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Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter - Starr Hill Brewery

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Boxcarr Pumpkin PorterBoxcarr Pumpkin Porter

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76
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263 Ratings
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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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clayrock81

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Things started off great with a blackish body and one finger head that slowly died with lace patches. Smell is not bad but I don't think pumpkin and cinnamon, possible nutmeg, should really be combined with bready, roasted malts as it seems to clash. The beer is even worse when it comes to taste/mouthfeel in terms of clash b/c the sweetness one expects from pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, not to mention slight spice, seem to gets bulldozed over by a slightly boozy roasted and breadlike malt base. Finishes a little haggard and not something I'll bother trying again although decent idea.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:20:48 | More by clayrock81
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-28-2013 21:01:19 | More by jaswilson2
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Tamaquadan

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

10-28-2013 13:07:36 | More by Tamaquadan
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Beejay

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Chestnut brown as it pours, in the glass it is black. A medium sized head rises from the body of a beer, dark tan with frog eyes, that multiply, and sink back into the body of the beer.

S: Pumpkin with nutmeg and clove come out right away in the nose. Some slight coffee notes, but the porter aroma seems to be overshadowed by the pumpkin.

T: Well that's a bit of a let down. The pumpkin is far less assertive than in the aroma, the porter is a bit of a let down, and there is a weird aftertaste.. almost a harshness to it, which counteracts the almost watery feel.

M: Carbonation seems fairly active to me, and the feel of the beer seems fairly light, and bordering on watery for the style.

O: Overall I wanted more.. a so-so porter with a little pumpkin. I wanted a bit more richness, perhaps a luxuriousness to it, but it falls short on the base style as well as the pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:14:47 | More by Beejay
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-27-2013 18:19:54 | More by Gatordaddy
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Tpitty23

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

10-25-2013 04:56:46 | More by Tpitty23
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jtladner

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-24-2013 00:55:42 | More by jtladner
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

10-22-2013 19:37:22 | More by RBorsato
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

10-20-2013 23:21:01 | More by avisong
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-20-2013 22:31:22 | More by dgherm
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michaelcs

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

10-20-2013 03:55:33 | More by michaelcs
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-19-2013 16:27:14 | More by aszatk01
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BethanyB

New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nearly opaque dark brown, with a low, creamy, white head.

Smell: A light mixture of seasonal spices--nutmeg, cloves, etc., and a bit of caramel malt. Couldn't quite sniff out much else, but the bouquet was pretty faint anyway, so it wasn't as overtly sweet as it sounds. Plus, there was actually an obvious metallic scent was distracting and off-putting (needless to say). I suppose that made things less sweet!

Taste: Roasted malt with pumpernickel, nutmeg, citrusy esters, and a bit of caramel--similar to the nose, but stronger and tastier. Thankfully, the metallic character wasn't detected on the taste. I was surprised by how well-balanced it was, with all the juxtaposing flavors. This was my first pumpkin porter, and while I wasn't blown away, for me, it was an interesting and welcome change from the majority of other pumpkin
ales out there. Tasted almost like there was some rye in there. No clue what the recipe calls for.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with rather high carbonation, which made for a slightly dry finish and brought out a bit more of those pumpernickel-like spices.

Overall: An interesting beer, that is worth a try if you like pumpkin ales. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out, however.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 12:09:27 | More by BethanyB
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RWLawman

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-14-2013 02:21:07 | More by RWLawman
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JMBSH

Colorado

3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-13-2013 18:45:43 | More by JMBSH
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

10-12-2013 19:56:22 | More by AngusOg
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Xandrose

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-12-2013 05:12:47 | More by Xandrose
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-11-2013 21:19:43 | More by KJ2013
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BigMarty1980

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 20:33:26 | More by BigMarty1980
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Cody101

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

10-11-2013 00:20:33 | More by Cody101
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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-08-2013 21:25:01 | More by vfgccp
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Hockey_Fan

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-02-2013 23:55:25 | More by Hockey_Fan
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obywan59

Virginia

3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a 2 1/2 finger tan head that leaves light lacing.

An initial roasty aroma. Smell of light pumpkin pie, coffee and chocolate.

Taste is more obscure. A hint of pumpkin with roast coffee. A bit tart.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium bodied, fairly smooth and drying.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Not a lot going on in the flavor though. I could have used more pumpkin and spice. Still, it would make a good session beer.if care us taken for the amazing drinkability. I could down too many of these in a hurry.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 02:07:02 | More by obywan59
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Headgoober

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

10-02-2013 01:23:21 | More by Headgoober
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

09-30-2013 23:21:55 | More by apasternak
Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter from Starr Hill Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.