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Alaskan Pumpkin Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Pumpkin PorterAlaskan Pumpkin Porter

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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.7%


Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-08-2013)
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has this in a nonic pint.

The ecru-tinted foam sprints to almost four-fingers in width, some beer in the glass with the foam... The chunky and plasticy foam audibly fizzles as it dies to little more than a ring around the glass, some specks of foam holding on to the sides. The body is almost opaque black, just a sliver of cola highlights seen in the glass.

The nose is not overly spiced or astringent and gives a nice impression of pumpkin pie filling. The graham cracker malt is there, but gets caught up with some chalky milk chocolate aroma. Clove and cinnamon really stand out with an almost smokey bouquet, maybe more roasty. Lots of great stuff going on.

The palate is very meaty from the base porter, a little smokey as well. It does sweeten some as mid-palate is explored, cinnamon and clove again reign largest in pumpkin flavoring. The backside has a touch of vanilla and graham cracker with a little milk chocolate. This pumpkin porter finishes with just a kiss of roast, and more of the sweeter malt flavors. Nicely spiced porter.

Watery and crisp feel, this porter is on the lighter side of a medium body. There is good retention of flavor after the swallow, sticks to the cheeks.

Alaskan has brewed a very well spiced porter. The heavy cinnamon and clove accents work well with the meaty and smokey porter base, never overwhelming the more subtle spicing. The sweet malty flavors of vanilla, graham, and chocolate also blend well with the whole thing. Without those flavors, this porter would be much the worse for wear. I would gladly have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 06:31:55 | More by Pintofbrown
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Glendale Tap in Glendale, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, pumpkin pie spice, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy pumpkin and slight spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of roasty and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a spice presence that is fairly subdued all around.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2014 07:20:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle stamped 20-A02114. Sampled on December 11, 2013.

It is December and Pumpkin beers should be a distant memory but a friend of mine had other ideas and was able to share some with me.

It is a handsome looking dark brown to nearly black with ruby red highlights when held to the light ans a short-lived mocha head.

The nose is alive with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and caramel malts all merged with a mellow yeast strain.

The body is smooth and creamy and falls into the medium range. Good texture that does not breakdown on my tongue.

The taste exposes all of the pumpkin spices you can want with an emphasis on the cinnamon while the malty Porter characteristics fall slightly behind but are forward enough to be noticed and enjoyed. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 23:32:07 | More by puboflyons
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chilidog

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up for this thanksgiving eve .

It pours a dark amber brown with a red hinted tan short lived head .
Aroma of toasted, roasted malts and spice.

Taste is roasted, toasted malts. Hops add to taste as spices like cinnamon, clove and nutmeg add to the mix.

Mouth is pumpkin and pie spice.

Overall a good beer, lotsa a spice. A good attempt at a pie like pumpkin but the porter part kinda gets lost.

Wortha a try indeed for a limited run brew as I got the last one where I bought this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:28:45 | More by chilidog
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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.51/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Alaskan's Pumpkin Porter is a strange mix of smooth roasted malt, esters, and sweetness, perhaps from pumpkin or brown sugar, as the label suggests. The flavors are a bit unflattering together, coming across as ashen meets musty banana and sweetness. Needless to say, I did not find this "experimental" beer very rewarding, and I won't be seeking it out again.

Pours a 1cm tall head of dark tan foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles that combine to create a sponge-like appearance. The foam fades quickly, in less than one minute, to a thin ring around the glass and a small island of residual lace atop the body of the beer. Lacing along the sides of the glass is present, but minimal, a small scattering of dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out a slight, very dark amber hue. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of smooth, blackened malt, very mild cocoa, some basement-like mustiness, and some slightly odd old banana-like esters.

