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Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter - Summit Brewing Company

Summit Imperial Pumpkin PorterSummit Imperial Pumpkin Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

156 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 156
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by TheDudeBeers:
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TheDudeBeers

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a pint. I've had this beer on tap many times, but this is my first review which is from the bottle.

A - Nice dark porter with about a finger of creamy head.

S - Spices - Cinnamon, All Spice, Clove, Brown Sugar, Pumpkin, Malt. Not sure if all those spices are actually in there, but a very sweet, spicy, malty smelling porter. Really interesting mix of smells with this beer.

T - To my surprise, this beer mostly tastes like a normal porter you know, chocolate, coffee, and malt except with a nice balance of pumpkin and spices in the background.

M - Very low carbonation and a nice creamy full taste.

D - Very drinkable especially for a pumpkin beer. I could tip a few of these back with ease.

I'm no fan of pumpkin beer. It's a flavor I just don't like. Most pumpkin beers i've tried that flavor is simply too prominent making it practically unbearable to finish. However, Summit balances Pumpkin nicely and makes a really interesting Porter. I would definitely recommended it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 01:24:39 | More by TheDudeBeers
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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!

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

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Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Summit Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.