Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Summit Brewing Company

very good
157 Ratings
Summit Imperial Pumpkin PorterSummit Imperial Pumpkin Porter

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jera1350 on 11-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 123
Photo of herman77
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First bottle review. Had this on tap last weekend so I kind of know what I'm getting into.

A: Pretty much black with a nice, though smaller, brown head. Decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malt a little bit of nutmeg, cinnamon/spice and just a hint of pumpkin. A bit of smoke too?

T: Toasted malt with dark chocolate and a little bit of carmel. There is a bit of spice and pumpkin lurking in the background, but the traditional porter flavors stand out more. The pumpkin and spice actually complement the toasted malt and chocolate flavors very nicely. Finishes with a slight bitter toasted flavor. A little different, but defiantly enjoyable.

M: Medium to fuller body. Lower carbonation. Smooth.

D: Pretty good drinkability. Reminds me of fall for sure. I could have a few no problem and thats saying a lot since I'm not a fan of pumpkin and spiced beers.

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Photo of tmcelvain
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Black. 1/4" bubbly head served in a bowtie highball.

S: Sweet for a porter. I catch just a bit of pumpkin and spice in the background.

T: Scant smoke flavor, lots of nice woody tones. The pumpkin sits way in the back - right where it should be IMO. The alcohol creates a dry finish, laced with a fruity, slightly spicy flavor.

M: Very light carbonation, just a little watery - very close to a standard porter style.

D: Very drinkable for a higher alcohol porter. I definitely want another, but the flavors are complex enough that I would be satisfied with 1 or 2.

$2.50 on happy hour at my neighborhood tavern - you just can't beat that! Well balanced for an imperial porter. I was prepared to be disappointed based on some other reviews that I had read, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This beer is best as it warms a bit - the end of the glass was much richer than my first couple of sips. All in all, Summit seems to be getting better each time they release one of their "unchained" series.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Groveland Tap for a Friday happy hour. Poured into a Summit Unchained pint glass.

A-Black beer, looks very thick and opaque, with a big, fluffy brown head exhibting good retention.

S-Some choco malts with a hint of pumpkin and a hint of roasted malt.

T-The flavor profile is huge, with chocolate flavors highlighted by slight roastiness, giving way to dark fruits and prunes. Pumpkin flavor is more of a nuance which appears at the end of the flavor and sustains into the aftertast, alongside hints of fall spicing. Hop character is pretty much absent from this beer's flavor, with only minimal hop bitterness perceived.

M-Moderate-heavy body with a medium-low carbonation. Seems appropriate for the style.

D-I liked this beer a bunch and look forward to continuing to enjoy it while it's available. The pumpkin, while beig advertised in the beer's name, is really more of an afterthought in the beer's flavor, which is refreshing for me since I don't much like the over-pumpkin-y beers that sometime make an appearance. Overall, a very tasty porter that makes me pine for Thanksgiving and pumpking pie.

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Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stellas in uptown

Served with a finger of light khaki head. Color is nearing black. Decent head retention with some nice lace.

Aroma: Chocolate, caramel, some roasted malts, and spice. Pumpkin and nutmeg show, but it doesn't overpower the beer.

Taste: Much similar to the aroma. I enjoy this pumpkin beer because the pumpkin and spice flavors are complements to the porter and not something that take over the chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt flavors. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin show.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and roasted. Medium bodied (I expected a bigger body) with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, not a bad offering from summit. It was somewhat drinkable as well. I doubt I will buy it again, but it was a decent beer to try once.

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Photo of CBorg
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Really dark brown, almost black. No light getting through this puppy! Nice creamy off-white head with nice lacing as the glass starts to empty.

Aroma: Lots of spices! Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, mace, maybe a couple others that I can't quite put my finger on. Also get some really intensely dark chocolate; not a lot of chocolate, but enough to know it's there. Coffee and roasty, toasty malts come through as well. One thing that is surprising though: almost no pumpkin. I might be getting a very, very faint whiff of pumpkin, but it is really subtle.

Taste: Nice. Round, rich, full and warming. Definitely lives up to the 'imperial' namesake. The dark/bittersweet chocolate, coffee and malts are coming through more now. The spices are still coming through strong, but are now softer and more restrained. Pumpkin is still very faint. It's there, but only enough to give a little bit of sweetness and earthiness to the beer.

I've had a lot of other pumpkin beers, and most of them come off as tasting like liquefied pumpkin pie. Not so with this one. There is just enough pumpkin here to impart its character to the beer without overwhelming it. This is a really tasty beer!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full-on ebony appearance, roasted brown head, slim and soon gone.

Aroma brims with spice. They put a ton in here, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, allspice, maybe more, I forget. It rides over anything else. A little coffee and caramel, maybe, with the black & chocolate malt.

tAste: All dark malts, and plenty of spice. Can't taste the pumpkin, doesn't reveal itself at all. Well, it's in there somewhere, but the porter elements are going strong, bittersweet, smooth, rich, and tasty. Cocoa flavor is major. Spice is coming on strong, and taking control, becoming bright and dominant.

I keep looking for the pumpkin, and have to realize it was meant to be drowned out by the malt and the spice. It's there, but undetectable and utterly submerged. But the beer becomes more than the sum of it's parts, and something very satisfying.

wait, halfway through the pint, now I'm getting the pumpkin, there it is. Neat little cameo, it pops up for a peep.

Yum, yum, yum. Warm, malt, chocolate, pumpkin, and then all that spice. It's there for flavor, but doesn't become hot or take over in any way. A well done brew all the way. Pumpkin haters needn't worry, as that flavor is subdued, and stout and porter lovers have much to enjoy.

Another winner in the Unchained Series!

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Photo of mnbrewery
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Imperial Pumpkin Porter was enjoyed on tap and came pretty dark/black. The aroma was nicely roasted. The taste and mouthfeel revealed no "Imperial" at all, as well and virtually NO pumpkin at all. So the name states it's an Imperial Pumpkin Porter. Either this is a misnomer or not to style at all.
A decent drinker, but no pumpkin to be found....

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Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Summit Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
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