Gourd Of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Strangeways Brewing

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Strangeways Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by nmann08 on 11-24-2013

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/3 of a 750ml bottle served in a Belgian Snifter.
Pours a murky, opaque brown with a limited head.

Aroma: odd -- vegetative (gourd?), cinnamon, Fall spices and faint bread.

Flavor: complex, spicy, mildly sweet with subtle nutmeg, clove, vanilla and earthy/woody notes.

Feel: medium+ body; smooth

Overall: a moderately spicy imperial porter that smells too much like a gourd but whose flavor blends the pumpkin with a mix of spices to create an interesting and satisfying ale.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Answer

A- pours Dee brown color with a creamy off-white head, good retention

S- cinnamon, clove, allspice, malty

T- heavy cinnamon up front, followed by nutmeg and clove. Sweet malty caramel mid-palate, finishes with more cinnamon

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- heavy cinnamon

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Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a fairly dark brown, but not black, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like caramel, pumpernickel, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, roast, ginger, and clove.

Like most pumpkin beers, this doesn't really actually taste like pumpkin, but rather really good spiced bread- cinnamon and a great dark breadiness. There's also vanilla and slight dark roast coffee, with ginger and clove as well. It's got a nice creamy flavor as well.

Despite the intriguing flavors, this is quite thin, with a weak body. It's lightly carbonated, too.

The structure of this beer is flawed, but the flavors are quite nice.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattyb79
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a muddled, dark, chestnut coloring with a low profile, foamy, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of rich caramel, milk chocolate, rich pumpkin and pumpkin spice, hints of vanilla and molasses, bourbon, ginger, and clove. Very aromatic. Flavors are roasted forward, with heavy notes of coffee and chocolate, with a solid spice blend of nutmeg and clove coming in shortly after and setting up shop for the long haul. Pumpkin notes dance in and out, and there is a heavily roasted overtone as you drink. The aftertaste is more pumpkin spice, chocolate, and vanilla, with a smooth and dry feel. The finish is dry, smooth, and with a solid linger of rich sweet, spice, booze, and bitter. Good beer.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of alexkwilhelm
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Hopbully
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color with red tints and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and other spices.

T: Tasted of a tinge of ginger, a decent amount of malt, lots of cinnamon (more than expected), some cloves, a hint of nutmeg, a light chocolate quality, and some hops in the finish. An interesting flavor that was slightly different than I expected. The pumpkin almost seems like an afterthought, but somehow it seems to work.

F: A good shot of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: The low score for this beer is a bit surprising. It's not a typical pumpkin ale, but it is quite tasty.

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Photo of uvachief
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014: I was really looking forward to this beer. Poured a beautiful dark, almost black, brown. About a finger of head. This was a draft btw. Smells of cloves mostly. Hints of other spices. Creamy and smooth in the mouth. However, more cloves which over power all other flavors. I felt like I was drinking a clove cigarette. There were subtle other flavors and no alcohol burn. If they toned down the cloves it might have been very good. Difficult to drink the entire beer because of the cloves. Just not my cup of tea. It really has potential if reworked. 2015: Update. They must have reworked the recipe. This year's version is much improved with significantly less cloves overpowering the brew. Much smoother. Increased rating considerably. Good effort!

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on nitro. A tasty beer if a bit weak. I expect a bit more out of an imperial. Still, a solid attempt.

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Photo of Boone757
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Monkeefartz
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of seanchai
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of embass
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Masonz223
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Smell: cinnamon nutmeg spicy pumpkin filling.brown sugar green apple
Taste: upfront hints of spice cinnamon nutmeg middle of the mouth pumpkin green apple finishes with more spice and a burnt pie crust note.
Feel: light medium body a bit waterd down. Pretty dry in the finish.
Overall: smells pretty good but doesn't taste very good. Not a big fan of this.

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Photo of brocktune
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Gourd Of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Strangeways Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 32 ratings