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RATINGS: 301   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, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3570) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle with Keith, Simon, and Kev. Pours a dark purple color with medium head. Aromas of pumpkin, chocolate, pumpkin guts, squash, vanilla beans. Taste is a rich chocolate pumpkin soaked experience with gingerbread, pumpernickel, cloves, cinnamon. Awesome pumpkin porter, if it was aged in bourbon barrels, it would be a homerun. Next year?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1175) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2012
22oz bottle from Belmont. Tobacco brownish black with creamy light tan head. Hints of smoke and chocolate malt, pumpkin spice undertones, cookie vanilla with maybe a hint of pumpkin vegital and coffee. Chocolate coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla. Solid and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5695) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Nose of roasted malts, light smokey notes, a touch of chocolate, some pumpkin meat and spice is there as well. Dark brown pour, tan head, some reddish brown hues in the light as well. Chocolate, roast, pumpkin spice, a little charred notes, pumpkin meat. Light sweetness and char/espresso. Light bodied, interesting balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4923) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Deep dark brown coloured body with an almost squid ink black glow at the top and a nice one centimetre tall tan head on top. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, squash, alcohol and a nice spice note. Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with a deep squash and pumpkin flavour and a good spice flavour and some light nutmeg, anise and alcohol. Aftertaste shows alcohol, roasted malt, spice and a ton of pumpkin and squash. Overall, a nice and good mixture of the two styles - but not a ridiculous beer that should be searched high and low for. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia on 09-November-2011 for US$5.49 sampled at my in-law’s home in New Paltz, New York on 10-March-2012. Release #1 - 7.3% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooter520 (185) - - MAR 10, 2012
Appearance: dark, dark brown with ruby edge tones and foam tan head. Aroma: nice mix of cocoa, vanilla and pumpkin; really nice. Taste: sort of toasty malts upfront, cocoa vanilla hint of pumpkin in the middle, finishes with a coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel: medium creamy body, surprisingly high carbonation. Overall: pretty good. Something about it seems like it could be better. Definitely a good one for the pumpkin style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6067) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, red amber pour, lots going on in this, toasty malt, spicy tamales, pumpkin pie, sherry , nice beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekoerper (591) - 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 (11822) - 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 (5671) - 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!

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