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Sasquash - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This recipe was created by our Brewer Kurt. Along with 400 pounds of pumpkin and 300 sweet potato he used a variety of specialty malts to keep your taste buds on an adventurous ride with each sip. You’ll find the roasty flavors are well balanced with pumpkin which gives it a very smooth character. Kurt also added pumpkin spice to this Porter to give it that amazing aroma and finish.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 04-26-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

cmwilliq, Jan 23, 2014
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eliz108, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.6% ABV, 12.5 IBUs, no date.

A - Held up to the light, this porter barely lets light through it's crimson brown highlights; it's almost pitch black. A tall mocha head rises above the beer and slowly lowers down but leaves little to be reminded of it's presence.

S - A few staples like turkey and stuffing are missing, otherwise this smells like a Thanksgiving beer; gutted and roasted pumpkin and mashed sweet potatoes! A few drops of sweet honey and a sprinkle of pie spice join the fun for a holiday aroma.

T - Despite over 700 pounds of pumpkin and sweet potato being used in this beer, it's flavor involvement is quite subtle, barely rising above the plethora of roasted malt. Cocoa, oily coffee bean notes, and bittersweet chocolate swirl around the malty flavor with traces of the vegetables following behind.

M - Rich in flavor but medium bodied, this beer doesn't cross over into the heavy side of things, offering gentle roast dryness and bitterness on the finish with sweetness becoming a balancing afterthought.

O - By the end of the fall season the obligatory rich pumpkin pie spiciness, though I love it, becomes over-used. Sasquash skips over the stereotypical pumpkin flavors and mashes it with sweet potatoes for a meal-like addition to a hearty, delicately roasted porter. This blend is a welcome departure from the usual, exploring new and exciting territory.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

enelson, Nov 15, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: velvet brown, ruby shimmer, finger khaki head,
solid lacing

S: choc malt, roasted nuts, light pumpkin spice
and sweet potatoes

T: yams, pumpkin, bread malt, roasted dark chocolate finish

M: med body, mild creamy/smooth

O: Yummy treat. Love the creative chance
Milwaukee Brewing took on this beer. Going
to save one for Thanksgiving.


BeerLover99, Oct 05, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It's not so elusive... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep garnet-brown topped by a finger of dusty ecru foam. The nose comprises mace, cinnamon, cocoa powder, sweet potato, brown sugar, and brown sugar-cinnamon graham cracker. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything coming through toasted to some degree, if that makes sense. There's also an addition of mild coffee in there for good measure. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluidly smooth feel. Overall, a tasty, enjoyable hybrid of the porter and pumpkin ale styles. Beside Polish Moon, this is one of the best beers made by MKE at this point.

TMoney2591, Jan 22, 2013
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jera1350, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"A sweet potato and pumpkin porter" according to a recent article in the Business Journal.

On tap at Toad Hall in Racine, WI, review from written notes.

Served in a nonic pint glass. Dark brown with a ruby glint in the light. Lasting tan foam with a ring of lace around it's edges.

Toasty, spicy sweet nutmeg and pumpkin aromas.

Some light roast from the base porter, more nutmeg and an earthy sweetness interpreted as sweet potato possibly, and perceptible roasted pumpkin notes. A light dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Light and slightly watery feel, but smooth with subdued spice levels. It's pretty drinkable and a unique combo of porter and actual pumpkin with supporting spices, though thankfully subdued. Probably the most interesting thing i've tried from MKE Brewing.

emerge077, Apr 26, 2012
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3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$2.00 Single
Village Dell & Wine - Rice Lake, WI

Sasquash pours like coffee and fills the glass the same way. It's black with chestnut brown hues around the sides and bottom. The beige head grows to a finger in height but quickly falls to a short crown. A couple spots of patchy lace cling to the glass. Looks about like your standard porter. 3.75

The nose brings squash straight off the bat. Freshly roasted pumpkin is the main component, I can't say I get much sweet potato though. A soft roast permeates the squash with faint coffee in the background. Anise adds its touch and plays well with the earthiness of the pumpkin. I can't say I get much spice, which is how I prefer pumpkin beers, but there is a sprinkling of nutmeg and ginger. The spice is in the background and smells fresh and well done as opposed to overwhelming and stale.

The most important aspect of this, the porter, is tasty and well made. It's softly roasty with a mild but tongue coating anise quality. Cocoa powder pops up mid-palate through the finish. The cocoa works well with the earthy pumpkin. The pumpkin tastes real and is nowhere near overspiced. The nutmeg and ginger are well integrated. This is a very well balanced beer.

The body weighs in a at medium, maybe even a touch short. The carbonation is active and pushes the porter through fairly quickly. An easy going sweetness lingers briefly on the swallow before soft roast bitterness takes over. If this beer had a little more heft it would be damn good, as is it's on the thin side.

Let me just say that I usually despise pumpkin beers. They're nearly always overspiced by a longshot. This caught my eye with the use of sweet potatoes and the woman at the shop mentioned it being very low in spice without me even asking so I gave it a go. It's a well made porter with a definite earthy pumpkin quality that I thoroughly enjoy. Sasquash is a expertly balanced, interesting take on a fall beer. Give it a whirl.

joe1510, Oct 04, 2014
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Sasquash from Milwaukee Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.