Imperial Pumpkin Pie Porter
Terrapin Beer Company

Imperial Pumpkin Pie PorterImperial Pumpkin Pie Porter
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Pumpkin Beer
3.83 | pDev: 13.32%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Imperial Pumpkin Pie PorterImperial Pumpkin Pie Porter
Notes: Tired of the everyday pumpkin beer? At Terrapin, we’ve set out to make one with more character… a lot more character. Bring this great feast of a beer to your favorite fall gathering and share with everyone who attends. Brewed with a cornucopia of deep, rich malts that complement a hearty fall meal, this spiced-up Imperial Porter will have you asking for a second helping.

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Wheat, Chocolate Wheat, Crystal 85, Crystal 120, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt
Hops: Columbus, US Golding
Other: Cinnamon, Ginger, Allspice, Cloves, Pumpkin!!
ABV: 9.2%
IBU: 35
OG: 21.2
Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 304 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanksgiving 2015!

22 oz. bottle (dated 2014) poured into a Duvel tulip style glass. Beer comes out a nice dark brown out of the bottle then gets a darker brown to black as it rises up into the glass. Slightly darker than kaki colored head, mostly small bubbles with some excellent lacing.

Smells like it's going to be a pumpkin pie spice sugar bomb. Cinnamon, cloves/nubmeg, maybe some ginger. Can't tell if there's really any pumpkin in there or not. Some slight coffee/chocolate aromas on the back end. Based on the smell, you'd expect this to taste too sweet.

WRONG! Tastes great! Certainly very sweet, but this is the perfect tasting fall/Thanksgiving time beer. Some sweet dark roasted grains provide an excellent base and the cinnamon, cloves/nutmeg, and ginger really are more of an excellent compliment. I know pumpkin doesn't really have much of a taste on it's own, but it certainly has an earthy flavor in there that I would gather to be pumpkin, nice and spicy at the end, hops are actually detectable, earthy and herbal/spicy.

Mouthfeel is probably the best part of the beer. Nice full bodied beer with a nice lingering long lasting flavor. Modest carbonation level with no bite from it or the alcohol. Smooth feel that works its way to sweet with a creamy feel at the end. Way more drinkable than I expected. Another solid brew from a solid brewery. Thanks Paschal for sharing this one!

Nov 27, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 vintage, 22oz wax top bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours pitch black in color with a small creamy khaki colored head that quickly reduces to just a ring around the edge of the glass

S- nice roasty base with aromas of smoke and char. Underlying cinnamon & nutmeg, with some pie crust and vanilla cream rounding it out

T- chocolaty base with some flavors of dark fruit, gives way to some roasted charred malt. Cinnamon and nutmeg kick in mid-palate, along with notes of cola & hints go vanilla. Picking up a little bit of burn on the finish, not sure if that's from the ABV, or if they snuck some pepper in there

M- heavy body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly chewy finish

O- bold flavors, even after a year of aging. The roasted malt matches well with the intense spicing

Nov 05, 2015
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, but clear amber brown around the edges. Not much head or carbonation.

S-Nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices. Mild pumpkin and some roasted malt.

T-Good bit of pumpkin, spices come through as well. The porter base is there as well.

M-Tad watery and a flat.

O-I love pumpkin beers, I am biases. Even at a year old this is yummy.

Aug 27, 2015
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fun pumpkin porter for the fall. Nice pumpkin fall spicing to go with the more robust nature of the porter. Smell was malt heavy with spice finish, while taste was more balanced and sweeter.

Jun 20, 2015
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Brackh from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this stayed in the fridge for so long. Weird to be drinking a pumpkin beer in March. Pours dark with a foamy head. Smells like a sweet spicy pumpkin. Taste is forward up front with sweetness. Big pumpkin flavor. Nutmeg too. A great pumpkin beer. Not too sweet.

Mar 21, 2015
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gillagorilla from Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Best by: 7/16/15)

A: Pitch black with a light mocha head that leaves a nice collar and only the tiniest of lacing.
S: Smells like layers of fresh pumpkin and roasted pumpkin. The traditional pumpkin spices interweave notes of cinnamon, clover and allspice. I even get a bit of vanilla.
T: Nice level of spice that leaves the earthiness and roast of the pumpkins intact. Definitely pumpkin pie, but not getting a ton of porter. The base beer isn't really prevalent, but just acts as a medium to convey the flavors. Smells delicious!
M: Nice mild carbonation that isn't too harsh or overly aggressive. Goes well with the light touch of spice particulates.
O: Wonder what this would have been like if I hadn't waited to open it, but I doubt it has changed much over that time. It's good and definitely one of the better pumpkin beers out there.

Mar 11, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage. Poured from a wax topped bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is dark brown to black, with a thin, sparse, light tan head. Aromas of rich chocolate and pumpkin spice blended together nicely, with some caramel and vanilla highlights. Nice. Flavors are roasted and richly sweet forward, with a pumpkin bread blend of spices, bittersweet chocolate, tangy cream, brown sugar, and actual roasted pumpkin notes. Pretty bold palate. Big, smooth bodied, with a tangy sweet cream, pumpkin, and spice blend in the aftertaste. The finish is smooth and rich, with a decent linger of sweet and spice. Pretty big brew, and tasty, too.

