Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Summit Brewing Company

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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)

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Added by jera1350 on 11-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of pBRale
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 10-19-11
Poured into a warbled mug

Appearance: Black pour, with a huge creamy cocoa head that settles slowly and has excellent head retention and a nice lacing pattern.

Smell: The smell is of roasted chocolate malts, some dark chocolate, and a bit of coffee. In the background, there are some very nice spices of nutmeg and allspice. The chocolate and coffee aromas are just nicely supported by the spices.

Taste: Deep roasted malts and lots of coffee initially, with a bit of chocolate and a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, and pumpkin. The overall taste is outstanding, and my description can't do it justice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-thick body with low to medium carbonation and a really smooth finish. Excellent!

Overall: This is a porter first and foremost, but the pumpkin spices are so well blended that it is an incredible experience. An awesome beer. Period.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown in color, with a massive, persistent tan head, thick glass-coating lace. The head retains quite well.

Aroma: Sweet alcohol, lots of pumpkin spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, brown sugar, coffee. Sweet alcohol is also quite prominent.

Taste: Opens with dark malt, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and earth. As the taste progresses, warm, spicy alcohol notes appear. Finishes with earth, bitter cocoa, and pumpkin pie spices and a little spicy alcohol.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes; An excellent pumpkin porter, its a shame that this seems to have been a one-shot, as it really is superb.

Presentation: Packaged in a short, twelve-ounce brown glass bottle, served in a Sam Adam Boston lager glass.

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Photo of matjack85
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the discontinued bin at the Binny's store in Schaumburg, IL. for $1.79. I was a little surprised to see a fall seasonal in the discontinued bin in the middle of October, but oh well, there it was, so I grabbed it. No freshness date, but it does say that this bottle is from Batch 5 of their "Unchained Series".

The beer poured a black as oil color and made a nice 4-finger tan head that lasted several minutes and left decent lacing.

The smell was interesting, but not much pumpkin to it. The spices were there - nutmeg and clove, but very little pumpkin. I did get some sweet brown sugar and a touch of molasses as well.

Where's the pumpkin? To me this actually tasted like a chocolate porter. Nice chocolate malt flavor with some spiciness and some good hop bitterness. What little pumpkin flavor there is seems to be just an afterthought. There is also a lingering bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. It's creamy, smooth, rich, and thick with rather low carbonation.

This is a good tasting beer, but not very pumpkiny. Hard to score it cause it tastes good, but it's not what it's supposed to be. If you're going to call it pumpkin ale, then make it taste like pumpkin. Just my opinion.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I allowed this one to mellow for a year before consumption. The rest of the pack was sampled last year, but my notes are largely the same. Poured into a pub glass, the dark black porter gave way to about a 1/4 inch head. Cinnamon and nutmeg are apparent in the aroma, but the pumpkin scents are lack. Initial taste gives sweet chocolate which fades to a bitter dark chocolate in the after taste. Along the way, cinnamon and nutmeg emerge from hiding at times with little obvious hint of the pumpkin. The bitter aftertaste can make one forget this is a pumpkin ale. It may take a few tries to appreciate the effort on this one. It is a good porter, but the pumpkin is lacking.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass - got this in a mixed six pack from Beertopia in Omaha for $8.99 (for the whole sixer). What a steal!

A - pours deep, oily black w/ a nice big tannish brown head. Decent head retention, leaves speckled lacing on the glass as it goes down. Looks about right for the style. As a porter and stout lover, I like the looks of this guy.

S - roasted malt and spices, a bit of pumpkin. Honestly the pumpkin is not as prominent as I expected it would be. It seems like the malt and spices overpower the sweetness of the pumpkin, but it's definitely there. Not much hop character to speak of, but that's to be expected for the style I suppose.

T - smooth roasted coffee and dark chocolate mixed with the same spices noted above on the nose. Molasses and brown sugar perhaps? Very roast malt. The pumpkin seems to be an underlying note throughout but comes through nicely on the finish. Definitely more subtle than I was anticipating but still very tasty.

M - medium bodied. Goes down nice and smooth and the bold porter flavors are not too big for the body of this beer. Definitely more body than some other porters that I have had.

O - overall, a nice change of pace from the more traditional fall/Oktoberfest type beers. The pumpkin, as I said above, is subtle, but lends itself well and blends nicely with the other flavors going on.

M -

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Photo of xuptygm
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pitch black. dark brown head which recedes as quickly as it appeared. Heavy spices (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon) and big pumpkin flavor are great in this heavy brew. Super smooth mouth feel. Hops balance the beer nicely. This needs to be brewed again. Pretty Please! One of the best pumpkin beers (and definitely the most unique) I've tried.

