Tales From The Patch Pumpkin Porter | Big Rig Brewery

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Tales From The Patch Pumpkin PorterTales From The Patch Pumpkin Porter
Tales From The Patch Pumpkin PorterTales From The Patch Pumpkin Porter

Brewed by:
Big Rig Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 23
Reviews by patre_tim:
Photo of patre_tim
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a copper tinge when held to the light. Moderate carbonation, and it looks filtered. Topped with 3 fingers of beige head.

Big smells of cream and sugar, pumpkin spices, vanilla and caramel.

Tastes big and rich and sweet and creamy, following the nose with vanilla and cream, caramel and pumpkin spices. Unfortunately getting a hint of rust at the end of all that beauty.

Thick and creamy body, very milkshake like, with a pillowy carbonation that is also like whipped cream.

Got this today in the old, barrack like LCBO in Elora, Ontario. Drinking it up by Lake Muskoka at the cottage, this cold and rainy winter night of November 22nd, 2017. Excellent brew. I'm glad I took a risk and picked up several of these.

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Photo of pootz
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Spazzy glo-in-the-dark count floyd can -puts a dark orange copper beer in the glass with a bulbous off white cap - aromas of pumpkin pie spices, vanilla and fresh dough not over powering but distinct. Flavor is delightful big whack of malts with a decent amalgam of spice and vanilla pods, rich mouth feel, very rounded - long wet finish with increasing hop bittering - a very satisfying flavorful and drinkable pumpkin beer - something that won’t fatigue your taste buds after a couple

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Photo of TerryW
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm nor really a fan of pumpkin brews. There's just too much sameness, and while i really enjoy pumpkin pie, the beers rarely really hit the spot.

This one though, does the trick. Its not just a pumpkin spice club of cinnamon and nutmeg, &etc. Its got some vanilla, and creaminess, and a root beer sarasparilla sort of thing happening over the top of the chocolately roastiness of a porter. Very tasty. Not for drinking a ton of, but a decent dessert beer and something I'll be looking to round up a couple more cans of.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can from the LCBO; dated Oct 12 2016 and served well-chilled. I first tried this a few weeks ago, but it took me longer than expected to secure a second can for reviewing purposes.

Pours a gorgeous clear copper-brown colour with crimson highlights, topped off with one inch of foamy, light beige-tinged head that fades off over the next two minutes or so. A modest collar is the eventual remnant, with minimal lace being generated; looks fine, I suppose, but the aroma is what really rouses my interest. It smells rich and sweet, like hot chocolate with milk and vanilla, mixed up with black cherries and pumpkin pie filling; accents of cinnamon and nutmeg only make it all the more tempting. I'm glad I'm not diabetic.

An intriguing beer, but there's a lot of stuff going on and not all of it melds together coherently. Graham cracker crust, molasses, oatmeal and roasted pumpkin flavours come through at first, followed by root beer, cherry cola and cloying vanilla coke. Cinnamon, nutmeg and mild ginger spiciness, with earthy bitterness, licorice and mocha on the back end. Not exactly unappealing, but a bit too saccharine. Nearing medium-bodied, thanks to the oats, with moderate carbonation levels and a prickly, crisp, biting mouthfeel that doesn't quite suit the flavour profile - with this much vanilla and pumpkin pie going on, I'm looking for something a bit softer and smoother. Enjoyable enough, but definitely not something I'd want to drink one after another.

Final Grade: 3.75, a B+. Tales From the Patch is one of the most unabashedly and aggressively-flavoured Ontario pumpkin ales that I've ever tried. The vanilla in particular is a little too dominant, and overall it kind of reminds me of a soft drink - like the offspring of a Dr. Pepper and Vanilla Coke, mixed with Pumking and vanilla extract. Interesting enough to be worth a look, at least if you typically enjoy pumpkin ales - but probably not one of my first recommendations within the style.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaPan
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from the lcbo for about $3. Not much porter going on.. tastes like egg nog. Interesting but one is more than enough.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a standard 473 ml Canadian pint can. I'm not sure I've ever had a pumpkin porter and I cannot say that this really fit the style. It seemed more like a pumpkin soft drink than a porter as it lacked the richness and roasted malt of a good porter. I like some pumpkin ales, but will not seek this one out again.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jesterr44
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours like rootbeer; brown with an orange tinge, a fizzy tan head on a hard pour which fades down to nothing almost as quickly as rootbeer & leaves no lacing. Aroma of spice & vanilla. Taste follows with spice & vanilla dominating any pumpkin flavour & then there is a lager-esque sharp bite of carbonation at the finish. I'll stop short of calling it an adjunct bite, but there I guess I said it. It's very drinkable & went down quickly but it's not exactly a craft flavour to savour. Interesting to try, like a vanilla porter or the Cinnamon toast crunch from Bell City, but I won't be having this again.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can served cold into a tulip glass. Purchased for around $3.25 CDN from the local LCBO. Excited to see a new pumpkin ale this time of year. Cool can apparently glows in the dark.

Appearance - pours nearly jet black and topped with a finger of fluffy tan head. Modest retention leaving a small thin ring of foam around the edges.

Smell - this is unusual, as cream soda is the first aroma my nostrils pick up, with just a shade of pumpkin in there too. Fairly sweet smelling overall.

Taste - initially sweet then some pumpkin flavours that transition to a sweeter pumpkin pie as if thee was whipped cream added. Some spices to like nutmeg and a bit of a nutty flavor as well. Unusual but pretty good. Only wish the pumpkin was slightly more intense and longer lasting,

Mouthfeel - well carbonated as far as pumpkin beers go and not super slick like a traditional porter is, but it's not bad at all. There is a thinness that isn't great but overall petty decent.

Overall - Tales from the patch isn't a fantastic pumpkin porter but with some unusual aromas and a nice mix of flavours ( even if they are short lived) this makes for one of the More enjoyable pumpkin beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cycle69
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Trevor_IPA
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this since I was in the Halloween spirit. A spiced pumpkin porter. Pours the darkest of amber colours, almost porter but against the light is definitely amber. Smells strong of pumpkin pie, rather than pumpkin, with strong cinnamon notes. Tastes completely different than I'd imagine, very refreshing, almost like pumpkin nectar - very sweet (in a good way). A very unique taste. I'll be sure to save some around for friends who are not IPA fans, and would go well with variety of dishes
Update: Also noticed a previous fella mentioned can glows in the dark, it certainly does... Nice touch

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Photo of OneTuffPony
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StormAles
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Boo-urns
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ikidunot
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bixby1971
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gurkamal
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tales From The Patch Pumpkin Porter from Big Rig Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 23 ratings