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Alaskan Pilot Series: Pumpkin Porter

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
akoeninger (418) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Dark brown with orange highlights. Great roast aroma with hints of nutmeg and chocolate. Taste is great coffee and pumpkin and spice. Full bodied and just awesome ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4771) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate dark chocolate, coffee, light roasted pumpkin, faint finger, and a touch of nutmeg. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a one finger khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film. There is some sporadic thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate with some light molasses. The finish has moderate smoked pumpkin, light ginger, nutmeg, coffee, and touch of roasted nuts. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Overall, I find it rather smokey and I’m shocked that no mention of smoke is mentioned in the commercial description.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerm719 (106) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Mild pumpkin, light seasonal spices. Some roasted coffee, mild white chocolate. Slight earthy hop bitterness. Easy going, nice balance.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DearBeer2013 (48) - - AUG 29, 2014
Very slight taste of pumpkin. Seems like a very watered down pumpkinator. Drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3079) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Serving: bottle. Almost black pour with loose tan head. Light notes of roasted malt and pumpkin. A little papery with light spice notes, strong roast notes and just a lingering pumpkin flavor. A little flabby on the tongue. Tastes like this one is headed downhill fast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4347) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Tap at Tipsy Cow. Opaque brown black body, thin patchy beige head. Smooth and classic. I’d guess around 8%. Chocolate merges effortlessly with the pumpkin pie spices, vanilla edged. Easy going yet full bodied. Pretty expert execution. Well done.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (1500) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Best pumpkin brew that I have tried! Aroma and taste were roasted grain and pumpkin, with limited pie spices. I hate pumpkin brews that are merely cheap ale with loads of dollar store pumpkin pie spices!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1724) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Jason. Nearly black, some dark ruby & brown shimmering at the edges. Super chunky, khaki shaded head sits on top for decades before slowly breaking down. Aroma of... pumpkin spice! Clove seems to be the heaviest with ginger following closely behind. A little bit of that cinnamon-y, allspice vibe but clove & ginger are definitely the stand-out spices. Some roasted malt & hints of cocoa underneath. As it warms, the spices mellow to give off a strong gingerbread man cookie vibe... Nice. Taste is decisively less spice heavy with more of a mellow porter vibe. Still has a strong essence of ginger, clove, cinnamon, & graham cracker, but things are much more calm on the palate. Mild roasted malt, cocoa dust, & even a light hint of smoke. A tad thin, would expect a little more for 7% ABV, but not bad. All in all, a pretty nice pumpkin porter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (1963) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a dark brown closer to black colored body with a half finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves light lacing. The smell has pumpkin up front in this one with some nice roasted cinnamon and barley, burnt sugar makes somewhat of a presence and there’s a little bit of chocolate underneath more so once the beer warms. The taste is mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors with a roasted barley aftertaste, and a dry finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium, and is somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is good for the style and for me. Overall, I really enjoyed how the pumpkin flavor and the other "pumpkin" flavorings played a part in the combination of this beer, to make this and put it in an American Porter was an excellent idea. I would definitely get this again and most likely seek it as a "dessert" beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1812) - USA - MAR 9, 2014
Dark brown in color... Big pumpkin, spice aroma... Flavor is roasted malts, nuts, pumpkin, spices... Pretty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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