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Fermentation Without Representation - Epic Brewing Company

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Fermentation Without RepresentationFermentation Without Representation

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86
very good

337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 18
Gots: 24 | 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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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +30.5%

03-08-2013 01:45:46 | More by CEDAMA
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be the best if not a close second best pumpkin beer I've ever had. It poured dark brown with light head into a snifter. The smell is of cocoa, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and peanut butter. The taste of this beer I only can describe as a peanut butter cup made with pumpkin spice. This beer goes down extremely smooth and creamy. Overall I loved this beer, of course I love peanut butter cups and pumpkin spice stuff. So if you like both those things just imagine them combined.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 00:55:46 | More by ROBSTARR
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schaffer9252

New York

4.75/5  rDev +24%

11-16-2013 16:53:42 | More by schaffer9252
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CoolGuy42

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +24%

10-17-2012 21:35:15 | More by CoolGuy42
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circus_cat

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +24%

10-07-2012 13:42:56 | More by circus_cat
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gpawned

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +24%

11-10-2012 18:50:00 | More by gpawned
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Danimals_Beard

Washington

4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good thick head. A solid rich dark color, moderate lacing. Carbonating Is on the lighter side, but not weak or flat. Smells strongly of nutmeg, vanilla bean, but not so much pumpkin. The taste however taste like pumpkin and vanilla. I definitely have the urge to make a pumpkin porter shake with this one. It's got a pleasant mouthfeel, has a good crispness to it for a porter. Very drinkable, overall, my favorite Pumpkin Porter next to Four Peaks.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 07:14:23 | More by Danimals_Beard
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium Globe.

Appearance: With an average pour, 3/4''' of caramel colored, soapy, creamy head was produced. This head diminished rather quickly. Color of the beer is darkkkk red-brown, only able to be seen around the edges. Lacing was quite good for a darker beer.

Smell: Mild dark chocolate is prominent, with hints of bread, a general nuttiness, and toffee. Pumpkin is subtle but present in the background along with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste: Taste is sweet malt, followed by subtle vanilla and pumpkin, as well as cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by an extremely long subtle chocolate flavor. Alcohol is present but well hidden for the ABV. Spices contribute, but not too much. Pumpkin and other sweeter flavors become more prominent as the beer warms, but the chocolate is always present no matter the temperature. Flavor duration is long, with heavy sweetness and light sour/bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium, with soft to average carbonation, and a sweet, but dry finish. Alcohol warming is also noticeable.

Overall: Amazing beer. Quite complex, a nice change from the usual pumpkin beer suspects. My favorite pumpkin beer to date. It's almost like a flavorful pumpkin ale, with less spice, and then chocolate undertones added.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 00:08:01 | More by ChrisKayler
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benjaminahudson

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

10-13-2012 02:52:08 | More by benjaminahudson
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dumarrm

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

11-01-2013 03:16:11 | More by dumarrm
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

07-20-2014 20:03:14 | More by Howlader
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polopaul20

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

03-07-2014 20:17:00 | More by polopaul20
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hickmancase

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

11-29-2012 23:21:06 | More by hickmancase
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-27-2014 19:04:11 | More by sammyg832
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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-29-2013 03:35:36 | More by jvillefan
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

10-13-2012 07:12:01 | More by iL0VEbeer
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TheBoozeTraveler

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-12-2012 15:37:28 | More by TheBoozeTraveler
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

08-14-2013 01:14:36 | More by Lukass
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-23-2012 12:47:51 | More by YamagamiTravis
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rated to style.

Amazing head retention on top of a dark, dark, brown body. Head is fluffy cream color with loose bubbles.

Lots of spice, but not syrupy, sugary, or over done. Toasty, roasty, malty, milky chocolate. A bit too much on the roastyness.

Whoa. Hands down the best pumpkin brew I've had in quite some time. Carbonation is medium and well placed. Bitterness is great too, heavy and nearly unsettling. No sweetness. Dry due to spice, allspice, light use of cinnamon, cardamon...

Rated to style. A nice brew, very well done for a spice (pumpkin) brew. Recommended for the connoisseur of fine pumpkin ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 00:28:05 | More by chugalug06
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palma

New York

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious pumpkin stout here.

Aroma of roasted nuts, fig, pumpkin meat. Cherry. Vanilla. Peanut butter. More malty roastiness. Faint alcohol whiffs.

Taste is excellent. Roasty goodness. Cocoa. Burnt nuttiness. Pumpkin flesh. More pumpkin at the end. All this roastiness complemented very well with the sweet pumpkin notes. Pumpkin is definitely more pronounced at the end.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect. Creamy. Mild. Silky. Good carbonation.

The porter attributes are definitely still all the showcase here. The pumpkin is not over done. Very nice and extremely complex for a sweet pumpkin beer. Just well crafted all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 18:08:36 | More by palma
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RodneyFarva

Spain

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

a: pours a deep chocolate black with a finger of creamy and bubbly tan head. nice lacing.

s: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin meat, vanilla, cardamon, and a strong hint of deep roasted malts. very nice.

t: deep roasted malts, chocolate with a definite creaminess to it, and then the spices and the flavor of pumpkin at the end. while the aroma began with pumpkin and ended with the porter, the taste is in the opposite order. creamy and smooth mouthfeel. alcohol very well hidden but still with a solid body.

o: a wonderful mix of two style, with equal representation for both. after the disappointment of Starr Hill's pumpkin porter, it was nice to have one done right.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 00:07:43 | More by RodneyFarva
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:57:05 | More by GilGarp
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t420o

California

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Epic/DC Brau Fermentation Without Representation

A- pour produces a 1 finger tan head resting on a deep brown body. Head recedes somewhat quick leaving little in the way of lacing 3.5 

S- fresh pumpkin, pumpkin spice, chocolate malt, mollases. The pumpkin and spice is most prevalent but in a fresh way, not a fake or overly sweet way. Smells excellent 4.5

T- I really like this beer a lot. Pumpkin, pumpkin spice, chocolate, caramalized brown sugar, roasted malt, vanilla and slightly dry on the back end. I really like that it retains the porter character but is still a pumpin beer first and foremost. Excellent beer. 4.5 

M- nice silky mouthfeel. On the lighter side carbonation-wise 4

O- excellent. I'm going back to buy more immediately. I really like pumpkin beers and this is very close to the top of my list for pumpkin beers. 4.5

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Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 22:52:48 | More by t420o
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Fermentation Without Representation from Epic Brewing Company
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