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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): 8.00%

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:
#14,477
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
625
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
94
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of kingjohnh
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dshansen1184
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of colts9016
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of heddar33
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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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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

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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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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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Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 625 ratings
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