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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed on: October 10, 2011. Packaged on October 25, 2011. Our first ever collaborative beer has all the familiar flavors of the season, but done with Epic style. To a base of strong, roasty, and chocolaty porter, we add 200 pounds of real pumpkin per batch, five spice and whole Madagascar vanilla beans. As you pour this deeply ruby brown beer, you’re greeted by the aroma of fresh cut squash, followed by rich chocolate. The flavor starts sweet with marshmallow, vanilla, and some pumpkin pie, then yields to a coffee roast and dark chocolate dryness. This beer is a great introduction for curious drinkers and a special holiday treat for fans of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoForShlomo (47) - - OCT 22, 2013
Malty alcohol aroma with a touch of alcohol; black appearance with tan frothy head; chocolate, malt flavor with a touch of pumpkin; fizzy on the palate with a slight bitter finish; overall, an okay porter that doesn't bungle the pumpkin flavor but a little more pumpkin flavor and something smoother on the palate would have made this extraordinary instead of average ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (3689) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Amazing in every shape of the form, loved this! A porter with a strong pumpkin flavor? Yes please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdInSaltLake (724) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Almost no head. Spiced, sweet, mild roasted aroma. Sweet malt flavor, with the spices. A little roasted flavor. Subtle aroma and flavor from the pumpkin. Maybe a little astringent.

More "pumpkin beer" than Porter--but pretty good. (Release #13)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjgmd (1640) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bomber. Pours a dark black brownish color with a small head. Nose is roasted coffee, malt and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, malt and sweet, cannot really appreciate any knockout pumpkin flavor or fall spices. Finish is sweet with chocolate and coffee. Great porter but without pumpkin representation. Quaff Score 7 / 10 ... ( rated as a pumpkin porter ? )

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zgaier (1566) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Pours a dark brown red with a tan head and aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is roasty, lots of chocolate and roasted malt with coffee, alcohol, and light spice leading to a warming, roasted finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
maley1 (871) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and pumpkin, nothing else. Taste of roasted malts, slight chocolate and pumpkin. Nice carbonation. Very boring pumpkin beer with so many great offerings out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3548) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Draft pour. Darker brown with lots of beige head. Roast, spice, nuts. Bigger bodied with a sticky mouthfeel

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
tectactoe (3080) - Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2014 Bottle: Almost black with an ominous, deep ruby tone all around. Light tan head fades to a collar in moments. Aroma is light ginger, cinnamon, & clove, a mild pumpkin smell with some faint vanilla and a touch of wet cardboard, almost like oxidation? Taste is sweet, maybe a little too sweet. Some deep, dark prune & grape sweetness with a light bit of cocoa malt & pumpkin spice. Mild roast, finishing vanilla sweetness, & a slight touch of musty cardboard again. Hoped for a thicker mouth feel. Not the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Black pour with a thin light tan head. Aroma is like sweet dark cake mix but with a sweet not-too-cloy spiced pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing. Flavor brings out the spices a bit more, like nutmeg an cinnamon, but also some toasty pecan notes and a dark smokey sweetness alongside the pumpkin spice cake and cream cheese notes. Lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2865) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle, 7.9%  release #13 about 1600 yen from Hanshin’s CBB Seed event. Drunk from an Epic snifter courtesy of Asahiya. It pours a brownish black with a nice thick head of beige foam. The aroma is chocolate, vanilla & a bit of a vegetal note plus a dash of spices. Subtle but intriguing. The taste is full bodied, spicy with allspice, nutmeg & cinnamon the milk chocolate & a touch of coffee. A hint of squash in the finish. This is much much tastier than last year’s draft version I had. I am not sure if it is due to a batch difference or due to that beer being drunk from a pint glass. But in a snifter this rocks! A nice balance of spices & malts but not all that much pumpkin... Try this if you can find it!

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