Imperial Pumpkin Porter
Epic Brewing Company

Imperial Pumpkin PorterImperial Pumpkin Porter
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #62
ABV:
8%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,061
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.17%
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
654
From:
Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Imperial Pumpkin PorterImperial Pumpkin Porter
Notes: 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.
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Lucular from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz nitro pour. Pours nearly pitch black with a slowly receding tan head. Aroma and flavor are dark roasted malts with coffee and a hint of pumpkin pie spice. Very smooth mouthfeel as expected for nitro.

Oct 15, 2019
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Epic Brewing Company. A bomber split with @nicholas2121. Pours a two finger thick head, with solid lacing, and a black body.

Smells not TOO spiced, just right.

Tastes like a very nice blend of the usual spices and roasted malts. Great finish.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'm rating Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Epic Brewing Company with an overall 4.5

Apr 26, 2019
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Nov 28, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Nov 19, 2018
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Oct 11, 2018
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.89/5  rDev +1%
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.

Sep 23, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

Sep 20, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Jan 09, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Oct 21, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown with a thick, dense creamy tan head leaving behind a dense rug of solid curtains all the way around the glass.

Being on nitro, the nose is muted, but has a hint of mocha.

Taste has a very faint strawberry chocolate start and quickly glides into a roasty finish. There is little to no pumpkin or spice, but more roasted nuts and even a minor prick of mint.

Tangy, dusty, musty, and dry. Odd.

Sep 10, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle says 6.5% ABV but whatever, poured from 22oz into Seidel. No date.

L: Deep dark black, finger width tightly bubbled khaki head has magnificent retention. Great stick to the glass as well.

S: Smells of spices, nutmeg, clove, allspice, some decent amount of pumpkin as well, and some typical earthy hop notes that go hand in hand with a lot of Porters. Quite a complex aroma.

T: The spice and pumpkin flavors take a back seat here, the earthy hops and dark roasted malt flavors come forth, the pumpkin and spice is still very much there. Subtle and nice.

F: Light, semi dry.

O: A pretty complex and subtle Porter and Pumpkin beer. Nothing flashy though. Needs some pop.

Sep 08, 2017
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Briken from Washington

3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Solid pumpkin flavor without being overwhelmed with spices. The pumpkin is definitely the focus and has a wonderful flavor and finish. As a complete beer it's lacking in the look and aroma but as a drinking beer it's quite good.

Nov 13, 2016
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Qback5 from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed as a nitro on-tap, so extra smooth with less carbonation due to nitro. Nice dark body. Smell is lighter than I expected. Very smooth, hints of pumpkin flavor...wish it had some deeper undertones. Little aftertaste. Solid porter but not amazing.

Oct 07, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A group of us regulars at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop decided to have our own #PumpkinChallenge 2016 and as it is nearing its grand finale, I figured that this is a good time to review it. Sure, it a is a bottle, but I have gotten in enough CANs recently that I CAN make a minor deviation.

From the bottle: "You are holding something special - one of only a few thousand bottles released. Intrigued? Visit www.epicbrewing.com to explore this limited brew's precise details."; "Release # 32[;] 8.3% Alc/Vol[;] SLC # 4326".

I am mildly intrigued, but I am more interested in Pop!ping the cap on this bottle. It comes as a 22-fl. oz. bomber bottle, so a gentle pour is called for as I do not want to deal with any overflow. I sat back & watched as I got a pseudo-cascade, followed by the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity and ruby highlights. Nose had a coffee-like roastiness, accompanied by a spiciness of cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger. It is really a Porter first and a Pumpkin Ale second and I definitely got its base on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was chocolaty & spicy & very reminiscent of Mexican hot chocolate! Man, this was a) different & b) unexpected and c) I went to their website as directed, but the last release was #30 while mine is #32, so I am unable to provide the brewery's details. I kind of want to buy another bottle, set it aside until the dead of winter, make a double boiler & mull this beer. I would be that it would be fantastic warmed on a cold night. In the interim, the finish was dry, which was really a product of all of the spices which were involved, despite the chocolaty sweetness. I was really impressed by this one, but I wish that the brewery had provided the promised details. Hmmm.

