Fermentation Without Representation - Epic Brewing Company
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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
3.46/5 rDev -9.7%
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...
11-15-2013 19:57:16 | More by Jackofallbrews
Fermentation Without Representation from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.