Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Epic Brewing Company

Imperial Pumpkin PorterImperial Pumpkin Porter
BA SCORE
70%
Liked This Beer
3.81 w/ 617 ratings
Imperial Pumpkin PorterImperial 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:
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:
#13,444
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
617
Liked:
432
Avg:
3.81/5
pDev:
11.55%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
92
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 617 |  Reviews: 160
Photo of Gaddabble
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Sabtos
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winston3737
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Briken
3.62/5  rDev -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 AD17
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of benloho
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frontalot
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Qback5
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 +13.9%
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 Mooslerfitness
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Birdlegs
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aufie
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70% out of 100 with 617 ratings
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