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Fermentation Without Representation - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 20
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our first ever collaborative beer has all the familiar flavors of the season, but done with Epic style. To a base of strong, roasty, and chocolaty porter, we add 200 pounds of real pumpkin per batch, five spices and whole Madagascar vanilla beans. As you pour this deeply ruby brown beer, you’re greeted by the aroma of fresh cut squash,followed by rich chocolate. The flavor starts sweet with marshmallow,vanilla, and some pumpkin pie, then yields to a coffee roast and darkchocolate dryness. This beer is a great introduction for curious drinkers and a special holiday treat for fans of the style.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-06-2011)
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +21.4%

Deep Deep brown color with auburn colors with what looks like pretty good clarity. Sticky crystal like tan head. Smells of fresh pumpkin, cinnamon sticks, and fresh vanilla.

This beer literally tastes like pumpkin pie with a scoop with a whipped cream on top. Rich creamy mouthfeel with a bold pumpkin flavor up front. Sweet biscuit malts are followed by big pumpkin flavor and fresh vanilla. Semi-smoked dark malts with an earthy hop bitterness. The Balance in this beer is impeccable. Cinnamon, allspice, cardamon and clove make an appearance on the back end of tongue while the beer finishes with big whipped cream and chocolate flavor. As much as every pumpkin beer wants to be "pumpkin pie in a glass" this is the only beer that has truly pulled it off while still having a big beer flavor.

10-05-2012 03:41:27 | More by jtierney89
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

8%ABV. per bottle label.Poured a deep roasted chesnut brown with a thinner light tan colored had atop.Aromas were on the lighter side with some vanilla and mild roast mainly.The flavor of this beer makes it with its complexity and how good it is,lightly roasted with some pie spice but the pumpkin flavor really stands out,a lingering vanilla flavor over top of roast in the finish.I think this beer is vastly underrated,it's complex and flavorful.I think Epic makes some top notch beer,this is top notch for the fall season.Got get some.

09-13-2012 22:39:21 | More by oberon
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Tiernan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-21-2014 06:17:35 | More by Tiernan
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-17-2014 23:19:59 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-16-2012 02:45:46 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

22 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium creamy tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a bit subdued - sweet chocolate malts and some pumpkin and pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice).

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a little roast and a lot of pumpkin spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice pumpkin porter.

10-09-2012 05:55:15 | More by Beaver13
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frenchblood21

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%

Appearance- As brown as a beer can get without being black. Great lacing throughout.

Smell- This is the weak link in the beer. coffee and butterscotch, which is to be expected from a porter. None of the pumpkin or spice comes out.

Taste- The smallest amount of fall spices, but if you didn't know it was a pumpkin porter, you would never tell. Mostly stout-like tastes.

Mouthfeel- Great mouthfeel! A thick and creamy beer that stays on the tongue for about 15 seconds.

Overall- A great tasting beer, but a big let down for being an imperial pumpkin porter. Its worth trying, but don't rush for this one.

12-10-2011 01:23:35 | More by frenchblood21
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured cold from the bottle. This beer had a very dark brown/orange colour with minimal head. There smell is that of a subtle pumpkin pie: pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and spices. The smell was not as strong as many of the other pumpkin beers. The taste is similar to the smell as a subtle, but not overwhelming, pumpkin flavour hits right away. It then moves to a bitter/smokey aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

12-01-2012 19:54:30 | More by NilocRellim
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-30-2013 11:00:45 | More by Cynic-ale
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

A nice big glass of Pumpkin Porter, not really the season but damn it's interesting and a collaboration with DC Brau and Epic no less. Pours pitch black maybe light ruby highlights as it pours, dark tan head foaming thick. Aroma bright spice, big fleshy pumpkin gourds, with dark caramelized sugars coating the malts and vegetable additions. Beautiful beer I'm really enjoying the blend of flavors as it warms, fruity/gourd flesh...sugar coated dark roasts mix into a unique and wonderful beer along with light pumpkin spice enjoying every sip. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with even carbonation strong spices left behind between sips. Wonderful roasted malt pumpkin spice blended nicely with a moderate alcohol level, so interesting...I've never had anything else like this quite nice, something I will seek out again in the future.

05-27-2012 05:23:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-31-2013 01:59:42 | More by ste5venla
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Brenden

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Release # 4.

This beer is dark brown with a big, rocky medium-brown head that's creamy and frothy yet very dense. Big, sticky lacing is left in pretty heavy deposits on the glass.
The aroma is light but not lacking. It's a good aroma diplaying great balance between the pumpkin and the spices without going too far or stopping too short on either. Spices seem to include the typical nutmeg and cinnamon with something a little leafier and gentler as well as something gently hot but not peppery.
The taste follows suit. It's a very nice, well-balanced and potent flavor, even adding a bit of hoppiness, until a strange thing happens: within just a short time, the pumpkin and spices fade out and I find I'm just drinking a regular porter. I like porters, and it's a good one, but this is not supposed to happen.
The mouthfeel is good, an appropriate medium body with moderate carbonation setting the stage for a fairly thick and creamy brew.

