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Fermentation Without Representation - Epic Brewing Company

Fermentation Without RepresentationFermentation Without Representation

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BA SCORE
86
very good

325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%


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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clashing of the heads between DC Brau and Epic brewing companies results in a bold-bodied Porter with threads of pumpkin pie, chocolate and spice running through.

Fermentation Without Representation pours with a hazy bronzen-brown hue that glows lightly at its edges with a tawny gold glow. As a fast rise of ivory foam builds, its staying power is limited as the froth folds back into the beer midway through the session, trickling with sparse lace intermittently.

Its porter-esque aromas are toasty, nutty and delicately of chocolate. Notions of coffee waft about as the spiciness take the stage- cinnamon, nutmeg and clove weave together with an allspice-type medley. Its light pumpkin and brownie aroma is well intact, except for the lacking pumpkin scent.

As the toast, coffee and chocolate character introduces to the palate, supportive caramel and toffee is semi-sweet earl but trails dry and toasty. Meanwhile, its middle is spicy with pie spices, coffee ground, pepper and toasted pecan. Glimpses of gourd give a creamy pie flavor, but also with squash and melon.

Semi-dry in mouthfeel, the imperial beer trends toasty, spicy, dry and lightened- somewhat off of the more decadent pie filling texture that's not only expected but is what's preferred. Somewhat acrid and astringent with the spices, the finish is warm and cola-like.

The beer purists that want ales to lead with more Porter character will enjoy the subtlties of the pumpkin influence found here. But the true pie flavors won't command the taste in the way that most modern pumpkin ales do.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 17:19:46 | More by BEERchitect
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very classy label with really nice colors an a very attractive layout. Label states “Collaboration with DC Brau”, “Exceptional Series”, “Release #9”, give a bit of brewery info, ABV info, and web info.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 22oz brown bomber into a 20oz imperial pint led to a 3 finger tightly packed tan head atop a deep dark brown if not black beer. Head retention was a phenomenal 5min 14sec with no signs of dissipating fully. Head faded to a thick rocky cap and ring with phenomenal lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of deep toasted chocolate and coffee malts with hints of vanilla, very light pumpkin and just barely any spices.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of fresh pumpkin and a slight bit of nutmeg and cinnamon on the front end with the pumpkin a bit more subdued than I expected. Mid point has a vanilla sweetness with a nice toasted chocolate maltiness detectable. Back end is dominated by a deep roast coffee malt flavor with a slight hint of pumpkin and a roasty aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable and tasty.

Overall/Comments: I was expecting a bit more out of this offering but I will say that it was still a pretty good overall beer that was very drinkable. I would have like to see a bit more prominent pumpkin flavor. Classified as a Pumpkin Ale @ 8% ABV. Consumed 10/27/2013.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 05:39:15 | More by thegodfather1076
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Milk chocolate, nutmeg and cinnamon aromas. Some sweet malty notes. I get a subtle roastiness to the aroma as it warms, followed by some vanilla.

Appearance: Deep black in color with ruby highlights when held up to light. Dark tan head with fine and persistent bubbles.

Flavor: Initially this tastes a bit firm and astringent, but then it fades off to a sweeter coffee and cream later in the taste. The nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla arrive as an afterthought on the back of the tongue. The body is medium, but actually feels lighter than expected with the high alcohol. A somewhat bitter and off-dry finish.

Overall: Not a bad beer. This had better balance than many of the pumpkin beers I've had so far. I think the darker malts add complexity, and play well with the spices. Not a lot of actual pumpkin character comes through though. Just like most of the prior examples this has an astringent note--I'm starting to wonder if that is from the spices or from pumpkin itself...

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 19:57:16 | More by Jackofallbrews
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mattkoon

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have never had a pumpkin porter- so i was excited to try this one. it pours a deep brown- basically black, (held up to the light you can tell it is actually brown). the smell is filled with chocolate roasted malts. there are also hints of vanilla and spices riding along but the chocolate malt is the main force here. the taste is it rich and dark, after the 3rd sip i can start to taste the spices come through. this is a pretty good beer. i like the idea of the pumpkin porter and this one is good- if i ever see anymore like this ill give them a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:46:14 | More by mattkoon
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hopsputin

