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Fermentation Without Representation - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

457 Ratings
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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 20
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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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1/5  rDev -73.8%

eptolemy, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of JohnIrving
2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Release 19. Poured from the bomber in to a stout/porter glass and allowed to warm considerably. Aroma of pumpkin with lesser notes of chocolate and roasty malts. Taste is the same, with some warming alcohol from the 8%+ abv. Medum-heavy mouthfeel that sticks around. By the end of the bomber, I was wishing I could try the base porter without the pumpkin spices.

JohnIrving, Oct 27, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

sirhc3034, Oct 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

atone315, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Nunya
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Nunya, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my DC Brau can glass from a 22 ounce bottle sent by MNishCT77.

Pours thick syrup brown with a hint of rouge and a thin with a thin light-tan head that leaves foamy-cream sheets of lacing, despite falling rather fast. Maintained well by carbonation that's not visible through the mire.

The nose fits well with the stock description above...raw vegetal notes of squash sprayed with a fine resin jump up early. Vanilla dusted onto charred malt comes next. Cinnamon and nutmeg then usher in the chocolate, whose milky and grassy lightness are reflected in the taste profile. It's a complex bouquet that, for me, is the best part of the experience. With warmth, the milk chocolate and nutmeg notes strengthen in a pleasing way.

I had hoped for a spicier start to sips that would open up the pumpkin flavor early, but the namesake vegetable really only plays a role in the warm aftertaste. For me, it's more butternut squash-like early and through the mid taste. The back third is bitter, but not tied to the chocolate, so I get a milkier smoothness and fresh herbs from hops that create the most interesting part of the flavor profile. They don't last long, though. It ends sharply upturned and a bitter, smoked cucurbits lingers.

In the mouth it's almost clean when cold, and develops some chew with more gulps and warming. There's a thin veil of anesthetic buzz from essential oils that stick to the lips. Overall, it's got medium heft with a good match of carbonation, but there's nothing thrilling about how it feels...and it starts to become a drying epoxy about halfway through a glass.

This is a good beer to pair with fruit, like apples or pears...or even a peach would be good, I'd venture--if you can get one during the season of its release. I'll admit that I have rarely been thrilled with pumpkin beers, so my lukewarm perspective may be slanted. But, it's a creative brew, not cloying or out of balance, so I'll take it as an autumn accompaniment to football season.

1sophrosyne1, Oct 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

n00blar, Oct 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

TrojanRB, Oct 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

andrew8626, Oct 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

djrn2, Oct 22, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

klub24, Oct 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

ALSAIL, Oct 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

ThaJokerWild, Oct 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

hops202, Oct 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

ProstMasterson, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Maverickdp, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

stereosforgeeks, Oct 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

alexkwilhelm, Oct 14, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +14.1%

Julesipastone, Oct 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

foghornleghorn22, Oct 13, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dwagner003, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Release #9, poured into a snifter

A- pours an opaque dark brown color with a two-finger creamy and foamy light-tan head that retains nicely after the pour leaving some short-lasting lace behind

S- raw vegetal aromas of pumpkin/squash up front mix with robust porter notes with highlights of chocolate, charred/smoky malt, herbal/earthy hops. Cinnamon is most prominent of the pumpkin spice aromas with traces of nutmeg & allspice as well. Cinnamon & chocolaty porter aromas mix nicely

T- the base porter is nice and robust with notes of dark chocolate mixing with some smoky roasted malt, also a hint of coffee & some nutty notes. The raw vegetal flavor is more prominent than most pumpkin beers, with flavors of both raw pumpkin & squash. Cinnamon seems to stick out most, out of the spicing, with hints of nutmeg & allspice icing in as well. The finish is slightly sweet with more spicing and a vanilla cream linger

M- medium chewy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a silky smooth finish

O- a different take on a pumpkin ale that worked nicely with the robust porter. I'd like to see more pumpkin porters/stouts

Treyliff, Oct 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Bshaw22, Oct 13, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -1.6%

jaswilson2, Oct 12, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -1.6%

Evanheusinkveld, Oct 12, 2014
Fermentation Without Representation from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.