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Alaskan Pilot Series: Pumpkin Porter



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A native plant of North America, pumpkins were first used in beer in colonial America as a substitute for hard-to-find malt, and none other than the father of our country George Washington had a highly touted recipe. This imperial porter pumpkin beer combines the robust, full-bodied style of a porter with a, frankly, crazy amount of pumpkin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatDane1632 (511) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Check this off the Want List. The first thing that strikes me is the aroma as soon as I open the bottle. Pumpkin, herbal, and spices that follow through into the flavor. A very easy drinking Pumpkin beer that I could continue to drink all night. Very easy on the palette.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBear11D (272) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2014
The pumpkin porter pours a dark grape nearly black color with a thin tan head that doesn’t last too long but leaves plenty of evidence of its existence behind. The aroma is pumpkin, spice and caramel. The flavor is caramel initially, which is immediately overwhelmed with pumpkin and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dlihcsnatas (328) - Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Looks and tastes like a porter should with a taste of pumpkin to go with it. I like porters in the winter (Jan-Feb ’round here) and this ain’t that time. Got this to compare with other pumkin ales but this one is not exactly qualified to be in the Halloween Pumpkin Ale challange. Good stuff but not a Halloween brew, more for Christmas time. Will be drinking the rest of these with a slice of homemade pumpkin pie at Christmas dinner this year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltman53 (371) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - NOV 1, 2014
This is a subtle style PP. Pours coffee-black w/tan head. Subtle spices on the nose - mace, cinnamon - a full-bodied porter. Roasted, light-chocolate palate, w/dry, carbonated, refreshing finish. Overall, this is a good porter w/a very subtle pumkin/spice treatment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1206) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Clear dark brew with tan head. Nice aroma of spice, toasted malts. Taste is pumpkiny with toasted grains. Tasty and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (689) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Deep brown pour, small tan head. Nose is smoky vanilla, nutmeg, and black patent malt. Bittersweet. Middle is creamy dark malt, pumpkin body, splash of coco. Finish is earthy with a slightly spicy hop tang. Nice nightcap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2857) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2014
12oz bottle courtesy of Wilkes and Lynn. Dark brown pour, beige head that disappears completely. Aroma of big pumpkin spice, cocoa. Tastes are roasty, toffee, lighter on the spice. Not too sweet - which is good by me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (752) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Poured from the bottle. Really dark, thin head good lacing. Aroma is some roasted malt, some chocolate. Flavor really highlights the traditional seasonal spices. I’m pretty sure I get a good amount of pumpkin to and the spices are balanced like the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever had. This is hands down my favorite pumpkin beer! Abv doesn’t hit me. Sticky sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (678) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Really earthy roast. Hard to follow up Pumking. Campfire in aroma and taste. Pretty solid if in the right mood. Really dark in appearance and vibe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3357) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Black-brown body, nice carbonated body and decent head. Nose is mildly chocolatey with feint sugar pumpkin notes. The body is earthy chocolate and moderately roasty, with a sweet underpinning and not roast astringencies. Very clean and smooth. Sweet finish that is vaguely of mace or some indiscernable pumpkin spice.

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