California

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Release #12. bottles 2012, drank 2013

a: dark black with hints of purple towards the bottom of the glass. large 3-4 finger beige head that seems to be hanging around. gets a little rocky on the top as it dissipates

s: its loaded with toasted and roasted malts. lots of milk chocolate and vanilla fill the nose. there is a nice creamy malt sweetness that helps blend everything as well. no hint of pumpkin or spices though...I assume the year has faded them

t: more pumpkin than the nose indicated, but not much - again a year old bottle may have something to do with that. its not strong, but you do get that pumpkin pulp flavor in here, which provides some initial sweetness. its then followed by a quick spice (clove/graham..i know thats not a spice) jolt, which fades to the roasted malty porter flavor - full of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate, with the slightest hint of lactose to add some nice creaminess. finishes with some alcohol

m: medium mouthfeel. quite a bit of carbonation though

o: again - this is a year old. its an alright porter, however the pumpkin qualities (while there) are nowhere as present as i'd like them to be. perhaps they're stronger in fresher bottles. it can stand on its own as a porter, but if you're looking for a pumpkin porter - this year old bottle won't give you what you're searching for

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:19:16 | More by hopsputin
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Danimals_Beard

Washington

4.66/5  rDev +22%
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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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; release #12 bottled 7/22/2012. Pours nearly opaque clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, pumpkin, caramel, cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, vanilla, dark bread, ginger, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, toast, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, dark bread, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of dark malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent pumpkin porter! All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:40:39 | More by superspak
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Release #9, 8.1% ABV. I checked Epic's website, and it says it was brewed on 6/26/2012, packaged on 7/8/2012. Looks like our local beer stores are still selling last year's bottles since I just picked this up a few weeks ago, kinda surprised since I didn't see it around last year. Oh well, this should still be good. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted/grainy malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, bittersweet chocolate and cinnamon. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some ginger. Nice mix between pumpkin and porter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating, smooth and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, although I would like to try a fresher bottle of this at some point. Definitely worth a try. $5.99 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 23:54:59 | More by bluejacket74
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beergoot

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark mahogany color with a thick, foamy head. Roasted grains, a tad bit of chocolate, and a spicy, pumpkin-like aroma; allspice, nutmeg, and dulled cinnamon notes; cocoa. Nice combination of malt sweetness and hop bitterness in the taste, closely following the aroma. Medium-light body; semi-sweet, clean finish.

Flavor-wise, this beer comes across like a rich, chocolate-spicy pumpkin cookie. Somewhat light feel overall, but the aroma and taste make this a beer worth exploring. Excellent depth and complexity with the flavors. A really good, interesting twist on the pumpkin ale style.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 01:45:09 | More by beergoot
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT. 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a beer mug

A - It is pretty dark with some ruby highlights. I got a mountain of mocha head on top of it.

S - The aroma is chocolate with some pumpkin spice.

T - The taste offers a roasted malt with a little chocolate. The cinnamon and nutmeg compliment the solid base porter.

M - Medium to full

O - I originally had this beer on tap and loved it. It is not as great out of the bottle. This is definitely a beer that improves as it get closer to room temperature. Porters and stouts are a style I think is better suited for pumpkin beer. The chocolate and roasted malts are complimentary to the pumpkin spices.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 05:20:20 | More by buschbeer
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Release #9, poured from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass
A: Cola brown color with a two-finger tan head
S: Dark malts, cocoa, a hint of baking spice
T: More dark malts, the baking spice is more pronounced a bit of cola. Maybe a touch of roasted pumpkin but its hidden
M: Medium-bodied, not bad but nothing special
O: I've had several pumpkin porters/stouts recently and to me they just don't work as the pumpkin gets hidden. That being said, pumpkin advertising aside, this is a decent porter, but not worth the $12 price of admission

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 03:48:26 | More by ONUMello
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Makisupajoey

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #9 8.1% per label. Poured 12 oz. in a 16 oz. snifter.

A: Poured dark, but not black. I expected a darker, thicker beer based on the "Imperial Porter". Nice head, about an inch,.

S: My nose is stuffed. so.... yum?

T: mild pumpkin, not overwhelming

M: I expected something a little thicker being an Imperial Porter, but its nice. Easy to drink on this 20 degrees cooler day than yesterday day. I can imagine that even on a warmer day still pleasant to drink.

O: Not bad, (I"m only like 4 beers in, but...) Epic still hasn't disappointed me! Thank you!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 00:27:01 | More by Makisupajoey
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark chocolate brown with a massively sticky head and lacing.

S - Dark chocolate malt aroma with pumpkin, a cinnamon spice undertone, and a little smokiness.

T - First and foremost, dark chocolate malt throughout with a touch of pumpkin (not as strong as expected), vanilla, and spice. Leaves a slight tang on the back of the tongue and has a moderate lingering dark roast chocolate bitterness with some vanilla spice.

