Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter | Starr Hill Brewery

Boxcarr Pumpkin PorterBoxcarr Pumpkin Porter
BA SCORE
23.1%
Liked This Beer
3.34 w/ 441 Ratings
Boxcarr Pumpkin PorterBoxcarr Pumpkin Porter
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thorpe429 on 06-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,118
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
441
Liked:
102
Avg:
3.34/5
pDev:
15.87%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
55
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 441 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of VAbrookiechaser
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fishguyac
3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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 Lettsgo3
4.27/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkermitj
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 barneysdad
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vincehayter
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hopphead31415
3.91/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In the spirit of Octoberfest brews that I’m reviewing today, I grabbed a close cousin by the name of Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter. I haven’t tried Starr Hill before, but wasn’t expecting much however I did enjoy this variety. It has a lower 4.7% ABV than beer advocate reports, but that is because this is a newer variety.

Look-It pours a deep dark body with an orange red glimmer in the light. The head fizzles away to a thin layer and leaves off-white mocha colored lacing on the glass.

Smell-I smell a lot of licorice, spices, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, and cinnamon which form the basis of the strong malt component which makes up most of this beer.

Taste-The pumpkin pie flavors and spices come through clearly in this nice brew. I get a coffee, caramel, and brown sugar flavor that sings high above the pumpkin and spices and it finishes with a tart bite that I didn’t expect.

Mouthfeel-This session beer is light, moist, smooth, and crisp. Its low alcohol content is augmented by the light fizz at the end. A slight toasted sweetness lingers on the tongue afterwards.

Overall-This beer was a bit surprising, because it had much more prominent flavors and aromas and had a nice dark color to it. I think I’ll be drinking from Starr Hill Brewery again. Cheers!

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Photo of generallee
4.11/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep copper like amber color with good clarity. It’s head is small, white In color and fades slowly as I drink.

Smell: There are some nice pumpkin pie spices coming through with a deep maltiness backing it up.

Taste/Palate: I get really nice light coffee notes and a good malty base. It also has a nice balance of pumpkin pie spice. The palate has a firm feel with good carbonation. For me this is one of the more drinkable pumpkin beers. Everything is in very good balance.

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Photo of Drift
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Byrnie-madoff
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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Photo of Winston3737
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Krey213
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of redleg411
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ArtZan
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque, pitch- black color with a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Roasted malt, freshly baked dark bread, roasted pumpkin, brown sugar. Not much in the way of hops, however.

Taste: Interesting. Lots of roasted malt and roasted pumpkin, a little brown sugar-like sweetness, and a little sourness at the finish. However, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy and some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate. This is a true session beer!

Overall: This is a pretty tasty porter. I like the roasted pumpkin flavor. I’d certainly get it again next year.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pub glass
A - Dark brown, some, but very little light getting through; light tan head settles to about 1/8 inch; weak lacing (looks like it poured thin, we'll see....writing this before going to the next step)
S - Earthy pumpkin, nothing overpowering, very distant malt
T - I was expecting more of a porter out of this, but to me it was a mild pumpkin ale, but better; the dark color throws you off; subdued hop and bitter
F - Good level of carbonation; moderate body; average overall
O - As far as pumpkin beers go, this one wasn't horrible and I wouldn't deliberately avoid it like I would most pumpkins; but overall, it's still just an average beer, no real aroma or taste that stands out, no bad tastes, just pretty generic

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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 DuffDaddy
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearanced Six from Total Wine

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

Photo of blinky1717
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

JUst ok go me. Meh.

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Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 23.1% out of 100 with 441 ratings
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