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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Pumpkin porter brewed in collaboration with Fork in the Road.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rondphoto (4054) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2014
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Very dark, cloudy amber brown color, head that shrinks qyickly to the rim, spots and strips of lace. Taste is what I always fear in vegetable beers: bitter stale vegetable taste. This brew does that in a large unappealing way. It may be pumpkin (and may be squash), but it just doesn’t work. Odd seed aftertaste, also not good. Not a keeper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2014
~4oz taster on tap at the brewery. Mostly clear dark red brown color. Thin khaki head. Loose ropes and bits of lace. Medium body. Smooth, soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate bitter taste, lighter sweet, light tart. Gourdy vegatable taste. A lot less pumpkiny sweetness than expected, but a nice mix of spice and gourd aromas overall, just a bit assertive. Tasty, interesting stuff to try, despite being not that easy drinking. A nice sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Kentucky Fried Charleston Trip Beer #36. Draft at the brewery. Pours a dark brown color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, pumpkin, herbal hops. the taste is roasted malts, bitter chocolate, mild pumpkin, herbal hops. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2014
On tap at brewpup
A workable seasonal release was a typical spiced porter. Enjoyable yet not that different from many other seasonal releases it is one to try at least once. I’d probably pass again in favor of some other local options from Cumberland Brewing but your mileage may vary.

Aroma / Appearance - A tannish black base retains a brown hint. Soft head rings the edge of the glass. Spicy nutmeg, squash, and cold cool whip put this firmly in the "pumpkin pie in a keg" category. If that’s your thing you will love it.

Flavor / Palate - A nutty feel clings to the tongue. Burnt squash, malt, and coffee add complexity from the start. The squash and earthy notes in the finish sparkle. A reasonable release could be a bit less aggressive. If I were a local this would make a nice go to release for the winter months though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3735) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of spices, pepper, cayenne, butternut squash. Smells like a rich vegetable stew! Flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, cayenne, floral spices, and lots of other spices I can’t recognize. More spicy and floral than the aroma. Not much pumpkin specifically- lots of butternut squash and tons of spices. Interesting and tasty beer. 8/4/8/4/14 (3.8/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chudwick (2816) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Draft (6% ABV) - pours dark brown with beige head. Nose is spicy. Sip adds potpourri and coffee. Malty and spicy. Fly in glass - no joke. Fly aside: decent but I can’t help lowering the rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6563) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Pumpkin porter on draught at the brewery. Dark porter. Cloves throughout the beer. Pumpkin, but also some oak. Nice.

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