GT2 (7717) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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 I’ve seen in awhile. Oops.
Tmoney99 (9977) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 I’ve 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.
obguthr (3387) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 don’t care for this style, but this is a well crafted example. It’s not overly spiced and the pumpkin is nicely blended in with the roasted malt.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with a large tan head. Aroma of pumpkin and coffee with hints of vanilla and spice. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate with nice hints of pumpkin and spices (cinnamon/nutmeg). Nice slightly bitter finish.
poisoneddwarf (1597) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. 7.5 % ABV. Release #3. Pours deep mahogany with a medium beige lacy head. The head holds itself up well. Aroma is toasty pumpkin pie. Taste is lightly sweet, roasty; finishes dry and faintly tart. Has a bit of a nutty flavor. The pumpkin and spices are there but I wish the flavors were more prominent. It’s good but I was hoping to be blown away.
Ovechkinator (18) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle recommended by the Beverage Baron. Pours a muddy brown with a generous khaki head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Tastes of much the same, a bit on the sweet side. Very smooth, great thanksgiving beer. Good call, Baron.
Gription79 (2131) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber
As pumpkin beers go this is not bad. It was loaded with spices, there was also some vanilla, chocolate, earthy notes. I would have enjoyed this beer more if the spices were restrained a little, but overall a good beer.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opened after Thanksgiving dinner of course. A very drinkable pumpkin beer with a great balance between the burnt malts and chocolate flavors along side the pumpkin. A little thin in the body with a small weak head. But overall, a nice porter with pumpkin accent. Good stuff.
Hair6a11 (1257) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a modest off white head in this glass; the nose is dank hops, bittersweet chocolate morsels, and a certain nuttiness. The flavor profile has a hint of vanilla, chocolate morsels, a fairly balanced american hop profile - but lest we forget the pumpkin addition - which doesn’t dominate, nor does it stick out whatsoever. Well - this is the best pumpkin porter I’ve had thus far, if it means anything.