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Alaskan Pumpkin Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Pumpkin PorterAlaskan Pumpkin Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

351 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by charlzm:
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2.01/5  rDev -46.5%
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.

charlzm, Oct 16, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

ONovoMexicano, Oct 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

tectactoe, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Tiernan, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of GBfan75
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

GBfan75, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of av8er3533
4/5  rDev +6.4%

av8er3533, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

SD-Alefan, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

DaftPatrick, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

warnerry, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Beaver13, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +6.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +6.4%

aquazr1, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of Meyers1023
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Meyers1023, Sep 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

chossboss, Oct 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

sculls65, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

bsp77, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

NOLTERN, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

IrishGermanAmerican, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

pat61, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

MattyG85, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

valkyre65, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jmattwright, Oct 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

cmwilliq, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

LXIXME, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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!

Jeffreysan, Sep 11, 2014
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Alaskan Pumpkin Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.