01-16-2012 17:03:17 | More by Brenden
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SMKilp

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-24-2013 13:33:09 | More by SMKilp
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jamesDaExMoBeerGuy

Utah

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a pilsner glass, dark roasted amber color with just a bit of head but persistent lacing.

Smell was a bit underwhelming, expected more character here, just a bit of toasted malt and grain and nothing given away to the squash itself.

Taste is malty, subtle peppery but PUMPKIN comes through rich and well balanced with hop. Feels a bit thin in the middle, but left with a wonderful pumpkin aftertaste.

Finishes well, aside from a bit thin mid-mouth taste this beer just hit me right on a fall night with a real chill in the brisk wind. Seemed just about perfect for the occasion and the best pumpkin styled porter I have had.

10-24-2012 01:11:58 | More by jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
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Shawner

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-08-2013 17:30:53 | More by Shawner
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from the bomber into a snifter. 2012 offering.

The beer pours pitch black and glugs out healthily, leaving a moderate, creamy, khaki colored head. The head appears chewy and persists for quite a while.

The smell is roasted malt, toffee, and hints of bourbon. There is also a strong sweetness, somewhat like molasses or black licorice. The taste is an extension of these aromas, as the sweetness persists, as do the deep roasty malts and toffee. The pumpkin is entirely subtle and only emerges at the end of the palate.

Finally, the beer drinks smoothly with a creamy quality and the alcohol is pretty well masked. A good beer, yet something seems to be missing. I can't place my finger on it, but this beer certainly doesn't quite compete with the best in the business. Good but not great.

10-07-2013 03:26:40 | More by ONovoMexicano
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7%

DATE TASTED: October 26, 2013... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick... OCCASION: offering PSU some comeback inspiration... APPEARANCE: jet black body; oatmeal-thick brown head; lacing is uneven but thick as well... AROMA: crisp, candied flavor; toasted nut and oat undergird thee spiciness that is as much holiday as mischief night...PALATE: slightly warming, medium-bodied and drinkable--the IMPERIAL aspect is so subtle one quickly/nervously sips...TASTE: pumpkin, apple, peat and an odd funk of medicinal/plastic bottle vodka that takes the rating down a click--still big and old...OVERALL: of the handful of fall bombers I bought, this dares to blend the fall and winter seasons, and it does so deftly; a powerful punch of alcohol by the bottle's end only endears the drink more...more the Galloping Hessian than the Great Pumpkin, in terms of its substance and strength...

11-16-2013 03:55:53 | More by dacrza1
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

Batch #1.

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Dark brown color with good clarity seen on the pour. Inch thick head is slow to settle and has nice lacing.

Aroma is rich and roasty like a nice porter should be with mild pumpkin pie spice added.

Flavor is very pleasant with just the right amount of spice. It would be good just as a traditional strong porter but the spice adds an additional layer making it a bit more interesting.

It has a creamy smooth mouthfeel and good balance.

Overall a really good imperial porter and a perfect beer for a chilly Halloween night.

11-01-2012 02:57:05 | More by GilGarp
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

Bottle hand-stamped "Release #8, 7.7% ALC./VOL."

Cola-colored with a frothy beige head. Aroma of spice and roasted malts. Balanced, with hints of spice and pumpkin but also more traditional, roasted porter flavors. Vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and cloves according to the website, and I think I can pick up most of those (definitely the vanilla, allspice and cinnamon). Overall, though, really balanced -- as much porter as pumpkin, which I respect and appreciate. Spiced to enhance flavor, not overpower it. Just really well done and great for a chilly Saturday afternoon.

11-03-2012 19:04:10 | More by RockyTopHeel
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6%

Brown coloured body with little head. Just spice, perhaps a touch of pumpkin in the finish. Roasted coffee taste. Decent drinkability. Spiced out, pumpkined out. SOme chocolate malt, even more would be interesting but too odd for the style.
And the spices could have been betterMediumm mouthfeel. Liam's bottle.

12-17-2012 02:54:23 | More by Sammy
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pourmeadrink

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-22-2013 18:08:45 | More by pourmeadrink
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DaGrizz

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

10-10-2012 00:32:29 | More by DaGrizz
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-19-2013 03:09:22 | More by avisong
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tabascosigned

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-08-2013 23:58:22 | More by tabascosigned
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours black with a ½ finger of light mocha head. This maintains some rich edges, with robust lacing that clings to the sides of the glass in sticky swathes. The aroma smells of green pumpkin, vanilla, spices, a bit of brown sugar, and some roasted coffee notes along the back. This is pleasant in the nose, with a nice mix of different characters at work here.

The taste is cocoa, roast, and ripe pumpkin flavor, with sweeter notes of vanilla and dark sugars working their way in as well. Earthy hops give this a green and raw feel at times and while not overly aggressive, it does linger a bit on the tongue along with a dry finish of spices and burnt malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively and sharp feel up front that then gets a bit smoother along the back. There is some alcohol present but it mostly adds fullness and intensity to the flavors without interfering with them in any way. This one is definitely more of a sipper.

This was solid, being an Imperial Porter with a nice range of flavors and enough of an ABV to help take the chill off a bit. This was a tasty sipper.

03-06-2012 15:28:26 | More by Kegatron
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Fermentation Without Representation from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.