Alaskan Pumpkin Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by charlzm:
2.01/5 rDev -46.3%
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.
10-16-2013 15:32:01 | More by charlzm
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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
4.44/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
12-11-2013 23:32:07 | More by puboflyons
Alaskan Pumpkin Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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