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Pumpkin Porter - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 51
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: n/a
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Bandi on 10-26-2013

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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 51
Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.36/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice. Nice. Very nice. I really enjoy pumpkin porters. Alaskan made a great one, I think they stopped, there are some others kicking around, even one from Red Hook (I hope they make it again).

This beer is wonderful. Poured from bomber, series #25 brewed in Denver, 8.50%, into Alaskan Brewing smoked porter snifter glass.

A = dark nutty brown color with tinge of orange a little light for a porter but pretty. Tan-ish head that drops quick leaving a rim of foam. Some lacing.

S = almost a faint chocolate liquor smell, some dank pumpkin, spice.

T = different than the smell. dark chocolate, warming liquor, pumpkin, enough malt and hops almost some faint dark red fruit (cherry?) in the way way back, not sure where that comes from (I see someone else gets that too). Very balanced and drinkable.

M = soft, almost tender if a liquid can be tender, smooth, sweet.

O = for the $6.98 I paid I believe I'l buy a few and enjoy them through the season, want to enjoy next to the fire on a 40 degree day with rain and see how well it warms.

Very nice beer, perhaps best I've had from Epic (Big Baptist, red IPA). (1,114 characters)

Photo of FriedSlug
3.58/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark reddish brown with light showing through all the way. Has a nice thick tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass as it dissipates. The smell seems mostly coffee like with roasted dark malts. The pumpkin spices are present but never make a noticeable appearance. They merely waft out intermittently in random bursts. The taste is dark malty sweetness with some raw pumpkin flavor and a bit of pie spice flavors at the end. (457 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.86/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at 8oz Burgers & Company in Seattle.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with a little bit of light let through. There's a thick finger of very creamy foam which has stuck around for quite a while. Great.

Smell: a light roastiness with a very light pumpkin character. It appears that spicing is minimal, if any. Still, the pumpkin character itself is quite nice.

Taste: flavor is quite good; it appears there's no spicing at all. A nice, light roastiness is present with a good pumpkin character. Simple, but tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation and a very good creaminess. I quite like it.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. It's not over-complicated, and though it is a porter it lets the pumpkin do its thing. I applaud this kind of approach to the style. (839 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4.2/5  rDev n/a

I had the Dc Brau/epic imperial pumpkin porter at the Bayou in SLC.

From a bomber to a pint glass, the beer is a dark brown with a tan head.

It has an inviting nose of pumpkin, dark fruit and roasted malts. There is a lot going on.

The taste is a great mashup of pumpkin spices, roasted malts, dark fruit and baker’s chocolate. I liked the multi facets of the beer.

The mouth is thick and coating.

Wow, just a great beer! (431 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.96/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler filled last week poured into a 20 oz. shaker.

A - Pours a rich dark copper/brown with deep ruby red highlights. Two-finger head of sudsy, loose, chocolate shake foam that collapses at a moderate pace, leaving a thick ring of large lace around the glass. Surface eventually shows several puffy islands of foamy bubbles surrounded by a fine sheen of lace. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a dark brown with hints of very deep red at the edges. It's almost completely opaque, but clear, with just the slightest amount of light penetrating through the glass.

S - Well-toasted and gently roasted malts. Milk chocolate. Raw, fresh pumpkin - as if carving a Jack O' Lantern - floats into the nose. Ripe, fresh squash. Smells a bit like chocolate chip zucchini bread. Hints of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Background of marshmallow seems to envelope the nose, with a sweetness that suggests warmed whole milk for cocoa. As it warms, spices become a bit more prominent.

T - Just like the nose suggests - lightly roasted malts softly feature 50% milk chocolate with a nutmeg garnish. Very subtle notes of raw pumpkin emerge in the back-end. Toasted pumpernickel bread. Herb/woodsy bitters along with a bit of spice such as ginger and clove clean the palette in the finish. As it warms up, notes of vanilla push into the front of the quaff. Toward the end of the growler, the pumpkin/spice really stepped forward. No trace of the ABV until the tummy begins to warm.

M - Leans toward the creamy side, with a fair amount of carbonation. Light-medium body with solid structure. Nicely integrated components. Short, clean, and rather dry finish.

O - An interesting and pretty tasty combination of styles. Nicely balanced, with the chocolate of the porter complementing the spices. This beer strikes me as one to have in a flight of seasonal beers, starting with a couple Marzens, followed by a pumpkin or two, and then followed by this. This would offer a great transition to either a robust porter and imperial stout track or a holiday spice track. The pumpkin gives the beer an earthiness not found in standard robust porters, and it's a pleasant change-of-pace. (2,179 characters)

Pumpkin Porter from Epic Brewing Company
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