Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter - Summit Brewing Company
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Reviews by drizzam:
4/5 rDev -1%
I saw this one in the store and it piqued my interest. Let's hope it's worth the Buck Fitty I paid for the bottle.
A - Wow. This poured darker than I thought it would! Dark black body, dark as midnight...topped by a dark tan foamy head. Head retention was a little above average and it left some spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.
S - Roasted malt and dark bitter chocolate. A very slight pumpkin pie aroma adds a slight complexity to the aroma...the usual pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg is the main player that comes to mind.
T & M - The nose did not betray the taste. Dark roasted malt is followed by bitter bakers chocolate...all accented by a bit of pumpkin pie spice, again the nutmeg is the main spice I'm getting here. The pumpkin pie is far from a main player here, merely an accent to a decent porter. Medium bodied and the alcohol seems to be fairly well hidden.
D - I bought this almost as an afterthought because it was a different beer. I'm glad I did now...this is one of those pumpkin brews that ypu could easily drink year 'round. Definitely worth a try...a solidly crafted brew!
04-21-2011 02:22:37 | More by drizzam
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4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
Reviewed from notes, tasted at Bacio previous evening.
Aroma of chocolate and pumpkin.
Dark foamy head with good lacing.
Dark brown color.
Big, full body.
Chocolate and pumpkin with a hint of spice. Very nice dessert beer. Paired it with pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate decadence cake and it was awesome with both.
12-05-2010 21:53:53 | More by PintPiner
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):
Their fifth go at this "Unchained Series"--keep them coming please. Pitch black with a quick cascading brown head. Very aromatic with cooked pumpkin, pie spices (with clove/ginger being more noticeable), molasses and charcoal. Silky, creamy, lush full body; nearly viscous. Thick pumpkin meat flavor with heavy-handed spice, which is needed for the size of this brew, and all of this wades on a pool of roasted grain. Dark brown sugar and mild espresso come to mind. Hops drop in quick to check on everything, leave some bitterness and watch the rest of the show in front-row seats. Oh mama, this beer is a beauty ... bring it back on a yearly basis, pretty please.
03-08-2011 14:35:27 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.63/5 rDev -10.1%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Very dark, near-black brown without much head or lacing.
Smell: Sweet chocolate and molasses, light soy sauce and coffee, and just a tinge of spices.
Taste: The sweet chocolate and molasses flavors are dominant, with some very light coffee and burnt roasted malt backing. Mainly tastes like a sweeter-than-typical Porter, although there are some pumpkin-like spices as well. Not sure I taste any actual pumpkin.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body but seems a little light for the word "Imperial". The finish is not as dry as desired from a Porter.
Drinkability: While an interesting and somewhat tasty beer, the mix of Porter, sweetness and light spice doesn't gel as well as it should and dampens drinkability. The closest beer to this would not be other Pumpkin beers, but Anchor Our Special Ale, as that is also Porter-like with spices. Unfortunately, this does not hold a candle to Anchor.
Once again, this is a good beer, but I would label it more of a "near miss" than a "hit" in terms of the Summit Unchained series. So far, 1, 2 and 3 were "hits" (especially the #3 India Rye Ale), while 4 (Belgian Golden) was a huge "miss" for me.
11-18-2010 21:21:32 | More by bsp77
4/5 rDev -1%
Appearance: Really dark brown, almost black. No light getting through this puppy! Nice creamy off-white head with nice lacing as the glass starts to empty.
Aroma: Lots of spices! Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, mace, maybe a couple others that I can't quite put my finger on. Also get some really intensely dark chocolate; not a lot of chocolate, but enough to know it's there. Coffee and roasty, toasty malts come through as well. One thing that is surprising though: almost no pumpkin. I might be getting a very, very faint whiff of pumpkin, but it is really subtle.
Taste: Nice. Round, rich, full and warming. Definitely lives up to the 'imperial' namesake. The dark/bittersweet chocolate, coffee and malts are coming through more now. The spices are still coming through strong, but are now softer and more restrained. Pumpkin is still very faint. It's there, but only enough to give a little bit of sweetness and earthiness to the beer.
