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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
For Trade:
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Photo of Onenote81
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened this bottle with a friend on Thanksgiving. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma is pumpkin, bread, vanilla, and fresh cookies. Moderate carbonation bolsters this beer, but there's some slickness to it that detracts from it a bit. Finishes with a little snap of bubbles. Good flavor profile with obvious pumpkin, though it's not as bold as some in the style. It melds well with vanilla sweetness, milk chocolate, light coffee. Well-rounded flavors that aren't pronounced in any one area. A pleasant bounty of holiday flavors. A good pumpkin beer, that isn't a one-trick pony. A nice Thanksgiving treat.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Thanks to my man Ryan for sharing this bottle!

Bitch, bitch, bitch, DC... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear tawny-orange topped by finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, light vanilla bean, light coffee, brown sugar, watered-down molasses, and a touch of dark greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spices coalescing into the roast, creating a full, rounded, thoroughly "dark" flavor combination. In the background lurks a bit of what seems like pumpkin seeds (never tell me there could be pumpkin involved...). The body is a limber medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a very nice pumpkin porter, one that finds a way to not only not overdo it on the spices, but to have them actually augment the otherwise mild roastiness. Good times.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep chocolate brown. Two fingers worth of tan foam leave some spotty lacing on the glass.

S - strong aromas of chocolate syrup waft from the glass. Pumpkin pie spices are bright as well. Notes of cinnamon, clove and allspice. A quick wiff of herbal hops elicits a vegetal stem sort of character.

T - sweet malt flavor up front. Mostly chocolate syrup. Spicy flavors build mid palate. Strong cinnamon flavor as well as a peppery note.

M - smooth creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation.

O - Sort of reminds me of Hershey's chocolate milk spiked with spices. Which gives me other ideas obviously. Nice porter.

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Photo of Gregfalone
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tulip glass at congregation ale house in Azusa California

Pours dark amber brown with some light showing through with one finger head that holds well, leaving a nice pattern behind as it goes down

Smells of baked pumpkin, with molasses and spices (mainly ginger)

Tastes like a fresh baked pumpkin pie, with cinnamon, brown sugar and all the other great spices that make a good pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel is medium, with matching carbonation an a not so dry finish

Overall, this is a very good porter, I would drink again

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle hand-stamped "Release #8, 7.7% ALC./VOL."

Cola-colored with a frothy beige head. Aroma of spice and roasted malts. Balanced, with hints of spice and pumpkin but also more traditional, roasted porter flavors. Vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and cloves according to the website, and I think I can pick up most of those (definitely the vanilla, allspice and cinnamon). Overall, though, really balanced -- as much porter as pumpkin, which I respect and appreciate. Spiced to enhance flavor, not overpower it. Just really well done and great for a chilly Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1.

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Dark brown color with good clarity seen on the pour. Inch thick head is slow to settle and has nice lacing.

Aroma is rich and roasty like a nice porter should be with mild pumpkin pie spice added.

Flavor is very pleasant with just the right amount of spice. It would be good just as a traditional strong porter but the spice adds an additional layer making it a bit more interesting.

It has a creamy smooth mouthfeel and good balance.

Overall a really good imperial porter and a perfect beer for a chilly Halloween night.

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Photo of jsanto
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

relese #7, had in a three philosophers little glass.

appearance: brown, nice light brown head,

smell: vanella, and a little cocoa

taste: light alcohol, cocoa wood, not bad for a porter, and a finish of sweet soda pop.funny huh.

mouthfeel: tangy but tasteful, i lika dat mouthfeel a lot.

overall: one of the better pumkins i have had, would buy again next year, and enjoy the epic fermentation eithout representation series of beers throughout the year.

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Photo of ROBSTARR
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be the best if not a close second best pumpkin beer I've ever had. It poured dark brown with light head into a snifter. The smell is of cocoa, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and peanut butter. The taste of this beer I only can describe as a peanut butter cup made with pumpkin spice. This beer goes down extremely smooth and creamy. Overall I loved this beer, of course I love peanut butter cups and pumpkin spice stuff. So if you like both those things just imagine them combined.

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Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, dark roasted amber color with just a bit of head but persistent lacing.

Smell was a bit underwhelming, expected more character here, just a bit of toasted malt and grain and nothing given away to the squash itself.

Taste is malty, subtle peppery but PUMPKIN comes through rich and well balanced with hop. Feels a bit thin in the middle, but left with a wonderful pumpkin aftertaste.

Finishes well, aside from a bit thin mid-mouth taste this beer just hit me right on a fall night with a real chill in the brisk wind. Seemed just about perfect for the occasion and the best pumpkin styled porter I have had.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #8
7.7% ALC./VOL.

A= Pours a nice deep brown color with dark ruby highlights as well as a little half fnger of head on top with little lacing and retention.

S= Smells interesting. You don't see many pumpkin porters but this has a nice mix of roast as well as a nice spice aroma to it. A nice pumpkin aroma to it and a little bit of a plain squashy aroma.

