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Lost Souls | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
All treat, no trick: the rich and robust Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter is so good, even the living dead will indulge.

Added by canucklehead on 09-22-2012

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. A nice twist on the typical seasonal offering of the moment, and a bigger brother of sorts to Schadenfreude, I would imagine.

This beer pours a dark, almost black, cola highlight riddled brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and wanly bubbly tan head, which leaves nothing more than a bit of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells quite pungently of roasted dark chocolate, vegetal gourd, toasted, slightly sour caramel malt, muddled gingerbread spices - clove, ginger, and nutmeg - dry coffee grounds, a bit of brown sugar, and very soft earthy, weedy hops. The taste again leads with now semi-sweet cocoa notes, middling caramel malt, a softly sour lactic astringency, ethereal spiced pumpkin latte - coffee, mildly fleshy pumpkin, and overly blended seasonal spices - a slight metallic stoniness, and more understated earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are restrained to the point of near nothingness, the body a hearty medium-heavy weight, generally smooth, and even a little creamy for good measure. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, milkiness, and spiced pumpkin conjuring a certain apr├Ęs-Hallowe'en experience through and through.

If you didn't tell me that this was pumpkin-adjacent, I would have just opined that this is a rather pleasant hybrid of an American and London Porter, all chocolate, malt, and subtly sour lactation. But ya did, and the spiced pumpkin is indeed there, as generally relevant to the goings-on come November 1st as is the rotting gourd on your front step, at least compared to any newly-acquired candy bars, in this now well strung-out metaphor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear extremely dark reddish brown (almost black) in color with slightly more than moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass (along the surface) and some crimson red + cola brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy foamy light tan head that reduces quickly to a small patch of thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark chocolate, fudge, roasted malts, slightly lighter aromas of pumpkin pie spices (ginger, nutmeg, and clove), and just a hint of pumpkin sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor of fudge and dark malts with a moderate flavor of roasted malts. Moderate flavors of dark bittersweet chocolate and light notes of freshly ground coffee go well with the moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (ginger, nutmeg, and clove in order of strength) and roasted pumpkin. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly slick.

O: I really enjoyed this rich chocolatey pumpkin porter - a nice twist on the traditional pumpkin ale and chocolate porter/stout. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Delicious.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 16/10/13

A black enough with a edge that goes halfway to the other side under the foam, three fingers of mocha foam quickly falls to a thick film leaving no lace, looks pretty basic

S strong on the ginger, not much spice or pumpkin but there's some in there, lots of root beer and chocolate

T a little cold coffee and slightly more dark roast then the nose, root beer's still strong, spices are more noticeable then the nose but I can't place them, and heaps of ginger with faint pumpkin

M not quite the body I was expecting for the color, its somewhat light for a dark stout, foams up just a little, slick on the palate

O decent beer but perhaps a little more ginger then desired and pumpkin only plays a small part, has a fair bit of root beer going on almost overwhelming the dark roast

I liked it but I didn't love it, worth a try but not worth going out of your way for it, not your typical pumpkin beer but its a strange mix of flavors nonetheless

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Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Axnjxn
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle into a teku glass.

Dark black pour, no head. Smell has something wrong with it..extremely off smell of burnt rubber. Not excited to sip this one by any means. Taste isnt quite as bad, I get no chocolate at all but maybe a tad of pumpkin. The blend definitely doesnt work and though its drinkable it's still not anything i would ever seek out. Body is mild and carbonation is very low.

Overall avoid this. Just not a good beer.

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Photo of Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Lost Souls pours a deep dark brown with just a little reddish light getting through at the edges. It's capped with a finger of thick, light tan head.

Smell. Chocolate fudge with a little nutmeg-type spice. There are some roasty malts in there, but the chocolate is up front.

Taste. Creamy dark chocolate and some nice dark roasted malts. Maybe just a little roasted pumpkin in the background but I probably wouldn't have picked it out if I wasn't looking for it. Really nice stuff nonetheless.

Mouthfeel, Medium body, creamy below-medium carbonation.

Overall. Just a fantastic porter with a little extra. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ZachT
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of canucklehead
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Parallel 49 continues to create huge buzz over their beers with two new Fall releases. One is the Pumpkin Okfest called Schadenfreude and this beer which a Chocolate Pumpkin Porter called Dead Souls. It comes in a 650ml bottle with a cool comic book influenced picture of a reaper raising his fist in front a wall of fiery lost souls : way cool .

The beer is a huge taste of lots of chocolate with the pumpkin staying in the background. The beer is so well balanced and not austere like some porters. I loved the way the finish goes on for quite awhile tasting both chocolatey and malty at the same time. Parallel 49 could get my vote for BC brewery of the year against very heavy competition.

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3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BigBry
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, very dark (almost black), reddish brown highlights. Tall, light tan head that shrinks quickly to a thin film, thin rings of lace.
Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malts, more sweetness than bitter or hops. Slight pumpkin pie spice, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon.
Taste starts with dark malts, roasted grains. Also some chocolate and coffee. Pumpkin comes out at the end, cinnamon comes out more as it starts to warm.
Mouth feel is medium bodied, pushing heavy with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.
A nice variation of a pumpkin beer.

Also tried the bottles version. 650 ml bottle

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Photo of Beervana
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Lost Souls from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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