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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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, youíre 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brouwerij (942) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Poured into pint glass, forms one finger of light tan head than dissipates after several minutes. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and roasted malts. Taste is sweet. A pleasant combination of spice and pumpkin upfront. Transitions to flavors of toasted malt and chocolate. Moderate body and carbonation give it a pleasant mouthfeel, smooth finish. Does a good job of masking the alcohol. Overall, a drinkable and delicious pumpkin porter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (759) - USA - OCT 27, 2012
Very deep copper, light brown, clear, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bready Munichy-like malt, toffee, spices and pumpkin. Flavor is similar with spices more dominant. Medium-full body. Nice Halloween beer. This rating done on year-old bottle (release No. 5). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep brown without much head, just a slight tan halo. Leaves moderate lacing. Taste is pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Taste is marshmallows and fresh pumpkin. Not nearly the spice bomb the aroma would suggest, which is a great thing for me! Really love this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3845) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2012
22 oz. Clear, dark chocolate color with a small ring of cream. Nose of dry cocoa, light dusty spice, and caramel. Taste is the same stuff, plus some milk chocolate and oat. Near medium body is balanced and has low carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
Release #6. Nice cloudy brown with a beige head rhat leaves a little lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, ginger, cloves, figs, chocolate. Slightly spicy on the palate with some upfront maltiness followed by a slightly bitter and vegetal finish. Taste is pumpkin pie, chocolate, burnt sugar, vanilla. A little lacking in depth and a touch unbalanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
Release #6. Pours a rusty root beer brown with a creamy tan head. The nose is vanilla, bourbon, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. It also has hints of bitter chocolate. The pallet is pumpkin pie, burnt sugar, vanilla, spiced cake, and chocolate. It finshes with a bitter hoppiness and bitter sweet chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6352) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cocoa powder, roasted grain), with a strong note of nutmeg/mace. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Very overspiced. Nutmeggy odor all virtually obliterates everything else (or what little else I could detect). Yikes. Easy, boys, you donít need so much of that stuff! Too many cooks spoiled the broth? Flavor balance is not bad, a little sour though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light ginger. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a one finger tan head with decent retention. The flavor starts with moderate sweet chocolate and a touch of fruit. The finish has moderate-heavy cinnamon with lighter nutmeg and ginger. Itís medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, itís tasty, but it seems more like a spiced Stout/Porter than a pumpkin beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Really excited about this beer- but somewhat dissappointing. Nose was not great. Flavors of roasted malts, distant chocolate, nuttiness. Some pumpkin upfront. Ended w/ an unpleasant vegetal/ medicinal note. Might be decent after aging a year? Not too enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Release #7.

A: The body is a deep garnet with brown on the edges and a thin tan head.

S: The aroma is mostly of the porter characteristics, roasted malts, light smoke, and chocolate, no pumpkin noticed in the aroma hints of spices.

T: Vanilla is upfront with light spices and pumpkin flavors that are quickly taken over by a heavy roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors.

M: Medium to thick bodied with medium sharp carbonation.

O: The pumpkin flavors are really subdued, but thatís a good thing. The vanilla is an interesting addition to a really solid porter.


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