T= The taste is again a great mix of porter roast to it as well as a nice spice to it. The pumpkin flavor is outragously great. This is easily the most squashy pumpkiny beer I've had so far as far as flavor goes. There is a nice flavor to this.

M= The mouth is silky smooth. A little more carbonation might be nice.

O= This is a great beer. Super nice pumpkin flavor to it and a great overall beer. This is the second great Epic beer I've had in as many days. They are winning me back.

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Photo of bcostner1
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle Release #5

A: Pretty typical porter. Dark brown with some dark ruby red highlights. Nice khaki head that lingers for a while.

S: Underwhelming. Heavy on the clove. Some faint chocolate in there. Really no other spices detectable other than the clove.

T: Again, very heavy on the clove in the taste...too heavy. Minimal cinnamon present. Some definite chocolate and fleshy pumpkin present. Personally, I was hoping for a more well balanced/well represented array of spices (some cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice for example). Way too clove heavy for me. Sweetness/bitterness balance isn't bad overall though. Chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms up a bit but still not nearly enough.

M: Pretty easy drinker. Not boozy at all. Decent body; not thin. Satisfying.

Overall, I would say that this is a very average (at best) pumpkin porter. I am not a huge fan of "clove forward" pumpkin ales and this one is definitely clove dominated. Wish there were a better representation of other spices and a heavier chocolate element personally. I actually ended up drinking about 2/3 of the bomber and pouring the rest of it out. Something about it just got very off-putting to me after a while. Too bad...I was looking forward to this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber (near black) in color. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of pumpkins in the nose.
T: The taste is much more complex than the smell, having flavors of chocolate and roasted malts along with pumpkins and notes of vanilla beans. This transitions to spicy flavors that linger through the finish—among these ginger stands out in particular.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer to have during the autumn. It's relatively easy to drink, except that I wasn't really a big fan of the ginger and think all of the flavors blended really well together except for it.

Note: Release #7

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #7

A: Pours an opaque but clear very dark amber (almost black) in color with dark brown highlights when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of large bubbles, a thin film covering the majority the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, pumpkin, and vanilla. This is followed by much lighter notes of spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted malts and chocolate upfront, followed by the flavor of the pumpkin and the vanilla. There are spicy notes in the finish with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger standing out.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with a bit of dryness in the finish.

O: A very interesting take on a pumpkin beer, the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices really add to the depth of flavor of the porter. Enjoyable and pretty easy to drink - the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1564th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

Batch #6 (I can't really tell, but looks more like a 6)
Purchased at Total Wine, Brea, CA

App-Its a very nice dark brown pour with a bit of a red tinge behind it. That caught me off guard. A nice 2 finger head with a bit of a whipped egg look. A great amount of cling down the sides. A good density behind the beer as well. Really nice looking.

Smell- First wave wasnt all that impressive. The spices were a bit small and didnt really awaken any good aromatics for me. The 2nd pour brought out more of the pumpkin and that vanilla aroma I was looking for. A little tinge of bitter as well from the hops.

Taste- Its a nice porter blended with some nice flavors. The pumpkin additions added a nice depth of flavor and then the spices tied together nicely. Mostly the nutmeg comes through with a touch of clove but I couldve been thinking that was a hop note. A small amount of chocolate comes on the finish.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. The residual flavors are of a bit vegetal pumpkin with a bit of that vanilla and a little bit of a cocoa powder and nutmeg mixture.

Drink- I was sitting watching the 1st episode of the new season of the League with this beer and it was really tasty. Had a good amount of flavor and was a nice beer to sip on really.

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Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Bottle Rev in Raleigh ...

Dark brown pour with light orange tint. 1+ finger of dark cream head. Not much retention. Thin strands of lace all around the glass, even at the end.

Nose is a lot of nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, chocolate malt, and pumpkin muffin. Lighter than I expected, but a nice mix of spice and chocolate.

Less spice in the taste than in the nose with more moderate pumpkin and nutmeg. Chocolate malt comes out stronger and balances well against the spice. Spice creeps back in the finish and lingers for a bit.

Feel is actually a bit thin for me. Wish there was a bit more body here.

Overall, a nice pumpkin porter.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium creamy tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a bit subdued - sweet chocolate malts and some pumpkin and pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice).

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a little roast and a lot of pumpkin spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice pumpkin porter.

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Photo of BrianOhio
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is dark cola-like with an extremely thick 2 finger, fluffy head. Great retention as well.

The aroma leans heavily towards nutmeg, which concerned me a bit.

Tasting, the nutmeg is more muted (thankfully) and balanced with pumpkin spice. You get a real creaminess that almost makes you think lactose was added as well. In the finish, a nice smokiness cuts through the sweetness and reminds you this is a porter.

