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Alaskan Pumpkin Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 412
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 27
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
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Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-08-2013

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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 412
Photo of marieli
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Started at 52 degrees. Typical dark brown pour. Not much head. Smell was like pumpkin spices (surprise, surprise) and something like molasses. Taste is sweet (but not molasses) and a bit pumpkin pie-like. A little lingering bitterness (maybe burnt sugar even) as it warms. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, closer to thin (wish it was creamier) but I'm trying to be kind to this beer because I think this ale is trying hard. Not bad overall but with so many beers to choose from I don't see myself ever revisiting this one. If you're into variety and new things, or you really like the taste of Thanksgiving in your beer, go for it without hesitation, especially if you can find a single to experiment with. (719 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
Color is a very deep red. So deep, it looks like black unless you shine sufficient slight on it. Almost completely opaque. No head. I like the color I see when I hold up to a light. Besides that, nothing special about the appearance.

Smell - 3.8/5
Pumpkin, nutmeg, chocolate, bananas, a bit of roasty/smokiness.

Taste - 3.9/5
Smoky/roasty, plus fruity flavors consisting of cherries, bananas. Nutmeg and some sweet sugaryness (from the brown sugar?). Moderately sweet. Nice flavor, but I don't really taste any pumpkin. More just the fall spices, along with the smokiness and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - 3.6/5
Medium body, light amount of medium to high intensity carbonation. Fairly creamy. Overall a nice feel.

Overall - 3.75/5
I was fairly happy with this beer. I didn't really know what to expect. I just picked up randomly as part of a build-your-own 6-pack. But overall this seems like a decent beer. (923 characters)

Photo of acoldrick
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When I had this particular beer, I was somewhat disappointed in the fact that it differed from the standard pumpkin ale into more of a standard above-average proof sort of lager (177 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Moderate, fairly dense mocha-colored head surmounts a deep amber body, which verges on black. A sheet of thin, fine, and unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls.The head retention is quite good.

Aroma:The aroma is quite pronounced and consists of dark malt, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cocoa.

Taste: Opens with a surge of dark malt and caramel. Spices and brown sugar soon follow, with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg quite evident. Later in the taste, bitter cocoa appears, enhancing, but not supplanting any of the flavors. The relatively strong ABV (7.00%) is a bit more notable as the beer warms. Finishes with a lingering dark malt note and a lengthy pumpkin pie spice flourish, and a modest hint of bubble gum.

Mouth feel:Smooth, soft, full, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A really superb pumpkin ale, one that I would love to try again. This was an example from 2013, it was cellared cold, and appears absolutely undiminished.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, labelled as "Pilot Series", served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.


In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.

12/22/2014 (1,242 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours dark and near black with a light tan colored finger width head. Sub-par retention results in sparse patches of surface suds and a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Aroma hits on notes of pumpkin, brown sugar sweetness, a touch of roast and very faint smokiness.

Taste - Pumpkin is the predominant flavor here, then underlying notes of brown sugar and caramel along with spice character from nutmeg and cinnamon. Faint roast and smokiness hits mid-taste and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with low carbonation. Smooth, but a bit light for a porter.

Overall - Decent pumpkin porter. Wish the flavors were more assertive and the body thicker and with just a bit more bite, but it's not terrible by any means; it just seems to miss the mark by a hair. (831 characters)

Photo of Acadia09
4/5  rDev +6.7%

A Porter great for the fall season. It has a great aroma, a lighter body for a porter, but it is a porter that everyone could enjoy 2 or 3 of. The pumpkin is more in the aroma than the flavor. (192 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Poured into my Pumking Goblet.....

A - Nice dark beer almost black. Head settles down quickly and forms a ring around the edge.

S - This beer has an excellent natural pumpkin aroma. You feel as if real pumpkins were used and not just pumpkin spices.

T - Sweeter than I expected, but brown sugar is noted on the label. After taste is all smoky porter. Considering the strong pumpkin nose I expected more actual pumpkin flavor.

M - Not thick or sticky and the flavor dissipates very quickly.

O - I think porters and stouts are a great starting point for pumpkin beers. This is a good porter and I enjoyed it very much. Just wish the pumpkin flavor was a little stronger. (679 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Lots of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in the aroma, along with roasted malt, cocoa and coffee like you would expect with a porter. Very dark brown, murky, decent light brown head with tiny bubbles. Sips leave a good amount of lace on the sides. Nearly opaque dark brown with hints of ruby, one-finger dense tan head and modest lace. Bitter at the start, with a sweet, caramelly finish. I find the sweet almost too much. Hint of sour from the pumpkin. Medium body, not as thick as I would expect, slight carbonation, long finish. Overall, I liked it but if I made one change it would be to tone down the sweetness a little. I think it was a bit less sweet last year. (681 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with hints of ruby in bright light and a tan head.
The aroma is pumpkin and spice as well as some roasty malt.
The taste features a bit of bitter then creamy pumkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. Some sweet brown sugar and even dark chocolate follows. A nice lingering bitter at the end.
The mouthfeel is weak. To me, this is a beer that cries out to be smooth and creamily luxuriant but is thin and a bit watery.
Overall, tastes good but could be sooo much better. (495 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -20%

Pours a thin head on a black body.
The aroma is a pretty even mixture of pumpkin and roasted malt. Not bad considering it's a pumpkin ale.
The taste is pretty sweet overall, lots of pumpkin (pie) and brown sugar, and a touch of roasted malt.
The texture is sticky.
If you like pumpkins and porter this is the beer for you. (323 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 ounce glass into a snifter.

