Alaskan Pumpkin Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ElCommodoro:
3.38/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
10-06-2013 05:11:54 | More by ElCommodoro
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3.13/5 rDev -16.3%
22 oz bottle. Pours brown with a small creamy light brown head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet pumpkin pie with spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a little roast chocolate malt.
The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a little roast and some pumpkin pie spices (ginger, allspice, nutmeg) leading to a dry floral roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a decent pumpkin porter. A bit sweet for my tastes.
10-02-2013 05:07:58 | More by Beaver13
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
10-07-2013 18:27:50 | More by bsp77
4.16/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
10-20-2013 06:33:04 | More by MattyG85
4/5 rDev +7%
Dark brown, nearly black. 1/2" of tan, dense head.
The aroma says autumn. Dark roast and pumpkin spice. Earthy.
The pumpkin makes itself known as pumpkin spice. Allspice, roasted malt, chocolate.
Medium body, smooth, light carbonation.
It was everything I expected being advertised as a pumpkin porter. The aromas and flavors are distinguishable.
09-23-2013 01:26:36 | More by Vonerichs
Alaskan Pumpkin Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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