Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter | Starr Hill Brewery

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Boxcarr Pumpkin PorterBoxcarr Pumpkin Porter
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Boxcarr Pumpkin PorterBoxcarr Pumpkin Porter

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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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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Pumpkin porter packaged on 7/30/13. consumed 10/21/13.

A: Dark mahogany pour produces a one finger dark walnut toned head of frothy texture. Good holding potential and speckled band lace. Moderate paced micro effervesce.

S: Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, french toast, cloves and brown sugar sweetness delivered in a moderate rate of awareness.

T: Flavor was softly toasted pumpkin, light chocolate roast blending nicely together, with a spiciness of cloves and cinnamon. Decent earthy bitterness, lightly bitter, some fresh coffee, dry nutmeg and a light mention of vanilla. Sweetness of roasted grains come on the swallow followed by a dusting of nutmeg dryness and coffee.

M: Chewy mouthful, nice rate of carbonation comes about with nice warm roastiness on the inner cheeks. Good fullness, leave of earth coffee bitterness on the tongue.

O: Overall a decent try, the pumpkin quality itself is more evident on the nose, but takes a back seat flavor wise. Decent rich porter, bordering on stout quality with a good roasty coffee accent.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of clayrock81
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Things started off great with a blackish body and one finger head that slowly died with lace patches. Smell is not bad but I don't think pumpkin and cinnamon, possible nutmeg, should really be combined with bready, roasted malts as it seems to clash. The beer is even worse when it comes to taste/mouthfeel in terms of clash b/c the sweetness one expects from pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, not to mention slight spice, seem to gets bulldozed over by a slightly boozy roasted and breadlike malt base. Finishes a little haggard and not something I'll bother trying again although decent idea.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Chestnut brown as it pours, in the glass it is black. A medium sized head rises from the body of a beer, dark tan with frog eyes, that multiply, and sink back into the body of the beer.

S: Pumpkin with nutmeg and clove come out right away in the nose. Some slight coffee notes, but the porter aroma seems to be overshadowed by the pumpkin.

T: Well that's a bit of a let down. The pumpkin is far less assertive than in the aroma, the porter is a bit of a let down, and there is a weird aftertaste.. almost a harshness to it, which counteracts the almost watery feel.

M: Carbonation seems fairly active to me, and the feel of the beer seems fairly light, and bordering on watery for the style.

O: Overall I wanted more.. a so-so porter with a little pumpkin. I wanted a bit more richness, perhaps a luxuriousness to it, but it falls short on the base style as well as the pumpkin.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BethanyB
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nearly opaque dark brown, with a low, creamy, white head.

Smell: A light mixture of seasonal spices--nutmeg, cloves, etc., and a bit of caramel malt. Couldn't quite sniff out much else, but the bouquet was pretty faint anyway, so it wasn't as overtly sweet as it sounds. Plus, there was actually an obvious metallic scent was distracting and off-putting (needless to say). I suppose that made things less sweet!

Taste: Roasted malt with pumpernickel, nutmeg, citrusy esters, and a bit of caramel--similar to the nose, but stronger and tastier. Thankfully, the metallic character wasn't detected on the taste. I was surprised by how well-balanced it was, with all the juxtaposing flavors. This was my first pumpkin porter, and while I wasn't blown away, for me, it was an interesting and welcome change from the majority of other pumpkin
ales out there. Tasted almost like there was some rye in there. No clue what the recipe calls for.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with rather high carbonation, which made for a slightly dry finish and brought out a bit more of those pumpernickel-like spices.

Overall: An interesting beer, that is worth a try if you like pumpkin ales. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out, however.

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Photo of RWLawman
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BigMarty1980
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown/Rusted Copper color.

S- Very rich coffee aroma with hints of pumpkin

T- Taste is of pumpkin pie crust with a hint of chocolate & coffee

M- Typical body of a Porter. Robust & full

O-Great beer for a cooler than normal, over cast day in Fall.

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Photo of Cody101
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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