M - Heavy medium body with gentle carbonation.

O - Interesting but would rather have a full blown pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 21:02:54 | More by jzeilinger
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BeerWizard

Colorado

3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Busy looking orange label that I probably wouldn't have realized was a pumpkin ale had I not read the fine print. Says it is a pumpkin porter, though, which sounded intriguing. Pours basically black with a thin off white head. Looks good! Cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolaty notes on the nose, maybe a hint of vanilla, which comes through more in the flavor. Didn't get a lot of pumpkin flavor from this though. Certainly get chocolate, vanilla and spice. I think it would be more accurately described as a "spiced vanilla porter with hints of pumpkin", but I didn't think this was an "epic" pumpkin ale or anything, actually kind of suprised by the higher ratings. But what do I know? Anyway, recommend for someone who likes vanilla porters. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 20:34:56 | More by BeerWizard
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
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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ChrisKayler

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates to patches and a thin ring around the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, roasted pumpkin, hints of vanilla and dark dried fruit. Flavor of light toasted malt, mild pumpkin, burnt toast, light vanilla, some nuttiness; finishes with charred, non-aromatic coffee and bitterning hops. Medium bodied. An interesting take on a pumpkin beer that leans more towards a toasty porter than most, but does not have the body or heavy malt of a pumpkin porter. A nice change of pace on the boundary of the two styles. It will not knock Elysian's Dark of the Moon or Great Pumpkin off their thrones, but is a pleasant alternative.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 02:48:17 | More by LiquidAmber
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Jree261

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance-Almost black, dark brown with a maroon tint on the rims with a cream color foam.

Smell-Coffee predominates. Mocha. Very little pumpkin in the nose.

Taste-Coffee on the front and end of the palate. Middle is mainly vanilla. Very nice progression.

Mouthfeel-Big porter. Good long finish that stays for quite a while.

Overall-This is a great beer. My issue with it is the fact that there is almost zero pumpkin in it. With last years brew the pumpkin with subtle but it was definitely there, a great fall weather, Thanksgiving beer. This year this is just straight porter with very little pumpkin to speak of. One of the things I like most about Epic is that their fruit beers aren't usually overpowering, the beer still holds centerstage and the fruit just adds another layer. Don't get me wrong, this is a really good beer. It's just not a pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:21:43 | More by Jree261
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

taste like all the other pumpkin ales I've had...at least the ones I didn't drain pour....
has the same aroma and taste as your typical pumpkin beer, nothing different or special. I'm starting to think these for the most part all taste the same with the exception of the really gross ones which I pour.

a: perfect, dark brown, cant see threw unless held to the light. has an excellent light khaki brown foamy head
s: burnt malts or barley and some typical nutmeggy/cinnamoness.not getting the vanilla or marshmellowness...? smells the same as a half dozen others I've had except a little more burnt.
taste: meh. same boring pumpkin ale.
o.a. nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 02:07:50 | More by Beerlover
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BB1313

Ohio

3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Release #9; 8.1% abv. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with light brown hues; fluffy off-white head that sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing. The aromas have subtle hints of cinnamon, anise, vanilla, and nutmeg. The chocolate is much more noticeable in the flavors. There's more spices and ton of malts that blend with the dark chocolates. More anise in the mix. The flavors are also very roasty and it finishes pretty dry. The mouthfeel is very creamy and fluffy, but it seems to have virtually no carbonation. I'm not saying the lack of carbonation is a bad thing, I'm just saying. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's pretty easy to drink.

