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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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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Groveland Tap for a Friday happy hour. Poured into a Summit Unchained pint glass.

A-Black beer, looks very thick and opaque, with a big, fluffy brown head exhibting good retention.

S-Some choco malts with a hint of pumpkin and a hint of roasted malt.

T-The flavor profile is huge, with chocolate flavors highlighted by slight roastiness, giving way to dark fruits and prunes. Pumpkin flavor is more of a nuance which appears at the end of the flavor and sustains into the aftertast, alongside hints of fall spicing. Hop character is pretty much absent from this beer's flavor, with only minimal hop bitterness perceived.

M-Moderate-heavy body with a medium-low carbonation. Seems appropriate for the style.

D-I liked this beer a bunch and look forward to continuing to enjoy it while it's available. The pumpkin, while beig advertised in the beer's name, is really more of an afterthought in the beer's flavor, which is refreshing for me since I don't much like the over-pumpkin-y beers that sometime make an appearance. Overall, a very tasty porter that makes me pine for Thanksgiving and pumpking pie.

CHSLBrew, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stellas in uptown

Served with a finger of light khaki head. Color is nearing black. Decent head retention with some nice lace.

Aroma: Chocolate, caramel, some roasted malts, and spice. Pumpkin and nutmeg show, but it doesn't overpower the beer.

Taste: Much similar to the aroma. I enjoy this pumpkin beer because the pumpkin and spice flavors are complements to the porter and not something that take over the chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt flavors. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin show.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and roasted. Medium bodied (I expected a bigger body) with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, not a bad offering from summit. It was somewhat drinkable as well. I doubt I will buy it again, but it was a decent beer to try once.

mothman, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of CBorg
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

CBorg, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full-on ebony appearance, roasted brown head, slim and soon gone.

Aroma brims with spice. They put a ton in here, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, allspice, maybe more, I forget. It rides over anything else. A little coffee and caramel, maybe, with the black & chocolate malt.

tAste: All dark malts, and plenty of spice. Can't taste the pumpkin, doesn't reveal itself at all. Well, it's in there somewhere, but the porter elements are going strong, bittersweet, smooth, rich, and tasty. Cocoa flavor is major. Spice is coming on strong, and taking control, becoming bright and dominant.

I keep looking for the pumpkin, and have to realize it was meant to be drowned out by the malt and the spice. It's there, but undetectable and utterly submerged. But the beer becomes more than the sum of it's parts, and something very satisfying.

wait, halfway through the pint, now I'm getting the pumpkin, there it is. Neat little cameo, it pops up for a peep.

Yum, yum, yum. Warm, malt, chocolate, pumpkin, and then all that spice. It's there for flavor, but doesn't become hot or take over in any way. A well done brew all the way. Pumpkin haters needn't worry, as that flavor is subdued, and stout and porter lovers have much to enjoy.

Another winner in the Unchained Series!

feloniousmonk, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of mnbrewery
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Imperial Pumpkin Porter was enjoyed on tap and came pretty dark/black. The aroma was nicely roasted. The taste and mouthfeel revealed no "Imperial" at all, as well and virtually NO pumpkin at all. So the name states it's an Imperial Pumpkin Porter. Either this is a misnomer or not to style at all.
A decent drinker, but no pumpkin to be found....

mnbrewery, Nov 01, 2010
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Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Summit Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.