Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter - Starr Hill Brewery
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3.6/5 rDev +9.4%
A - A very dark brown, almost black. Head was a bit fizzy, with little lacing.
S - Pleasant scents of pumpkin and spice.
T - Nice flavours of pumpkin and spice.
M - Felt a little bit thin and fizzy. Nice smooth finish.
O - A decent pumpkin beer.
12-18-2011 13:38:21 | More by LuthersMug
3.6/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured into a pilsner glass.
A - Dark brownish color, big head of off-brown froth on top. Retention and lacing were both very nice. Attractive brew.
S - Pumpkins, nutmeg, and pie crust, also some slight hints of chocolate malt.
T - Mildly bitter, malty, with some initial chocolate notes. Some mild pumpkin flavors and touches of clove shine through, but are ultimately muted.
M - A little thin bodied, mild carbonation level, and an oddly light feel.
D - Enjoyable porter, but needs more pumpkin flavor to live up to the name. Still worth trying.
12-03-2011 17:27:06 | More by PhageLab
3.25/5 rDev -1.2%
[Best served in a Lager glass]
The pour was a very dark brown almost black with a large (2-3 finger) rocky tan head that was mostly diminishing and produced excellent lacing that was left sticking to the glass throughout.
The aroma was of a dark bread malt and a musty leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee, nutmeg, pumpkin and a bit of cinnamon.
The taste was lightly bitter and malty with a hint of roasted coffee at first then slowly acquired a mild chocolate presence with a touch of pumpkin and nutmeg that progressed into a mild bitter finish. The flavor lasted only a short while after the swallow which slightly affected the overall taste experience.
Mouthfeel was just a tad under medium in body and creamy yet a little dry in texture with a nice soft carbonation.
Overall a decent robust Porter with a very nice aroma. Although there was more pumpkin and spices in the aroma than there was in the flavor.
11-26-2011 19:22:15 | More by KajII
3.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Average looking, dark with not much head and so-so lace.
Smell is very lightly pumpkin with a touch of roasty malts and coffee, with addition of pumpkiny spices.
Taste is a little bolder than the smell, fresh pumpkin and spices are more forward with a side of roasty malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate.
There's surprisingly plenty of carbonation (despite the lack of head). Medium bodied and a touch slick as well as having a light tingle of carbonation. The aftertaste is spices and pumpkin. Finish is pretty dry.
This one certainly lives up to its name.
11-19-2011 13:29:26 | More by AlCaponeJunior
4/5 rDev +21.6%
Thanks to travisnd for sending this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin and spices. Taste is also pumpkin pie up front, some roasted malts, well balanced and tasty. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is an enjoyable brew.
11-12-2011 14:25:06 | More by tone77
3.2/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass. It poured pretty close to black in color with a thin, creamy head barely covering the beer.
The aroma shows good amount of pumpkin pie spice and canned pumpkin to it. I get some sweeter, malty notes to it as well with just a hint of chocolate to it. Pretty appealing aroma for the style overall.
The taste is where things start to fall apart for me. I get a good amount of roasty, bitter, slightly burnt flavors to. The spices and roastiness just don't mix well, it gives it more of a harsher, bitter spiciness. I get a little pumpkin or squash like flavor to it in the finish as well.
The mouthfeel is thin and somewhat watery with carbonation being high. Didn't enjoy the mouthfeel for the style. bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I didn't think it was a great pumpkin beer. The roasty, bitter flavors just didn't work well with the spices for me. I would have liked a little more chocolate, sweeter, malty flavors coming out of the porter instead. The flavors just didn't really compliment each other very well.
11-11-2011 22:08:45 | More by billab914
2.23/5 rDev -32.2%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Looks like a good porter should, but almost non-existent head.
Aroma was interesting - pumpkin and spices along with a decent whiff of somewhat burnt coffee
Taste was meh - reminded me of a eating a cheap pumpkin pie followed up with some bitter, TOO bitter, coffee.
Mouthfeel and aftertaste is where this brew lost me ... Thin, watery, too much carbonation. Attributes I really wouldn't expect, or abide, from a porter. And the aftertaste was just too much nasty bitterness that wouldn't go away.
I absolutely love porters and stouts. This is the first porter I've ever had that became a drain-pour after half a glass.
Maybe I caught a bad bottle?
With all the great porters/stouts out there, I won't be trying this again.
11-01-2011 22:29:09 | More by GeoJ
Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter from Starr Hill Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.