I'm pretty bummed to find out that Release #9 was bottled in July of 2012. This beer started hitting shelves in my area, so I assumed it was a fresh version. I'm not sure what the deal is with that. I would assume this beer would be tastier while fresh. It's not bad, but I was really hoping it would be more vibrant. I think I'm being nice too.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 22:17:08 | More by BB1313
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Epic's Fermentation Without Representation last month for 12.49 at The Lager Mill. I have only had a couple beers from Epic, but so far I think they are a pretty solid brewery and I have been wanting to try something from DC Brau for a long time and so far this collaboration is the closest I have come to something from them. It's pretty late for a Pumpkin beer, but better late than never, so lets see how it goes. 2012 Fall Vintage release #3. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, the bright orange color goes with the season and it makes it stick out a little. It poured a nice dark brown color that took on a great dark ruby hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of medium dark tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a good amount of sticky lacing behind. This is pretty good looking beer, the color is really nice and so is the head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of medium sweetness followed by some sweet and roasted malts that impart a light roasty and pretty chocolate like aroma with dark chocolate seeming to come out the most with some aromas similar to a tootsie roll. Up next come some pumpkin pie spices, a light vanilla aroma and an authentic pumpkin aroma. The aroma is good and very unique, it honestly smells like i just stuck my head in a bag of Halloween candy and took a deep breath, I like it and I can't stop smelling it, it's very unique.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some roasted malts that impart some roasted, dark grainy, and some nice chocolate flavors that leans more towards dark chocolate with some cocoa in the background. Up next comes a lighter amount of pumpkin pie spices that aren't overpowering with some mild vanilla. Up next comes some natural tasting pumpkin that has a real nice meaty pumpkin flavor to it. On the finish there's a lower amount of bitterness with a little more sweetness with a cocoa and meaty pumpkin like aftertaste with a little bit of spices in the background. This is a good tasting beer the flavors are nicely balanced and pretty unique even for a pumpkin beer.

M- Pretty smooth, a little creamy, slightly sticky, medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is ok, but it seems a little watery,

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a pretty good example of the style, the pumpkin flavors worked nicely with the porter base and the balance was also pretty nice. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth and not too filling, with some nice flavors that held my attention, I could drink a whole bottle of this but more than that and I think it would start to wear on me. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty good, it was so unique how it smelled like a bag of mixed Halloween candy. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it just felt a little too watery for the style. I would buy a bottle of this again next year, I would like to try it fresh, it's expensive but I got 20% off since it was older stock, but I think $12 is too much for this beer, I would recommend this to anyone who likes pumpkin beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, everything worked well together and the spices weren't overdone. So far this is up there as one of the better Pumpkin Ale's I have had. Good job guys, this was a nice collaboration and I will be on the search for more brews from both brewerys, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 03:51:06 | More by StoutHunter
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mactrail

California

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark chestnut color in the chalice. Decent foam and lively on the tongue.

The spice is pleasant rather than flamboyant. Cloves and a little cinnamon. Starts out sweet with warm malt flavors but changes to a dry finish. A substantial burnt sugar and bark taste. The squash shows up as a yammy quality. Ends on a bitter note, so it does have some hoppy underpinnings. Quite drinkable. Also it's a nice strength-- stronger than average but not a ten percenter. This would be one to watch for during the holidays.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego. This is Batch #8 and 7.7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 05:35:30 | More by mactrail
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kojevergas

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I gained confidence in Epic after trying Big Bad Baptist, which really impressed me. So I picked this one up for $8.99 at a local shop. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style, hype, and brewery.

Exponential series. DC Brau collaboration. Release #8. 7.7% ABV according to my label.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger gorgeous frothy khaki colour head of very good cream and thickness, and good (~3 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, but with a nice appealing head. So far so good. There's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Pumpkin gourd and some spice: nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe rosemary. Dark malts, cream, a hint of coffee. Timid underlying caramelization. Maybe a fleeting tinge of vanilla. A well executed aroma for a pumpkin porter. Evocative and appealing. Moderate in strength. I'm excited to try it. Little hopping here. Good aromatics.

T: Pumpkin notes are delightful; it's not just the meaty gourd but also the fruit aspect (yes, pumpkin is a fruit). Light spicing; mainly nutmeg but also some rosemary. Dark malts fill out the foundation with little caramelization. Some light milky cream lends the body character. It's simply executed, but effectively so. There's not a great deal of subtlety to it, but it hits the right notes for the style. No yeast character comes through, nor does any alcohol. I don't get any roasted barley, which is a damn shame. Coffee is also missing. There's maybe some chocolate malt here, but no true chocolate. Well layered and definitely balanced, but it does leave something to be desired. This isn't unique or special.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Some creamy quality. Good carbonation, if a touch too high. Good palate presence. Too thin; it flirts with weakness. This is by far its main flaw. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: I like it, but it doesn't bring anything truly remarkable to the table. It's decently priced for what it is, and it isn't as messy as many collaboration beers. Hides its ABV well. Quite drinkable. I might try it on-draught (I'm told the DC Brau variant was draught only) but I wouldn't get the bottled version again. A likable pumpkin porter that will meet your expectations but not surpass them.

High C+

Beers to compare with: Alpine Ichabod

A poor candidate for aging. Drink within 1-6 months.

Drank fine from a goblet. A snifter or teku is probably ideal.

Pair with chocolate or marmalade on bread.

Serving type: bottle

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