Flavor is a bit ashen and smoky (like a stale cigarette), with weird and unpleasant esters, which don't improve as the beer warms. I've created a similar beer by using a substantial amount of roasted wheat malt with weizen yeast, and I didn't think that was particularly good, either. I don't pick up any of the spices or brown sugar that the label suggests is in this beer. Front of palate detects smooth, ashen and slightly smoky malt (more black than roasted), low sweetness, slight cocoa, and a bit of musty banana. Mid-palate picks up continued smooth, ashen malt with hints of cocoa, smoke, light ethanol, and musty bananas. Back of palate features fairly strong ashen malt, musty banana esters, slight smooth sweetness perhaps provided by the pumpkin. Aftertaste of continued smooth, charred malt, light ethanol, and smooth sweetness.

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a soft/smooth (1/2) and foamy (1/2) mouthfeel. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 07:31:30 | More by falloutsnow
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very dark brown with a little red around the edges. Mid-sized and fizzy light brown head. Head fades out pretty quickly with barely any lacing but decent retention at least.

S: Big pumpkin pie spices. Loads of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Hearty pumpkin but fairly subtle at the same time behind all the spices (typical pumpkin ale). Roasted malt is also covered up by the spices, but there is just a little chocolate poking through.

T: More pumpkin pie spices, much of the same. Lots of nutmeg and allspice. Less so cinnamon and pumpkin but they are both there. Sweet milk chocolate melds nicely with the spices. Hints of coffee in the finish. Lingering spices and roasted malt between sips.

M: Very smooth medium body.

O: A pretty straight forward pumpkin porter. Does exactly what you'd expect. I really enjoy these, I feel that the robustness and sweetness of the roasted malt stands up well to all the pumpkin spice and really balances it nicely. Simple but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 06:52:31 | More by Dope
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Jackofallbrews

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the Pilot smaller batch series, this beer touts 11 pounds of pumpkin per barrel, as well as brown sugar, spices and hint of alderwood smoked malt.

Aroma: Subtle cinnamon, and nutmeg in the aroma. I get brown sugar or molasses sweetness as well. A light roasty or coffee aroma as it swirls.

Appearance: Deep brown to nearly black in color. Has a slight haze and is nearly opaque. A dark tan to brown head that is fairly persistent.

Flavor: Up front spices (nutmeg and cinnamon especially) followed by a molasses or treacle sweetness. Some mild roast, but not much of it here, leaving this more malty. I might pick up a hint of smoke, but very subtle. I get an allspice burn at the finish that is warming and pleasant. Medium bodied, but ends off-dry. No astringency in this beer, but has some light earthy notes in the finish.

Overall: Well balanced porter with a well blended mix of spices, where none are overwhelming but all are apparent. I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 19:59:33 | More by Jackofallbrews
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark opaque brown with a half finger light brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, chocolate, light pumpkin and pie spices. Flavor is light toasted malt, brown sugar, pumpkin and pie spicing, finishes with light chocolate and a hint of hops. Light to medium bodied, somewhat light for a porter. A nice combination of dark malts and pumpkin, with nicely handled spices, but a bit light in flavor and finishes with a whisper of flavor. I expected a lot from the brewers of the classic smoked porter, but the body of this seems lighter and less interesting. A pleasant, well balanced, but light flavored pumpkin porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 04:44:54 | More by LiquidAmber
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artdob

California

3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black, very minimal head that is gone before you can say boo.

Aroma is very intiguing. Much fruit on the nose with a heavy dose of pumpkin, nutmeg, and clove. On the palate, similar notes with a bit of roastiness though that note is fairly mild. This porter is on the sweet side with even some hints of chocolate lingering through.

Mouthfeel is smooth and there is little carbonation on this beer, leaning towards flat territory.

An interesting excursion for the holidays. Worth seeking out. Bet this one hits the spot on a cold November night in Juneau.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 03:09:50 | More by artdob
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notchucknorris

California

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with a one finger light brown head. Head fades pretty quickly and no real lace to speak of.

S: Aromas of roasted pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and some molasses. Pretty solid here.