I've had a lot of other pumpkin beers, and most of them come off as tasting like liquefied pumpkin pie. Not so with this one. There is just enough pumpkin here to impart its character to the beer without overwhelming it. This is a really tasty beer!
11-08-2010 16:20:27 | More by CBorg
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Stizzy for this awesome extra!
Pours a nice dark black color with a very small dark brown head. Nose is really nice, it's like a solid American porter with some light hints of pumpkin and spices but it's not over the top at all.
Mouthfeel is a tad light, but it's still quite creamy and very rich. Nice and roasty with a bit of burnt bitterness that is well balanced by the light sweetness of the pumpkins. I'm generally not a fan of these pumpkin ales, but this one, done as a Porter, is spot on!
02-06-2011 01:20:22 | More by kingcrowing
4.47/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: Dark black with a slight amber red at the bottom with light shining through. Big deep tan foam head with great retention and good lacing.
Smell: Strong dark roasted malts with dark chocolate followed by a spicy pumpkin aroma. A hint of cinnamon.
Taste: Roasted malts up front followed by chocolate and coffee. The pumpkin spices follow and finishes with a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy.
Overall: A very good porter. The spice complements it well and is well balanced.
04-22-2011 03:31:02 | More by MattyG85
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a dark silky black body with a creamy tan head that last for a good bit.
S- The rich aroma of pumpkin bread baking and banana esters note to follow finishes with a raw crushed dark malt and fresh wort sweetness.
T- The roasted malt blends with the pumpkin spice and a a slightly dry roasted flavor finishes the beer. There is a slightly sweet wort flavor that lingers a moment.
M- The medium mouthfeel is cut by a big fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a nice solid roasty porter base wtih a fresh ground pumpkin spice flavor to compliment and blend in. This is a very nice beer to sip a few glasses of.
06-06-2011 21:47:34 | More by rhoadsrage
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
Pitch black with a mocha dome that sags towards the liquid in short order but leaves all types of lace in its wake.
Espresso-driven nose, dark roasted and smoky. It gains sweeter with fudge notes deeper in, swirled with caramel and vanilla, and, finally, a late notice from the spices, a little indistinct yet, but woody cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg show through.
It hits the tongue with coffee, but it's a milder roast than the nose, chocolately, earthy, a bit nutty. Chocolate carries the day, and gathers caramel nuance. I get no actual pumpkin fleshy gourd flavors (which is fine because I don't really fancy them much), the spices are intergrated, woody, earthy, downplayed. But cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice show up. It concludes with a late belch of smoke, lingering dark chocolate, and a fade-out from the spices.
Sleek, glossy, full bodied. The carbonation is low, especially once it sits a while, but its always there with a trickling bead to keep it from getting too fat, sloppy, or sticky.
I'll be the first to admit that pumpkin beers ain't my thing. So I wasn't sure what to expect here, and really wasn't very excited. This interweaves pumpkin ale traits within a fantastically built big porter, and it results in what is likely my favorite Unchained beer to date.
12-15-2010 09:21:46 | More by cokes
2.98/5 rDev -26.2%
Appearance: Thick black, like motor oil. Pretty impressive.
Smell: This is where this beer creates a problem for me. I smell some autumn spices and some brown sugar or molasses, but something went wrong. The whole smell seems sour and I'm not sure why. There's almost a vinegar quality to it. Maybe this batch went awry, but no matter what this didn't work.
Taste/Mouthfeel: An improvement over the smell. Pleasant pumpkin pie flavors with thick stout feel that one needs to stand up to the flavor.
Drinkability: A thick beer that misses a bit, especially the smell.
Overall: An ok beer with presentation problems.
01-24-2011 05:20:49 | More by tjsdomer2
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
12oz bottle into pint glass: from notes.