Feb 08, 2015
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber picked up in Asheville, NC Sep 2014

L - Dark brown, with 1 finger of head and some lace

S - Sugar! Brown sugar! Pumpkin and spices.

T - Sweet up front, and then the spices and pumpkin hit. Porter smooth throughout. Tasty! High ABV hidden.

F - Medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - A great brew. Great job combining pumpkin and spices with an imperial porter

Dec 24, 2014
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wedge from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Tasty Beverage

Appears black with a super thin ring around the edge of the glass for a head. Aroma is heavy on the pie spices – not much else coming through except maybe a little malt hiding beneath. Flavor is a little more interesting, though still mostly spices (cinnamon and nutmeg in particular). Some berries, light coffee, and caramel. Medium bodied with a nice, dry finish that keeps things surprisingly drinkable. Too heavy handed on the spices though, which masks any pumpkin and most of the Porter qualities.

Dec 23, 2014
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell is all the goodness of a porter with pumpkin and spices. Taste is much of the same with a semi-sweet finish. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected for A 9% beer. Overall, a solid pumpkin porter but nothing to go crazy over. Worth a try.

Dec 21, 2014
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GPHarris from Alabama

4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into a snifter. the body was dark black. great looking beer.
s - spices and pumpkin with some sweetness.
t - pumpkin and allspice with a bit of roast.
m - creamy and coating.
o - terrific beer.

Dec 19, 2014
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jucifer1818 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

This was a very, very solid example of making a pumpkin porter work. Most of the other examples that I've had (warlock and imperial pumpkin smash) where pretty weak, but this one really works.

Id say that it is just about worth its price, which is pretty high........but I assure you, this beer delivers.

It made for a great post thanksgiving drink.
If I see this one again, I will probably buy it : D

Nov 28, 2014
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Tired of the everyday pumpkin beer? At Terrapin, we've set out to make one with more character... a lot more character. Bring this great feast of a beer to your favorite fall gathering and share with everyone who attends. Brewed with a cornucopia of deep, rich malts that compliment a hearty fall meal, this spiced up Imperial Porter will have you asking for a second helping. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American Porter with Pumpkin and spices added. Release #3 in Terrapin's Reserve series, the first release of 2014, released in October 2014 in very limited quantities. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a rosy chocolate milk complexion of a frothy foam consistency over a near black body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Meaty pumpkin forward with a a pinch of toasted brown sugar, nutmeg and clove spice and a touch of dried vanilla bean. Malt notes of toasted caramel crust and moderately roasted barley with a mild sweetness. Booziness is mild but certainly detectable in the aroma. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) Undercooked pumpkin meat, strong clove spice forward and a light sweetness and body. Drinks light like a porter, but has flavor overloads in less desireable spots, namely raw pumpkin and strong spices, both of which dry out the flavor and cut back drinkability. Imperial Pumpkin Pie Porter finishes with a heavy roasted malt and a lingering blend of dry nutmeg and clove. Light impact from the vanilla bean and alcohol, though neither are overwhelming nor easy to detect. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, oily and mildly dry. Carbonation generates a moderate frothiness for a lightly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is mildly dry, moderately earthy bitter with spice over sweetness. Alcohol presence is light, there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A highly anticipated release that just doesn't reach 'great' by me. My favorite part is the roastiness of the malt which is spot-on, but the remaining components of this beer fall somewhat short of being spectacular. The spicing is overdone in this beer for the body it has and the body is too light and undersweet for an "Imperial" porter. I also find the pumpkin a bit too underripe or undercooked to come off as pleasureable, and only a minor accessory to this beer rather than the main feature. I hope they try again next year, preferably retooled as a stout- putting in better prepared pumpkin, more balance to the body and laying back a good bit on the spice integration, and the end result should be a phenomenal pumpkin porter. As for now, it's just 'pretty good', and I can live with that, as this is probably the best 'pumpkin porter' I have yet had (of two releases and my own pumpkin porter homebrew- surprisingly good!). However, it is a far cry from the best pumpkin ale overall, and unfortunately there are a great many superior and far more easy-to-acquire pumpkin ales out there over this porter. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Imperial Pumpkin Pie Porter

Nov 28, 2014
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rangerred from Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours pic black with a thin half-finger tan head. There is abundant carbonation leaving a decent head throughout the glass.

Aroma is quite spicy and fairly typical of a pumpkin beer. What sets it apart are the underlying notes of roasted malt with a hint of coffee.

The flavor is extremely spicy with loads of nutmeg and cinnamon up front. Halfway through these give way to roasted malt and just a bit of smoke. While it is light, the smoke becomes the dominant characteristic into the finish.

