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Fermentation Without Representation - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Epic & DC Brau's Fermentation Without Representation Collaboration Beer - This Imperial Pumpkin Porter is a smooth, mellow bodied and experimental collaboration with Epic Brewing from Salt Lake City, UT.

Melding Crystal, Chocolate, Munich and Black malts a rich chocolate note plays off hints of burnt raisins and plums. Brewed with 600 lbs of pure pumpkin puree, .2 lbs of allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and whole cloves. This 8% ABV beer will keep you roasty!

Note: All bottle reviews should be listed under Epic, as DC Brau's version was draft-only:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 2893/74942 

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 11-08-2011)
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-24-2013 20:16:20 | More by CTJman
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -23.5%

08-02-2012 20:45:11 | More by masonkessinger
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont Circle.

A: Deep brown with a slight tan head that faded to nothing rather quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: Nutmeg and roasted barley.

T: A nice, but somewhat bland porter with subtle points of pumpkin spice. The pumpkin was well-restrained, but the porter itself wa a tad on the watery side.

M: Light with light carbonation. Little alcohol burn.
The porter has a nice roasted flavor with no bitterness.

O: Not a bad porter, and certainly not a pumpkin pie in the face. However, I would have like a bit more body.

11-18-2011 00:10:15 | More by speter
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3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

Brown, dark beer with medium head and sticky lace.
Smell is chocolaty with candy. There is a rich malty mouthfeel that mirrors the smell. Sweet. The bitter aftertaste is a little much as it isn't really a good hop flavor, just bitter. There is a tongue-numbing feel, maybe the amount of alcohol or it's presentation in this beer. However, that numb feeling detracts from the enjoyment - felt like I'd been to the dentist.

Overall an ok beer.

01-16-2012 15:27:06 | More by TAMU99
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-20-2013 22:16:18 | More by apasternak
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-27-2012 01:56:48 | More by jskennedy
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-24-2014 03:23:47 | More by BH712
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-08-2013 17:32:06 | More by seanchai
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-27-2012 15:36:54 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-27-2013 02:09:06 | More by Smarty_Pints
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-16-2013 06:03:25 | More by megamass
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-02-2013 18:23:12 | More by DC_Brah
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-03-2012 23:46:08 | More by 2dogbrew
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-10-2014 18:50:24 | More by Iamjeff6
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-14-2012 02:08:53 | More by fo5s
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-28-2012 01:32:20 | More by Squatchito
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District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

On tap at ChurchKey. Tulip glass.

Pours black with a quarter finger of medium khaki foam. Smells like pumpkin and light spice, vanilla bean in secondary which complements the spice nicely, dark chocolate bar, and some smoke as it warms. Tastes like pumpkin filling and espresso bean, some smoke as it warms, slightly bitter coffee on the long finish. Bone dry. Not getting much vanilla. Lots of pumpkin--not overwhelming but definitely for fans of pumpkin. Medium carbonation and medium-full body, pretty smooth. Overall, a solid pumpkin-forward beer, although the vanilla is faint.

11-22-2011 22:11:00 | More by pmarlowe
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

From 11/19/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey, served in a 10 oz. tulip. I liked this version slightly better than the Epic bottled version, which I had drank the night before on 11/18/11.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with
one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks exactly like the Epic version.

s - Smells of roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, light spices, and chocolate. Ton of roasted porter notes here like the epic version, but no pumpkin.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, light spices, and light cinnamon. Again, roasted malts dominate the taste. though I am getting a lot more coffee and vanilla than the Epic version. A step up from the nose as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a good porter. More coffee and vanilla in the taste than the Epic version, which I like and makes this version better in my opinion. Would have it again.

11-21-2011 01:42:22 | More by mdfb79
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Had this on tap at the Black Squirrel.

A- Deep, dark brown with coffee colored foam.

S- Chocolate and pumpkin spices

T- Roasted malts with just enough pumpkin spices make to make this a very tasty pumpkin ale.

M- Nice carbonation and very smooth for a 7.4% brew but could've used just a tad more body.

O- I am a big fan of DC Brau and think this is one of their better brews, and one of the better pumpkin ales I tried all season.

12-07-2011 16:42:27 | More by mchodge13
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District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

On draft at Meridian Pint.

Pours a dark cola brown with a light tan head; thick sheets of lace. Aroma is roasty and smokey with trace amounts of pumpkin. Flavor is sweeter and maltier than the nose. There is still some underlying smoke and this is very apparent in the finish. However the body is sweeter, more caramel and licorice with mild spice and some vegetable in the finish. Medium thick, light carbonation and a syrupy body with a slight watery finish. Not sure I'd identify this as a pumpkin beer blindly, but this is a nice porter.

02-20-2012 17:58:46 | More by yourefragile
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%

This had a huge foamy brown head that coalesced to a thick cap above a deep porter brown body.

The nose has some tell tale spices like nutmeg, brown sugar, and cinnamon with a pulpy gourdish pumpkin.

The flavor was starchy with a protein like malt. There was a lot of pumpkin pulp with brown sugar and a spicy black licorice.

The feel was light, velvety and very crisp.

This was definitely a different take on a pumpkin beer and it ends with a lot of success.

03-24-2014 22:25:26 | More by KYGunner
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

I'm a little split on what style to add this as but I'm going with pumpkin since that seems to be the point of it. This is the DC Brau version of the their collaboration beer with EPIC brewing, draft only version made with pumpkin, traditional spices & whole Bourbon Island (Madasgascar) Vanilla Beans. Served on draft at a local beer bar.

Beer is brown / black mostly clear at the corners of the glass. Thin tan / brown head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly spicy with hints of vanilla. I don't get a lot of pumpkin, also not a lot of roast, interesting aroma thought.

Beer is medium in body and there is definitely pumpkin in here. The pumpkin flavor comes through nicely, I thoroughly enjoy how much squash is in here. There is a mild sweetness on the front and a little bit of bitterness / roast on the finish. Overall it is a good porter, very pumpkin forward, the vanilla gets a little lost in the whole thing but overall this is a nice little beer. Another good beer from DC Brau, keep it up.

11-08-2011 16:26:33 | More by drabmuh
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4/5  rDev +2%

Poured cold from the bottle. This beer had a very dark brown/orange colour with minimal head. There smell is that of a subtle pumpkin pie: pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and spices. The smell was not as strong as many of the other pumpkin beers. The taste is similar to the smell as a subtle, but not overwhelming, pumpkin flavour hits right away. It then moves to a bitter/smokey aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

12-01-2012 19:54:58 | More by NilocRellim
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

01-09-2014 19:07:34 | More by mattsmith413
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4/5  rDev +2%

12-14-2011 20:34:33 | More by IrishColonial
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Fermentation Without Representation from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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