Pumpkin Porters and Stouts

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  1. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (892) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    I am a HUGE fan of pumpkin beers, and have really enjoyed the "dark side" of these brews the past few years.....there are big differences between the usual spiced pumpkin ale, which it typically a base brown ale with pumpkin and spices, and the various Pumpkin Porters and Stouts which have become part of the autumnal (or pre-autumn!) line up....

    Here are some of my favorite "dark pumpkins".....what about you?

    Elysian Dark O of the Moon Pumpkin Stout
    Elysian He Said (21st Amend. collab) Baltic Pumpkin Porter
    Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash Stout (just had this, after a trip to NC.....GREAT Beer!)
    Fisherman's / Cape Ann Pumpkin Stout and Imperial version
    Southern Tier Warlock Pumpkin Stout
    Epic Fermentation Without Rep Pumpkin Porter
    Redhook Pumpkin Porter

    Looking forward to new Duclaw Pumpkin Retribution Imperial Pumpkin Stout, this year.....
     
  2. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (226) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    Whatever you do, avoid Millstream's pumpkin stout like the plague. I'm not really sure what they put in it but the aftertaste has the same flavor as burning trash at a landfill.
     
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  3. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (452) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I absolutely love pumpkin beers and surprisingly, I haven't had any pumpkin porters or stouts. I am excited to explore them this year though. I see that we finally have ST Warlock in my area so I'll be picking up a couple bottles of that to store away for those cool autumn days.
     
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  4. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Devotee (494) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Spring House Pumpkin Stout is awesome. I hope it'll be back this year.
     
  5. Clarkson

    Clarkson Aspirant (211) Feb 26, 2013 Texas
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    St. Arnold Pumpkinator is the king in TX.
     
  6. TurkeyFeathers

    TurkeyFeathers Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2014 New York
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    A little off topic but just had some Keuka Lake Brewing pumpkin cream ale and it was stellar. And I second Warlock
     
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  7. Mitchell57

    Mitchell57 Initiate (167) Jan 8, 2013 Wisconsin

    Milwaukee Brewing's Sasquatch is a pumpkin/yam porter I believe
     
  8. alexipa

    alexipa Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado

    I love Elysian's Dark o the Moon (and pretty much all of Elysian's pumpkin beers).

    Be on the look out late September for both Rumpkin and a new BBA Pumpkin Porter called Pump[KY]n, both from Avery.
     
  9. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (258) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Only had Redhook's Out of Your Gourd and it was lame.
     
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  10. zp6167a

    zp6167a Aspirant (250) Apr 19, 2011 District of Columbia

    Starr Hill's Pumpkin Porter is one of the best that I've had.
     
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  11. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (892) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    Yeah, this one was probably my least favorite that I have listed, not sure I would call it "lame", but it is a thinner bodied porter, still drinkable and good price point though....ditto the Fisherman's / Cape Ann Pumpkin stout....pretty light for a stout, but still pretty tasty!
     
  12. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (892) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    Oh yeah, forgot about that one! Had some last year and it was pretty tasty!
     
  13. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (892) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    Have heard great things about this one; wish I could get it Ohio!
     
  14. reebtaerG

    reebtaerG Savant (996) Nov 24, 2013 Maryland

    Must try the warlock I've heard its awesome. Curious about the St.Arnold. My Texas friends are already hounding me for the pumpkin beers from the east coast.
     
  15. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Aspirant (245) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    I drank a ton of RoughTail Pumpkin Porter last year, and even though it was a very limited draft/keg only release I'm hoping it shows up again this fall at some point because it is still in my Top10 as of this moment. Every other pumpkin beer I've had leaves something to be desired.
     
  16. Aldogg007

    Aldogg007 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2013 California

    Midnight Sun's Treat is fantastic
     
  17. SummitSeries72

    SummitSeries72 Initiate (121) Mar 17, 2011 New Jersey

    The funny thing for me in this whole regard is this: I love Pumpkin Ales (and PumKING is aptly named). I love stouts. But put 'em together, and none of them have captured me so far. But .... for good measure, I've decided to give them another chance this year, and have a 2014 Warlock in my beer stash at the moment.
     