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Photo of MNFirefly
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy Summit a lot and looked forward to trying this. I love Porter beers myself. I was impressed with the pour in this product. I was able to smell the aroma of the Pumpkin within this beer as I poured it. I found the taste to a little light on the spicy level and didn't balance with the Pumpkin, but still enjoyed it.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.11/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle graciously provided by JP. So glad you're back, but I'll certainly miss your Minnesotan provisions!

12 oz bottle poured leisurely into a snifter. Black with a cola colored spotted surface and some intermittent popping bubbles and adequate stickage.

Nutmeg, cinnamon, and canned pumpkin. The underlying scents are of roast and some dark chocolate. Both distinctive scents exist rather independently, like layers on top of each other rather than a cohesive mix. What's most perplexing is the distinctive whiffs of Bloody Mary that seems to waft off with a deep pull from the proboscis: tomato juice and celery salt. Strange.

The taste profiles the dirty porter more than the nose and the spices from the nose are more muted here. The base is almost too sweet though and the nutmeg and cinnamon don't hit hard enough to cut through. Maybe time has served to temper the spicing and while most times I would say this is a good thing, this beer could use some beneficial un-cloying agents.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is dialed up just a bit too much.

Overall, I'm curious how much this beer has changed over time. As is, I cannot imagine that she'll she improvement with more time.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch 05.

a - opened and filled my snifter. poured dark and viscous. there was a thin dark brown almost grey head. this beer is 8 ball black.

s - HOLY MOLY CHARLIE BROWN, it's the great pumpkin! very nice. spicy pumpkin with cinnamon and apple pie. some caramel coated roast.

t - well, that's unique. pot pour…tastes like pot pouri, the porter is in there as well, but it is rather spicy. almost like there is chili in there. chocolatey and burnt malt. really nice.

m - pretty full bodied for a porter. more stout like to me.

o - overall, this is a beer to be tried. it is extremely unique and rather tasty. really glad i got to try this one.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cola color dark brown with a sutle mocha head.

Smell- coffee, roasted malt, burnt sugars and yes pumpkin spices

Taste- follows the nose really well. Coffe and roasted/burnt malts. Pumpkin is present but I would have like a little more of its presence in this beer.

Overall- its a good little change up to a porter and would have liked a little more pumpkin in this one.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a grande tan head that fades to suds.

S: A hefty aromatic mixture of pumpkin and chocolate with a sweetness that suggests lactose. Also a lesser contribution of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg being the most obvious.

T: A bit more roasted than the smell would indicate. Chocolate shows up midway. Spices are lighter and complimentary, though they seem to have faded a lot at this point. Pumpkin is well blended and is most noticeable on the finish, which ends with a light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with full carbonation. Feels closer to a stout than porter.

Easily the best beer Summit has bottled in my opinion. Comparable to Midnight Sun Treat, only Summit went a little lighter on the spices with a bigger dose of roast. That said, I’ll make an effort to finish the last few bottles as it’s really losing the spice flavors.

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Photo of orangesol
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a small one finger tall tan head leaving small wisps of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, bakers chocolate, light vanilla sweetness, canned pumpkin pulp, and pumpkin pie spices.

T - Starts off a big dose of dark roasted malt slowly giving way to a mix of sweet chocolate and spicy pumpkin pulp. The alcohol is all but undetectable. The finish is mostly just dark roast, lingering for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Full feel with plenty of dark roast sticking around through the finish.

O - Not too bad for a cross over beer. I think the dark flavors dominated the pumpkin a bit too much at the beginning but it got a bit better toward the end.

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Photo of fdkayti
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours like motor oil, black and thick. Thin tan head that only hangs out for a short while.

S- a little pumpkin, heavy nutmeg, some cinnamon and maybe clovey? Malty nom.

T- Dark spiced chocolate, mocha notes. Obviously some pumpkin pie spices (unless I'm wanting it to be something its not).

MF- Creamy and medium heavy.

O/D- Would be more enjoyable in the cold but I can dig it. Easy to drink as its not overpowering. First pumpkin beer!

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Photo of Duff27
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark, dark brown with a thin mocha head. Decent head retention and lacing.

S- Chocolate but a definate sweet pumpkin smell.

T- Roasted malts. More chocolate with a touch of coffee. Pumpkin is not as pronounced as it is in the smell, may have faded over time.

M- Good smooth and creamy mouthfeel, par for the style.

D/O- Definately worth a try if you can still find some. Bring it back sometime Summit!

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Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 157 ratings
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