Oct 05, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Sep 28, 2016
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Pegasus from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber in color, with a large tan head, which slowly fades to a scattering of foam, with some scattered archipelagos of coarse bubbles that ride atop the surface.

Aroma: Pink bubble gum is quite prominent in the aroma, as well as chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sweet, vinous alcohol also offers its contribution.

Taste: Opens with dark roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Pumpkin pie spices are present in good measure as well: cloves, cinnamon, and ginger. Sweet, vinous alcohol soon presents, as well. Later in the taste, there is a wave of bitter cocoa and coffee. Towards the close of the taste, the pumpkin pie spices offer a bold flourish. Finishes with a lingering wave of spices and mild herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very pleasant, with a little zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A superb, over-the-top example, would be a wonderful, elegant compliment to a Thanksgiving dinner.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom 22 ounce brown glass bomber, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.

Nov 23, 2015
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't exactly sure what i was buying at the time. I really like Pumpkin section, yes they actually have a "pumpkin section" I was floored. I purchased a case of Wolaver's organic pumpkin, about a litre of pumpkin porter,and the very popular with pumpkin heads, the might Pumking! (which is actually my least flavorite)If this shit gets warm it tastes rancid!

Nov 13, 2015
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gibgink from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Nov 01, 2015
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303beer from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brown red brown color with some rocky off white head. The nose is bready with pumpkin. The taste is chocolate malt with a bit of pumpkin then a roasted dryness replaces the initial smooth feeling. Fine beer. Good job to epic. So glad the brewery is a couple miles from my house.

Sep 20, 2015
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timontheroad from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Sep 13, 2015
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OrtheusMaximusRex from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice. Nice. Very nice. I really enjoy pumpkin porters. Alaskan made a great one, I think they stopped, there are some others kicking around, even one from Red Hook (I hope they make it again).

This beer is wonderful. Poured from bomber, series #25 brewed in Denver, 8.50%, into Alaskan Brewing smoked porter snifter glass.

A = dark nutty brown color with tinge of orange a little light for a porter but pretty. Tan-ish head that drops quick leaving a rim of foam. Some lacing.

S = almost a faint chocolate liquor smell, some dank pumpkin, spice.

T = different than the smell. dark chocolate, warming liquor, pumpkin, enough malt and hops almost some faint dark red fruit (cherry?) in the way way back, not sure where that comes from (I see someone else gets that too). Very balanced and drinkable.

M = soft, almost tender if a liquid can be tender, smooth, sweet.

O = for the $6.98 I paid I believe I'l buy a few and enjoy them through the season, want to enjoy next to the fire on a 40 degree day with rain and see how well it warms.

Very nice beer, perhaps best I've had from Epic (Big Baptist, red IPA).

Aug 30, 2015
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark reddish brown with light showing through all the way. Has a nice thick tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass as it dissipates. The smell seems mostly coffee like with roasted dark malts. The pumpkin spices are present but never make a noticeable appearance. They merely waft out intermittently in random bursts. The taste is dark malty sweetness with some raw pumpkin flavor and a bit of pie spice flavors at the end.

Aug 29, 2015
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. This imperial pumpkin porter pours a dark black color with light tan colored head. The aroma is roasted malts and faint pumpkin and spices. The taste like the aroma is roasted malts and spices. I enjoy that this has a nice balance of pumpkin spices and the sweetness is kept in check and not too overpowering. Overall, a solid pumpkin brew for the season.

Aug 26, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed fro the 22oz bottle in a snifter. This brew pour a deep brownish black with a decent off white head of foam that dissipates to a moderate ring and thick lacing. Nose of the usual suspects....nutmeg, cinnamon, mild pumpkin, with a moderate dose of molasses. Flavors follow the nose with a medium brown molasses and pumpkin note, followed by cinnamon and nutmeg on the rear. Decent carbonation and smooth mouth feel finishes lightly dry and tart. Decent. Not my favorite from one of my favorite breweries.

Cheers

May 24, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with very little light seeping through. There's a fingernail of khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg are most prevalent. There's a faint whiff of pumpkin pie spice mixed in. The flavor is a blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, dark malt, plum, fig, and pumpkin. The mouth is a bit sticky and dry.

May 10, 2015
Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 654 ratings