose with a feint bitter freshly brewing coffee background. This beer smells like thanksgiving and the coffee you have after thanksgiving - all in a bottle.

Starts up with a sweetness followed by a mid palate of espresso notes and finished with the pumpkin which lingers. I really enjoy this beer, a lot, and am happy that it's semi-local.

Highly carbonated and light bodied to medium bodied (though I think more on the light side).

Very drinkable. Not sure what the ABV is, but if it's any higher than 5%, it's hidden quite well inside of the deliciousness of this offering.

tlazaroff, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
4.53/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Great dark brown color and a large foamy coffee colored head.
S: Roasted brown malt aroma with some nice hints of sweet pumpkin.
T: The beer has a nice subtle roasted malt flavor with some slight hints of pumpkin. Bitter and slightly spicy with hints of cinnamon and all spice.
M/O: very well balanced beer. The pumpkin flavor has some nice flavor but the pumpkin really smooths out the bitterness of the porter. Great tasting and easy to drink.

pzrhsau, Aug 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

Bierleichen, Aug 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

jaredtp, Oct 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

VTWicked, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

Best Pumpkin I've had this year.

NationalEERS, Oct 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

drt72, Oct 10, 2012
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dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +25%
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
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4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured deep, dark brown (black unless I held it up to sunlight) with a light brown, fizzy head that was 1-finger thick, but with average retention and not much lacing.

S: With the first whiff, spices dominated -- cloves & allspice primarily. Next I detected the pumpkin fruit itself, with bready malt following. A final, deep whiff captured the hops far in the background.

T: Very nicely balanced. The sweet & grainy malt is first, followed by rich pumpkin notes. There are also the cocoa, coffee, and dried fruit notes that I often associate with porters, although more muted than I'd expected (which is why I rated taste a 4 rather than higher -- it isn't as faithful to the style as it could be). Hops made their bitter appearance late, and not in a big way -- just enough to balance out the malt. The spices which dominated the aroma are present throughout, but more as a pleasant background flavoring than the dominating force that many pumpkin beers fall victim to.

M: Very refreshing. Starts out very moist, until the ample carbonation bursts forth on the palate. It becomes crisper as it moves back in the mouth, and after swallowing has a dry finish. Really nice.

O: Although I marked it down slightly for failing to fully live up to the "porter" name, it was a tasty and refreshing beverage that came highly recommended from the beer cicerone at the store, and one that I'd recommend highly to anyone looking for a pumpkin beer. Sadly, I grabbed the last bottle on the shelf in the store, for I would have eagerly gone back for more of this excellent example of the style.

TappaKeggaBrew, Sep 09, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +24.4%

bmoraymond, Oct 29, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +23.5%

runwild99, Oct 25, 2014
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Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter from Starr Hill Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.