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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle purchased at Whole Foods Sawmill. Darkest brown to black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, chocolate, roast and wood. Flavor starts spicy with cinnamon and ginger, then moves to a slight booziness before a roasted malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Release #3. 4.5 A: Black color. Nearly three fingers of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is good with tons of lacing left behind. 4.0 S: Iím loving the nose on this. This actually smells like pumpkin, not just the associated spices. The spices are still very present though with cinnamon sticking out over nutmeg, allspice, and clove. The underlying porter adds a hefty dose of graininess, light roast, and chocolate. 4.0 T: Again, great integration between the pumpkin, spice, and porter. Real pumpkin taste, all the spices mentioned above, and a healthy dose of chocolate. Clean maltiness with chocolate, light roast, and a touch of coffee. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. I wish this were creamier. This beer would be leagues better with a thicker, creamy body. 4.0 D: There arenít a lot of great pumpkin beers out there, but this one at least gets close. Solid all-around aside from maybe the mouthfeel. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-19-2011 03:28:17

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1427) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2012
a pumpkin porter, now that I have to try, shared by Brigadier (Thanks), this beer looks awesome, slightly opaque with a reddish hue it looks sweet but the taste is dominated by the roast of the coffee only with a subtle pumpkin/gourd flavor occasionally peaking through.. easy to drink though and certainly a cool style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2012
650 ml bottle
Shared with a number of other people at a local tasting this is one I would have had no problem finishing by myself. An excellent collaboration has me looking forward to Fall 2012 when hopefully it (or something else from Epic) will be released. Hopefully both Epic and DC Brau stick around for a while.

Aroma / Appearance - Deep ruby red, the body is almost black near the core. A thin ring of head circles the top. Chocolate, malt, and a light feel of pumpkin puree and burnt crust lend this a profile different from many fall seasonals.

Flavor / Profile - The taste is not much different than the nose. The same chocolate, malt, and ash flavors mix well before a light bitter finish. This one still has some legs on it although Iím not sure I would want to sit on it too long. In the meantime if you happen across one pick up a flashback to 2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Odd aroma, but really enjoyed the flavors. Nice authentic pumpkin flavor, plenty of chocolate, like the attenuation as itís very drinkable but without being overly dry, which Iím not a fan of in roasty beers. Different for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steeeve (326) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Dark brown pour with a thin light tan head. Aroma full of pumpkin spice and some vegetal notes. Charcoal, coffee and a light burnt malt aroma. Just a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Tastes more like chocolate with pumpkin added than the other way around. Mainly chocolate malt flavors, paired with pumpkin and some light spice notes. Finishes somewhat dry and roasty. Mouthfeel is good, finish is quite clean. Interesting. Certainly piques my interest in pumpkin stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (2980) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle from Sledutah - Secret Santa 2011. Release #5. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and pumpkin pie spices. Similar flavors with lots of the pumpkin pie spices. Medium body with moderate carbonation. A nice pumpkin porter. Thanks Craig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (586) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Smells like pumpkin spice and melons. Dark pour with small lacy head. Flavors of dark roasty malts, anise seed, pumpkin pie spice, coffee, and vanilla. Iím not huge on pumpkin beers, but I quite enjoyed this bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (4784) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Interesting Orange hue to the color with a thin head and hazy. Nice malt and spices aroma. I get lots of great pumpkin like flavor and slight spices also coming out. Very tasty and added to the pumpkin beers I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2012
The pour is a very deep garnet color, nearly black, and a beige, pillowy, average head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some drippy lace. The nose is full of dark chocolates and molasses, some pumpkin notes, mace, nutmeg, and some toasted caramel. The flavor is full of toasted marshmallow, some pumpkin pie filling, very nutmeg-y, rich chocolate, herbal coffee bitterness, toasted caramel, and an underlying vanilla bean note. The palate is velvety, more than medium, soft to lively, and drying. The finish is still drying, coffee-filled, still chocolatey, and full of nutmeg. This one was nice and one of my favorite pumpkin beers. The richness was nice to match a great complexity. The bitterness was perfect for the beer being more than medium to balance the malt richness. The spicing was just enough and the porter base was complementary to the pumpkin. I donít know about DC Brau and Epic has been a bit hit or miss, but this beer really was a nice late fall beer.

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