Punkuccino | Elysian Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by billab914 on 10-24-2013

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a bit of red showing through. Small tan head.
Pumpkin spice and coffee aroma, a little bit of pumpkin.
Coffee, cinnamon, and nutmeg taste. Slight pumpkin.
Very smooth.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Deep opaque brown with mahogany highlights around the edges with a medium tan head that dissipates somewhat slowly but leaves behind some lacing.
S - pumpkin with fall spices up front with hints of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, followed by
T - Follows the nose with pumpkin and fall spices (cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg) up front followed by roasted, semi-bitter coffee intermixed with notes of vanilla and caramel along with a smooth lactose finish.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and silky, yet with a somewhat thin back end
O - A really surprising and enjoyable Fall pumpkin beer - the only thing I wish was that the flavors were a little bolder, otherwise, it's a great beer.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark with a bit of an off white head. There's a nice ring of foam on the glass.
The nose is mixed with pumpkin spices and the coffee aroma. Interesting combination.
The taste is an interesting mix of the previously stated flavors: pumpkin spice and coffee. There's a pepper flavor mixed in.
The body is lighter. The flavors do linger.
Interesting mix.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jacwomyn
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This reminds me of cigarettes infused with coffee. Strange but interesting.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick-stout black with a finger of khaki head. Head retention is okay. Aroma is a hearty blend of pumpkin and medium-roast coffee with chocolate. With pumpkin and coffee laying the aromatic foundation, toffee, spices, and roasted and toasted malts become apparent as dutiful sidekicks. Together they meld to form a kick ass ensemble of justice delivering coffee and pumpkin as the big one-two hits. Flavor profile follows the path set by the aroma, hitting notes of pumpkin, medium-roast coffee, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Mouth feel has a minute effervescence, and when combined with a light graininess and a medium viscosity, drinks fairly robust. Overall, big coffee and chocolate mashed and mingled with pumpkin in a delightful way. It retains a good balance between the two major notes. It never reaches on cloying sweetness.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of TooGood
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky dark brown color. Slightly thin body and medium carbonation.
Aroma is black coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some roasted malts as well
Taste was similar, a little sweet balanced with some coffee bitterness. Spice lingered a bit
Overall this showed up as weak to me. Thin body,weak coffee flavor and just wasn't that memorable

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Photo of Nunya
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, no dating.

It pours a dark brown with a tannish head of foam, quickly dissipating leaving a bit of lacing.

Nutmeg and cinnamon nose, light roasted malt, no coffee that I can discern.

The taste is heavy with the nutmeg and cinnamon, medium roasted malt and rather faint coffee for a beer with coffee in the name.

Very smooth mouthfeel and flavours, a very good Pumpkin beer.

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Photo of ColSanders123
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Elysian Brewing Company "Punkuccino"
1 PINT, 6 FL OZ brown glass bottle seemingly without production codes or freshness dating

Notes via stream of consciousness: Unlike a lot of people I've always liked pumpkin beers, or should I say pumpkin pie spiced beers. If they're actually made with pumpkin, great, but there are only a few that come to mind that do that where the squash has any real flavor contribution. In this case, however, it seems we're getting coffee and cinnamon/nutmeg and that sounds like a winning combination if the spicing isn't overdone. So, let's get to it, it's poured a very dark, almost black, mahogany brown body beneath a short but creamy head of dark khaki foam. The aroma offers cinnamon, nutmeg, some nuttiness, and coffee - not bad, it's smells like a Starbucks drink! Yeah, it reminds me of Christmas shopping, which is probably why so many people seem to love pumpkin spice and don't even realize it. I like it, let's move on. The flavor offers a nice fruity, caramelish, and nutty base - which I wasn't expecting, I was expecting it to be more stout-like - with a pleasant dusting of spices (the nutmeg seems to come out more than it did in the aroma, and the cinnamon is lighter), and a touch of roasty black coffee. It's not too sweet although there is some lactose added, I'm assuming to help give it some body. The head has dropped to a thin surface covering and standard collar, and there's some pretty nice lace. It's not what I was expecting but I like it, and I wonder if there was more coffee to it would I like it more or less. As it is it's a pleasant and fairly complex tipple while not being overly full or too intense in any area. I think they've nailed this one. The usual hiccup is that the spicing is too strong, or it's either too sweet or not sweet enough but they've got that covered. The next item would be the base malt and I think that's just fine, I'm guessing that would be a pretty nice brown ale on its own. Finally, they're tossing coffee into the mix here, and although you get more of it in the aroma, as you do the spices, there's enough in the flavor that it works just fine there as well. And I forgot, the yeasty fruitiness is an interesting change. Overall I find this really hard to fault, and I'm impressed enough to head back to the store to pick up two of these for Halloween while giving out candy, one for Thanksgiving (probably after dinner), and one or two and maybe even three or four for Christmas because you never know when something like this will just perfectly fit - that's seven so maybe I should just buy a case? But what about the extras? Well if no one else drinks them at Thanksgiving and Christmas, would it be a good beer to drink while the snow is falling? Yeah, I think so, but it's still definitely a seasonal, I wouldn't want this in spring or summer. Worth trying though!
Review# 6,282

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Photo of reaganrvltn
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Diura
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with a big foamy tan head that displays decent retention and lacing.
Aromas of pie crust, pumpkin skin, spices, cinnamon, and clove. A modest aroma of roasted malt evokes espresso beans and becomes apparent later on.
The taste is dominated by pumpkin purée mixed with spices of cinnamon and clove. These adjuncts are embedded within a malt bill that is biscuity, pie like and sweet overall. Not much coffee or roasted flavor at first, however, it gradually becomes more prominent in the finish and adds some bitterness.
Medium bodied and gently carbonated. Smooth mouthfeel with a gummy malt texture.
Decent balance between the pumpkin and spices. A solid pumpkin beer.

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Photo of bluehende
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is cinnamon/clove, malts and mild coffee. The flavor is ginger/cinnamon/mild clove, malts, pumpkin/gourd and a mix of mild sweetness and slight sour/acidic in the finish.

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Punkuccino from Elysian Brewing Company
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