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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

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Added by Thorpe429 on 06-29-2011

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Ranking:
#43,307
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
441
pDev:
15.87%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 441 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of Dave_Treat
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of Suds
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This pumpkin beer is a dark brow, almost black. The head is small, but a nice brownish tan. The smell is a medium intensify mix of spice and roasted malt. The combination is not usual, and the scents compete for attention. The result is good, but not great. The taste is heavily spice centered. It is a lighter beer, in body, than I would have wanted. It's not the kind of brew that I'd want many of.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a deeper brown color with a big tan head. The head had decent retention fading over time to give only a lighter amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of a sweet pumpkin smell. Mixed with the pumpkin is the presence of some chocolate, roasted malt and a little bit of nutmeg and allspice.

Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt with a light hint of chocolate. A big pumpkin flavor hits the tongue immediately after the initial taste. It doesn’t combine with the roasted and chocolate flavors very well and when mixed with a light spice of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice the flavors really don’t meld. In the end a somewhat rotten roasted pumpkin flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the thinner side with a carbonation level that was rather average.

Overall – A beer I certainly won’t go to again. The flavors had no compatibility/melding in this brew and resulted it too off a flavor.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of AgentMunky
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.
4.25/3.75/4.5/4/4.25
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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Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent darkish brown color with a modest tan head that had some minimal retention and left some minor lacing.

Aromas begin with pumpkin pie spicing and a toasted brown bread presence. Lesser armounts of dark chocolate and roasted malt emerged more as it warmed.

The tastes begin with toasted brown bread with the pumpkin pie spice mixture once again (mace, nutmeg and ginger) kicking in by mid-palate. The starchy pumpkin flesh flavor builds, after the swallow, along with a minimal bitter generic dark roasted maltiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is gently spicy and minimally roasty.

Overall, this is a decent attempt at a sessionable pumpkin alternative beer. A bit heavy on the roasted, bitter flavors don't work quite right with the pumpkin spicing. A more balanced chocolate malt flavor would have been a better complement. Wouldn't turn it down if offered to me during the fall seasons but won't seek it out either.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. A nicely creamy khaki-colored head of two fingers crowns the body well. It doesn't feature the best retention for the style, however there's a nice patch of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: This is heavy on the pumpkin ale qualities, light on the porter ones. And even the former isn't that impressive. Light pumpkin and spicing are the dominating notes - there's little in the way of roasted malts, chocolate or coffee. Not bad, just rather unassuming.

T: The flavor is much the same way - the only dark qualities that I can really taste is the clean, roasted dryness of the finish. Mild, generic spicing opens things up, before it finishes with a slight roasted flavor. This is bland, to the point where it's drinkable nature can't make up for it.

M: Clean and dry on the finish...a quality that's hampered by the slight heft of the body itself. That's the only real problem with the feel. It's the boring flavor that harms drinkability more than anything. Carbonation isn't quite as blistering as some porters.

O: This one just bores me. While there's nothing wrong with it, there's nothing that pops out as being impressive, either. Basically it's a middle of the road, please the masses kind of beer that simply isn't for me.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Treyliff
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark brown with just a hint of light coming through, good size creamy tan head with good retention and just a bit of lace.

S- pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin gourd, it smells very similar to a regular pumpkin ale. The only porter aroma I notice is just a bit of roasted malt.

T- the taste pretty much follows the aromas. If I was blind tasting this it would almost seem like a pumpkin ale. The finish leaves just a bit of chocolaty roasted malt on the linger but not much.

M- light body, low carbonation, slightly creamy finish, mouthfeel seems a bit thin for a porter.

O- I was a little dissapointed in this one. Porters and pumpkin ales are two of my favorite styles but this beer didn't mesh them very well. I've had home-brew pumpkin porters that blow this one out of the water.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

This "pumpkin" porter is almost too light to be a porter. Don't get me wrong, the flavor is very nice but a little on the light side. Plenty of pumpkin spices, almost too much and it overtakes the pumpkin flavor a tad too much. Overall, very drinkable but seems to lack a touch more robust and pumpkin tastes

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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 skaboom420
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of DaPan
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of blackie
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: deep brown in color, served in a wide chalice, head thin and short lived

s: pumpkin spice - nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove in particular, over a decent base porter aroma that carries dark roasted grain and some dark bitter chocolates, smooth and lacking any char, the combination reminds of sweet wooden tobacco boxes, some sweet toffee and maybe a buried ginger aroma, a bit underwhelming at first but more welcoming as it warms

m: lightly carbonated, body a lighter medium, maybe a touch thin to finish

t: aforementioned pumpkin spices, roasted grain with a touch of soured wood, some sweet toffee flavor, earthy, not quite up to par with the aroma, but decent

o: a little sloppy and/or gratuitous use of spice imo, not the best style application, but a drinkable effort overall, doesn't really combine to make it worthwhile

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Photo of Lucular
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of jaymo18
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of LehighAce06
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. THe beer pours a rich dark cola color with creamy beige head foaming up and fading to a sturdy edge layer soon after sampling.
The aroma is predictably spicy with nutmeg, clove and some cinnamon. A little sweet malt balances the spices but there dont appear to be any hops to be found on the nose.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth texture. the carbonation is fizzy and tingles my palate on each sip.
Flavor is mild with a little chocolate malt and some brown sugar sweet that then rolls to a bit of dry chalky flavor and then finishes with some cinnamon spice and a bit of cloves. Finish dries out a bit on my mouth after each sip.
The beer is average and I hoped it would have more malty porter backbone to boost the enjoyment, but there isnt really any flaws in this one. It just isnt exciting.

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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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