Alaskan Pumpkin Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ElCommodoro:
3.38/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Based on what was written on the bottle, this was not what I was expecting. It was definitely a good porter, but it didn't have any spicy notes I was expecting, nor the sweetness I was expecting from something that claimed to be flavoured with brown sugar. The flavour was mostly that of a typical porter. It had coffee and cocoa notes, a moderate sweetness. It was on the thin side, but that's typical in America where beers labeled as porters tend to be slightly thinner than those labeled as stouts. Despite this thinness, the "pumpkinness" in the brew seemed to primarily serve as a fortification of the yeast character. It gave sort of a false impression of a thicker beer than it actually was. The yeast and hint of pumpkin flavour came together very well in this sense. I also wasn't overwhelmed at all by the bitterness of roasted malt or cocoa flavour. This might have been where the brown sugar came in. It didn't taste especially sweet, but there may have been some sugar at play to fight off excessive bitterness. It was definitely a good all-around porter, but there was nothing pumpkiny about it up front. Not the sweet, pumkin-pie flavour I was expecting. The brown sugar advertised was barely noticeable. So, if you want to enjoy it, drink it when you're craving a good, hearty porter, not when you want a sweet, pumpkin pie treat. There wasn't even much in the way of pumpkin-style spices. Cocoa and coffee flavours dominated.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2013 05:11:54 | More by ElCommodoro
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4/5 rDev +7.2%
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
3.48/5 rDev -6.7%
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
Alaskan Pumpkin Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.