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Fermentation Without Representation - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 55
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 7
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:
Beer added by: drabmuh on 11-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 
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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 55
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of yamar68
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of speter
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Rukasu
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried last weekend at Meridian Pint on tap. Enjoyed two pints at the sitting with an order of sweet potato fries, which were a great addition.

Dark, ruby, brown appearance with a frothy cream colored head.

Very subtle taste of pie spice which is a welcomed plus when compared to the many other overpowering pumpkin beers offered during the season.

FwoR puts more emphasis on crafting a well rounded porter with the pumpkin only making a minor appearance.

The porter has a nice roasted flavor with no bitterness.

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Photo of mwill7287
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, almost black. Amber hue when held up to the light. nice creamy light tan head, thin. Some bubbles on the surface. Little apparent carbonation. Head retains very well through the entirety of the drink. A bit of lacing is left behind on the glass. 4.25/5

Smell: Fresh pumpkin rinds, light spices, ginger, maybe cinnamon. Chocolates and coffees from the dark roast. Rich, well balanced, alluring. 4.75/5

Taste: A complex blend of flavors roll across the tongue immediately. Pumpkin puree, vanilla cream, and roasty coffee enrich the palate all at one time. Pumpkin flavor is strong but not overwhelming, and very fresh tasting, a bit like pumpkin pudding. Chocolates and coffees of the dark roast make it feel like I'm eating Thanksgiving dessert all over again. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. Very low carbonation. Bitterness present but mild, adding a nice, drawing touch. Not too sticky or heavy. 4.5/5

Overall: Good flavor, mild mouthfeel, low carbonation and bitterness makes for a very drinkable beer. Wouldn't have more than one of these at 8%. 4.25/5

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Photo of ao125
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's important to note that there are two versions of this beer - one brewed by DC Brau, on site in Washington DC. The other is brewed on site in Salt Lake City Utah by Epic brewing.

This review is for the DC Brau version.

A: Dark, similar to any other porter. Hints of copper in the thick foam

S: Roast, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla

T: This is a really well balanced beer. A lot of "pumpkin" beers hit you over the head with piles of cinnamon. That isn't the case with this beer. You really do get a lot of the sweetness and flavor of the pumpkin, which is balanced out with deep roast typically found with DC Brau's "Penn Quarter Porter". The other spices round out the flavor, but don't overwhelm.

M: Smooth going down. Alcohol definitely sneaks up on you.

O: So far, this is one of my favorite "pumpkin" beers, because it really IS about the pumpkin, and not about how much spice you can cram into a beer.

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Photo of DapperGrowler
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this beer was a amber brown with a dark foam. there was mild lacing

S- Coffee/ chocolate and the smell of pumpkin

T- Pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon spices

M - this beer was well balanced and smooth.

This was a great take on the Pumpkin beer that has become very popular. I would like to see what they change of the recipe for next fall.

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Photo of mchodge13
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Fermentation Without Representation from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.