A- Dark-khaki head forms a finger thick and dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass's sides, but there is a layer atop the body. The body is pitch-black with faint carbonation. 3.75

S- Big fruity pumpkin aroma, as opposed to the more vegetal-type. Subtly sweet caramel and vanilla mesh with a dark roast smell. The pumpkin is dominant, while I hoped for more porter profile. 4

T- This is surprisingly sweeter than I was expecting, with an almost bubblegum quality, and the same fruity pumpkin. Beneath that I taste light allspice or nutmeg and slight notes of caramel and vanilla. It's again less porter-like than I'd expect. The smokiness on the finish is the only things that suggests a porter really. 3.75

M- It's on the lighter side as far as body, smooth, and light on the carbonation. As it warms, it develops a smokier, thicker and chewier mouthfeel. 3.75

This brews not bad at all and in fact becomes a load more enjoyable as it warms and reveals more flavors. It's good and the type of beer one could drink many of. (1,070 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a garnet red color, clear and translucent when held up to the light. Fizzy tan head, disappears in a flash.

Smell is sweet, with more of a pumpkin spice aroma than actual pumpkin.

Taste is a lot like the aroma. A sweet porter flavor with sweet pumpkin and spice flavor.

Drinkable, but it's not the best porter I have had, nor is it the best pumpkin ale. (367 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +4%

Pours dark brown to black with a thin off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. It is mild enough to let chocolate and coffee come through. Overall, the aroma is mild, but pleasant.

The taste follows the nose. The pumpkin pie spices are present, but supported by brown sugar, chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Has a long, roasty finish.

The body is on the lighter end of the porter spectrum, but have a nice texture and fits the general character of the beer well.

This is a very nice pumpkin porter! The spices are present but blend in well with a solid porter. Alcohol is exceptionally well-hidden. Nicely done! (661 characters)

Photo of Weisseguy1
4.5/5  rDev +20%

First, WOW what a great brew. I picked up two from kroger. I knew that Alaskan Had some good stuff like the Black IPA. I was expecting it to be as good but it was even better. I wont review the ASTMO because THe Adjuct Hippie covered it well. Do yourself a favor and pick up a case. (283 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving style : Stubbie 12 oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance : Pours a chocolate brown body with 95% opacity, topped with a bubbly, rapidly diminishing almond-colored 2 finger head. Soon it diminishes into a ring and leaves no lacing.

Smell : Lots of pumpkin, lots of gourd. I love it. Cloves of cloves of cloves. Sweet nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. This smell is top notch. Better than most Oktoberfests, even.

Taste : Rich, nutty, pumpkin flavors swirl around with nutmeg and clove. Slightly earthy hops peek through just enough to dirty the taste into porter territory. This tastes great. It's rich like a home-made root beer, but tastes like a nutty gourd. Just beautiful.

Mouthfeel : Heavy on the carbonation and syrup, but ends semi-dry and cola-like. I think the carbonation actually pops this one up a bit, if there were less carbonation I'd be inclined to rate it less in the taste category.

Overall : Haters gonna hate. If you aren't pouring beers for reviews, you should be by now. It's common knowledge to let the beer aerate. This is easily the best Alaskan beer I've had so far. I was losing hope in this company as all of their beers I'd tried thus far have been pretty sub-par. This one has made me a believer. Six pack? Of course. Time to stock up.

Update after drinking it again : Next to Lucky Bucket's Oktoberfest, this beer is 2nd to my favorite during fall season now. WHAT a beer! (1,413 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
3.9/5  rDev +4%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with a frothy off-white head. A small fringe of foam remains with no lacing.

Smell: Roasted, slightly smoky malt with sugar sweetness and warm spices.

Taste: Plenty of warm, pumpkin pie spice with burnt sugar, roasted malt, some banana esters and little hint of its alcohol. Just a bit sweeter than it needs to be.

Mouthfeel: Velvety with medium to full mouthfeel and medium to low carbonation.

Overall: A satisfying and mostly balanced pumpkin ale. (555 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Dumped this into a goblet and it pours pretty viscous, very dark brown with red-tinged edges. Head doesn't last very long. Aroma is leathery and herbal, heavy molasses and spice. Flavor brings some additional smoky notes, and the website it says they use malt smoked with alder wood to achieve that. Also spice, dominantly cinnamon, but I can't say I notice any actual pumpkin. Mouthfeel is syrupy and thick, and almost too sweet, especially if you let it warm too much. I would've liked less sweetness and obviously more pumpkin for a pumpkin ale, however I actually think it tastes good, really bold flavors, just no pumpkin. And is it even a porter? Honestly think it's closer to some abbey ales I've had than to a porter. Good stuff for a non-pumpkin abbey ale pumpkin porter. (780 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

