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Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Imperial Pumpkin PorterSummit Imperial Pumpkin Porter

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155 Ratings

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 11-01-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Ludy, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +5%

This was Summit's 5th foray into letting its brewers try out unusual recipes on a smaller scale. This edition was dreamed up by brewer Nate Siats and included Sweet China Cinnamon, Jamaican Allspice, Powdered Cassia Buds, Ground Nutmeg, Ginger Powder, Ground Mace, and Ground Ceylon Cloves. Released in October of 2010, I found it to be too bitter for me. I left a few bottles in the cellar (more by accident than anything) and discovered them recently, lurking behind some bottles of Bigfoot. A happy surprise!

Aroma: I get some molasses and boozy dark rum notes up front. Some nutmeg and cinnamon are present and s spicy almost chili pepper note on the nose. Strong semi-sweet chocolate aromas as it warms.

Appearance: Very dark brown with slight ruby highlights at edges of glass. Fine tan head that fades quickly.

Flavor: Complex roast and chocolate flavor, mixed with a molasses and licorice root off-sweetness. Medium bodied, but ends pretty dry. Some oxidized sherry-like notes add complexity. Spicing is mellow with just a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a slight boozy warming note as it goes down. As this warms up I get more coffee notes and an earthy astringency that may be due to the pumpkin.

Overall: This is tons better than it was last year--almost a different beer. Age has added smoothness and complexity to this unusual beer. I sipped this on Halloween night in front of a fire, while sneaking chocolate from our treat basket. If you have any of these hiding in your cellar--drink them now!

Jackofallbrews, Nov 15, 2013
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aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Batch 5. Looks good, like a stout. A finger plus of mocha colored foam, minimal retention, and some scraps of lacing. Activity determinable by the tiny bubbles coming to the surface.

Pumpkin and spice are prominent, mild roast and malty sweetness add depth and character underneath.

Tastes like the nose with spice and pumpkin defining and even dominating, but not quite overbearing. Roasty and malty character are enough to remind you that it is beer and not pie.

Smooth, rich, moderately viscous, and only gently warming.

Really nice beer. The only one I've ever had that is reminiscent of Midnight Sun's TREAT (formerly known as Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter), which is a great beer. It is listed as retired here on BA, I hope that is not true. This is a worthy brew and you should try it if you can.

sprucetip, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

AaronBurr, Dec 26, 2011
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ponbon63, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

duff247, Dec 19, 2011
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Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Summit Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.