A: Pours a thick black body, that shows really no light through. The head pours one finger in height and holds very well. A light tan head is nice buts seems a bit on the lighter side for how dark the body is.
S: A nice and deep aroma, showing the use of complex malts and a hint at the pumpkin used. The medium intensity aroma is a nice addition to this well balanced beer.
T/M: The first taste shows a rich complex of malts that intertwine the palate and show roasted and dried characteristics. The full mouthfeel has a higher viscosity than I would have guessed. Really rich and complex flavors, hops are almost non-existent. Notes of pumpkin are found in the middle of the body and at the very start of the lingering taste. The finish has a chocolate malt character and finishes up very well.
D: I am very impressed with this style, I thought that the pumpkin might get lost in the sea of ingredients, but it shines through and is used very well in this complex and balanced beer. The 7.5% ABV is nearly not found, but adds a nice warming agent to the drink. Great pumpkin brew, worthy of having in a all pumpkin tasting.
11-24-2010 14:53:35 | More by GDBEERMAN
3.63/5 rDev -10.1%
on-tap at Dexter's, from notes
appearance: served in a unibroue glass - dark mahogany body, creamy tan head with good retention
smell: dry roast, bakers chocolate, some fall spices, no pumpkin
taste: I dont know - this just felt like false advertisement to me. Maybe I just wanted a bolder beer, but at the very least i wanted some PUMPKIN. I didnt get much of any in the draft version, but rather just a decent porter with no standout qualities. A dissapointment.
mouthfeel: medium body, smooth
12-16-2010 02:45:00 | More by dirtylou
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
Picked up a single from Princeton's in Maple Grove. This turned out to be another great beer from the Unchained Series. This reminds me of the relation between Black IPAs and regular IPAs, this is the chocolate version of a pumpkin beer.
The aroma has a mix of cocoa, molasses, caramel and pumpkin pie. It's a smooth character and reminds me of dessert. The flavor is surprisingly bitter for a pumpkin beer, but I like it. There's more of the cocoa and pumpkin pie flavor and the taste closes out with a earthy, herbal bitterness.
I wish more pumpkin beers would break the mold like this one. Forget Pumking, I'll take a Summit.
11-19-2010 05:40:50 | More by tempest
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
12 oz bottle, Porter tasting
Brown-black, opaque, orangey brown thin ring of foam.
Sweet roasted barley aroma, with a vegetable smell thatmust be raw pumpkin.
The pumpkin character is fresh and lively, not at all spiced pumpkin pie, it is roasted squash with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Charred bitterness in the long finish. Creamy and fizzy in the mouth. An excellent craft brew effort from a rather maistream brewery--vry very nice.
11-24-2010 21:15:25 | More by kenito799
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass - got this in a mixed six pack from Beertopia in Omaha for $8.99 (for the whole sixer). What a steal!
A - pours deep, oily black w/ a nice big tannish brown head. Decent head retention, leaves speckled lacing on the glass as it goes down. Looks about right for the style. As a porter and stout lover, I like the looks of this guy.
S - roasted malt and spices, a bit of pumpkin. Honestly the pumpkin is not as prominent as I expected it would be. It seems like the malt and spices overpower the sweetness of the pumpkin, but it's definitely there. Not much hop character to speak of, but that's to be expected for the style I suppose.
T - smooth roasted coffee and dark chocolate mixed with the same spices noted above on the nose. Molasses and brown sugar perhaps? Very roast malt. The pumpkin seems to be an underlying note throughout but comes through nicely on the finish. Definitely more subtle than I was anticipating but still very tasty.
M - medium bodied. Goes down nice and smooth and the bold porter flavors are not too big for the body of this beer. Definitely more body than some other porters that I have had.
O - overall, a nice change of pace from the more traditional fall/Oktoberfest type beers. The pumpkin, as I said above, is subtle, but lends itself well and blends nicely with the other flavors going on.
