Dark Pumpkin | Thimble Island Brewing Company

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Dark PumpkinDark Pumpkin

Brewed by:
Thimble Island Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 45
Photo of BeerConny
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful porter with a good pumpkin taste. Not overwhelming with pumpkin flavor at all. To be picky it could use a little less carbonation in my opinion. Don't think twice about trying this. I bought a single and now wish I just bought a six pack. Even my friends face lit up with shock as to how great it tasted. I'm proud to be so close to such a great brewery. Thimble island out does two roads and stony Creek any day.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review on 9/25/15. Had at the brewery on the first day of the 2015 release, the girlfriend was excited they had a pumpkin. She asked for it and got this dark beer so she took one sip and handed it to me, score!

Poured murky dark brown with a tan head. Smelled like roasted malts with a wallop of spice. The taste was truly spectacular. You had a nice mix of the porter dark malts and their chocolate notes along with the pumpkin and strong spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Some lingering smoky notes at the end. Felt great, give me another!

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, black in color, with minimal head. Taste is molasses, cinnamon, clove, and other pumpkin spices. Moderately sweet. Really impressed with this pumpkin porter. Really well done. Tastes like both beer and pumpkin. Really well balanced. Will have to look for this again.

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Photo of JoshJayne
4/5  rDev +5.3%

On draft at Cask Republic, New Haven. Very dark porter (lighting is "intimate" at Cask so...) with a beige head. Smells of roasted malts and a light hint of pumpkin pie spice. Tastes like a well balanced porter with just the right amount of spice. Not a liquid pie by any means but not too understated either. Great mouth feel, nice solid viscosity. Not watery or sticky. A nice take on the style, worth seeking out.

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Photo of dd43
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps a tad more carbonated than I prefer. It makes the beer seem to have not quite enough gravitas in the mouthfeel department, for a porter anyway. Flavors are decent in the pumpkin pie area, smells are more pronounced in that regard. I picked up cinnamon and allspice mostly. Malts are a little roasty with a coffee like presence, but it's really rather light. Actual pumpkin in the mash as well, there is a vegetal/gourd note that obviously belongs in a beer with pumpkin in the name. Good effort from Thimble Island, just a little light on character.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark black in color with a thin slightly off white head. Constant pearling going on so the head fades slowly. Nose is a hint of pumpkin spices and a mild earthy tones. Taste matches the aroma, pumpkin spices up front finishing off with earthy notes and a hint of malt. Dry crisp finish. Not bad.

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Photo of zshaft
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

pours nice black with minimal head. nice nose of pumpkin and cinnamon as well as some nutmeg and clove. mouthfeel is thin and taste is watered down pumpkin with the spices taking full force in this one. I get mostly lingering cinnamon and allspice throughout the palate dominating to the point where you forget the pumpkin or porter. overall a spice bomb. while not terrible the pumpkin is missing as is any dark roasty porter notes. lick a cinnamon stick and move on. will not revisit this one

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Photo of far333
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opaque mahogany colored liquid gives way to a low head of sizzly bubbles that boil away quickly. Low nose of cocoa and spice, not sign of pumpkin. Flavors of faint cocoa, overly punctuated with way too much nutmeg, and a hint of clove. Not much in the way of rounded out porter flavors, and the "pumpkin" is mainly a preponderance of spice. Slick and watery mouthfeel, nearly no body at all. I don't follow why the ratings are as high as they are for this one.

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Dark Pumpkin from Thimble Island Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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