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Pumpkin Porter - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 61
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 33.84%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of rwilde
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of timontheroad
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, almost black. Nice two finger fluffy tan head with good retention and lacing. Mostly coffee and pumpkin, didn't get much spice in the nose at all. The flavor was predominantly coffee, chocolate and pumpkin, with just a hint of allspice. The mouthfeel was pretty full for a porter, as it seems that most are somewhat thin, but this one was quite nice. Overall, this was a nice tasty beer, will probably have a few more of these great local brews before the season is past us.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mrcraft
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LannahC
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Release #15, 8.4% ABV.

4.0 A: Black color. Fairly aggressive pour yielded one and a half fingers of frothy beige/light brown head. Retention is pretty good a half finger of thick lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pumpkiny goodness. You can really smell the pumpkin. The spices, on the other hand, are a bit subdued. Still, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger waft up to the olfactory nerve. Roasty notes from the porter with hints of chocolate covered strawberries, caramel, and dark fruits. This would be great if the spices were kicked up a few notches.

3.75 T: The taste makes up for what the nose lacks. Definitely a stronger spice presence though still not enough. Big pumpkin flavor though. Roasted barley, chocolate, caramel, with hints of molasses and perhaps a touch of anise. Spices per above.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Somewhat dead on the tongue - could be creamier or spritzier. Still, quite smooth.

3.5 D: This is a good start and a lot better than most of the pumpkin beers in circulation but it doesn't have the spice kick to match a solid base beer.

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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FriedSlug
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Pumpkin Porter from Epic Brewing Company
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