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Fermentation Without Representation - Epic Brewing Company

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Fermentation Without RepresentationFermentation Without Representation

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BA SCORE
86
very good

336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
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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Colorado

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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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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BeerNutz324

Iowa

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into an oversized wine glass (live review)

Ap- a dark dark brown that barely see through. Nice light tan head has pretty good retention.

Ar- some sweet and dark malt, chocolate, lots of pumpkin and spice scent. Smells like pumpkin pie

T- has a great roasty malt backbone with a cocoa flavor and hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin puree

M- medium bodied, good carbonation and a bit sticky

O- a nice pumpkin ale. Very smooth and tasty, for me this one is better than the ever-famous pumking.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 02:24:32 | More by BeerNutz324
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jtd1969

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Typical for a porter. Good lacing. Nice medium carbonation

S - Pumpkin, Pumpkin spices( nutmeg, cina, etc), vanilla, burnt sugar.

T - Roasty pumpkin with slight vanilla and dark malt notes. Some orange flavors as well. I don't get chocolate really, more roasty

M - Medium body with good carbonation.

O - Saved this from last Spring when I bought it. Enjoyed with one with a friend. Really good porter. I recommend trying this one as it is different but delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 16:30:18 | More by jtd1969
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far, this might be my favorite from Epic. The aroma has nice chocolate and coffee notes with some subtle spice. The flavor is a perfect blend of a traditional pumpkin spice beer combined with a great porter.

From the first sip pumpkin hits you, but then fades to chocolate and keeps you coming back for more. A great, great beer especially for the colder months.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:43:49 | More by JohnnyMc
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, picked up at Vintage Estate as a recommendation from one of the staff, poured into one of my New Belgium Globes.

A: Pours a murky deep deep dark brown with a thin off-white head.

S: Roasted coffee grounds and a touch of pumpkin come through at a muted volume. I think this beer may be a shade too cold, hopefully it opens up a little as it warms.

T: Big bold flavors of coffee, pumpkin, and spice. What I like about this beer is that there's plenty of fantastic, rich, pumpkin flavor, and it's in no way overly-sweet. The roasty coffee flavors strike a harmonious chord with the pumpkin, and there's just a touch of cinnamon and perhaps some other spice on the back end to really give this beer a zing.

It finishes with just the appropriate amount of hops of the back end, which add a touch of dry bitterness and a touch of grapefruit that works well with the spice.

M: Carbonation bubbles are very "fine" here; no large bubbles. That "fizz" affect is still present, but I'd prefer just a touch more carbonation. Plenty of good roast/spice/hop flavors left behind on the finish, though.

D/O: I genuinely enjoyed this brew. It didn't seem like "novelty beer" to me, as most pumpkin's do. Repeatable.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 12:28:43 | More by psuKinger
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #8
7.7% ALC./VOL.

A= Pours a nice deep brown color with dark ruby highlights as well as a little half fnger of head on top with little lacing and retention.

S= Smells interesting. You don't see many pumpkin porters but this has a nice mix of roast as well as a nice spice aroma to it. A nice pumpkin aroma to it and a little bit of a plain squashy aroma.

T= The taste is again a great mix of porter roast to it as well as a nice spice to it. The pumpkin flavor is outragously great. This is easily the most squashy pumpkiny beer I've had so far as far as flavor goes. There is a nice flavor to this.

M= The mouth is silky smooth. A little more carbonation might be nice.

O= This is a great beer. Super nice pumpkin flavor to it and a great overall beer. This is the second great Epic beer I've had in as many days. They are winning me back.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 23:42:20 | More by jjanega08
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Release #1: Brewed on: October 2, 2011. Packaged on: October 17, 2011.

I poured this into my DuClaw Colossus snifter because Huzuhbendah still has my Cigar City one. Boo!!!

A: Poured a pitch black, with a soft, web-like mocha head that settled down into a small pile of sawdust. Porterific appearance!

S: I was really taken aback by the weirdness of the pumpkin spice mix in this setting and with Epic's/DC Brau's malt profile. Sort of a chocolate-squash compound with added vanilla beans, pumpkin pie spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc), and slight bit of stomach acid.

