1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter - Starr Hill Brewery

Not Rated.
Boxcarr Pumpkin PorterBoxcarr Pumpkin Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

345 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 345
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 32 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 345 | Reviews: 88 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

dexterk1, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of cackalacky
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

cackalacky, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Brian15
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Brian15, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Mojoman8561
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Mojoman8561, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Virtually black bodied beer, with a small beige lacing ring. Looks just like a schwarzbier.

S - Fall spices, nutmeg and cinnamon. Prevalent like in an imperial pumpkin beer, and tangled with the porter nuances. Dark, roasted malt, with a burnt/coal scent.

T - A mild dash of those fall spices, blended nicely with dark malty porter. Toasted black malt, a dry grain sweetness. The amount of spice is perfect, not overwhelming. The robust, toasted malty porter is rich and smooth.

M - Medium bodied and drying, the rich and bitter black beer feels smooth with the soft fizzy carbonation.

O - A really nice combination here. I'd say this tolerable amount of fall spices in this roasts brew is perfect alone or with a nice meal, on a cold day.

BeerForMuscle, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of VTWicked
4.5/5  rDev +36%

VTWicked, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of williahd
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

williahd, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of tripelz
2/5  rDev -39.6%

tripelz, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of jniagar1
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

jniagar1, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of 6demonbag
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

6demonbag, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of dunix
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of tjonesjr
3/5  rDev -9.4%

tjonesjr, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Bubbalito
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Bubbalito, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of StaindProject86
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

StaindProject86, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of ilkelma
3/5  rDev -9.4%

ilkelma, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

deapokid, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

rolltide8425, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Zraly
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured two-finger head into Lagunitas "mason jar" glass. Fluffy mocha colored head atop of dark, almost opaque, ale. Smells a bit of spice, with predominate notes of cinnamon and pepper. Smells and looks good.

Taste-wise, this is much less than I was expecting. I detect a faint presence of gourd. The porter notes are not fully realized on the palate, and overall the flavor is not fully supported by enough pumpkin. There is some semblance of a porter: coffee and rich malt notes. But these thin out in the finish and there is an odd, slightly funky sour note in the finish, along with some spice notes. Not as smooth as it could be. This is a great idea on paper, but I would say the execution missed the mark. If it was a bit more balanced by way of the spice (i.e., add a bit more grain and gourd to the bill) , I'd say this would be a mighty fine VA ale. As it stands, it is a mediocre porter with some spice added. Mouthfeel is thin and lacks body.

I've eyed this several times before but always ended up buying something else. My Mom and her beau were in town for the weekend, and he loves a good porter; we thought we'd give this a spin. We bought a six pack and I think I can help finish it. But I don't think I will re-purchase it in the future.

Zraly, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of BadaBeer
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

BadaBeer, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep and dark but still clear ruby in the glass, topped with a couple fingers of thick and foamy light mocha colored head. This retains with a smooth thin creaminess that dots the sides of the glass with spotty lacing. The aroma smells of spice and pumpkin up front, which then gives way to a combination of roast and sweetness that give the overall nose a dark and sticky feel in the back of the nostrils.

The taste is raw pumpkin up front, segueing into some sweetness and an earthy hop presence across the back. Spices and dark roast ride throughout the profile, with this finishing leafy, bitter and smoky on the finish. Those hops and roast really start getting raw and burnt feeling on the finish the more this warms up. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and tight on the tongue, giving way to more of a firm creaminess across the back. The overall fee here is equal parts crisp and smooth.

This was just average. While initially feeling balanced this got a bit too aggressive feeling the more this warmed up and in the end I just wasn’t nearly as impressed with this as I was hoping. There are better Pumpkin Ales out there on the market right now.

Kegatron, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

bigfnjoe, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of keithwalk
4.5/5  rDev +36%

keithwalk, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of johnpdennis
2.25/5  rDev -32%

johnpdennis, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of sarahgant
2/5  rDev -39.6%

sarahgant, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 10-15-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist-cap
Glassware: Balloon glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Appearance: Black and opaque, capped with a nicely sized tan head. Very good lacing and head retention.

Smell: Sweet, dark malts, with some fruit/citrus character. I also get some sour and tart aromas.

Taste: Toasted malts and coffee flavors you'd expect are in this porter, but there is also the sourness as noted in the nose. I really don't taste any pumpkin or pumpkin spice traits.

Mouthfeel: Has a smooth and creamy texture and medium-to-high levels of carbonation. Body is medium. The finish is dry and combines roasted and smokey malts with some tartness.

Overall: This is an odd beer -- not what I expected based on the description of a pumpkin porter. I got some porter qualities, but no pumpkin, and then there was the unexpected sourness. The sour quality wasn't bad, but I don't think it was supposed to be there -- my guess is that this batch/bottle got infected by a bug.

sommersb, Oct 16, 2012
Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter from Starr Hill Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.