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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1309) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2011
22 oz. bottle form Beaumont Market. Dark brown appearance;; itís nearly black. Head was fine at first, but it receded into a thin and wispy little fucker. Roasted pumpkin, with lots of cinnamon hitting my nostrils. The vanilla is complimentary. The pumpkin they used in the mash is really coming through. I appreciate the aroma of actual pumpkin. Not tons of nutmeg and cinnamon, with a bit of pumpkin, that masks the true flavor/aroma of pumpkin. Slightly earthy. Taste is earthy pumpkin flavor, with a tiny bit of cinnamon and vanilla. The unique pumpkin (which is SLIGHTLY sour at times) hits the taste buds exactly the way I was hoping. A nice subtle texture, that could be backed up by a better body, carries the pumpkin flavor through well enough. A great pumpkin beer, with an actual pumpkin flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Location/Date:Poured on December 16th, 2011. Split with BR.

Appearance:Pours a dark brown.
Aroma: Aroma is malty and pumpkiny, quite nice.
Taste: Taste really leans towards a nice porter with some sweetness from the pumpkin.
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftertaste.

Summary: A really nice differentiation of a pumpkin beer, being a porter. I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2011
22oz bottle, Release #2: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark caramel and cinnamon nose with some pumpkin notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and toasty dark caramel malts with some earthy bitterness and spices before a drier lightly roasted bittersweet finish. Could use a little more pumpkin flavor, but otherwise pretty well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5220) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle. Very dark brown pour with a medium, dense brown foam on the surface. Aroma is chocolate covered pumpkin pie. Roasted malt, vanilla and cocoa come through as well. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, pumpkin, spices, vanilla, and light coffee notes. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. This has a slight coating effect on the palate. Finishes with more roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, roasted pumpkin, spices, burnt caramel, and coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle (release #4). Pours dark brown and looks black once in the glass and shows a soapy off white head thad fades to a film and soapy collar with spotty lacing. Aroma is strong pumpkin spice and roasted malt and faint coffee. Taste is a good solid mix of coffee and coco with pumpkin all around as well as a good bitterness throughout. Palate is medium and chalky with a dry finish. Really nice brew, Just wish the palate was a little more full and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2673) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2011
22oz Bottle Release #1 Imp pumpkin porter. Pours out a dark brown topped with a big tan head quickly going to a tan ring. Aroma of roast, light spice, nutmeg, card, and some pumpkin pie notes. Taste is more of the roast with a nice pumpkin pie spice at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Epic edition. Clear amber pour with a small, off-white head. Nose is salted salami, cooked olives, very raw earthy notes like rotting flower pedals. Strange. Taste is odd salami meatiness, meaty, smokey, with last minute notes of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices. Drier palate. Such a weird beer. Smoked pumpkin beer? Lightest SRM for a porter Iíve seen in awhile. Oops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10551) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured clear brown color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Toasted malt, pumpkin and spice aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced pumpkin spice flavor with a medium dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good seasonal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Draft at Pizzeria Paradiso DuPont Circle. Dark brown in color with a small tan head. †Spicy aroma with pumpkin and chocolate. †The flavor is as big on allspice as any beer Iíve had. †Besides that, there is cocoa and roast with a bit of vanilla. †Medium-bodied with a long spicy finish and medium-plus carbonation. †A good but not quite "epic" pumpkin porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3756) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Labeled Release #1 Imperial Pumpkin Porter: Pronounced pumpkin nose with significant portions of nutmeg and brown sugar. Cola brown, medium tan head, nice lacing Grilled pumpkin flesh flavor? Dry, bark finish. I donít care for this style, but this is a well crafted example. Itís not overly spiced and the pumpkin is nicely blended in with the roasted malt.

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