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Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Epic Brewing Company

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3.81/5
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625 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:
#14,477
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
625
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
94
Trade:
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Photo of Rukasu
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The DC Brau edition is better. Period.

Tried the DC Brau version last week on tap, and really enjoyed it, so I stocked up on Epic's bottled version (Whole Foods Fair Lakes).

Epic's version has a great scent, faint spices, with a slight smokiness.

Appearance is on par with DC Brau's, but the taste is a little off.

It's definitely much more bitter, with an almost a lemon pucker factor. The alcohol content also seems to add a bit more 'warmth' than the DC Brau version, which isn't entirely a negative.

Otherwise it's fairly similar and am overall pleased with it, I just think DC Brau might have the edge here.

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3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a two finger khaki colored head which recedes to skim and leaves gobs of sticky lace on the glass. The aroma starts out with a chocolate and roasty character which then gives way to a vanilla and pumpkin. The aroma's seem to be fighting each other though and do not flow evenly into each other. The taste follows suit, with a the coffee and dark chocolate characters coming first along with a roasty backbone. The pumpkin then comes through at the middle and the back. Again it seems to be fighting itself just a little bit. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and sticky. Overall it was an okay beer, it seemed to get in the way of itself a little. The flavors were nice but it didn't seem to flow.

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3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I gained confidence in Epic after trying Big Bad Baptist, which really impressed me. So I picked this one up for $8.99 at a local shop. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style, hype, and brewery.

Exponential series. DC Brau collaboration. Release #8. 7.7% ABV according to my label.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger gorgeous frothy khaki colour head of very good cream and thickness, and good (~3 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, but with a nice appealing head. So far so good. There's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Pumpkin gourd and some spice: nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe rosemary. Dark malts, cream, a hint of coffee. Timid underlying caramelization. Maybe a fleeting tinge of vanilla. A well executed aroma for a pumpkin porter. Evocative and appealing. Moderate in strength. I'm excited to try it. Little hopping here. Good aromatics.

T: Pumpkin notes are delightful; it's not just the meaty gourd but also the fruit aspect (yes, pumpkin is a fruit). Light spicing; mainly nutmeg but also some rosemary. Dark malts fill out the foundation with little caramelization. Some light milky cream lends the body character. It's simply executed, but effectively so. There's not a great deal of subtlety to it, but it hits the right notes for the style. No yeast character comes through, nor does any alcohol. I don't get any roasted barley, which is a damn shame. Coffee is also missing. There's maybe some chocolate malt here, but no true chocolate. Well layered and definitely balanced, but it does leave something to be desired. This isn't unique or special.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Some creamy quality. Good carbonation, if a touch too high. Good palate presence. Too thin; it flirts with weakness. This is by far its main flaw. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: I like it, but it doesn't bring anything truly remarkable to the table. It's decently priced for what it is, and it isn't as messy as many collaboration beers. Hides its ABV well. Quite drinkable. I might try it on-draught (I'm told the DC Brau variant was draught only) but I wouldn't get the bottled version again. A likable pumpkin porter that will meet your expectations but not surpass them.

High C+

Beers to compare with: Alpine Ichabod

A poor candidate for aging. Drink within 1-6 months.

Drank fine from a goblet. A snifter or teku is probably ideal.

Pair with chocolate or marmalade on bread.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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