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Fermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin PorterFermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
613
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
91
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Photo of Briken
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Qback5
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Pegasus
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

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Photo of gibgink
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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 303beer
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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 OrtheusMaximusRex
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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).

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Stingraystripe
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite seasonal ever. Perfect mix of spice and real beer flavor. Very roasty up front giving way to warm spice. The 2012 and 2014 releases were top notch. 2013 seemed to miss a lot of the spice finish, but it cellared really well, and a year later was just delicious. (Don't really know what all went on there - I'll let someone with some science hazard a guess at that ).

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely caught off guard by this beer ! I was not expecting the flavor assault I got from this one. Pours, looks, feels and tastes more towards the stout end of the spectrum rather than on the porter side of things. Categorized as a Pumpkin ale is sure to throw some off . . . it did me. The pumpkin is there for sure, don't misunderstand. But it is done in such a way that leaves most other pumpkin beers still sitting in the patch watching this beer flourish as far as the style goes. Thick, roasty with hints of vanilla, chocolate and coffee, it is a great addition to your fall beer lineup.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, at the Aces and Ales, Las Vegas, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of caramel-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Tons of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, followed by tons of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and brown sugar.

Taste: Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, followed by some flavors of roasted pumpkin, which imparted a touch of smoke, followed by the pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger and brown sugar-like sweetness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good, but not assertive carbonation. With an ABV of 7.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is very good beer! I love the strong flavors of malt, roasted pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. I’d certainly get it again!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at 8oz Burgers & Company in Seattle.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with a little bit of light let through. There's a thick finger of very creamy foam which has stuck around for quite a while. Great.

Smell: a light roastiness with a very light pumpkin character. It appears that spicing is minimal, if any. Still, the pumpkin character itself is quite nice.

Taste: flavor is quite good; it appears there's no spicing at all. A nice, light roastiness is present with a good pumpkin character. Simple, but tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation and a very good creaminess. I quite like it.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. It's not over-complicated, and though it is a porter it lets the pumpkin do its thing. I applaud this kind of approach to the style.

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Photo of BreweryRun
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a tulip. This is the most pumpkin forward pumpkin beer I've had. Spices are there but very subtle. Very low carb. This is release #21 so some of the spices may have fallen out, also the bottle looked underfilled to my eye. Overall a very pumpkin foward beer with not a whole lots else going on. I enjoyed trying it but probably won't grab another unless it's super fresh for comparison.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a dark and toasty blackish brown color with an off white head. The aroma is very roasted with some pumpkin and spice notes also coming forth. Upfront in the flavor there is plenty of roasted character followed up by the pumpkin pie taste and mocha even. Just a bit of spices mainly just pumpkin and roasted malt here but they definitely work well together. Full bodied well carbonated ale. The Pumpkin Stout is becoming a big trend in seasonal beer here in the states. With these flavor combinations, it can easily be understood why.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +4.4%

A-Black in the glass with a one finger off white head and nice carbonation.

S-Chocolate, roasted malt, pumpkin, some cinnamon a tad bit of coffee.

T-More porter than pumpkin. Chocolate and roasted mat. Earthy spices and pumpkin flavor.

M-Lighter, tad watery but nice carbonation.

O-A good pumpkin beer, wish it leaned more pumpkin than porter.

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Photo of Omnium
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > 2x IPA Glass
Batch # 15 / 8.4% ABV

A - Dark rich brown black coffee color with two fingers of a nice light tan head, medium lacing.
S - Some really awesome dark chocolate roasts, fresh coffee, vanilla, pie crust, pumkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, rich toffee, toasted nuts.
T - Pumpkin doesnt really come through as much as you'd want, and thats the only reason I'm not giving it higher than a 4. Up front is the dark chocolate roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla, then you get some mild roasted pumkin flavor, vanilla, then the cinnamon and nutmeg kick in and ride till the end.
M - Up front its rich and very mild feeling, but then it fades rather fast, you definitely dont feel the alcohol though.
O - Really great complex brew, lots of different traits on this one that make it worth getting. Glad to have gotten it.

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Photo of rand
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 22oz bottle to pint glass

The bottle notes this was Epic's first collaborative brew, with DC Brau, which typically means they're 'special'. These pumpkin porters seem to be more popular than pumpkin beers themselves - perhaps because they're less labor-intensive - but they're not as exciting. Most of them, including this one, is basically an average porter with a hint of pumpkin spice.

The nose is roasty and oaky, but subdued - barely a hint of the pumpkin aspect here. A little more layered on the palate, with coffee and oak, and a touch of clove and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is a little thin as well, which doesn't help the relatively flat flavor profile.

Drinkable but uninspired, disappointing for a collab.

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Photo of kemoarps
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.25/3.5/4.25/4/4
#18
Body comes across a bit murky and more a darker shade of the creamy brown of the root beer in a rootbeer float after the ice cream is gone. But, like, almost no ice cream was there in the first place. Ruddy in the light around the edges. A good finger worth of creamy brown head -- still there as I fumble over words and check my voicemail, there's still about half a finger left. Great lacing as well.

I get almost no pumpkin whatsoever on the nose. This isn't the end of the world: pumpkin beers are alright by me, but I'm not a huge fan or anything, it just would seem that a pumpkin beer would have more, you know, pumpking to it. I get mostly kind of an ashy creamy unpronounced sweet. As I let it warm, the sweet coalesces into something akin to good chocolate with some generalized earthy notes that must be the great gourd itself. It continues to gently slope in this direction as the molecules start to move and stretch a little more.

The tongue offers significantly more going on than the aroma suggested. Whether this is good or not depends on what flavours you like. I happen to enjoy a cool creamy chocolate juxtaposed with bitter coffee, with just enough nutmeg and cinnamon to draw out the mild pumpkin underneath it all. Char and almost a milkstout like creamy sweetness prevail: a combination I really really like. Creamy and smoothe going down.
OH! I found the pumpkin! It was faint faint faint at the best, until I burped (eh, get over it). That was almost completely pumpkin meat, oddly enough, and after that I got more of the pumpkin in the finish and aftertaste each sip.

Ignoring the pumpkin aspect of this, I really like the milky charry chocolatey coffee and nutmeg that this offers. The pumpkin isn't pronounced enough for me to really think of this as pumpkin beer, or to distract from the above mentioned flavours that just so happen to be right up my alley.

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Photo of JohnIrving
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Release 19. Poured from the bomber in to a stout/porter glass and allowed to warm considerably. Aroma of pumpkin with lesser notes of chocolate and roasty malts. Taste is the same, with some warming alcohol from the 8%+ abv. Medum-heavy mouthfeel that sticks around. By the end of the bomber, I was wishing I could try the base porter without the pumpkin spices.

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