Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Epic Brewing Company

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3.82/5
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642 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Fermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter

Our first ever collaborative beer has all the familiar flavors of the season, but done with Epic style. To a base of strong, roasty, and chocolaty porter, we add 200 pounds of real pumpkin per batch, five spices and whole Madagascar vanilla beans. As you pour this deeply ruby brown beer, you’re greeted by the aroma of fresh cut squash,followed by rich chocolate. The flavor starts sweet with marshmallow,vanilla, and some pumpkin pie, then yields to a coffee roast and darkchocolate dryness. This beer is a great introduction for curious drinkers and a special holiday treat for fans of the style.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 11-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,129
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
642
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
100
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 642 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice looking creamy off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly while the beer itself is a very good looking chocolate black with a nice sheen to it.

The smell is pretty good. It has a good mix of vanilla beans and pumpkin notes that mix well together. The pumpkin is a bit sweet but isn't overwhelming, which the same can be said about the vanilla. There is a pretty good caramel malt note that ties two together but gets hidden in the process. There is also a slight whiskey note underneat.

The taste is good. It has the same notes as the smell but adds a sweet chocolate note to the caramel and the mix are a nice base for the spice and vanilla to work of from. There is also a decent and moderate rye whiskey note surrounding it in the finish and beginning.

The feel is good. It has a moderate body with decent carbonation and a smooth and silky feel to it as it goes down.

Overall, this is a pretty good pumpkin porter to pick up and drink fresh.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Pumpkin Porter brewed by Epic Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.40%. This pumpkin beer pours out deep brown color with a light brown head. Has the look of black coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. There is some thin spotty lacing to this brew, it does stick to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with pumpkin, then roasted grains and malts. You also pick up a nice amount spices, like cinnamon , nutmag, ginger. There is a lot going on in this brew. This is va nice inviting brew so far. Now for the taste , it is Bold flavors, you frist pick up on a clean smooth roasted grains and malts. Then a nice mix of pumpkin and spices. You get a nice amount of vanilla sweetness intge taste as well. Imperial Pumpkin Porter has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down, it is really hard to pick up on the 8.40% ABV in this brew. The mouth feel is Bold, Roasted, Sweet, Smooth, Clean, Spicy, and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Imperial Pumpkin Porter a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Epic Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this pumpkin brew.

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Photo of acurtis
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Release #37

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Photo of jzlyo
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is pumpkin, spices, dark malts and a hint of sweet taffy. The flavor is pumpkin, spices, dark malts, a hint of candy/taffy and a mix of slight sweetness and acidity in the finish.

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Photo of bluehende
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrisb53188
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a cervoise glass.

Look: Dark cola black body with a bubbly, thick khaki head that dissipates to a chunky film. Light horizontal lines of lacing.

Aroma: Earthy pumpkin flesh and a small hint of alcohol, light chocolate notes.

Taste: Sweet malty notes bring out some chocolate before getting into pumpkin spices like cinnamon and allspice. Has a minty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and thin bodied, especially for 8% ABV.

Overall: Nice taste and aroma but the rare occasion where the thinness brings down the overall quality.

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Photo of Shmizzen
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Release #38. 8.4% abv.

Looks black but it's really a very dark brown cuz I reddish highlights when I hold my glass to the light. Good +1 finger head of tannish foam, pretty decent lacing.

Heavy pumpkin spices aromas with some roasted malt. Buy a pumpkin pie at the grocery, that's what it smells like.

Big pumpkin spices taste with some roasted malt, some alcohol, mostly in the finish.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Pretty solid Pumpkin beer here.

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Photo of hermit990
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pstam87
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Niceroad77
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trygelski1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 7.00 (Including tax)/220z capped bottle ($ 0.318/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Release # 35. Stored in a 42 degree reefer and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, effervescent.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, medium density with many rocks, average retention time, diminishing to an irregular seven to thirteen mm lacy ring fed by effervescence, and a rocky partial layer.
Lacing – Excellent. Nearly complete rings of extremely tiny to small bubbles.
Pour – Clear, brown.
Aroma – 4 - Initially allspice and clove, but rather subdued, not overpowering. This fades.
Flavor – 4 -Begins with some light spice followed by the earthiness of pumpkin. A bit odd but good. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.75 -Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 -A decent pumpkin brew that isn’t just a delivery vehicle for spices. There is a good balance between the spice and the pumpkin with both being delivered to my taste buds in rational amounts. The appearance, the aroma, and the palate combine to present a good pumpkin porter. And, on top of that, the price point is very reasonable.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kingjohnh
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dshansen1184
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of colts9016
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I cracked the lid a strong pumpkin aroma with spice was emitted. Pour the beer into a pint glass at 47 degrees. The beer gave a light tan head with excellent retention. The head left a really good amount of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is black/dark dark brown, used motor oil. The beer is opaque with some carbonation bubble visible on the side of the glass.

Just like cracking the lid I smell pumpkin like dark roasted roasted pumpkin, chocolate, espresso, dark roasted malt, a touch burnt note, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, yeast, bready, caramel, brown sugar, earthy, floral, and some fruitiness.

The beer has a lot of pumpkin, spices and dark roasted malts. Just about the same I could smell.

The mouthfeel of the beer is thick and chewy with some carbonation, a touch creamy, and a full finish.

I was sorta skeptical when I pick this beer up, some of what I have had from Epic was a hit or miss. This has presented very well and taste pretty good.

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Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 642 ratings