Sasquash | Milwaukee Brewing Company

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Milwaukee Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This recipe was created by our Brewer Kurt. Along with 400 pounds of pumpkin and 300 sweet potato he used a variety of specialty malts to keep your taste buds on an adventurous ride with each sip. You’ll find the roasty flavors are well balanced with pumpkin which gives it a very smooth character. Kurt also added pumpkin spice to this Porter to give it that amazing aroma and finish.

Added by emerge077 on 04-26-2012

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 92
Photo of Maninthearena
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Poured a deep almost black brown, head was fine and a deep caramel. A porter indeed, not just a pumpkin beer.

Nose- Chocolate malt, some allspice...ah yes, there's the pumpkin. Maybe some coffee grounds.

Taste- Bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt, a definite root vegetable (earthy with subtle sweetness) quality though not dominating. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel- Fine carbonation is somewhat thin but not flat, less robust than many other porters.

Overall- As mentioned more of a spiced porter than a pumpkin beer. Definitely focused on the roasted qualities of the cocoa malt and vegetables, an odd but surprising combo. Pumpkin merely an undertone which I think serves a porter better than a more typical fall ale, an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date August 13, 2014 printed on the bottleneck, 22514. A new one to me from Milwaukee Brewing Company, acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. My bottle lists a 5.60% abv.

Poured into a Southern Tier Warlock glass.

A - It pours a dark reddish mahogany colored body, a winey reddish brown appearance in the glass with two and a half fingers of creamy mocha tan head. Leaves behind some okay scattered lacing. Creamy in appearance, looks pretty nice.

S - The aroma is pleasant enough for what it is - creamy, with lots of fall spicing. Lightly buttery, with a bit of vegetal gourd / sweet potato presence noted. Some creamy chocolate malt.

T - Taste follows the nose - liberal autumnal spicing - cinnamon, cream, powdery chocolate / cocoa. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of the Saugatuck Brewing Pumpkin Chai that I had a while back. Chocolatey and roasty. Lightly herbal, vegetal, & gourdy, but nothing that I would really describe as pumpkin or sweet potatoes.

M - The feel is thick & creamy, lightly coarse, herbal, sticky, & powdery. Medium-fullish body, especially considering the moderately low 5.60% abv.

Overall, an average effort at a pumpki porter, but not a bad beer from MKE. I suppose I would have it again, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Milwaukee Brewing Company Sasquash -----3.5/5

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Photo of Ri0
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter that is dark mahogany with a light tan head. Some spotty lacing. The aroma is very pleasant, like a pumpkin pie, cooked yams and marshmallows, along with some coffee. Flavor is pretty good as more of a squash/sweet potato pie along with the porter and hints of coffee. Standard body for a porter with good carbonation. My first ever pumpkin beer and it was pretty good.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Not much lacing sticks.

The smell is of some pumpkin pie spicing with some roasted coffee. Mild, but pleasant enough.

The taste is of pumpkin pie spices that are noticeable, but not overpowering. Mildly roasted coffee and sweet chocolate give it the porter aspect of the brew. I get some sweet potato skin as it warms/progresses, and it works well here. It has a nice, balanced, sweet, spicy, earthy, roasty pleasant finish.

The medium body and carbonation fit well with the general character of the brew.

A well-balanced, enjoyable pumpkin porter.

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Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$2.00 Single
Village Dell & Wine - Rice Lake, WI

Sasquash pours like coffee and fills the glass the same way. It's black with chestnut brown hues around the sides and bottom. The beige head grows to a finger in height but quickly falls to a short crown. A couple spots of patchy lace cling to the glass. Looks about like your standard porter. 3.75

The nose brings squash straight off the bat. Freshly roasted pumpkin is the main component, I can't say I get much sweet potato though. A soft roast permeates the squash with faint coffee in the background. Anise adds its touch and plays well with the earthiness of the pumpkin. I can't say I get much spice, which is how I prefer pumpkin beers, but there is a sprinkling of nutmeg and ginger. The spice is in the background and smells fresh and well done as opposed to overwhelming and stale.

The most important aspect of this, the porter, is tasty and well made. It's softly roasty with a mild but tongue coating anise quality. Cocoa powder pops up mid-palate through the finish. The cocoa works well with the earthy pumpkin. The pumpkin tastes real and is nowhere near overspiced. The nutmeg and ginger are well integrated. This is a very well balanced beer.

