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Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter | Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Thorpe429 on 06-29-2011

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5/5  rDev +49.7%

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5/5  rDev +49.7%

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4.64/5  rDev +38.9%

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4.6/5  rDev +37.7%

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4.6/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very very dark brown but it looks black unless you hold it to light. The head is a nice thick foamy tan that leaves some lacing behind as it's consumed and swirled.

Starr Hill nailed it with this one, big freshly oven roasted pumpkin on the nose with a feint bitter freshly brewing coffee background. This beer smells like thanksgiving and the coffee you have after thanksgiving - all in a bottle.

Starts up with a sweetness followed by a mid palate of espresso notes and finished with the pumpkin which lingers. I really enjoy this beer, a lot, and am happy that it's semi-local.

Highly carbonated and light bodied to medium bodied (though I think more on the light side).

Very drinkable. Not sure what the ABV is, but if it's any higher than 5%, it's hidden quite well inside of the deliciousness of this offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Great dark brown color and a large foamy coffee colored head.
S: Roasted brown malt aroma with some nice hints of sweet pumpkin.
T: The beer has a nice subtle roasted malt flavor with some slight hints of pumpkin. Bitter and slightly spicy with hints of cinnamon and all spice.
M/O: very well balanced beer. The pumpkin flavor has some nice flavor but the pumpkin really smooths out the bitterness of the porter. Great tasting and easy to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Best Pumpkin I've had this year.

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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4.45/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you don't know what an English style porter is, I encourage you to read up before trying! Not everyone likes a lighter bodied porter but if you're familiar with the style you're going to like this beer. This is a very well executed English porter with some tastefully subtle pumpkin spicing in the background.

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4.28/5  rDev +28.1%

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4.27/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.21/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Bear Republic tasting glass. Bottled 12 August 2015.
Almost opaque red-black.
It smells like pumpkins! Good, honest gourd. Hint of spice.
This is fantastic!! Roasted-sweet. Lots of pumpkin. More pumpkin than Porter.
Fairly viscous and pleasurable.
Would definitely have again. I think they've improved the recipe in the last 3 years.

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4.17/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured deep, dark brown (black unless I held it up to sunlight) with a light brown, fizzy head that was 1-finger thick, but with average retention and not much lacing.

S: With the first whiff, spices dominated -- cloves & allspice primarily. Next I detected the pumpkin fruit itself, with bready malt following. A final, deep whiff captured the hops far in the background.

T: Very nicely balanced. The sweet & grainy malt is first, followed by rich pumpkin notes. There are also the cocoa, coffee, and dried fruit notes that I often associate with porters, although more muted than I'd expected (which is why I rated taste a 4 rather than higher -- it isn't as faithful to the style as it could be). Hops made their bitter appearance late, and not in a big way -- just enough to balance out the malt. The spices which dominated the aroma are present throughout, but more as a pleasant background flavoring than the dominating force that many pumpkin beers fall victim to.

M: Very refreshing. Starts out very moist, until the ample carbonation bursts forth on the palate. It becomes crisper as it moves back in the mouth, and after swallowing has a dry finish. Really nice.

O: Although I marked it down slightly for failing to fully live up to the "porter" name, it was a tasty and refreshing beverage that came highly recommended from the beer cicerone at the store, and one that I'd recommend highly to anyone looking for a pumpkin beer. Sadly, I grabbed the last bottle on the shelf in the store, for I would have eagerly gone back for more of this excellent example of the style.

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Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 441 ratings
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