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Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter - Starr Hill Brewery

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Boxcarr Pumpkin PorterBoxcarr Pumpkin Porter

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of Justin23060
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%

Let me preface this by saying that every pumpkin beer I have tried so far tastes like old man's after shave (some more than others). Because of this, it's a style I've stopped seeking out. This came to me as a freebie, though, so here goes (thanks again Mike).

A vigorous pour produced a half finger head that was gone in an instant. Almost no light gets through with just a bit of chestnut color at the edges. The spice smell is dominant but milder than other pumpkin beers. There is a bit of roastiness coming through as well. At first taste the spices are overwhelming aftershave like I mentioned. But about halfway through with a slight warm the spices burned off and the porter shinned through. Not bad at all. Mouthfeel is right about in the middle. I do appreciate the shorter linger thanks to the dry start and finish.

After trying this with some graham crackers I am really diggin' this stuff. If this beer had some of those qualities the graham cracker imparts it would be killer.

Although this style is not my favorite, Boxcar is definitely my favorite Pumpkin offering so far. I'd definitely recommend it, but only with the graham crackers.

Justin23060, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%

A: Dark, not a whole lot of head and almost no lacing. At the edges the beer has a reddish tint. Basically, it looks like a porter...

S: Lots of pumpkin pie spices dominate, and darkly roasted malts. There is a smoky and oak aroma as well, which compliments the pumpkin pie spices nicely.

T: Not at all what I was expecting. While the spices dominate on the nose, it's the malts that carry the flavor. Burnt toast and coffee up front, followed by malt bitterness and then the kiss of cinnamon and allspice.

M: The body is fairly light for a porter, and it is buoyed by a lot of carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, but not a particularly good one either. The spices take a backseat to the malts, and the pumpkin is nowhere to be found. That being said, it's an easy drinking beer, and the smoky flavor and spices make it a pleasant fall beer.

DaveBlack, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a deeper brown color with a big tan head. The head had decent retention fading over time to give only a lighter amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of a sweet pumpkin smell. Mixed with the pumpkin is the presence of some chocolate, roasted malt and a little bit of nutmeg and allspice.

Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt with a light hint of chocolate. A big pumpkin flavor hits the tongue immediately after the initial taste. It doesn’t combine with the roasted and chocolate flavors very well and when mixed with a light spice of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice the flavors really don’t meld. In the end a somewhat rotten roasted pumpkin flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the thinner side with a carbonation level that was rather average.

Overall – A beer I certainly won’t go to again. The flavors had no compatibility/melding in this brew and resulted it too off a flavor.

Darkmagus82, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Eriktheipaman, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.15/5  rDev +26.1%

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
Photo of Dave_Treat
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Dave_Treat, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

GaryMarkle84, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of SlaughteredWolf
3.75/5  rDev +14%

SlaughteredWolf, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Health
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Health, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of RodneyFarva
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%

12oz bottle into a pint glass

a: pours a deep dark chocolate color, one-inch tan head fading to a film

s: some pumpkin, but mostly cinnamon, a strong clove spice, and nutmeg. the spices really stand out here

t: fairly thin. some spice comes though, but far reduced compared to the nose. not much pumpkin. thin mouthfeel, pretty high carbonation.

o: I was wondering where Starr Hill was going to take this as a Pumpkin/Porter beer. I would not consider it a porter - almost no flavor of roasted malts, though obviously enough to make it dark. as far as pumpkin beers go, I divide them into two categories: spice-heavy beers, and pumpkin-heavy beers. This is a decent spice-heavy beer, though I think better described as a black lager with pumpkin spices.

RodneyFarva, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of crwrunner
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.

crwrunner, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of brewsadedotcom
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

Bottle poured into pint glass

A - Very dark with almost in inch of a soapy head

S - Noticeable aroma of spice, very pleasant

T - Very smooth, somewhat creamy. Malty flavor with notes of pumpkin and nutmeg

M - Creamy, not overly carbonated. Very Smooth

O - Very nicely done pumpkin beer. Highly enjoyable

brewsadedotcom, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of ghirsh
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ghirsh, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of reynolds2121
2.5/5  rDev -24%

reynolds2121, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Enoch
4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

Enoch, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of MattSharpless
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MattSharpless, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Hanzo, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: single finger head with decent lacing on a clear very dark brown body.

S: smokiness mixes with pumpkin to make a soapy aroma which you have to really focus on to separate the two out.

T: a unique beer with smokey, light roasted malts intermingled throughout by musty pumpkin flavors.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a unique beer which is memorable but could be better. Overall a nice brew.

kylehay2004, Jul 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

gregu2, Apr 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

Bike2work, Apr 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Mappies, Mar 30, 2012
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1/5  rDev -69.6%

Jtc2811, Feb 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

dugly2ugly, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

kjkinsey, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter from Starr Hill Brewery
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