T: I actually got more gourd and bitter chocolate than actual pumpkin spices. I would call this more of a vegetable-chocolate creation... something akin to zucchini bread rather than pumpkin pie. I got squash/pumpkin and a mere dash of the spice on the front and mid part of this, followed by a nice bitter coffee-raw cacao wallop on the finish.

M: This was remarkable well-tempered in terms of its use of spicy and sweet elements, and definitely had a "homemade" feel to it. Thick, but far from syrupy. Chocolately, but far from candy-like... and the carbonation was slight, and played second fiddle to everything else, just like I like it.

O: I think a lot of the negative reviews have been as a result of unfulfilled expectations. If you're looking for a decadent dessert beer, look elsewhere. This is not "T.R.E.A.T," nor does it claim to be. This is "S.Q.U.A.S.H.O.L.A.T.E!"

Bravo Epic and DC Brau... you should be very proud of this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 07:35:16 | More by Chaney
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Bottle Rev in Raleigh ...

Dark brown pour with light orange tint. 1+ finger of dark cream head. Not much retention. Thin strands of lace all around the glass, even at the end.

Nose is a lot of nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, chocolate malt, and pumpkin muffin. Lighter than I expected, but a nice mix of spice and chocolate.

Less spice in the taste than in the nose with more moderate pumpkin and nutmeg. Chocolate malt comes out stronger and balances well against the spice. Spice creeps back in the finish and lingers for a bit.

Feel is actually a bit thin for me. Wish there was a bit more body here.

Overall, a nice pumpkin porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 01:01:06 | More by beer2day
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up Batch 3 at Vintage Estate for a fair $6.99. Always wanted to try a pumpkin porter or stout!

A - Pretty dark with only a mild tint of brown as it poured and a 1/2 inch of sticky, pretty mocha colored head. Lacing is very nice.

S - I like how the pumpkin and spices lead in the smell, it's almost like a candied yam mixed with holiday cinnamon, camomile, and a touch of brown sugar. The porter aspect is in the finish where I can smell dry roasts and mild coffee's

T - Smooth, creamy, and damn balanced. What I enjoy most is how it's dry like a normal porter yet the edge is taken off a bit with the sweetness of the spice. Very mild overall pumpkin and even mild spices but it really just adds to the overall body making it an overall sweet porter. Tasty stuff.

M - Smooth, creamy, and crafted very well. Medium bodied tasty stuff.

Overall this is the first Epic Brewery beer I ever had and it lived up to everything the guys at Vintage Estate told me it would be. If they keep on brewing it I will have to pick up a second bottle eventually. Worth trying if you seek tasty, obscure beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 22:02:54 | More by DrDemento456
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8%ABV. per bottle label.Poured a deep roasted chesnut brown with a thinner light tan colored had atop.Aromas were on the lighter side with some vanilla and mild roast mainly.The flavor of this beer makes it with its complexity and how good it is,lightly roasted with some pie spice but the pumpkin flavor really stands out,a lingering vanilla flavor over top of roast in the finish.I think this beer is vastly underrated,it's complex and flavorful.I think Epic makes some top notch beer,this is top notch for the fall season.Got get some.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 22:39:21 | More by oberon
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle hand-stamped "Release #8, 7.7% ALC./VOL."

Cola-colored with a frothy beige head. Aroma of spice and roasted malts. Balanced, with hints of spice and pumpkin but also more traditional, roasted porter flavors. Vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and cloves according to the website, and I think I can pick up most of those (definitely the vanilla, allspice and cinnamon). Overall, though, really balanced -- as much porter as pumpkin, which I respect and appreciate. Spiced to enhance flavor, not overpower it. Just really well done and great for a chilly Saturday afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 19:04:10 | More by RockyTopHeel
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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown liquid with a beige/white head. Good retention with some sticking around like raindrops on a window.

S - Mild roast character with hints of pumpkin and faint chocolate. Very little coffee in there with some creamy vanilla bean as well. Very nice nose.