  18. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,653) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I enjoy drinking Elysian Dark O of the Moon Pumpkin Stout but it tastes more like a 'regular' stout to me vs. a pumpkin stout; the pumpkin aspect is subdued in this beer.

    A year+ ago I had some Evil Genius Trick or Treat Porter beers that I thought were nice.

    Cheers!
     
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  19. AntG21

    AntG21 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 Syria

    Think I pickup a PumKing and a decent stout and blend away!
     
  20. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,834) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
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    The only one, of all those listed, that is available in my area, is Warlock...I still have one from last year and got one a couple of weeks ago...back to back tasting coming up!!
     
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  21. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (892) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    If you can get your hands on some Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash stout, you WILL be a believer....freaking delicious beer....I have to get more of that one!!
     
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  22. WillieThreebiers

    WillieThreebiers Poo-Bah (6,238) Apr 26, 2012 Connecticut
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    CC - Good Gourd Almighty
     
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  23. SummitSeries72

    SummitSeries72 Initiate (121) Mar 17, 2011 New Jersey

    I will look for it. Thanks. Just checked my beer locator app. Not available in my area unfortunately.
     
  24. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (892) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    If you can get it, try and sample some of the Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin stout.....it is worth seeking out! Blows Warlock out of the pumpkin / water, IMO! Haha.....
     
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  25. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (129) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    I like Alaskan Pumpkin Porter. I taste more pumpkin in that beer than most standard pumpkin ales. Maybe the dark malt does a better job showcasing the pumpkin flavor. I dunno.
     
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  26. onefalsemove711

    onefalsemove711 Initiate (147) Jul 20, 2011 California

    I would highly recommend Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine (Brandy Barrel aged). It's fantastic!!! Cheers!
     
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  27. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,653) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Please report back how well that works.

    Cheers!
     
  28. ohiobrew

    ohiobrew Initiate (165) Apr 27, 2013 Ohio
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    I haven't tried it myself, but Pumking and FBS is supposed to be a really good combination.
     
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  29. Mikecap

    Mikecap Champion (815) May 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Pumking and Left Hand Milk Stout is amazing, I tried Warlock and don't like it nearly as much. Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout and Imperial Pumpkin Stout are both great as well.
     
  30. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,060) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    Saint Arnold Pumpkinator
    Southern Tier Warlock
     
  31. Buschyfor3

    Buschyfor3 Devotee (461) Jan 4, 2009 Kentucky

    Looking forward to getting my hands on a bottle of ST Warlock
     
  32. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (892) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    Would love to get some Almanac brews; heard this one was great.....no distro in Ohio though, sadly!
     
  33. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (892) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    Sent an email to Fred @ Hoppin' Frog recently (in my hometown here of Akron), suggesting they do a BORIS Pumpkin Stout.....that would be awesome!
     
  34. Vicirus

    Vicirus Disciple (340) Oct 8, 2007 Massachusetts
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    I assume you're describing the regular version, which I feel the same way about. The imperial stout is fantastic and definitely worth a try and it's the best dark pumpkin beer I've had. Slightly off topic but I found a 2012(?) hiding in my cellar this month. Anyone had luck aging these? I've done so with pumpking and liked the result.
     
  35. sammyg832

    sammyg832 Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2013 Arizona

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  36. Brutalism_X

    Brutalism_X Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2013 Maryland

    Harpoon's imperial pumpkin is awesome.
     
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  37. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (892) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    Yep....referring to the regular Fishermen's Pumpkin Stout, not the Imperial version....which is great!

    I have cellared many higher ABV pumpkin brews with great success.......one from 2012 should still be drinking great!
     
  38. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (892) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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  39. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (892) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    It is indeed....a standout from all the 2013 new pumpkin brews.....but NOT a Pumpkin stout or porter
     
  40. StlHopHead77

    StlHopHead77 Initiate (0) May 30, 2010 Illinois

    I have to second both of these sentiments
     
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