I picked up a bottle of Alaskan Brewing Company's Alaskan Pumpkin Porter last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've had a couple beers from this brewery since they showed up in Michigan and this was the one that interested me the most, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, I like it and it goes well with the name, it's a little eye catching, It poured a dark brown color that took on more of a mahogany color when held to the light with a fingers worth of darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but I wish it had just a little more head.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that has a slight brown sugar like aroma to it and it's followed by malts being the first to show up and they impart a light dark malt aroma with a good amount of smokiness to it with a little bit of chocolate also coming through. Up next comes the pumpkin which imparts a nice a natural pumpkin aroma with the pumpkin pie spices showing up next and the nutmeg seems to stick out the most. This beer had a good aroma, it was nicely balanced and I liked the smokey aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with just a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that has a light brown sugar aspect to it with the pumpkin being the first to show up this time and it imparts a nice natural pumpkin flavor that leads right into the spices which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the nutmeg still sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma the chocolate coming through a little more and the smokey flavors works well with this beer. On the finish there's no bitterness with just a little bit of sweetness taking it's place with a chocolate, smokey and pumpkin pie like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, the pumpkin worked well with the porter base.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little prickly. on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it was a little thin and over carbonated for the style.

All in in all I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was an above average example of the style, I thought the porter base worked well with the pumpkin pie flavors and I thought the smokey aspect worked well with it. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, a little prickly, not filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but i think one would be my limit, since I think the mouthfeel would start to wear on me after having more than one. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, it was just were it needed to be and no aspect was too overpowering. What I like the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was this beers weakest point and it needs some work. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to any pumpkin beer fans. All in all I enjoyed this beer, but I thought the mouthfeel just made it a little rough around the edges, but other than that it was a nice beer. This is now my favorite beer from this brewery and I think it's up there as a nice Pumpkin Ale. Good job guys, this was a nice beer, keep up the solid work. (3,421 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/14/2015. Pours crystal clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, caramel, toast, brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and herbal/spice earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with balanced dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, toast, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and herbal/spice earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, caramel, toast, brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pumpkin porter. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. I felt like the malt flavors should have been a bit more robust at 7%, but it was nicely enjoyable otherwise. (1,432 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Pours out black with a khaki head. Smells strongly of roasted malts with hints of spice. Something about the mix of the porter with the spices gives me a whiff of anise. Flavor leans more toward the porter base, with relatively little spicing. I get a huge house yeast taste that I don't care for: like a mix of jelly and aspartame. Ashy roast malts. Mouthfeel is moderate to full. Overall the house taste kills this. (424 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Nose: there is more malt and chocolate on the nose than pumpkin. there is some spice faintly evocative of pumpkin pie.
Pours brilliant mahogany under a thin light tan head.
Palate: Porter chocolate malt flavors clash a little with the pumpkin flavors and do not quite come together.
Medium full body and medium low carbonation. (327 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

22 oz bottle, 2013 edition, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pitch black, completely opaque color with a finger and a half of a caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of pumpkin and spices of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, but also lots of roasted malt and freshly baked dark bread. Not much in the way of hops however.

Taste: Lovely! Tons of pumpkin and nutmeg and clove, followed by some burnt sugar-like sweetness, finished by the traditional porter-like flavors of roasted malt, hints of smoke and vanilla. There is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. No carbonation to speak of, so it’s extremely smooth. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good beer! Great balance of pumpkin and spices with the traditional porter flavors of roasted malt and dark bread. Fantastic! (1,024 characters)

Photo of Braz
3.6/5  rDev -4%

This could grow on me but at first tasteit's kind of wild. The porter part is not bad but the aftertaste is all over the place. Strong, barrel tasting, bitter then disappears into a watery nothingness. I can get the pumpkin flavor though if you didn't know it was a pumpkin beer, it'd be hard to place the flavor. (314 characters)

Photo of Foyle
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, rich light beige head. Color is deep red-black.

Aroma: heavy aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon and other spices. Some coffee and earthy hops as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and creamy with a quite dry finish.

Flavor: pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, with some lingering earthy hops.

Overall: another winner from Alaskan. (407 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

12 ounce 2014 bottle into a tulip. The bottle code is BB020215, which I assume means Best By 2-2-15.

My first pumpkin beer of the fall. It's a little early for these, but it is September, so I couldn't resist trying one of my new stock of pumpkin beers.

As a porter, this is pretty light stuff. It's a little roasty, but it's fairly thin, and a bit watery. It's OK but this wouldn't be a porter that I would revisit.

The pumpkin component pulls this beer up into the fairly good category. The pumpkin has a solid presence, both in the aroma and the taste. This beer has the usual pumpkin seasonings, but they are not overdone. The beer is not oversweet, which I like. The balance between the pumpkin components of the beer and the roasted malts is quite well done. Zero bitterness to me.

If you like a little subtlety and balance in your beers, you should enjoy this understated pumpkin porter. If you want a BIG beer, in intensity of flavors or heavy mouthfeel or ABV, you'll have to look elsewhere. (1,017 characters)

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Alaskan Pumpkin Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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