T - Malty and a little coco on the beginning with some pumpkin on the finish with some hints of spice. not bad.

M - Mild/Med carbonation and fairly smooth.

O - Not a bad porter.. A great scent on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 21:40:22 | More by brstls4drmrs
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

im a huge fan of pumpkin beers, so even out of season i was stoked to try this one. not sure ive had a pumpkin porter that wasnt made by a homebrewer before. pours a glowing ruby brown color quite dark but as much brown ale as porter in appearance. small tan head. smells quite sweet, chocolate, vanilla, candied yams. like thanksgiving dessert. flavor is complex as anything, fresh pumpkin takes over in the beginning and wanes to a chocolate coffee dark roasty malty finish. i really enjoy the flavor trip of this one, constantly changing. mouthfeel was nice, could use a bit more carbonation in my opinion to carry it forward, but its medium body make it plenty drinkable. maybe a little too sweet for me, but it works here. overall a fabulous pumpkin beer, i think the squashy flavors work very well in a dark fuller bodied brew. i hope to get my hands on more come autumn.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 17:24:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into two small chalices. Pours a very dark brown that lets just a hint of light through, with 1/2" tan head that reduces to a soapy film on top.

Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hints of pumpkin flesh, nutmeg and cloves combine for a very pleasant smell.

Mmmmm, chocolate, pumpkin, roasted coffee beans, roasted malt, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spices meld together for a tasty fall brew. What bitterness there is comes from the black coffee finish.

Medium to full bodied, the sweet roasted malt gives this a bready feel that works well with the pumpkin. In some respects, it feels like a milk stout more than a porter

This is only the second pumpkin beer I've had that combined the pumpkin with a darker roasted beer, and I'm totally sold as a fan. While Pumpking still reigns supreme, these darker pumpkin beers are, in general, much better tasting than the typical ale style pumpkin beer. Definitely recommend this one if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 23:05:52 | More by TheHoppiest
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Release #7. 7.7% abv.

Dark cola brown body. Finger of very creamy, thick, light peanut brown head. Great lacing. Nose is a nice mix of porter and pumpkin. Roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee blend with squash, brown sugar, and spices (ginger, vanilla, and nutmeg).

Taste starts with bitter cocoa nibs and coffee. Slightly sharp and almost astringent. Milk chocolate and roasted barley settle in. Some gourdy sweetness as well. Vanilla and ginger show up in the finish with lingering roasted bitterness. Medium-full body with a slightly slick feel. Tasty and well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 02:34:44 | More by alexgash
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WMEugene

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black (brown base) with a thick, off-white bubbly head that dissipates to a thinner layer and pretty good lacing.

S - Roasted malts with vanilla and pumpkin notes quite apparent. Some other spices are definitely present.

T - Pumpkin flavors blend nicely with the roasted/charred malts. Hints of vanilla, coffee, cloves and other spices. Well-balanced.

M - Medium/Thick-bodied, nice carbonation level. Hides the alcohol well and has a nice aftertaste.

O - I found Epic/DC Brau's collaboration to be a good one. Pumpkin + Porter is a great combination and I hope that this beer will make a future appearance in both's lineups. A nice seasonal to close the Fall out with!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 00:15:56 | More by WMEugene
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Bung

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. A very dark brown pour, just a wispy ring of off white.

Aroma, Lots of toasted malt, caramel and cocoa. Some milk chocolate. Just some faint pumpkin, not so much the allspice and nutmeg, but pumpkin.

Taste, not overdone with the spice rack like some. Some of the spices up front, along with some caramel and roast malt. Earthy and dry later with a heavy cocoa finish.

Solid medium body, ample carbonation. Comes off nearly creamy, coats pretty well, alcohol hides pretty well.

Pretty good, I have yet to be disappointed by these guys.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 02:15:27 | More by Bung
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In the taste, spicy upfront with a small roast, to a smooth nutmeg and vanilla in the end. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry roast to pumpkin pie like aftertaste. A little pumpkin pie flavor in a nice, mellow porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 19:07:00 | More by OWSLEY069
Fermentation Without Representation from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.