Fermentation Without Representation - DC Brau Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
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
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
draft at Rustico Ballston - kinda assuming this was the DC Brau version due to proximity and draft format
a: served in a tapered chalice, this baltic porter is a deep molasses brown in color - essentially black, with a frothy layer of head that retains quite well and leaves heavy lace on the walls of my glass
s: the nose consists of dry baking chocolate, nutty medium-dark barley, a light spice blend that adds complexity without any standout, moderate sugars with a nice complex sweetness, and a pleasant current of vanilla, enjoyable aroma
m: creamy, smooth light-medium carbonation and a soft, slightly weighty medium body
t: body of smooth roasted barley with light tones of dark, dry baking cocoa, some nuttier medium roasts, the solid roast flavor thinned a touch with some pale or lager malts to keep things manageable, some spices but well integrated and light - nothing particularly assertive as an individual, the pumpkin and vanilla blend into the mix well, nicely flavored
o: a nice take on a pumpkin ale, with the seasonal ingredients well applied to a baltic porter base, complimenting rather than overtaking - still, it doesn't have that strikingly unique character you'd expect from the ingredient list (or the brewer), as it stands, this is a very good beer, just without any push into a higher plane
04-06-2013 23:50:20 | More by blackie
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
Nice pumpkin porter, well rounded and a worthy collaboration.
Presentation: 12 oz draft serving. Chalkboard and menu offer a succinct if fair description of the brew, and display 7.5 % Alc. by Vol. Served in a concave glass.
A - Black pour with deep brown edges, small frothy head touching the rim with good retention and strong surface memory alongside good lacing.
S - Pumpkin range, touch of spice and an emerging sense of roasted malt, a bit shy as this might be a tad too cold.
T - Nice roasted pumpkin sense, overall rich malty range with touches of chocolate and coffee under the flow of the pumpkin and spice. Soft vanilla memory lingering in the aftertaste.
M - Medium body with medium/moderate carbonation. Smooth flow with a nice aftertaste.
O - Nice brew, pleasing and well worth the try.
Notes: Odd chance for me finding this one on tap, and glad to try it! Pretty nice as the bottled Epic version. But it is true, the slightly off bitter spiced edge in the finish is off and this one might be better rounded on the malty character by a touch. Other than that bot offer a nice experience, and reviews are pretty similar. If anything differences might be due to serving temp and glassware. Welcome additions to the local brewing landscape in any case.
11-18-2011 22:55:07 | More by Daniellobo
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
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
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours a murky redish brown with a finger of light brown head. Minimal lacing/beading.
Very malty on the nose - definite nutmeg, pumpkin, squash, some cinnamon, caramel, quite a bit going on here.
Tasty stuff. Usually this style is restricted to the autumn months and it is refreshing to get this robust profile in early May. Full bodied, obvious spice, yet approachable. Some bright fruits linger on the afertaste.
Overall, this is a style that, honestly, I wish had a year round presence. I can see why people confine it too a certain season though as it definitely fits the bill.
05-09-2012 02:22:23 | More by yamar68
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
Fermentation Without Representation from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.