T: Kind of mild flavors going on here. Pumpkin upfront, cinnamon and a touch of chocolate. Finish kind of dies and shows a bit of watery malt, but not much else. Not a bad pumpkin beer, but there are a lot of better things out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 04:09:31 | More by notchucknorris
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bens0n

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an slick oily black with a tiny bit of dark brown tinge to it, small amount of foamy brown head that dissipates fairly quickly, not too much lacing.

On the nose it has a delicious pumpkin and spice aroma plus the sweet brown sugary smell that comes in at the end, plus a tiny tiny bit of bready malt.

Flavor wise it starts out similar to the aroma, but it packs a super sweet brown sugar punch at the end with a nice malty finish. Definitely reminds me of a slice of pumpkin pie with a nice malty backbone. The brown sugar definitely overpowers everything else in this beer, but I love it.

Carbonation levels are pretty low, really wish it was a bit thicker though.

Overall, very tasty beer, only thing I would really change would be to thicken it up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 02:49:14 | More by bens0n
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Zorro

California

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark brown colored ale with a minimal ring of tan colored head.

Smells spicy the glass is three feet form my nose and I can already smell sweet pumpkin spices. Strong pumpkin spice and burnt sugar are the two strongest scents. Roasted pumpkin and coffee with a faint trace of smoke. Faint scent of mint.

Starts out sweet and spicy with a strong flavor of pumpkin spice. Roasted pumpkin flavor but this is mostly spice in taste. Flavor doesn't develop much from there. This hits all the right notes but does lack a little in the complexity department.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is pretty tasty. Like most pumpkin ales though this isn't something I would drink very often.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 01:54:23 | More by Zorro
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Nonic
7% ABV

A - This black beer pours with clear mahogany highlights that disappear when it's in the pint. It's whipped mocha colored head lingers on the beer nicely but leaves no lace in it's wake.

S - Soft roasted pumpkin blends in with light spice for a not-quite-pie-like nose that works wonderfully with roasted malt chocolate notes and a dusting of mocha.

T - Singed pie crust and caramelized brown sugar come together with bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes, all but burying pumpkin flavor but it's light spice notes linger wonderfully as it warms.

M - Smooth and creamy, the medium bodied feel of this Porter is great as it transitions to dry spice and roast on the finish.

O - Alaskan's Pumpkin Porter is a ridiculously smooth-bodied beer that incorporates soft pumpkin and spice into a more mildly roasted Porter with undertones of chocolate and mocha for a very nice blend of styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 14:31:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium brown with some faint ruby highlights when backlit, very active at first but hard to tell later, with better than a finger of fairly dense light brown foam on top. Leaves some streaks of lacing but not much. It looks inviting, as it should.

The aroma is pleasant but not especially strong. There is certainly some pumpkin in there, but it is not overdone. I get some kind of creamy , chocolaty character for some unknown reason. There is some very gentle roast. The pumpkin is present, but thankfully not over the top, and everything else is really mellow and hard to even identify. But it blends quite well and is very smooth and pleasant. What it lacks in boldness it makes up for by hitting the spot in terms of balance and synergy, even if they got lucky with that outcome.

The taste similarly refrains from boldness, and while it too has good balance and is very smooth, it doesn't quite hit the spot. For me. There is more going on than in the nose, as I get more roasted grain, and some malty sweetness in addition to the chocolaty character and a very nicely proportioned dose of pumpkin.

Very good level of carbonation, light side of medium body, low viscosity, and a light (for this type of beer) and clean finish.

I say congratulations to Alaskan on this brew. Those looking for the biggest baddest boldest (as I often do) might not agree, but I think they kind of threaded a needle using a fairly straightforward recipe, aside from the pumpkin, and achieving some really nice balance and synergy from the ingredients. I think it coulda been a flop. But they got it right. Pretty sure they did some smaller practice batches before turning this loose. ... Upon reading my praise please note that I have no problem pummeling AK Brewing with fairly harsh criticism when I feel it is deserved. They are the closest large craft brewery to me and I have often complained that they are too tame (with some exceptions). But with this one the tame worked, and I think there is some skill in the brew room facilitating this success.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 05:27:01 | More by sprucetip
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Radome

Texas

3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bomber bottle into a goblet.

