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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekoerper (590) - Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle from Epic. Aroma: dominated by spices - mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, some pumpkin, touch of roast. Pours a very dark brown, beige head has decent retention, some clumpy lacing. Flavor: lots of pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, hint of vanilla. Some roast and coffee notes linger beneath the spices, somewhat sweet, caramel and chocolate. Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2012
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Sweet toasted malty flavor with a light spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2012
22oz bottle. Dark red-brown head topped by medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some roast/toast, cinnamon, light allspice. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, pumpkin pie spice, roast, light alcohol. Medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
(22oz bomber release #5) clear ruby and light brown, with oily tan bubbles. Nose of pumpkin, yams, cinnamon stick, light chocolate and nutmeg. Taste of chocolate malt, heavy nutmeg, allspice and clove, cream, cola root. Oily body with medium carbonation. Nice beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smag4life (36) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle from release #1. This is one dark porter. Very small ruby highlights, but otherwise dark as night. Thick, rockyish, light tan head. Smells just like pumpkin pie except with some chocolate notes underneath. So in other words, amazing! Pretty sweet up front with vanilla and pumpkin pie flavors. Cinnamon is definitely present and finishes with a soft chocolate bitterness. One of the best porters to ever grace my palate. I will now definitely try other Epic brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gorlandi (68) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Poured a very dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma of caramel and malts, nice on the palate. The taste has hints of caramel and a bit of spice, smoky yet sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5071) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Thought I rated this one a while back. Have had it a few times - just the Epic version of the brew. Poured a near pitch black color, dark tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malts, with notes of chocolate, not a whole lot of pumpkin. Flavor is rich chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of pumpkin - but mostly is roasted malts. Alcohol notes are pretty mellow for 7.3abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bomber from Samís in Durham. Pouts dark brown with a thin light beige head. Nose and taste of sweet pumpkin, lots of vanilla, chocolate, and fairly subtle Chinese five spice, at least in relation to the other flavors. Just as described. Interesting and unique, even it it gets old a bit quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Nice deep dark pour with a moderate carbonation and some mild sediment barely detectable. Nose is heavy dark malts, a touch of roasts, and some sweet elements too. To taste, the beer isnít so much pumpkin specifically as a sweet velvety porter that might go well on top of vanilla ice cream. Fruity in places and very mildly spiced. But just a bit heavy overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle picked up from Rickís in Alexandria. Served in a Three Floyds / Intelligentsia mini-snifter. Pours a nearly-black deep brown color with a thin light tan head and not much in the way of lacing. Thin tan collar as it goes down. The nose carries some light pumpkin spice and plenty of porter character. Fairly roasty with a bit of chocolate. Faint spice. Flavor has chocolate and a fair amount of roast. Medium body with light carbonation and a nice full mouthfeel. Not over the top in any direction. Well done.

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