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Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Epic Brewing Company

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3.81/5
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626 Ratings
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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:
#14,538
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
626
pDev:
11.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
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Ratings: 626 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of PGVG
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sparx1100
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of bwarren82
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of CTJman
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of NYR_Rob
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of bcostner1
3.01/5  rDev -21%
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 Hojaminbag
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fermentation Without Representation has a mahogany colored body with a thin tan head that disappears almost immediately.

There are a lot of spices in the nose, with some sweet malt hiding underneath.

Spices come through up front, with what I think is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. A light touch of bitterness with some citrus from the hops is next. The malt has caramel and toasted flavors with a little bit of powdery chocolate flavor. Pretty short finish.

The body is a little bit light, with the carbonation being a little bit higher than I would expect.

This beer isn't bad, but it is fairly uninspiring and lacking any depth of flavor. As my buddy said, “if you're going to call a beer an imperial pumpkin porter, it better have pumpkin. Or at least taste like an imperial porter.”

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3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of frenchblood21
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- As brown as a beer can get without being black. Great lacing throughout.

Smell- This is the weak link in the beer. coffee and butterscotch, which is to be expected from a porter. None of the pumpkin or spice comes out.

Taste- The smallest amount of fall spices, but if you didn't know it was a pumpkin porter, you would never tell. Mostly stout-like tastes.

Mouthfeel- Great mouthfeel! A thick and creamy beer that stays on the tongue for about 15 seconds.

Overall- A great tasting beer, but a big let down for being an imperial pumpkin porter. Its worth trying, but don't rush for this one.

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Photo of BB1313
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Release #9; 8.1% abv. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with light brown hues; fluffy off-white head that sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing. The aromas have subtle hints of cinnamon, anise, vanilla, and nutmeg. The chocolate is much more noticeable in the flavors. There's more spices and ton of malts that blend with the dark chocolates. More anise in the mix. The flavors are also very roasty and it finishes pretty dry. The mouthfeel is very creamy and fluffy, but it seems to have virtually no carbonation. I'm not saying the lack of carbonation is a bad thing, I'm just saying. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's pretty easy to drink.

I'm pretty bummed to find out that Release #9 was bottled in July of 2012. This beer started hitting shelves in my area, so I assumed it was a fresh version. I'm not sure what the deal is with that. I would assume this beer would be tastier while fresh. It's not bad, but I was really hoping it would be more vibrant. I think I'm being nice too.

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3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 22oz bottle to pint glass

The bottle notes this was Epic's first collaborative brew, with DC Brau, which typically means they're 'special'. These pumpkin porters seem to be more popular than pumpkin beers themselves - perhaps because they're less labor-intensive - but they're not as exciting. Most of them, including this one, is basically an average porter with a hint of pumpkin spice.

The nose is roasty and oaky, but subdued - barely a hint of the pumpkin aspect here. A little more layered on the palate, with coffee and oak, and a touch of clove and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is a little thin as well, which doesn't help the relatively flat flavor profile.

Drinkable but uninspired, disappointing for a collab.

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3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Release #7, 7.7%
Poured into a pilsner glass. Why? because it was clean.

Appearance
Extremely dark brown with some red highlights. 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Looks pretty yeasty but it's hard to tell with the color. Weak lacing.

Nose
Roasted barley, pumpkin meat, chocolate and cinnamon.

Taste
Sweet pumpkin meatiness as well as a good dose of roasted barley. Coffee grounds and chocolate milk. A touch of cinnamon spice, nutmeg and earthy char on the end.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth and creamy.

Overall
A decent beer in its own right, but Pumpkin Ales with Porter/Stout bases have never really done it for me. Pretty easy drinking at 7.7%. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

taste like all the other pumpkin ales I've had...at least the ones I didn't drain pour....
has the same aroma and taste as your typical pumpkin beer, nothing different or special. I'm starting to think these for the most part all taste the same with the exception of the really gross ones which I pour.

a: perfect, dark brown, cant see threw unless held to the light. has an excellent light khaki brown foamy head
s: burnt malts or barley and some typical nutmeggy/cinnamoness.not getting the vanilla or marshmellowness...? smells the same as a half dozen others I've had except a little more burnt.
taste: meh. same boring pumpkin ale.
o.a. nothing special.

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Photo of robear
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 3" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: roasted malts and vanilla really come through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, vanilla, molasses, and a hint of chocolate arrives late. Bitterness is mild at best, and there is a hint of allspice. A bit sweet overall.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors stick to the tongue.

Overall: a bit dissappointed with this as the vanilla beans really show through here without the woody tones a bourbon barrel beer may have. I really didn't taste any pumkin here as to me this was more of a vanilla porter.

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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served into portsmouth tulip. Split with Chris during the Patriots / Chiefs game. Release #1 clearly printed on the bottle - per the website brewed 10/2/11, bottled 10/17/11.

A- pours a very deep brown, with a small, light brown head. Minimal lacing.

S- smells of dry pumpkin over a hefty porter base. Hint of chocolate.

T- malt forward with a solid backbone of smooth pumpkin. Finish is bakers chocolate. I'm struggling to pick up the 5 spices supposedly in the recipe. Lacks the roasty malts I'd look for in a porter.

M- body is very thin for an imperial porter...seems closer to a big scotch.

O- overall a decent brew, but didn't meet my expectation for an imperial pumpkin porter. I was hoping for more body and more spices.

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Photo of jason_nwx
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of abraxel
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF 6, courtesy of mdfb79. Poured into a snifter.

A - The stream looked like a light reddish brown, but is quite a bit darker in the glass. There's a little bit of off-white head, but it diminishes quickly (which helped it all fit into the snifter).

S - Christmas spicy, some cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Slightly sweet malt in the background. Not bad, but not great.

T - My out-loud reaction to the first sip: "...hmmm..." This seems like a christmas ale, with those same spices I picked up in the aroma, but there's also an odd sweetness that I'm having trouble describing (it reminds me of fake orange flavor) and which isn't very appealing.

M - Medium body, not bad. A little prickle of carbonation, a touch of alcohol in the back of my throat.

Overall, I could take it or leave it. This was an interesting blind beer, but I can't say I'd seek out more.

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3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours deeply ruby brown beer with light thin off-white head. 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 dark chocolate bitter dryness. Medium to full bodied. Did not pick up very much pumpkin on this one though I did recognize some of Epic's and DC Brau's typical traits from their flagship brews. Quite disappointed with this interesting offering.

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3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of samie85
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pitch black color with a few fingers of brown head.

S-Smells of cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices with some slight vanilla and roasted notes.

T-Roasted malt notes with a myriad of spice notes and some vanilla.

M-Slick and mouth-coating with medium body with moderate carbonation.

D-I like this more than most pumpkin beers as I feel that a richer base beer really works in a spiced beer's favor. However, I think I prefer Summit's take on a Pumpkin Porter to this incarnation.

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Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 626 ratings
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