The body weighs in a at medium, maybe even a touch short. The carbonation is active and pushes the porter through fairly quickly. An easy going sweetness lingers briefly on the swallow before soft roast bitterness takes over. If this beer had a little more heft it would be damn good, as is it's on the thin side.

Let me just say that I usually despise pumpkin beers. They're nearly always overspiced by a longshot. This caught my eye with the use of sweet potatoes and the woman at the shop mentioned it being very low in spice without me even asking so I gave it a go. It's a well made porter with a definite earthy pumpkin quality that I thoroughly enjoy. Sasquash is a expertly balanced, interesting take on a fall beer. Give it a whirl.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sasquash pours a brownish color color with no head. Aroma is sweet and has notes of sweet potato and allspice. Taste has a small fake pumpkin flavor, with a fresh real sweet potato flavor, and hints of marshmallow and allspice. Good body and feel. Overall interesting beer, lots of sweet potato; good beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"A sweet potato and pumpkin porter" according to a recent article in the Business Journal.

On tap at Toad Hall in Racine, WI, review from written notes.

Served in a nonic pint glass. Dark brown with a ruby glint in the light. Lasting tan foam with a ring of lace around it's edges.

Toasty, spicy sweet nutmeg and pumpkin aromas.

Some light roast from the base porter, more nutmeg and an earthy sweetness interpreted as sweet potato possibly, and perceptible roasted pumpkin notes. A light dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Light and slightly watery feel, but smooth with subdued spice levels. It's pretty drinkable and a unique combo of porter and actual pumpkin with supporting spices, though thankfully subdued. Probably the most interesting thing i've tried from MKE Brewing.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep chocolate tootsie roll color with a muddy brown-ish 1 finger head. Ruby lights up the bottom as it's held to light.

Roast chocolate aromas, with lactose and oats, brown sugar, and yes, if the imagination is applied - sweet yams. As it warms, the nose grows ashy and more yammy.

Milk chocolate, oats, and lactose dominate the profile, followed by a hint of pumpkin, and then it grows lightly tinny on the finish which is the only weak point here.

The feel is a tad on the light side, but still keeps carbonation and creaminess a priority. Semi-dry chocolatey finish.

Overall, this is a solid porter. Not fabulous, but better than I'd hoped it'd be.

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Photo of sarient
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Great fall beer, has a nice black porter color and feel. Taste is just a hint of pumpkin, not overpowering the heavy porterly taste a beer like this should have.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It's not so elusive... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep garnet-brown topped by a finger of dusty ecru foam. The nose comprises mace, cinnamon, cocoa powder, sweet potato, brown sugar, and brown sugar-cinnamon graham cracker. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything coming through toasted to some degree, if that makes sense. There's also an addition of mild coffee in there for good measure. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluidly smooth feel. Overall, a tasty, enjoyable hybrid of the porter and pumpkin ale styles. Beside Polish Moon, this is one of the best beers made by MKE at this point.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: velvet brown, ruby shimmer, finger khaki head,
solid lacing

S: choc malt, roasted nuts, light pumpkin spice
and sweet potatoes

T: yams, pumpkin, bread malt, roasted dark chocolate finish

M: med body, mild creamy/smooth

O: Yummy treat. Love the creative chance
Milwaukee Brewing took on this beer. Going
to save one for Thanksgiving.


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.6% ABV, 12.5 IBUs, no date.

A - Held up to the light, this porter barely lets light through it's crimson brown highlights; it's almost pitch black. A tall mocha head rises above the beer and slowly lowers down but leaves little to be reminded of it's presence.

S - A few staples like turkey and stuffing are missing, otherwise this smells like a Thanksgiving beer; gutted and roasted pumpkin and mashed sweet potatoes! A few drops of sweet honey and a sprinkle of pie spice join the fun for a holiday aroma.

T - Despite over 700 pounds of pumpkin and sweet potato being used in this beer, it's flavor involvement is quite subtle, barely rising above the plethora of roasted malt. Cocoa, oily coffee bean notes, and bittersweet chocolate swirl around the malty flavor with traces of the vegetables following behind.

M - Rich in flavor but medium bodied, this beer doesn't cross over into the heavy side of things, offering gentle roast dryness and bitterness on the finish with sweetness becoming a balancing afterthought.

O - By the end of the fall season the obligatory rich pumpkin pie spiciness, though I love it, becomes over-used. Sasquash skips over the stereotypical pumpkin flavors and mashes it with sweet potatoes for a meal-like addition to a hearty, delicately roasted porter. This blend is a welcome departure from the usual, exploring new and exciting territory.

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Sasquash from Milwaukee Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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