Die Kreuzen
Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #32
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #6,430
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 9.42%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
50
From:
Burnt Hickory Brewery
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  9
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: A true OCTOBER FILE. Our Imp PUMPKIN PORTER is named for one of the truly visionary rock bands of all time, Die Kreuzen. German for “The Crosses” our FALL SEASONAL is meant for colder darker days.
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

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.

Mar 03, 2017
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JamesBondGA from Georgia

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.

Feb 21, 2017
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SuperBrewThru from Georgia

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!

Nov 26, 2016
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BigGold from Mississippi

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.

Oct 20, 2016
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

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.

Dec 04, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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.

Nov 26, 2015
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

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

Nov 11, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

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.

Oct 28, 2015
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FBGordon from Florida

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.

Oct 26, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle of Imperial Pumpkin Porter. The bottle gushed when the cap was popped. Poured near black and near opaque with a huge, durable, foamy tan head.
Aroma: odd mix of earthy hops, toffee, and light 'Fall' spices.
Flavor: a fine blend of baked pumpkin, light pumpkin pie spices, dark dried fruits, toffee, brown sugar, and vanilla.
Feel: very smooth, full body with medium-high but soft carbonation.

Nov 09, 2014
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Zach136 from Georgia

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.

Nov 01, 2014
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Brewser_Lewser from Georgia

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!

Oct 30, 2014
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

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.

Oct 25, 2012
Die Kreuzen from Burnt Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 50 ratings