I am not a pumpkin beer fan. I always feel like I want to be, and then I find myself overwhelmed with cinnamon and nutmeg. This one gets it right, and in my opinion is the best pumpkin seasonal out there. I will be buying more tomorrow.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep Deep brown color with auburn colors with what looks like pretty good clarity. Sticky crystal like tan head. Smells of fresh pumpkin, cinnamon sticks, and fresh vanilla.

This beer literally tastes like pumpkin pie with a scoop with a whipped cream on top. Rich creamy mouthfeel with a bold pumpkin flavor up front. Sweet biscuit malts are followed by big pumpkin flavor and fresh vanilla. Semi-smoked dark malts with an earthy hop bitterness. The Balance in this beer is impeccable. Cinnamon, allspice, cardamon and clove make an appearance on the back end of tongue while the beer finishes with big whipped cream and chocolate flavor. As much as every pumpkin beer wants to be "pumpkin pie in a glass" this is the only beer that has truly pulled it off while still having a big beer flavor.

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Photo of alexgash
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Release #7. 7.7% abv.

Dark cola brown body. Finger of very creamy, thick, light peanut brown head. Great lacing. Nose is a nice mix of porter and pumpkin. Roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee blend with squash, brown sugar, and spices (ginger, vanilla, and nutmeg).

Taste starts with bitter cocoa nibs and coffee. Slightly sharp and almost astringent. Milk chocolate and roasted barley settle in. Some gourdy sweetness as well. Vanilla and ginger show up in the finish with lingering roasted bitterness. Medium-full body with a slightly slick feel. Tasty and well done.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into an oversized wine glass (live review)

Ap- a dark dark brown that barely see through. Nice light tan head has pretty good retention.

Ar- some sweet and dark malt, chocolate, lots of pumpkin and spice scent. Smells like pumpkin pie

T- has a great roasty malt backbone with a cocoa flavor and hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin puree

M- medium bodied, good carbonation and a bit sticky

O- a nice pumpkin ale. Very smooth and tasty, for me this one is better than the ever-famous pumking.

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Photo of Bung
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. A very dark brown pour, just a wispy ring of off white.

Aroma, Lots of toasted malt, caramel and cocoa. Some milk chocolate. Just some faint pumpkin, not so much the allspice and nutmeg, but pumpkin.

Taste, not overdone with the spice rack like some. Some of the spices up front, along with some caramel and roast malt. Earthy and dry later with a heavy cocoa finish.

Solid medium body, ample carbonation. Comes off nearly creamy, coats pretty well, alcohol hides pretty well.

Pretty good, I have yet to be disappointed by these guys.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

a: pours a deep chocolate black with a finger of creamy and bubbly tan head. nice lacing.

s: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin meat, vanilla, cardamon, and a strong hint of deep roasted malts. very nice.

t: deep roasted malts, chocolate with a definite creaminess to it, and then the spices and the flavor of pumpkin at the end. while the aroma began with pumpkin and ended with the porter, the taste is in the opposite order. creamy and smooth mouthfeel. alcohol very well hidden but still with a solid body.

o: a wonderful mix of two style, with equal representation for both. after the disappointment of Starr Hill's pumpkin porter, it was nice to have one done right.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8%ABV. per bottle label.Poured a deep roasted chesnut brown with a thinner light tan colored had atop.Aromas were on the lighter side with some vanilla and mild roast mainly.The flavor of this beer makes it with its complexity and how good it is,lightly roasted with some pie spice but the pumpkin flavor really stands out,a lingering vanilla flavor over top of roast in the finish.I think this beer is vastly underrated,it's complex and flavorful.I think Epic makes some top notch beer,this is top notch for the fall season.Got get some.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, it's nice to see another pumpkin beer in the Southland besides Sam Adams and Punkin', as much as I like those beers, we need some variety,

A: Pours black with a medium tan head, good lace, thick, nice look.

S: Pumpkin flesh, dark chocolate, fragrant, nice.

T: Real heavy porter flavour upfront, charcoal, dark chocolate, vanilla beans. The pumpkin really comes out in the finish. Great pumpkin flesh flavour, with a hint of dark anise style spice.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, rich, nice deep finish.

O: The close to $9 price tag for the bomber is not making me happy, but if this is going to be a regular offering in Southern CA in the pumpkin beer style, I'll certainly buy it because it is a good beer in the end, and frankly it doesn't get much better than this in the pumpkin beers offered in the Southland. We don't get Pumking of course. Epic continues to make good stuff.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Typical for a porter. Good lacing. Nice medium carbonation

S - Pumpkin, Pumpkin spices( nutmeg, cina, etc), vanilla, burnt sugar.

T - Roasty pumpkin with slight vanilla and dark malt notes. Some orange flavors as well. I don't get chocolate really, more roasty

M - Medium body with good carbonation.

O - Saved this from last Spring when I bought it. Enjoyed with one with a friend. Really good porter. I recommend trying this one as it is different but delicious.

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Fermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Epic Brewing Company
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