Alaskan Pumpkin Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by charlzm:
2.01/5 rDev -46.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2013 15:32:01 | More by charlzm
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +7%
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 -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 147 ratings.