A - Dark motor oil brown color; no light gets through. Head is initially light brown and thick, but quickly fades to nothing. Limited lacing.

S - Aroma is mostly pumpkin pie spices. Maybe some vegetal pumpkin in the background. Brown sugar and sweet alcohol round it out.

T - Not very assertive for a porter. A little roast and smoke. Pumpkin and spices are restrained but present. Dry with some alcohol in the finish. The spices give a metallic note at first, but it fades as the beer warms and breathes.

M - Thin to medium body. Carbonation is almost undetectable. Light to medium hops bitterness, Some alcohol burn.

O - I find this to be a thin and somewhat uninteresting porter for the base beer. The spices are not overdone, but the pumpkin is a bit lost in the other aromas and tastes. Personally I'd rather have a good porter without the pumpkin and spices any day.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 05:14:57 | More by Radome
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vcoggins

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with some slight red around the edges. One finger tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma of pumpkin pie with spice is somewhat muted by the dark roasted malts. The flavor is dark roasted malts, chocolate, a little hops on the finish, with again muted pumpkin spices under it all. Mouth feel is typical porter maybe on the lighter side but nice. Over all I like this beer. It tastes like a chocolate porter/stout with pumpkin spices. A nice change from the standard dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 01:03:27 | More by vcoggins
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a hint of ruby. About one finger of off white head that quickly fades away. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: An earthy and fairly vegatal aroma with a big scent of fall spices. Upfront mix of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. Earthy hints of pumpkin. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Sweet and bready malt with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, yeast, and some hints of smoked malt. Slight hints of roast chocolate as well. Earthy hops are pretty laid back. The spices stand out the most. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and fall spice driven pumpkin taste with some smokey and roasty malt notes. Upfront taste of fall spices with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Taste of the pumpkins come through. Bready malts with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, grains, and yeast along with roasty notes of chocolate and smoked malt. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Subtle presence of earthy hops in the background. A pretty solid spicy and smokey taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Spicy and fairly drying feel. Smoke lingers.

Overall: A pretty solid pumpkin beer. The spices come through the most but there is a nice smokey malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 06:33:04 | More by MattyG85
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have been real into pumpkin stuff this year, and pumpkin dark beers intrigue me like no other. never seen this one before, so I grabbed it up for around 8 or 9 bucks a bomber. it pours very dark, flat black, with a lazy and short lived mocha colored head. it smells very different from others ive had, there is no sweetness at all. despite being brewed with brown sugar, I can taste it, but it doesn't make the beer sweet. I absolutely adore that feature, its unique and it makes this a hit immediately. the pumpkin is there, cloaked in rich chocolate malt and a gentle but detectable spicing. its got an almost chalky feel, not quite so dry, but a little gritty on the palate, nice for autumn. its pretty steady drinking, but the buzz comes on a little harder than most beers around 7% abv for some reason. fuller bodied, it could use another notch of carbonation, but I almost like it a little still. the whole pilot series from Alaskan has been wonderful, and this is one of the best beers in it. a must try for pumpkin lovers.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 16:34:14 | More by StonedTrippin
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle from Khourey's (Las Vegas, NV). Best by 2/1/14. Served in a Pumking goblet.

Pours deep brown with chestnut highlights around the edges. The half finger of tan head fades quickly to a thin halo that leaves very little lace.

Smells of pumpkin, pie spice and a little cocoa. Muted but pleasant enough.

Taste follows the nose. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and hints of cocoa.

Medium body with fairly light carbonation. Sweet caramel and pumpkin finish.

A decent take on the pumpkin beer. Sweet with light roast/ cocoa. It's similar to Southern Tier's Warlock but at only 60%.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 04:45:10 | More by ThickNStout
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charlzm

California

2.01/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Consumed October 15th, 2013. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Beer pours a deep, deep dark brown. Fairly vigorous pour results in almost no head; a thin, sad layer of light brown bubbles disappeared in less than two minutes, leaving nothing behind but a random bubble or two clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell is interesting: sweet brown sugar (molasses?) and pumpkin with the faintest wisp of smoked malt.

