Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Epic Brewing Company

Imperial Pumpkin PorterImperial Pumpkin Porter
BA SCORE
3.81/5
618 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:
#13,742
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
618
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
93
Trade:
2
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Photo of eptolemy
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of Climbhigher2
1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

Epic failure. This has an extremely odd after taste, almost medicinal. The majority of the bottle went down the drain.

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Photo of dunix
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of cofeeguru
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

Photo of 7ate9
2.35/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours nice and black with an attractive small-bead foam tan head. The sniff is not attractive, what little of it there is. Even after warming there is barely a thing to snuff on. Mild roast, slight veggie pumkin-squashiness, but most prominent is a metallic taste. I can only smell spices if I try to imagine it really hard with my brain parts. Taste follows pretty closely to the smell. A metallic twang on the finish really makes it hard to swallow. A bit light on body but the carbonation helps lend a nice fluffy full feeling. It's just not there.

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Photo of DaGrizz
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Raziel313
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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 xnicknj
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into taster - thanks rob

Pours a clearish, lightly hazed copper, burnt orange color with a thin layering of white head on top. Fades out into a slick of film with some spotty lacing on the glass.

Heavy pumpkin spice with cinnamon and clove, touches of vanilla and chocolate. Pumpkiny with acrid booze and burnt sugar.

Sharp, intense pumpkin-driven spice up front with an off-putting amount of cinnamon and nutmeg which seems to dry out the tongue. Chocolate malts mixed with cloyingly sweet vanilla and an avalanche of candy corn pumpkin. Finishes boozy and sweet.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, thin, watery and sticky on the tongue. I'm notorious in my group for hating on pumpkin beers, and stuff like this is exactly why. Simply too much in nearly every category - too sweet, too boozy, too spicy, too thin. I enjoy some of Epic's beers but this is a pretty large miss for me.

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Photo of JohnIrving
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
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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Photo of damiandev
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of SColl
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date Dec. 3, 2012
Type/ Style Pumpkin Ale
Package 22oz Bottle
Location Home
ABV 7.7%

Aroma: Strong Pumpkin, Sugary Sweetness

Appearance: Dark Black, Good Head Retention

Body/Texture: Smooth, Creamy, Medium Body, Didn't Quite Fill Mouth

Aftertaste: Pumpkin, Alcohol, Ginger, Cinnamon, Bitter

Overall: 3.0/5 Flavors weren't in balance, too much spice and bitter aftertaste turned me off.

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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 Kramerbarthomer
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of MBrausen
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours a dark brown orange, 1 finger thick head, great lacing and rests at a 1mm head

S. Mild to no smell, pumpkin and a hint of light chocolate.

T. Tastes of sweet pumpkin,lots of orange and a hint of spices, but not too much.

M. Medium body, high carbonation, mildly chewy and coarse.

O. A pretty decent beer, but could use a more over the top pumpkin flavor. It was very blended and more simple than what you normally get from Epic.

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Photo of TIsherwood
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Release #1 printed on bottle.

Picked up a bomber at Bier:Thirty Bistro in Boise on November 19th and cracked it open this evening.

Not sure how I felt about this one...

Poured a beautiful black into a simple glass mug. Lacing clung to the sides all the way down.

Smell was slightly off...no pumpkin on the nose whatsoever...

Taste: This is easily the most drinkable porter I've ever had, nevermind that it was an imperial porter. With that being said, I was sort of disappointed in the fact that it was gone in half an hour. Are you supposed to be able to down porters? I think not. If you are expecting a pumpkin taste on this prepare to be disappointed. Picked up some slight spice...but pumpkin? Where's the 200+ lbs. of pumpkin supposedly brewed into this batch?!


Mouthfeel was very smooth...not much carbonation at all...pretty deceptive for a 7.3%, no bite from the alcohol at all.

Overall...not a horrible beer but it wasn't what I was hoping. I bought it simply because it was a PUMPKIN porter...and it has no pumpkin taste to it at all. So if this was simply a porter it would be great, the label says otherwise. I know Epic makes some good brews and this probably just needs to be tweaked some more to perfection. I can't knock it, but can't say I'd recommend this batch.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 618 ratings
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