Alaskan Pumpkin Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Pumpkin PorterAlaskan Pumpkin Porter

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 23
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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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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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.

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of moundbz
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

great smell, but tastes like a porter, not much pumpkin taste

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of gtermi
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

I really enjoy these styles of beers. I think this is a solid attempt at a pumpkin porter and it has a nice touch of pumpkin spice.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
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%.

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.

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.

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.


Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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!

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Alaskan Pumpkin Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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