10-07-2011 00:04:18 | More by lawlerj
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
Very dark, appearing black and dense in the glass. A small head forms and slowly settles to a thin film. A little spotty lacing is left on the glass. Smells like a straight up porter at first with hints of chocolate and dark malt. A subtle smokiness is also noticed. After awhile the pumpkin and spices become noticeable. I find pumpkin ales disgusting but this beer is palatable. A nice robust porter is at the base of this beer and I think that is why I find this particular beer enjoyable. Nice chocolate and roasted elements with a wee bit of smoke underly the subtle spicing and pumpkin. The pumpkin is noticeable but I feel it is not the featured attraction of this beer. But it still has that mealy texture that I find totally off-putting. The body does not feel as large as it should be. Feels a touch thin. A pretty good beer that happens to have some pumpkin in it. If you are a hater of pumpkin ales like I am, this beer is not something to completely disregard.
11-14-2010 20:30:14 | More by morimech
3.63/5 rDev -10.1%
Enjoy before 05/11/11 printed on bottle. Enjoyed on 02/28/11. Poured into a DFH signature glass.
A - Good looking beer. Pitch black, opaque, no light gets through. Tan one finger head, leaves good lacing.
S - I can smell the pumpkin as soon as I pop this one open. I just don't think it works all too well with the roasted aroma that's also present. There's a spiciness there also. Not a bad smelling beer but not my favorite.
T - Some roasted malts, slight chocolate and coffee, a nice light pumpkin flavor in the background. Finish is nice and spicy and surprisingly clean.
M/D - Mouthfeel is good for a porter. Pretty full bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability is average, nothing special here.
A pretty good beer from Summit. Can't say I would seek it out again but I enjoyed it.
03-01-2011 05:03:45 | More by Janderson91
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
Appearance: black with tan head
Smell: sweet spices and burnt chocolate
Taste: spiced, sweet, burnt chocolate...more spice and a hint of pumpkin in the back. very nice.
Mouthfeel: full. not chewy.
Drinkability: high, especially for a spiced beer.
Overall: I really enjoy this beer...I think I like it even more on tap, but a 6 pack for $10 is hard to beat. Really good stuff.
02-20-2011 03:31:08 | More by corcoranjc
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
A- black body with a small airy brown head
S- chocolate, pumpkin and spices, very inviting
T- roasted chocolate and coffee malts up front, pumpkin in the middle, spices finish this up, mostly cinnamon
M- medium body, moderate carbonation and the finish is a bit watery
O- very good imp porter and even better with pumpkin!
06-29-2011 01:31:56 | More by aepb1
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured from a bottle into a New Glarus pint glass, Super dark, with a nice albeit small dark cream head. Some lacing as the head receded. Smell was a bit spicer than a normal porter, nice and strong though. Good taste, spicy with a hint of pumpkin and a good does of pumpkin pie spices. Great mouthfeel, thick and rich. Good drinkability, a bit too spiced for my taste, right now it seems like a jumble, going to age a couple bottles for like a year and see how it is then.
11-23-2010 16:47:09 | More by deadbody
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
12oz from chixdighops - into .3l tulip.
This pour deep brown, minimal head, about 1/3" dark tan almost hazlenut.
Very little aroma, malt, a little spice.
This really is a 'porter' first and a 'pumpkin' fourth or fifth. Excellent initial flavor, malt with a bit of pumpkin and 'pie' spices well underneath that really only come to the front with a bit of chewing or a short time on the palate.
Excellently weighted brew, it is heavy but doesn't have any of the stickness or residual sweetness that would make this unpleasant.
At 7.5% the alcohol is invisible, replaced by the pumpkin/spice undertone that pop up their head right at the death where I would typically look for that little bit of heat.
I'm not sure why, but the fact that the pumpkin is so well incorporated is currently a negative for this. Perhaps because I went in looking for it, and now it is mildly irritating that I can't find it. Something as simple as renaming this 'fall porter' and I think I might have been happily surprised to find faint pumpkin notes, but now I'm distracted by them when they do pop up.
12-24-2010 02:10:19 | More by CooperEllis
Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Summit Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.