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Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bandi on 10-26-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
99
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
24.87%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
20
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 99
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a great pour,pours a deep tawny brown with a full one finger creamy light beige head atop that never really full settles.Some chocolate,light spice, and roasted pumpkin aromas,would have been fantastic if they had a little more oomph.A really nice full creamy feel to the beer,this kind of feel makes the pumpkin and chocolate notes really stand out.Chocolate and pumpkin flavors with the spice coming late wich is mainly nutmeg but it's not heavy handed.A kick ass pumpkin porter,creamy and not overly spiced,as I drink more slight rawness presents itself as well.Anyways a great beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler filled last week poured into a 20 oz. shaker.

A - Pours a rich dark copper/brown with deep ruby red highlights. Two-finger head of sudsy, loose, chocolate shake foam that collapses at a moderate pace, leaving a thick ring of large lace around the glass. Surface eventually shows several puffy islands of foamy bubbles surrounded by a fine sheen of lace. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a dark brown with hints of very deep red at the edges. It's almost completely opaque, but clear, with just the slightest amount of light penetrating through the glass.

S - Well-toasted and gently roasted malts. Milk chocolate. Raw, fresh pumpkin - as if carving a Jack O' Lantern - floats into the nose. Ripe, fresh squash. Smells a bit like chocolate chip zucchini bread. Hints of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Background of marshmallow seems to envelope the nose, with a sweetness that suggests warmed whole milk for cocoa. As it warms, spices become a bit more prominent.

T - Just like the nose suggests - lightly roasted malts softly feature 50% milk chocolate with a nutmeg garnish. Very subtle notes of raw pumpkin emerge in the back-end. Toasted pumpernickel bread. Herb/woodsy bitters along with a bit of spice such as ginger and clove clean the palette in the finish. As it warms up, notes of vanilla push into the front of the quaff. Toward the end of the growler, the pumpkin/spice really stepped forward. No trace of the ABV until the tummy begins to warm.

M - Leans toward the creamy side, with a fair amount of carbonation. Light-medium body with solid structure. Nicely integrated components. Short, clean, and rather dry finish.

O - An interesting and pretty tasty combination of styles. Nicely balanced, with the chocolate of the porter complementing the spices. This beer strikes me as one to have in a flight of seasonal beers, starting with a couple Marzens, followed by a pumpkin or two, and then followed by this. This would offer a great transition to either a robust porter and imperial stout track or a holiday spice track. The pumpkin gives the beer an earthiness not found in standard robust porters, and it's a pleasant change-of-pace.

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Photo of gibgink
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted during pumpkin share. Intial pours like typical porter and has slight pumpkin smell. The taste however, can best be described as a dirty pumpkin.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rwilde
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of timontheroad
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, almost black. Nice two finger fluffy tan head with good retention and lacing. Mostly coffee and pumpkin, didn't get much spice in the nose at all. The flavor was predominantly coffee, chocolate and pumpkin, with just a hint of allspice. The mouthfeel was pretty full for a porter, as it seems that most are somewhat thin, but this one was quite nice. Overall, this was a nice tasty beer, will probably have a few more of these great local brews before the season is past us.

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Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, release #32, @ 8.3% ABV, and one of the few new pumpkin brews to show up thus far around here of late - pity.

This beer pours a clear (I think), very dark orange-tinted brown colour, with one flabby finger of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some disintegrating iceberg shelf lace around the glass as it slowly wafts away.

It smells of earthy mashed pumpkin puree, some clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger spice, bready and doughy caramel malt, a fairly sour milkiness, bittersweet cocoa, free-range ash, and some subtle earthy, leafy, and floral hoppiness. The taste is chocolate liqueur, vegetal pumpkin flesh, now muddled seasonal spices, stale cream, a hint of dark orchard fruitiness (cherry or plum?), some gentle oily nuttiness, real vanilla pods, and more tame earthy and herbal green hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite light on its fizzy and frothy feet, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of roast and burgeoning alcohol heat getting in the way of a fully good time here. It finishes trending dry, the spice and booze taking the reins of this veering and careening ride.

Overall, this turns out to be pretty much what it proclaims: porter, pumpkin, and an 'imperial' level of wowee sauce - toss in some middling pie-friendly spice, muss it all up into a good lather, and sit back and enjoy. My only caveat is don't go in expecting a sweet confection sort of experience - this is certainly more stiff mixed drink than pumpkin latte.

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Photo of Matty412
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delightful pumpkin beer. Rich, creamy, and smooth. Light porter touch with a nice pumpkin spice that lingers as you exhale.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of warpig372
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kwgduke
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of humpty1602
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of frontalot
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mrcraft
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LannahC
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Big_Dave
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Irish12
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dsshuck
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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