Overall, a very unique take on an all too common beer. I love the contrast between pumpkin spice and smoke.

Nov 12, 2014
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UTvols05 from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a DFH snifter.

Not a huge fan of pumpkin beers to begin with, but another "wax dip" offering from Terrapin had me excited enough to seek this out.

Unfortunately I was disappointed to find a way over-spiced, underwhelming, over priced, run of the mill pumpkin offering packaged in this pretty bottle.

Nov 07, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: 2014 Edition

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark brown, almost jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy sudsy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie, both pumpkin and spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and clove. Underneath the pumpkin pie aromas, there is a lighter aroma of dark and chocolate malts plus just a hint of brown sugar sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark and chocolate malts with a light to moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by a moderate to strong flavor of pumpkin pie - pumpkin and spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and clove in descending order of strength). Finally there is a light note of booziness, almost like what I would find in a bourbon with the hints of vanilla.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish from the spices.

O: This beer is very enjoyable and is a nice combination of the flavors/aromas of pumpkin pie, chocolate, and a traditional porter. It would have been even better with a slightly fuller body/mouthfeel but definitely worth a try.

Oct 26, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body with some transparency at the edges. Medium khaki head.

Smell - Lots of pumpkin spice. Some pumpkin, but it's mostly spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Some dark malts.

Taste - Tons of spice. Chocolate comes out more. Some caramel sweetness. Cinnamon and nutmeg become very strong in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. A little more body would be nice. Well carbonated. Very spicy.

Overall - Dominated by spice. The spice works well though. I think I'd like to see more porter, but I'm enjoying it.

Oct 25, 2014
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge cinnamon, ginger, nugmeg. Spices dry out the palette. For a waxed bomber, this is surprisingly mediocre. It's still pretty good. Def can't taste any alcohol.

Oct 20, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle.
Good aroma but apparently too much spicing.
Thankfully, the flavor has decent balance with the pie spices mixing well with some roasted malts.
Very good bitter-sweet balance.

Oct 07, 2014
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MaltLickyWithTheCandy from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

I don't understand how this doesn't have a world class rating. I had this over the weekend, shared with some friends by the campfire. It has every distinct note of a what a world-class pumpkin porter would taste like to me. Lots of good dark coffee tone, brown sugar, roasted malts,and an incredibly well balanced pumpkin taste. The problem with most pumpkin beers is the over-spiciness of the pumpkin, and this beer has a very well balanced pumpkin note to it. The three other people I shared this with agreed it was the best pumpkin beer they had ever had. World class for sure.

Oct 04, 2014
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brstls4drmrs from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Pours a dark brown/coffee like color with a nice tan foamy head. Good lacing that sticks around.

S - Burnt pumpkin with graham cracker hints and nice malts and cinnamon/spice in there. Some faint nutmeg and clove in there too.

T - Slightly thin and lacking malt character for a porter. But a good taste of pumpkin, spice and toffee.

M - Good but just a bit thin.

O - Not bad at all. Cheers!

Oct 03, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pitch black with a finger of tan head, kinda thin on the lacing.
S - Burnt toffee, roasted malt and big roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar.
T - This thing is big, and has some alcohol burn for sure, most of it is a large roasted malt with some pumpkin flavor, cinnamon comes in more to the end, and theres definitely some sweet toffee and toasted caramel in there, but its very minor.
M - Big feel, viscous.
O - Good, but definitely kind of a letdown. Not sure how to feel about this. There's good porter traits, and minor pumpkin flavor, which I thought would have been figured out.

Sep 22, 2014
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ILMbrew from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black in my snifter. Some light shows through the upper ring but otherwise it's is as dark as can be. More spice than pumpkin in the nose. Still pleasant but more of cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is not what I was expecting but it was a nice surprise. Again more spice than pumpkin but the pumpkin that was there lacked the usual artificial favoring that most pumpkin beers have. Instead it had a more "natural" feeling. Very enjoyable. Mouthfeel was typical of a porter. Nothing special but also not lacking. Overall, I really enjoyed this. It has gotten suspect ratings but I think it is spot on in terms of being a rich, dark pumpkin beer with the requisite spices and roasted malts.

Sep 22, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

The beer pours a dark brown-black topped by a thin tan head that settles around the perimeter with minimal lacing. The nose is pie spice forward, ginger and cinnamon, which overwhelms the underlying roasty sweetness. The taste is more pleasant - roasty malts, integrated spice, tingling booze, some caramel/chocolate sweetness. It's thin bodied and under-carbonated, but the spice and ethanol bite are not too overwhelming as your palate acclimates. It's not the best pumpkin porter I've had, but relatively drinkable and not exceedingly difficult to obtain.

Sep 21, 2014
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Scstroud827 from New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

I thought this would be a great beer I have enjoyed most of there beers but this tasted like my first attempt at making my own porter.
I drank it all down but not my first choice. I will not try that hard to get this beer next year.

Sep 15, 2014
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