ekoerper (590) - Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Sweet toasted malty flavor with a light spicy finish.
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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!
smag4life (36) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
gorlandi (68) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
radagast83 (5071) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.