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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

156 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 16
Gots: 12 | 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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Reviews by brewdoc75:
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying that I'm not a really big fan of spiced beers. In fact, I hate most of them. I had mixed feelings about this beer, but as Summit has produced some awesome beers in their Unchained series, I had to try it.

A: Muddy black with some brown hues. On the darker end for a porter. A nice, brownish-white head sits on top. Maybe a bit more head retention would have been nice, but pretty good for a beer with so many different spices and pumpkin added.

S: You can definitely tell that this beer has some stuff other than the 4 basic ingredients added. I get a lot of toasted spice aroma at first. Some allspice and cinnamon initially. Maybe a hint of ginger and clove too. This is quickly followed by strong robust porter aromas with dark chocolate, caramel and even a hint of coffee. There is a hint of toast/breadiness in the end. Smells pretty good, but at the same time a little muddled together.

T: Wow! What a flavorful beer. First you get a strong dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee flavor on the tongue. This rounds out to a pleasant, deep caramel flavor. In the end, the spices roll off the tongue. I get strong allspice and cinnamon flavors. A bit of cassia, nutmeg and clove too. Not too overpowering which is nice. The pumpkin however is pretty minimal. This beer would have been amazing with just a little more pumpkin character. The hops are just barely there, but provide a nice, earthy bitterness.

M: Medium-heavy bodied. Creamy and smooth. Moderately attenuated, which fits the style. Finishes sticky on the tongue.

D: Overall a much better beer than I was expecting. I had my reservations, but really ended up liking this beer. The spices may drag down the drinkability a little bit in my book, but still way better than any spiced beer I've had. It was definitely better for Summit to release this beer later on in the fall rather than earlier. It is definitely a cold weather beer. It fits amazingly well with the foods you eat this time of the year. I plan to have some with Thanksgiving dinner. I imaging it will pair remarkably well with just about everything served. I love the Unchained series.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 21:10:27 | More by brewdoc75
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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!

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!

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

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