Die Kreuzen Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Brewed by:
Burnt Hickory Brewery
Georgia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by ChainGangGuy on 10-25-2012

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 44
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've always loved pumpkin porters- I'd mix my own back in the day when almost no one but Elysian made them. This one is exceptional- it pushes the envelope with a deep, almost burnt, roastiness that contrasts nicely with the not too sweet pumpkin and spice and has that underlying silkiness that tames the roast a bit from the pumpkin itself. Always a treat from this very good brewery.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark brown in color with a nice two inch foam. Nice Chocolate, Pumpkin and some spices on the nose. upon tasting the pumpkin flavor was enjoyable, you also get vanilla and some spices. Much better pumpkin beer than the Shipyard Pumpkin Ale I had the day before.

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Photo of SuperBrewThru
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Has to be the best pumpkin beer out there. i hate pumpkin beers and this one just kills it. Die Kruezen, don't get the name but i love the beer! it's great!

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Photo of BigGold
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from growler, purchased at Wise Owl Growlers, Kennesaw, Georgia, into faceted mug. Well-balanced pumpkin beer, i.e., not too much pumpkin or pumpkin pie spice flavors.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Dark brown with some cola highlights. Tan head with wisps of lingering lace.
smell: Roasty Porter and aromatic spices compete in a good way.
taste: really nicely integrated Porter and Pumpkin, and aromatic spice. Smooth and mostly dry. Very tasty.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Chocolate, pumpkin and spice in the nose. I note spice and chocolate in the mouth. Enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L - Dark brown, with no clarity, 1 finger of head and some nice tan sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Pumpkin and spices, cocoa

T - Vanilla, pumpkin and spices

F -Light body and thin. Low carbonation.

O - A tasty pumpkin porter, smooth and well balanced and easy to drink

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99. No bottling date but this was released late September/ early October. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a dark brown, like black tea, with a three quarter finger tan head. The froth shrinks to a broken halo, leaving some wide bursts of lace.

Snells of chocolate, spiced gourd, brown sugar and perhaps it is my imagination but I get something like pie crust towards the back end. Nice.

The flavors open up similar to a molè stout with a good bit of spice and chocolate. Cinnamon, pumpkin, roast malt, chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, pie crust and something I perceive as oats. Almost no noticeable alcohol. The pumpkin and spice additives are well integrated but the base porter shines through.

Creamy, medium body with fairly soft carbonation. Finishes with a pleasing spiced chocolate pumpkin note.

I think Burnt Hickory may have done some tweaking to the recipe over the past year. I've enjoyed this in years past but this year I think it is substantially better. I'd never before noticed how excellent the base porter is and the added pumpkin and spice create a delicious seasonal accent. This is a great pumpkin porter and worth a try for fans of the style.

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Photo of FBGordon
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cooled bomber into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown with a foamy off-white head that quickly thins to a ring but lacey nicely throughout.

S: Notes of pumpkin, toast, coffee and a little toffee.

T: Light roast with notes of pumpkin and spices. Coffee and pumpkin.

M: Medium bodied, a little thin for a porter. Some carbonation keeps the palate from getting cluttered with pumpkin.

O: A nice-tasting beer that could use a little heft through the middle, it is nonetheless satisfying and with a well-hidden ABV. This was my second helping and I enjoyed both sessions.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a special cask version of Die Kreuzen Imperial Pumpkin Porter with maple syrup added.
From a cask at the 2014 Sweetwater Brew Your Cask Off Festival.

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Photo of Zach136
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Hazy brown - off white head

Aroma: Big nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove adjuncts. Touch of some darker malts.

Flavor: Aforemention adjuncts rounded out with a toasty, bready, quality and hints of pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Brewser_Lewser
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Man. This beer still really delivers. Create mouthfeel and slight pumpkin spice and chocolate. Finally a pumpkin i like and can drink a ton of. Burnt Hickory scores!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Displays a very dark brown body layered with a slim, pale beige head. Already, the carbonation seems mild, but it's being served through a hollowed pumpkin, so it's all good, baby.

Smell: Firm, crisped roasted malts in the nose, but also some charred toast notes. Not overtly sweet-scented baker's chocolate. Pumpkin and apropos spices are present, but not the chief focus of the aroma.

Taste: It's roasty, chocolaty, still with the burnt toast quality, but also some sweet caramel and slow, low wave of spicing. Prompt pumpkin flavor, but, as with the nose, it's not overblown. Instead, it's well-integrated with the dark malts. Drying, dark malt finish with a subtle spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Just a hair over medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Burnt Hickory Brewing, ladies and gentlemen.

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Die Kreuzen Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Burnt Hickory Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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