Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Epic Brewing Company

Imperial Pumpkin PorterImperial Pumpkin Porter
BA SCORE
3.81/5
619 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:
#13,794
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
619
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
94
Trade:
2
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.32/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Batch # 18. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: nice creamy tan head presented which dissipated very slowly. Color was like any typical porter - brownish black.

Smell: Instantly picked up some pumpkin pie spices. Can also smell subtle pie crust and brown sugar and coffee. Smell is outstanding. Can't get enough of it.

Taste: not overly spiced like most pumpkin ales. Very mild pumpkin flavor. The flavor of the porter dominates with the pumpkin notes on the side. The porter itself is outstanding with its malty mellow sweetness. Also notes of coffee at the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy

Overall: outstanding. It's not an overkill like other pumpkin beers are. It is well executed in a porter. The smell was truly outstanding.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Dark brown nearly black colored beer with a medium sized light brown colored head.

Smells mild with a strong caramel scent. Spice is mild with s stronger chocolate scent.

Starts sweet with a lots of chocolate and a mild bitterness. Very mild pumpkin pie spices other than that this is basically a Porter. Spice gets stronger as it warms.

Overall this is a pumpkin spice porter.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a almost black body with minimal head and no lace.
Aroma is dominated by pumpkin and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and just hints of sweet and roasted malts.
I like pumpkin beers so I enjoyed this beer but calling it a pumpkin porter is a stretch in my opinion.
Medium-bodied and pretty much dominated by pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavors, the roasted and chocolate malts in this beer at barely noticeable at their best.
Not really a complaint or criticism, I just feel that this a pumpkin beer with subtle porter qualities rather than a porter with pumpkin added to it.
Finishes easy and I enjoyed this beer.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

22oz bottle served into a Boulevard tulip glass

A: Black cafe body with no light permeability, mellow off orange white 2 finger head.

S: Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla bean.

T: Dominican medium roast coffee, alcohol estringent, vanilla bean, pumpkin gourd, allspice, hop bitters and nutmeg.

M: Medium to full body, smooth velvet, with no burnt characteristics.

O: This is a very well made porter/ pumpkin ale hybrid. Not as smoky as a great porters go, not as overpowering and robust as most great pumpkin ales go, but a damn solid hybrid beer made by two great beer companies that I will introduce friends to.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Glass Used: snifter

Appearance: Poured dark brown, which looks opaque at first but once you hold it up to the light you see hues of deep garnet around the edges and bottom of the glass. The head foamed to a quarter inch and subsides slowly, leaving patches of residue floating on top.

Smell: Roasty, Chocolatety with vanilla & caramel notes followed by the stronger pumpkin pie spices. A wiff of booze lingers at the end.

Taste: Roast & Chocolate rolls first, then comes the vanilla, allspice, nutmeg and hints of cinnamon. The gourd flavors and creaminess are present before the low bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, on the thinner side with decent carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this as for me it was a porter first, with support from the pumpkin and pie flavors. If you're looking for a pumpkin beer that isn't overly sweet, or heavy this is for you.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Got this at my local liquor store in the Fall of 2013, drank it recently in the late Summer of 2014. So keep in mind that my bottle was aged.

Appearance: Dark like a stout, but the head is foamy and takes a couple of minutes to dissipate. Good lacing around the glass

Taste:Sweet, not overwhelming pumpkin flavor. A lingering carmel note after finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and clean.

Smell: Vanilla and carmel notes, really a great smelling beer.

I would absolutely buy this again. IN FACT I WILL

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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 619 ratings
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