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Alaskan Pilot Series: Pumpkin Porter



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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (659) - 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 (3340) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
runaway (51) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
12 oz bottle pours dark cola brown with a tan head. Aroma is pumpkin, allspice, a hint of roasty malts. Taste is mostly chocolate malts with notes of spice and squash. Body is creamy and finish is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (841) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - OCT 19, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brownish red with a three inch tan head that slowly collapses. Taste is of pumpkin, spice, malt, caramel, chocolate and grain. Similar aroma. Has a medium body with a slight spicy finish. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PacNWDad (89) - Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Lots of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in the aroma, along with roasted malt, cocoa and coffee like you would expect with a porter. Very dark brown, murky, decent light brown head with tiny bubbles. Sips leave a good amount of lace on the sides. Nearly opaque dark brown with hints of ruby, one-finger dense tan head and modest lace. Bitter at the start, with a sweet, caramelly finish. I find the sweet almost too much. Hint of sour from the pumpkin. Medium body, not as thick as I would expect, slight carbonation, long finish. Overall, I liked it but if I made one change it would be to tone down the sweetness a little. I think it was a bit less sweet last year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dekester1 (318) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Poured a deep, dark red/black (barely transparent) with a light head and minimal lacing. Aroma was of malts, pumpkin and a slight smokiness. Taste was of roasted malts, smokiness and slight pumpkin overtones. Palate was good. Overall, a nice porter, although I would probably just go from an ale or lager if I was mainly interested in the pumpkin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2941) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2014
bottle. deep brown with small head. malty with chocolate and light pumpkin. this is a rare pumpkin beer that has more pumpkin than spice. quite well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1289) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Nearly opaque dark brown with hints of ruby, one-finger dense tan head and modest lace. Aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice accompany the porter-typical roastd, coffee and cocoa. Bittersweet chocolate taste with pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar and cinnamon. The taste features a bit of bitter then creamy pumkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. Medium body, somewhat watery mouthfeel, minimal carbonation and a lingering bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Aroma of roasted barley and light pumpkin. Flavors of all the best aspects of a light-roasted barley porter with a modest pumpkin profile and no fake spiciness that tricks the brain into thinking it’s pumpkin pie in a glass. This is REAL pumpkin in this beer, which is not easy to achieve in a final product (personal experience), but these guys know how to do it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1796) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Dark and roasty, with well balanced pumpkin pie spiced aroma and taste. Drinkable as a six pack, and built on a good porter.

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