Fermentation Without Representation - Epic Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
This is a fantastic beer! I'm surprised it hasn't received higher reviews thus far. I'm typically not a fan of the pumpkin infused brews, but I could drink this at any gathering. It is very sweet, certainly there is the flavor of pumpkin but it isn't overwhelming in any sense and it feels mush less cheap that the typical Sam Adams entry. It pours a good frothy head that dissipates relatively quickly. The aroma is pleasant. The mouthfeel is smooth and agreeable without an overriding sense of alcohol or sweetener. I drank at about room temperature and was only disappointed when the bottle was empty. The brew is flying off the shelves in the D.C. area and I haven't met anyone not thrilled with the product.
12-27-2011 07:18:05 | More by andrewm190
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
I got this one as a work Christmas present (I kind of asked for it :-)) Poured into my beer goblet for tasting on a cool winter's night in SLC. Release #5 and 7.6% ABV.
Appearance: Brown in the glass but a really nice crystal clear garnet when held up to the light. This one poured with a nice fluffy tan head that settled after a little bit to a thick film on the beer. It did leave some lacing on my glass. Really a fine looking beer.
Smell: All sorts of autumn spices. I think I can pick out nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. I nice mild pumpkin is in the background also. All of this combined with a nice roasty malt character to be expected with a porter. A touch of solvent alcohol is present as well.
Taste: The taste is very nice. Up front, there is some bitterness combining with a autumn spices. The pumpkin is pretty subtle, but noticeable. After the bitterness is gone, the porter semisweetness comes along, but never in a cloying sort of way. While this is called an "Imperial porter" the taste is not overwhelming at any point. The subtle chocolate roastiness from the malts really blends nicely with the autumn spices. A strong offering from Epic.
Mouthfeel: No problems the beer is medium bodied and carbonation is on the low side. The finish is also medium.
Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. A nice seasonal offering from Epic and one of my favorite autumn seasonals this year. This could be one offered to newbies, if they enjoy porters in the first place.
12-30-2011 04:48:12 | More by kagent777
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
relese #7, had in a three philosophers little glass.
appearance: brown, nice light brown head,
smell: vanella, and a little cocoa
taste: light alcohol, cocoa wood, not bad for a porter, and a finish of sweet soda pop.funny huh.
mouthfeel: tangy but tasteful, i lika dat mouthfeel a lot.
overall: one of the better pumkins i have had, would buy again next year, and enjoy the epic fermentation eithout representation series of beers throughout the year.
10-27-2012 01:09:34 | More by jsanto
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
Release 1, says the bottle. Bottled 17 October 2011, per their website.
Pours black, opaque, and dark chocolate brown at the edges. Two fingers of dense medium tan head. I can almost convince myself I see orange, but that's probably reading the label into the beer. Retention and lacing are okay, standard, you know. Except that as I drink it, the glass becomes more and more covered with gobs of foam. So maybe upgrade that lacing.
Smells rich, sweet, and pumpkiny. Smells like the roasted pumpkin puree I used to put into pies as a kid. There's beer behind it, but mostly I smell the pumpkin.
Taste is good - one of the better pumpkin beers that I've had. The porter behind it seems a little thin and light on the roast, present mostly as charry bitterness that comes on late. Pumpkin is present throughout, and it's good, pure, squashy, vegetabley pumpkin. Tasty.
Mouthfeel is, IMO, exceptional. Smooth, fluffy, and chewy without being fizzy or overly heavy. Has that creamy feel of an oatmeal stout. Simply lovely.
I really like this beer. It's got great pumpkin aroma and flavor, and the mouthfeel is exquisite. Main complaint is that the porter isn't more present (and since they bill it as an "imperial pumpkin porter", that's a problem).
04-25-2012 02:35:55 | More by zeledonia
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Release #2. Brewed on 3 October 2011. Bottled on 21 October 2011.
A: Mahogany brown, with a nut-brown creamy head. Good retention. Opaque and impressive. Scattered lace.
S: Excellent pumpkin and heavy spice. Yum. In fact the nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and clove (mostly nailed it, before looking it up!) might be a touch much, but I'm eating it up. Smells like canned pumpkin.
T/M: What? Great! Creamy, smooth, full-bodied, and with excellent balance between roasted, buttery-bitter malts and spiced-sweet pumpkin. Vanilla beans lend themselves to the creamy sweet side, whereas cacao beans lean to the darker, bitterer flavors. Complex and rewarding, the added spice isn't as obvious on the maintaste as the aftertaste, where it lingers.
O: A phenomenally interesting and excellent tasting pumpkin porter that has aged gracefully. In this incarnation, a must-try. Would drink again.
Hops: Nugget, Perle, Tettnang
Malts: Muntons Maris Otter, Briess 2-Row Brewers Malt, Muntons Crystal, Weyermann Munic Malt Type I (light), Briess 2-Row Chocolate Malt, Weyerman Carafa III
Spice: Pumpkin, Vanilla Bean, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves
Brewers' Commentary: "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."
06-08-2012 05:00:30 | More by AgentMunky
4.25/5 rDev +11%
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.
08-14-2013 00:21:43 | More by Jree261
4.25/5 rDev +11%
Served on tap in a tulip glass at congregation ale house in Azusa California
Pours dark amber brown with some light showing through with one finger head that holds well, leaving a nice pattern behind as it goes down
Smells of baked pumpkin, with molasses and spices (mainly ginger)
Tastes like a fresh baked pumpkin pie, with cinnamon, brown sugar and all the other great spices that make a good pumpkin pie.
Mouthfeel is medium, with matching carbonation an a not so dry finish
Overall, this is a very good porter, I would drink again
11-06-2012 21:41:46 | More by Gregfalone
Fermentation Without Representation from Epic Brewing Company
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