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Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter | Starr Hill Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
starrhill.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thorpe429 on 06-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,288
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
441
pDev:
15.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
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Ratings: 441 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of kylehay2004
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: single finger head with decent lacing on a clear very dark brown body.

S: smokiness mixes with pumpkin to make a soapy aroma which you have to really focus on to separate the two out.

T: a unique beer with smokey, light roasted malts intermingled throughout by musty pumpkin flavors.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a unique beer which is memorable but could be better. Overall a nice brew.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear coffee color with a modest head; very nice retention and lacing effects

Smell: A melange of pumpkin, pie spice and brown bread elements are present, though the combined effect is not particularly appealing

Taste: Brown bread, at first, with the pie spice (mace, nutmeg and ginger) elements kicking in by mid-palate; the pumpkin flavor builds, after the swallow, along with a bitter medicinal character that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting idea that doesn't really come off very well, in my opinion, as the flavors tend to clash and the medicinal element adds an off-flavor that is disconcerting

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap at First Street Draught House in Winston-Salem, NC

Note: Now the name is spelled as Boxcarr with the extra R on the end.

A: Pours an opaque but clear very dark brown to black in color with moderate amounts of visible active carbonation and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts with pumpkin pie spices (allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon) and a light hint of pumpkin.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts followed by moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cinnamon). There are more subtle flavors of pumpkin and some light flavors of bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness, likely from the spices.

O: This beer is interesting, a little more porter than pumpkin but that is OK with me. It seems like this beer needs to be refined a little bit to make it a touch easier to drink - the spice flavors/mouthfeel make this one that you don't want to have multiple in a session.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with a pkg date of 17 Sept 2014.

Pours very dark brown, nearly opaque in my snifter, with a moderate size tan head that soon reduces to a ring.

Aroma: not good right out of the bottle when notes of decayed vegetation were quite obvious, but these soon vanished leaving a spicy aroma with faint roasted grains.

Flavor: a spiced (nutmeg and other pie spices), but otherwise mild porter with hints of pumpkin.

Feel: near full body; medium carbonation that may be a tad higher than optimum.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a chestnut brown with a rather large blooming light beige head atop,no lace is left behind.Mild pumpkin spice and chocolate in the nose.A little light in the feel,pumpkin pie spice on the palate with a hint of roast and chocolate.If it were not for the feel I think this beer would be very good,as is it's not bad.A little maligned in my opinion.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Rustico during this beer's Northern Virginia debut. Served in a tulip alongside the free Starr Hill pint glass.

Pours a very deep brown with a two-finger tan head and some strong spotty lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries a good amount of spice, though it's balanced by some nice roasted malt and dark chocolate. Pumpkin character comes through a bit, though it's more from the spicing. The flavor carries some roasted malt and pumpkin-pie spice. Also there is a good amount of dark chocolate. Medium body with a nice cask carbonation. Slight spice in the finish. Well done.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of billab914
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass. It poured pretty close to black in color with a thin, creamy head barely covering the beer.

The aroma shows good amount of pumpkin pie spice and canned pumpkin to it. I get some sweeter, malty notes to it as well with just a hint of chocolate to it. Pretty appealing aroma for the style overall.

The taste is where things start to fall apart for me. I get a good amount of roasty, bitter, slightly burnt flavors to. The spices and roastiness just don't mix well, it gives it more of a harsher, bitter spiciness. I get a little pumpkin or squash like flavor to it in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is thin and somewhat watery with carbonation being high. Didn't enjoy the mouthfeel for the style. bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I didn't think it was a great pumpkin beer. The roasty, bitter flavors just didn't work well with the spices for me. I would have liked a little more chocolate, sweeter, malty flavors coming out of the porter instead. The flavors just didn't really compliment each other very well.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep and dark but still clear ruby in the glass, topped with a couple fingers of thick and foamy light mocha colored head. This retains with a smooth thin creaminess that dots the sides of the glass with spotty lacing. The aroma smells of spice and pumpkin up front, which then gives way to a combination of roast and sweetness that give the overall nose a dark and sticky feel in the back of the nostrils.

The taste is raw pumpkin up front, segueing into some sweetness and an earthy hop presence across the back. Spices and dark roast ride throughout the profile, with this finishing leafy, bitter and smoky on the finish. Those hops and roast really start getting raw and burnt feeling on the finish the more this warms up. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and tight on the tongue, giving way to more of a firm creaminess across the back. The overall fee here is equal parts crisp and smooth.

This was just average. While initially feeling balanced this got a bit too aggressive feeling the more this warmed up and in the end I just wasn’t nearly as impressed with this as I was hoping. There are better Pumpkin Ales out there on the market right now.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -22.2%

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a slim, shmeer of light beige foam.

Smell: Nominal notes, a bit bland, really, barely hinting at roast and toast and failing to deliver any expected pumpkin or spicing.

Taste: Washed out, watery roast in the fore with little in the way of supporting elements like chocolate, caramel or coffee accents. Minimal pumpkin flavor, restrained spice. Very, very low hop flavor, bitterness. Quietly, unashamedly closes out dry with the same simple roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Disappointing. Falls short at being a porter and at being a pumpkin-anything, leaving you with an essentially characterless beer that leaves you scratching your head wondering as to whether or not this was the intended final beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this bottle at FoodStruck York -served chilled in a plastic cup.

The color is black with brown hue at base and light tan head. The smell is spice dominant with a ginger presence. The feel is good with a mix of malt and spice with mostly dry finish.

The taste is a good mix of dark malt with a slight nutmeg/ginger combination of pumpin spice. The body does not lead me to believe it has actual pumpkin in it but it tastes very good. Overall a nice spiced porter more or less.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Virtually black bodied beer, with a small beige lacing ring. Looks just like a schwarzbier.

S - Fall spices, nutmeg and cinnamon. Prevalent like in an imperial pumpkin beer, and tangled with the porter nuances. Dark, roasted malt, with a burnt/coal scent.

T - A mild dash of those fall spices, blended nicely with dark malty porter. Toasted black malt, a dry grain sweetness. The amount of spice is perfect, not overwhelming. The robust, toasted malty porter is rich and smooth.

M - Medium bodied and drying, the rich and bitter black beer feels smooth with the soft fizzy carbonation.

O - A really nice combination here. I'd say this tolerable amount of fall spices in this roasts brew is perfect alone or with a nice meal, on a cold day.

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Photo of dvmin98
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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