Flavor is a trainwreck. Total disaster horrorshow. There is a slightly sweet note, followed by a touch of smoky, darkly roasted malt. Pumpkin is in the mix, but doesn't stand out as much as feared. Some spice, spearheaded by nutmeg and... is that ginger? Mild bitterness on finish. So what's wrong with the flavor? PENNIES. The whole damned flavor experience is dominated from the first drop to the last with a grotesque copper penny flavor. It's like licking wet pennies. What the hell happened?

Mouthfeel is appropriately thin for a porter but is lacking in carbonation.

I have to say upfront that I dislike pumpkin beer in general. That, however, is not why I dislike this beer so intensely. I am astonished that a brewery that's usually so consistent as Alaskan could put out something so abominable, especially in light of their Smoked Porter, which is very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 15:32:01 | More by charlzm
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n2185

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours black with a finger of brown head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts with pumpkin spices and semi-sweet chocolates. There are also some sweet floral and candy sugar notes.

T: roasted malts with a big kick of pumpkin spices here as well. There are smoke and bitter cocoa flavors as well.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery.

O: a solid beer overall. A bit heavy on the spices, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 05:59:00 | More by n2185
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a one finger tan head which fades to a small disc. The aroma has cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin, and smoked malt.

Has a sweet taste with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin, brown sugar, smoked malt. and some chocolate, roasted malt. A very nice combination of flavors. I wish there was more chocolate and roasted malt, and less cinnamon and nutmeg, but this is still very good.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a sweet aftertaste. Another nice beer from Alaskan Brewing, One of the most underrated breweries in the country, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:52:01 | More by hardy008
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber split with the brother, my portion into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Very dark brown with khaki head that fades quickly; very little lace.

S: Pretty moderate to high pumpkin character; definitely more pumpkin than porter here. Spices as well, nutmeg is identifiable. The roasted malt and other porter characteristics are buried.

T: Taste follows, a bit more of the roasted malt backbone is detectable with a hint of chocolate. A bit of cinnamon and spice, with a twinge of a metallic flavor. Pumpkin really dominates, though as it warms there may be a hint of maple syrup or dark sugars.

MF: Thinner but solidly medium.

O: Pumpkin leans 'vegetal', which I guess is good for authenticity's sake but it sure doesn't float my boat on this beer. Porter is a stretch for sure. Decent overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 21:05:06 | More by Scotchboy
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"A020114" stamped white on the side of the bottle, assuming its most likely best by Feb 1, 2014, ok well here goes:

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown closer to black colored body with a half finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves light lacing

S: pumpkin is up front in this one with some nice roasted cinnamon and barley, burnt sugar makes somewhat of a presence and there's a little bit of chocolate underneath more so once the beer warms

T: mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors, roasted barley aftertaste, dry finish

M: medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is good for the style and for me

O: I really enjoyed how the pumpkin flavor and the other "pumpkin" flavorings played a part in the combination of this beer, to make this and put it in an American Porter was an excellent idea. I would definitely get this again and most likely seek it as a "dessert" beer

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 18:34:25 | More by BeerKangaroo
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Reddish-black with initial thick tan head that dimishes to a thin line.

Smell: Pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and caramel.

Taste: Tastes like a Porter with pumpkin pie spices. Pretty much as expected, with chocolate, light coffee, molasses, caramel, cinnamon and ginger. Seems really good other than the sugary aftertaste, which unfortunately became cloying about halfway through the bottle.

Feel: Lighter bodied than expected with low carbonation. Either needs to be fuller with that low of carbonation, or more effervescent with that light of a body. Finish is not dry enough. It is smooth though.

Overall: Good aroma and taste, but the sugary finish and off mouthfeel pull it down. Too bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 18:27:50 | More by bsp77
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Alaskan Pumpkin Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.